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1. Posted by Manderley (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Finally decided to bite the bullet and go travelling ! Not done anything like this before so thought Oz intro looked like a good idea - any feedback? Anyone else thinking of going around March 2008? x

2. Posted by marcusshaw (Budding Member 27 posts) 9y

hey

im getting to sydney march 20th, im a new traveller doing in alone! had a look at oz intro myself and thought it looked a bit expensive for what it was.... i might be the only person!

i was thinking of putting the same money into the "oz experience" bus instead. it just looks like better value to me and u get to see alot more of oz!

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

Both are much more expensive than doing things yourself. It all depends on how much hand-holding you want. (As someone who did it all by himself, I can tell you that it's supremely easy to do things by yourself: the infrastructure of the entire country is very well suited for backpackers.)
Oz Intro is "good", in that it really aims at guiding you through all the basics to get you started and has you do tons of activities you might otherwise not have bothered with. Oz Experience is "good" in that it's a replacement for Greyhound buses with guaranteed (and near-constant) partying and if you go with them, you won't even need to read a Lonely Planet.

It's up to you to decide if you think those things are actually good for any value of "good" that you care about.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 20, 2007, at 10:46 AM by Sander ]

4. Posted by chemgal (Respected Member 149 posts) 9y

I would have to agree with Sander, it is much cheaper to do it by yourself. But Oz Intro is a great option if you are a first time traveller so you can have some help when you get there and also meet some new people.
If possible, try and talk to some people who have done Oz Intro already and see if they think it's worth the money.
I'm in Canada at the moment on a working holiday and I arranged everything myself. I've met a lot of people who came here with a programme and thought it wasn't worth the money as it was actually easier and faster to arrange it yourself.

5. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

I'll have to check these out. I'm heading down to sydney april 1st. I was looking at another post that had a link to a greyhound pass that goes from sydney to cairns. but I gott wonder how far away you get dropped off from all of the action and cheap hostels.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

Greyhound bus stops are usually in the middle of a city, and if it's a large city, there'll be public transport taking you further from there on. (For example, the greyhound terminal in Sydney is right at Central Station, from where there's trains and buses to everywhere every other minute.)
In the rare cases where a hostel isn't easily accessible from a greyhound stop, the hostel can be expected to offer free pickups if you call them - there's so many backpackers travelling with greyhound buses that to do otherwise would cost them far too much business.

7. Posted by Moley05 (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

Hey I am booked on the Ozintro thing for 3rd of March. I am same never travelled on own so thought it would take a bit of the stress out of the first week going with Ozintro just to get ya started ya know. I know you could do it on your own, all depends how confident you are i suppose.

8. Posted by rach6083 (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

I signed up for an intro to Oz kind of thing, however I never really needed them once I was there. Australia is so well catered for backpackers, everything is so easy and people are always there for advice wherever you go! Personally I wish I used that money for spending once I was there.
But certainly if you want peace of mind then go for it....

9. Posted by mulchy23 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

im gonna be in perth in may looking to so the same really

10. Posted by royp (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Just got back from Australia last week,
East Coast.
Sydney
Port Stephens
Surfers Paradise
Airlie Beach
Whitsundays
Townsville
Cairns
Palm Cove
Port Douglas
Daintree Rain Forest
Cape Tribulation

On 1st glance both oz intro and oz experiance seem a decent price.
You get it all handed on a plate with accom and travel obviously not with both,
I would say when you look at what you get its only the travel or the accom thats worth anything really.
You can SO SO EASILY do the rest yourself out there or before you go,
Australia is an ultra modern country where everything is so easy to do yourself.
As for making friends quickly with there package, thats true, however ask yourself how easy is it to make friends in hostels (very easy) with like minded people like yourself, you can get all your answers on websites like this on how to do things and its a lot more interesting.

As for the travel and the distances, the distances are mind bogling out there and the roads are certainly not built for speed in a lot of places. Bear this in mind when planning your trip, do you really want to waste 3 days driving/travelling just to save the cost of the airfare, after all build into the road/rail travel cost and the over night accom and you may find the airfare seems more attractive and you get to spend time in the place of your choice not some isolated place you dont really want to be, of course there is only certain places the plane can go.
For arguments sake we got 4 tickets from sydney to Coolengata (surfers) for the equiv of £30 each, obviously the sooner you book the better etc but you take my point.
Virgin Blue
Quantas
Jet Star
all have great deals on.

http://www.yha.com.au/

Camper vans wise these seem to be the ones of choice at the moment you could see them every where

http://www.wickedcampers.com.au/

Hope this helps,
Im really jealous of you, you will have a wicked time, and you will never ever forget it.