Was sat thinking I deperately need a holiday - & in a moment of madness - I booked a flight (&ETA) to Oz!! ... so looks like I'll be arriving in Sydney 20-NOV, for c.60days!!! Oh my god...
Thought I'll fly by the seat of my pants too...
Ok, I'm kinda thinking I could do Sydney & areas, & then maybe head overland to Melbourne – then to Adelaide (see some old mates), then to Kangaroo Island... but really no set plans as yet!!
I'm pretty happy-go-lucky, definitely v. excited... BUT I am starting to feel a little bit nervous too - so I'd really appreciate any suggestions/advice...?
[FYI: I wouldn't say I was a big Beach person, I'm more into socialising & pubs/ walking/ trekking/ nature (love wildlife, though petrified of spiders!) ... & just seeing & doing lot's of fun stuff!]
P.S. I also thought I'll pre-book a Hostel in Sydney for the First 3 Nights Only (to keep things flexible & so that I can go with the flow...), does that sound like a good plan? (Or is that a bit mad i.e. should I book for longer??)
Oh & finally can anyone suggest any central good&cheap places, that they've stayed in?
Any advice much appreciated.
Well done on booking the holiday - you are going to have a ball!!! I've not long returned from living and working in Sydney for the past 18 months and i miss it heaps
My advice for the first night is to actually book into a proper hotel so that you can get a good sleep - the jetlag you have when you arrive in Oz is unreal! Unless you get a great sleep on the plane which I never do. www.hotel.com.au
If you don't fancy that Footprints hostel in the city centre is a very busy and lively hostel with a great communal living area and kitchen - probably one of the more pricier ones but the rooms are very clean. Noah's is another one which is out at Bondi - I know you said you're not much of a beach person but it's an awesome view to get up to in the morning and it's super handy to do the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk (take your camera!) and it should only take about 2 hours. Make sure you get the ferry to Manly from Circular Quay (you can get a map of the city from your hostel and Sydney is really easy to get round). Darling Harbour is another must see and is within walking distance of the city centre.
2 months is actually a long time and I would recommend buying a greyhound bus ticket ($300) to Cairns and hopping on and off for 4-6 weeks. There is an amazing company called WICKED TRAVEL (google them) who are based in Sydney and Byron Bay and they will organise your trip for you to Fraser Island and Whitsundays and give you vouchers for hostels all the way up the east coast. I did this trip in 4 weeks but missed a few places out. Best places to see on the east coast are:
Byron Bay (map from hostel, do the walk to the lighthouse, lots of great bars)
Brisbane (cool place, great to just walk about in)
Noosa (didn't stop here and have always regretted it!)
Rainbow beach (small place, quite chilled but worth it for the Carlo Sandblow)
Hervey Bay (where you can go to Fraser Island for 2 days, 3 nights - best time ever!)
Airlie beach (where you go to Whitsundays and is a cool place)
Cairns - Cape Tribulation
When you get to Cairns you can fly to Melbourne (remember to got to St Kilda) (book flight in advance to get best price, www.webjet.com.au) and get a bus via 12 apostles to Adelaide
Not been to either of these places so can't help with them I'm afraid!
please contact me if you need anymore info
P.S. Don't be nervous, you will meet so many people going the same route as you that you will rarely be alone and it will be the time of your life.....lots of great memories!
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 1, 2007, at 4:05 AM by mumba ]
Many thanks for your post, I'm so sorry for the delayed response, I never realised I'd received a mssg!!!
I bought a copy of the Lonely planet a couple of days ago & just this v. minute booked a central sydney cheapy hostel ... and then logged onto here & read your reply! Oops!
Thanks for all the pointers, sound good & I'm planning on reading my book on the flight so I'll look them all up & hopefully have some idea as to what I'll be doing!
I guess I should start packing a rucksack now.... there's flying by the seat of your pants... and there's flying by the seat of your pants!!!
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 17, 2007, at 10:03 AM by sophiexx ]