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

Hey guys, im new to this whole thing, im jsut looking for anyone who has travvelled through Australia. Looking for advice from anyone who is willing to help out:) my addy is -snip- someone pls help

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

There's a lot of people here who've travelled through Australia, but the question as you're asking it is rather broad, and it's thus very hard to give any useful advice.
Could you be more specific with what it is you'd like help with? Just the whole concept of backpacking (I assume that's what you want to do), how hostels work, how decide where to go and how to get there, etc? Or would you like advice on which places to see in Australia? If so, during which time period, and what kind of things interest you? (Nature/partying/big cities/rural areas/culture/...?)

You'll need to help us a bit in order for us to be able to help you. :)

3. Posted by alex.a. (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

There's a lot of people here who've travelled through Australia, but the question as you're asking it is rather broad, and it's thus very hard to give any useful advice.
Could you be more specific with what it is you'd like help with?

Just the whole concept of backpacking (I assume that's what you want to do),
how hostels work...i assume they'll let you stay in one place as long as you can pay / bear it?

how to decide where to go and how to get there, etc? is getting buses the best way around the country, or are trains advisable given i'll be on a pretty tight budget, or is it worth looking for a van (perhaps with a couple of other people) that will solve the sleeping/transport issues in one. also, what is the price of fuel like over there? in the UK at the moment it's pretty ridiculous!

advice on which places to see in Australia? so far, in my head, i want to head up the east coast from sydney to cairns then maybe inland a bit, aim for uluru and possibly down to adelaide and back to sydney, i'll be there for 3 months, is that realistic?

If so, during which time period sept>dec 08 this is effectively spring isn't it? so what kind of weather expectations can i have? i've read about the rough climates of the south east and it's "fairly mild" in spring, but what does that mean?! :D being from scotland, "mild" is roughly between 5 and 10 deg celsius!

what kind of things interest you? (Nature/partying/big cities/rural areas/culture/...?) bit of everything really, a bit of sightseeing, partying, activities, travelling...

You'll need to help us a bit in order for us to be able to help you. :)

to be honest, i'm in the same boat as the original poster...i'd like details on pretty much all the things above...if that's not too much trouble (or links to any particularly important threads on any of the subjects) i've recently joined here and have been enjoying reading and searching on various topics, but direct pointers would be very welcome!

thanks!

4. Posted by RedHeadCan (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Well honostly its going to be myself and my dog(unless someone else decideds to come). i Just really wanna know about the beaches, im going to start off in Sydney and like Alex.a i'll be heading north. Im not interested in hostels because im bringing a tent and planning on sleeping outside most of the time (roughing it i guess lol) so im just wondering about the laws, beaches your allowed, not allowed to camp on, basically lookin for any one who can help with this. or even come along

5. Posted by upyourkilt (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Hello fellow Canuck!

I'm heading to NZ...but saw that you mentioned taking your dog!
You better look into cost factors and possible quarantine of your dog...I know when I brought my dog to the UK it was very expensive and there was a lot of red tape involved...Canada being a country that has rabbies and Australia and the UK are just great big islands without it? If you are planning on staying then it would be worth it, but if it is a short term holiday I'm not sure the cost or the experience of travel for you dog would be worth it....just a few things to look into and consider??

Cheers
Allan:)

6. Posted by RedHeadCan (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

haha yeah i spose eh, well i'm an animal lover, so i'll prolly see a stray and end up bringin the thing along with me lol

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

Quoting alex.a.

how hostels work...i assume they'll let you stay in one place as long as you can pay / bear it?

No, actually. Most hostels (and especially YHA hostels) have maximum stay limits, usually set at two weeks (and sometimes, in really popular cities, even at a single week). After that you'll need to move on again. Hostels are intended to provide cheap temporary accommodation to travellers, but not to provide a place to "live" long-term.
There are some long-term hostels, and in fruit-plucking places this even is the norm, with the hostel providing the entire package for food/accommodation/transport to work, but generally speaking these hostels won't be the first choice for most people to stay at.

how to decide where to go and how to get there, etc? is getting buses the best way around the country, or are trains advisable given i'll be on a pretty tight budget, or is it worth looking for a van (perhaps with a couple of other people) that will solve the sleeping/transport issues in one. also, what is the price of fuel like over there? in the UK at the moment it's pretty ridiculous!

What is advisable depends on how much freedom you want to have, and how much time you have. If you buy a backpacker car/van of your own, you can go more places more easily - but you'll have a lot of extra hassle first buying it and taking care of insurance and all that, and then the hassle at the end of your stay with selling it on again, even running the risk of not being able to. Still, for most people who go this route, this option does work out, and significantly cheaper than any other option would be, since they basically would only have to pay for gas (which yes, is undoubtedly ridiculously expensive in Australia at the moment as well, and will only be getting worse over time), the car registration and insurance, and maybe some repairs (but the car itself should sell for roughly as much as it was bought for, usually in the $2000-$4000 range).
Bus is probably the most popular option. Greyhound goes effectively everywhere you'd ever want to go in Australia, and it does so cheap. Plus as a backpacker you get a discount (with a YHA/VIP/ISIC card), or you could opt for whichever one of their various passes would fit your intended itinerary. Kilometre passes give ultimate flexibility (since you could take a flight to cover some larger distances in between), while Traveller passes allow you to do various popular routes (such as the east coast) for really cheap.
Internal plane flights (with virgin/jetstar/qantas) are often really cheap too, and are a great way to cover distance.
There's no many long distance trains, but those that exist are often competitive with buses if you book them more than two weeks in advance, and they're a much more relaxed way to travel if you want to cover a day's distance.

advice on which places to see in Australia? so far, in my head, i want to head up the east coast from sydney to cairns then maybe inland a bit, aim for uluru and possibly down to adelaide and back to sydney, i'll be there for 3 months, is that realistic?

That's a bit tight for three months, though should be doable.

If so, during which time period [b]sept>dec 08 this is effectively spring isn't it? so what kind of weather expectations can i have? i've read about the rough climates of the south east and it's "fairly mild" in spring, but what does that mean?!

Yes, that's spring, though north of Brisbane the seasons as we know them effectively cease to exist. September in Melbourne will be 10-15 degree daytime temperatures, and ~5 degree at night if you're unlucky (Melbourne winter nights can be surprisingly cold). You can expect light rain, sunshine, hail and gorgeous blue skies on an average day - and really all of that in the same day. That's Melbourne, any time of the year. Sydney will have 15-20 degree temperatures (feeling like 25 due to the warm sunshine), and further north it'll only get better.
By December down south it'll be full on high summer, and you'll want to be as far South as possible, as 30+ temperatures are quite ordinary. Also, Brisbane will be really humid, and further north you'd experience the "wet" season, which means torrential rains.
So, for a loop as you outlined between September and December, I'd start of with a flight to Uluru (since you want to see that as far away from the high summer heat as possible), then travel north and east via Alice Springs and Cairns, to slowly go down the coast and make certain you're below Brisbane no later than November, to finish off with Sydney and on to Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road.

I hope that all helps a bit as far as general information goes (also to the original poster - though I'm afraid I don't know about Australia's rules for camping in the wild and such).
Let me know if you have further specific questions based on this. :)

8. Posted by RedHeadCan (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

wow thats actually everything i didnt need to know except the locations and weather hahaha but can anybody point me in the righ direction for info on the whole camping on beaches thing? and i heard that if your caugh hitch hiking down there they'll kick you out or some shit

9. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 8y

There are plenty of hitch hikers here in Australia, I doubt if you'll get kicked out for doing it although I don't know the exact laws.

Usually with beach camping it's sign posted if you're not allowed to camp and most beaches are sign posted with a tent and a red cross through it. This being said, if you're away from major cities, no-one will be the wiser, just don't leave rubbish and a fire pit.