Hello everyone!! I've just booked my flight to Perth and will be arriving Monday 3rd March. I'm travellng alone and am looking forward hooking up with with anyone who's up for seeing, doing, experiencing, as much as my hard saved cash will allow!
I'm planning on starting in perth, heading north around the coast, up to the northern territory, round to cairns for their dry season where friends of mine live, down the east coast, to be around sydney area for the start of their spring into summer, then melbourne, then adelaide , just not sure when I'll be squeezing in Uluru but it will be fit in at some point!!............. i've got my year holiday/working visa so i can top up funds as I go when needed, so timing is not really important other than staying with the weather!
So, is there a hostel of choice in Perth - I defo don't want the cheapest as i'm a clean and tidy kinda chick, but it doesn't have to be 5 star if you catch my drift? I much prefer to be close to the beach, but will it be best to start in the city to get my bearings and for sorting out things like phone etc....I'm also going to get my own wheels, maybe an estate car (or station wagon do Aussies call it?) or preferably a van so will be cool to meet people who want to share petrol costs and travel in style!!
Wow your going on a big journey! lol . If you wana find out about accommodation you should check out www.bug.co.uk, its a really useful website n has reviews of most hostels around Oz shows which to avoid n which r a must stay. Hope this helps!!
Im heading out to Cairns in July...can't wait!! so if your in the area around that time then id defo be interested in joining your road trip
I'm planning on starting in perth, heading north around the coast, up to the northern territory, round to cairns for their dry season where friends of mine live, down the east coast, to be around sydney area for the start of their spring into summer, then melbourne, then adelaide , just not sure when I'll be squeezing in Uluru but it will be fit in at some point!!
Aside from beaches (which are pretty much plentiful all around Australia) I don't think there would be much along the west coast! You may want to consider going from Perth to Ayers Rock, up to Darwin then Cairns etc. before the east coast, although even that is still a long drive as WA is huge
an estate car (or station wagon do Aussies call it?)
What the hell is an estate car? Yes, it's a station wagon if you mean type of car with no boot and an extended interior
You have to drive South from Perth Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta, Denmark etc. Absolutely beautiful, good wines and other local produce too
Thanks Hanna for your thoughts there........as you're not the first person to say head south as opposed to heading north - that's what i'm gonna do!! That very south corner of WA does sound lovely, so exploring that first before heading into the red centre for Uluru Wish me luck!
I agree, that between Perth and the very north of the West Coast there is not much to see, but if you're into diving you can't miss Ningaloo Reef off Coral Bay and Exmouth. The national park is absolutely amazing and I've done some of the best diving in my life up there. It's a million times nicer than busy and crowed Great Barrier Reef.
Another place I loved when travelling around Australia was Karijini National Park on the way between Exmouth and Broome and I also thought the Kimberleys were fantastic. The whole area is a lot less touristy than the East coast, yet I met some really cool people and still think the West it's one of my favourite parts of the country.
Thanks for your thoughts Steff
I'm not sure what to do again now!! I absolutely love diving, the scenery does sound awesome - even if it is the only thing that's there, and I'll be there at the most ideal time of year - the dry season!
I'm just going to have to wait till I'm in Perth, and see what happens I think!........ I have my first week booked in a hostel, and first on the agenda is finding the right vehicle to buy - then i'll have to decide!!
yeah i would really recommend going down sth and seeing denmark, pemberton, margaret river etc... great food wine and scenery! and can also def recommend going up north as well! the national park around exmouth was great, the diving around ningaloo reef beats the hell outta the barrier reef... its much more remote and less touristy but youll get the chance to meet some real aussies lol there are some lookouts on the way to shark bay which are stunning and you can see whales if youre there at the right time! i went in winter with my bf and we saw whales... very cool... going fishing off the mile jetty in canarvon is also cool and i caught something REALLY often! best fish for dinner ever!