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1. Posted by Nuphoric (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hi All,

Unfortunately my house mate can't come with me for a 3 week trip to Australia anymore (his mrs isn't very happy about it!) so i'm all booked up to go on my own. I'll be there from the 18th March until the 7th April 2008.

I say 'booked', all i've arranged is the flights in and out of Sydney!

I have some things that I definitely want to do:
Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Neighbours Tour.... obviously! ;)
Bungy in Cairnes
Scuba/Snorkel in the great barrier reef
Surf on the Gold Coast

Do I need to book all of these in advance or can i book them when i get there so i have a bit more flexibility?

My current route is:

Arrive in Sydney, take the train to Melbourne, Fly to Cairnes, Hire a camper and drive all the way down the coast to Brisbane and then on to Sydney again.
I know its a lot for 3 weeks but hopefully I can manage it!

On the drive down from Cairnes i haven't really got any firm plans, i was going to spend about 11 days doing it so I should be able to see a few places. Recommendations?
What are the campsites like? are there many along the coast where i'll meet people? don't fancy just parking up on the side of the road every night on my own!

I'm getting nervous about it now but I know I've got to do it! :)

2. Posted by BlueSand93 (Budding Member 23 posts) 8y

Hey, I lived in Sydney for a few months, and spent about 2 weeks traveling, from Sydney to Melbourne, to Uluru, to Cairns and back to Sydney. I definately suggest the scuba/snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, we had bad weather, which made going out to the reef difficult and the waters choppy, but we got to snorkel and only booked it when we got there so it wasn't anything we needed to do in advance. For Sydney, walking the Harbour Bridge is great, but I would suggest the BridgeClimb, where you actually climb on top of the bridge all the way up to the flags and the peak, its an amazing experience to know you are standing up there and its amazing, although it is also expensive, but it was something I saved up for in advance because I knew it was something I needed to do. The BridgeClimb was also something I booked within a week, but it can be booked early so that you have more choices of days and times.

Sounds like a great trip, good luck with the planning!

3. Posted by Nuphoric (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Thanks for the advice! I was planning on the bridge climb too... was a bit shocked at the price but i still think it will be worth it! I'm thinking i might go in the evening, i think i'll get much better photos with all the lights :)

I've been speaking to people and reading up lots of stuff and firmly booked my ticket now. I'm paying for it with airmiles so I just have to pay airport taxes. Business class UK to Aus... £160... can't argue on the value ;) Almost makes the last 9 years of working seem worth it.... maybe not...

Anyway, i managed to get a flight from Sydney to Cairns included in the outbound trip so i'll be starting in Cairns now. It looks like there's plenty of things to stop off and do all the way down the coast until just past Brisbane.
Is there much to see and do driving between Brisbane and Sydney or am i better of spending a few days in NZ?

I'm thinking of just driving from Cairns to Brisbane now, getting a flight to NZ, check out Auckland City. I'd like to see if it really is a "Stinking s**thole, full of pissed bogans" ;) and then head down to Taupo for another Bungy.
Spend say 3 or 4 days there in total and then get a flight to Sydney, few days there then the train to Melbourne Which is where i'm flying home from now.

Any thoughts on the new route?
Another thing i was thinking about... i'll be 27 when I head out... are there many people my age doing the same thing or is it mainly young 'uns? not that it matters I suppose, just planning on meeting the love of my life while travelling, you know what it's like... ;)

4. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

Hi, just thought I'd answer your question there about whether there'll be people your age travelling. I was travelling Aussie earlier this year and encountered LOTS of people in the 25-35yo age-range. You really have nothing to worry about, sure there'll definitely be plenty of younger people, but it will most probably become a non-issue most of the time anyway. Age doesn't matter so much when you're travelling, you end up meeting and making friends with people of all ages :)

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 8y

Quoting Nuphoric

Thanks for the advice! I was planning on the bridge climb too... was a bit shocked at the price but i still think it will be worth it! I'm thinking i might go in the evening, i think i'll get much better photos with all the lights :)

Heh, if only. They don't allow you to bring your camera on the bridge climb. :'(
I was rather stunned when I first heard that, but sadly it's true: a combination of them making money selling photos, and fear of people dropping the cameras (makes some sense - it can be quite windy up there - but I can't help but think that the money is the main reason).
Personally this meant I just completely skipped out on the bridge climb. Photography would be the main reason for me to want to be up there...

I'm thinking of just driving from Cairns to Brisbane now, getting a flight to NZ, check out Auckland City. I'd like to see if it really is a "Stinking s**thole, full of pissed bogans" ;) and then head down to Taupo for another Bungy.

Y'know, Auckland and Taupo are nice and all, but they really can't compare to what you'd see on the South Island. I'd highly recommend instead flying to Christchurch or Queenstown, and from there making your way to the other location for the flight out. 3-4 days should be enough for that, allowing you to bungy from the Kawarau Suspension Bridge (the first commercially operated bungy bridge in the world), and see the gorgeous scenery of Lindis Pass, Mt. Cook, and Lake Tekapo in between.

6. Posted by BlueSand93 (Budding Member 23 posts) 8y

Yes I was sad that there was no picture taking allowed on the BridgeClimb, but you still get the views.

I would agree with Sanders on NZ, I spent two weeks there with Contiki and loved the South Island, Queenstown was amazing and there is so much to do. I did the K Bridge Bungy Jump (since it was the original bungy) and there is always something going on in Queenstown and travelers passing through so you wouldn't have a problem meeting people there. Also got to do a heli/hike on the glaciers, which might not be as accessible in the near future due to environmental changes, so its definately something to do while you can.

If you get nervous about traveling alone or finding people in your age range, you might consider some sort of group tour for part of your trip. After living in Sydney solo for a few months, I stopped in NZ on the way back to the states but did it with Contiki, which is for young travelers, most people on my trip were between 20s and 30, so it was what I needed after going solo for a while. Message me if you want info on that, or anything else about your trip.

Happy Travels.

7. Posted by Nuphoric (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Thanks for all of the advice!
That's really disappointing about not being able to take photos on the bridge, I'll probably still go but i'll begrudge having to pay for photos when the actual excursion cost so much in the first place!

I'll look in to going tot he south island then, my friend has been there the last 8 months so i'll have a word :)

the days are slowly going by!