My friend and I are going to Australia this summer for 4-5 weeks in either June or July. We have never backpacked before and have no idea what we need to bring, where the best places are or anything. We are basically looking for an itnerary of what we need to bring and where are good places to go. We are outdoors people and will be staying in a tent most of the time. We are looking for the nature side of Australia but would like to spend a few days partying. If anyone knows a good route we could take let me know. The more information the better. Again here is a list of questions I have:
What is a route that we can take that will be mostly hiking, have a few days of partying in a major city, take us through the outback and last 4-5 weeks?
What items do we need to bring to basically live out of a tent for 4 weeks?
What are must see spots?
Thanks a lot for any help!
June/July is winter in Australia, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania normally get good snow falls especially at higher altitudes with rain at lower levels, presuming the drought doesnt continue
Anyway I say Queensland would be your best bet Brisbane/Gold Coast will give the party atmosphere then travel north or west for the trekking experiences.
I'm with gnangarra.
If you want to tent Australia I suggest staying North and maybe hanging round the Kimberley (Broome), the NT and Northern Queensland.
what types of items will i need to bring for a backpacking trip?
vests (don't bring anything white, they will get wrecked pretty quickly!)
long sleeved top (in case you get burnt)
Casual comfortable trousers (only a couple of pairs)
walking boots (if you plan to go hiking) or really good trainers
Fleece (it gets real cold at night in the outback)
socks (as above)
Don't over pack and don't buy a massive backpack as you will just fill it and it will be too heavy!
You can buy travel towels that dry really quickly but I normally just buy a cheap towel that i don't mind binning at the end of my trip.
Sunscreen - if you have fair skin buy a high one at home to take with you as the sunscreen in Oz only goes up to 30+ and reapply as often as possible - the Ozzy sun is crazy and people who don't normally burn will be surprised!
You might want to go on an organised trip to Ayers Rock - I think it's about a week sleeping under the stars in swags and they leave from Darwin.....you can organise it all when you get to Oz and normally your hostel will have full info on it
P.S. June/ July is freezing in NSW etc - stay north as much as you can