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1. Posted by pgirardin (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

I'm going to Australia in Mid-July for about 2-3 weeks and I was wondering what would be a good itinerary. I most definitely want to see Sydney. Uluru would be good and Whitsundays as well and definitely some good wildlife (koala, kangoroos...). I don't mind skipping some beach towns since I will be in Fiji for 3 weeks after that. Sample itineraries would be very appreciated, I'm very open. I would like to live the Australian experience as much as possible (minus the whole surf, beach thing). Thanks

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 8y

Hmm, I'd go for something like:
day 1-5: Sydney (+ maybe a daytrip to the Blue Mountains)
day 6-10: flight to Melbourne + Melbourne + two days for a Great Ocean road trip (see Koalas at the side road to Cape Otway, and I think there's a semi-famous golf course along the great ocean road that's good for seeing kangaroos as well, though I didn't visit that myself)
day 11-13: flight to Uluru + Uluru
day 14-16: flight to Cairns + Great Barrier Reef daytrip + Cape Tribulation daytrip. (Mostly inserted since there's no direct flights from Uluru to anywhere near the Whitsundays, and then you might as well make the most of a visit to Cairns)
day 17-20: flight to Hamilton Island + Whitsundays
day 21: flight to Sydney (?) and on to Fiji.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 26, 2008, at 10:44 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Gavin-D (Budding Member 81 posts) 8y

wow, thats a hectic itinerary, but seems like a good 1.

sander you seem to have the knowledge, i'm off for 2 years to oz ( proveided i get a 2nd whv for harvest work ) and i haven't really planned the trip much besides arrive in cairns then start heading south down the coast.

was just gonna do the tourist things i heard about while over there plus the few places i wanted to see. good idea bad idea?

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 8y

Gavin: for two years (or even just a single year) you shouldn't plan too much. Just have a rough mental list of which places you at some point want to visit, and the vague intention to be north between May and September, while being south between November and March, and beyond that, go with the flow. No plan or itinerary you can make in advance will last longer than a month or two anyway, as you'll meet up with people who'll give you new ideas for what to do, or discover a location you really like and want to stay a month or two at, or...
Planning and tight itineraries are good for when you're limited by time, but when you're not, freedom to roam is worth more than anything else. You can't beat the experiences you'll have when you don't have a set itinerary (and ideally are ignorant of guide books and tourist attractions), but just get to see and experience places at your own pace as you happen across them.

5. Posted by Gavin-D (Budding Member 81 posts) 8y

thanks for that sander, that makes me feel so much better, when your surrounded by kinda uptight friends that may i add ARE NOT travelling it stresses me out. i'm more laid back and like the idea of just seeing what comes my way.

thanks again sander