I arrived in Sydney a few months ago and am dying to get out and see something completely different to this city! So, I have Uluru and Alice Springs etc in my head. I'd only be able to get a week off work and I'm pretty broke (good place to choose then!!!)but I'd really really like to get out there at some stage next month.
I've heard of bus tours that drive through the outback from Adelaide, anyone know if they're any good?
Or is a flight to Alice Springs then a tour from there the best way to go? I've been looking at flights and it looks like the cheapest returns to Sydney are over 500 bucks!!!
I will be up in Cairns and around the north next year at some stage though - do you think I should just put it to the back of my mind and wait til then? If so, any other suggestions?!!
Probably put it to the back of your mind until you are up North because as you've seen it isn't cheap getting there at the best of times. Ayers Rock airport has the highest domestic airport taxes for general passenger flights in Australia, so any flights there will set you back a lot especially with the lack of competition for the route. If you are strapped for cash but need to get away, you could get a cheap flight down to Melbourne, do a tour along the Great Ocean Road (or better still drive along it yourself). Then head back to Melbourne explore the city and surrounding places like St Kilda for a few days before heading back to boring old Sydney again!
An even better place to get away from it all is a trip to Tasmania. The weather in Tasmania should hopefully be good next month and in close proximity to Hobart you have Mount Wellington where you can do some nice walks in the fresh mountain air and that'd be free. You could find beaches not that far from Hobart that you'd be the only person on the beach (or if not, one of very few people). It'd be a nice change from all the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Flights are considerably cheaper to get from Sydney-Hobart than to get from Sydney-Ayers Rock airport or Sydney-Alice Springs. At the moment you can find flights for as cheap as $95.00 each way on Jetstar or $99.00 on Virgin Blue for dates around the time you'd want to be going away.
Disappointing but yep i think you're right! Thanks a million for the advice about Hobart / Melbourne, I was thinking of going to Melbourne for the Cup in November anyway so I might take a bit longer and drive there along the coast road. Do you think two days would be enough to get there to enjoy the sights along the way, then fly back maybe at the end?
Hey, i'd still go to Ayers Rock if you've got in in your head.
I flew there this time last year from Sydney and i don't think it cost that much for one way (i flew up to cairns afterwards) i'm sure it was only around £70 for both flights so i reckon you'd get a return for around $200-$250. Quantas was the only airline that flys there like the other guy said.
There is only one resort there called Yulara which is like a giant U road with flash hotels down to 4 bed dorms which i stayed in for $30 a night. The place was amazing, pool, bbq facilities and a quality kitchen - its the only place that serves alcohol as well so everyone just chills outside and listens to the live music. And the sky is so clear due to there being zero pollution which is a great sight!
You buy the trips from the resort to go and see Uluru, Kings Canyon, The Olgas which you can do for around 60 -80$ each from memory. Then star gazing at night with an astronomer, or a camel ride at sunset, there is easily enough to keep you entertained for 2-3 days.
And the final thing, when i was there at the end of septmeber last year, the heat was getting to the level of around 35degrees, and when it gets much above that you cannot climb the rock anymore (if you would be up for that).
Anyway, i'd say go for it. Melbourne is really cool too along the Ocean Road but it the price difference wont be much at all. Go to Melbourne later on in November when the Melbourne Cup is on, is wicked.
Hope this helps, give me a shout if you haev any more questions