My boyfriend and I are going to Australia on the 10th September, starting in Perth where we plan to stay for a few weeks in hostels then we are going to do some 'Wwoofing' south of Perth. We then plan to travel up the west coast to Broome seeing as many places as we can and then go across to Darwin. Can anybody give any advice on the best way to do this and the cheapest??? Has anybody used the 'easyrider' tours???
Any advise would be great. Thanks
I did this trip a few weeks ago in a campervan and it was great.
The tours can be expensive, also the campsites are great and are really well equipped and you will meet loads of people.
Broome is lovely, you should also go to Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park.
The drive itself is great.
Try cheapmotorhomes.com.au for the campers.
Hi, thanks for the advice on the motorhome and the website address, it sounds great!
What information / ID do we need to take with us to be able to drive in Oz? Did you have to pay a deposit or bond on the motorhome? Did you take out any extra insurance on your motorhome?
any more advice much appreciated, thanks....
I used easy rider tours from perth down to dunsborough, margaret river and allbany and back to perth, taking about 10 days. i thought they were great - it was friendly and social and the people i met on the first day i ended up staying with for the next 2 weeks. it's flexible and if i remember rightly you could stay at each place pretty much as long as you wanted.
would recommend them
I did the trip the other way around, started in Darwin and ended in Perth, but in the end it is pretty much the same.
Between Perth and Exmouth I used easyrider as I was running out of time. A fast, resonably cheap and convenient way for that leg of the journey. Sure, the pinnacles and Shark Bay along the way are nice, but I recommend spending more time up north. Coral Bay is a fantastic spot to go snorkelling and Ningaloo reef off Exmouth is every diver's paradise. The only bad thing is that it is fairly difficult to get away from Exmouth in direction Broome or even Darwin. You should definitely also try to go to Karijini National Park, one of my favourite spots in Australia. Broome and it's Cable Beach are pretty spots, too.
Last but not least, the journey between Broome and Darwin leads you trough the Kimberleys, an amazing, fairly untouched area of Western Australia. You can either cross going on a (expensive) tour or you will have to take a greyhound, which will not allow you to see much of the area. If you want to get to places like the Bungle Bungles you will have to fork out a bit of cash.
All in all, if I were you I would consider buying a stationwagon in Perth and drive it up to Darwin. Not only you will be a lot more flexible then, but you can also go to the more hidden-away places.
As for your driver's licence, either get an international one to be safe or you stick to the European drivers licence (the card) and probably won't have problems either.
Hope this helps,