If you're flying from the UK, I'm pretty sure you won't be able to fly directly to Fiji or Oz, and will have to stop in Thailand, Hong Kong or Singapore (maybe other places) so it would make more sense to stop off. I have been to Oz and just switched planes in Singapore, its a very tiring flight. So a stop off in South East Asia sounds like a good plan, and your friend is right, it is very cheap. Its also a popular stop off for backpackers on route to Oz.
I'm off to SE Asia and Fiji next year and SE Asia is much cheaper than Fiji, but Fiji isn't particularly expensive for backpackers. If you went Island hopping in Fiji, its around $70 FJD (£20 ish) per night and includes food and accom. Whereas you can quite easily get by on £10 a day on SE Asia.
I've found the Lonely Planet and Rough Guides very good if you want to check it out properly!
I would forget Fiji all together
Go to Thailand for sure! That should be including in your flight a stop off in Bangkok!
You can survive on next to nothing in Thailand. Save your dollars for Sydney!
thanks ive been to thailand already in december and so was hoping to go somewhere just as cheap but different.I keep hearing alot about fiji and thought it may be a decent alternative.Ive checked for flights to fiji (£500) and most of them stop off in LA on their way to fiji.From fiji i checked its about £85 with virgin blue to fly to oz.Thinking bout doing this but dont wanna get their and realise its more expensive than i thought and regrett not picking indonesia.
Just one thing... be careful with the flight from Fiji to Oz as they (Oz) might and most probably do want to see an onward ticket already purchased... they can be pretty strict!
Definately Bali, much more interesting and cheaper.Dont be fooled Fiji is not really cheap.Garuda (Indonesia's airline) travels in and out of Australia and the UK. Sadly they no longer serve NZ.My son and daughter inlaw used them to travel to and from England 4yrs ago and got a 1night stopover in Bali. (paid by Garuda) I am sure you could extend it if they stopover to Australia anyway it will give you something to look into..