I recently joined travelerspoint because I am planing on going to Australia in October for 6-8 months. I am traveling with my sister on the East Coast. I have just graduated from Highschool and neither my sister nor I have any experience backpacking. I need some tips on some awsome places to visit that aren't major tourist traps. I also just wanted to say hi to everyone; so hi!
Sometimes I feel like I am the only person on this board not planning a trip to Australia...
You and me Greg! But someday it's gonna happen!
Welcome to TP! I do have some suggestions for Australia, even though I've never been! Since you're on the East Coast, I imagine you're going to be visiting Melbourne and Sydney. I'm sure you've heard of the Gold Coast. Brisbane is a good destination to visit around the Gold Coast, and then you can keep on going north towards Cairns. All those cities on the coast are supposed to be beautiful, and Cairns is a lesser-known but necessary destination. I would say that Sydney is probably the most touristic of all the cities mentionned, and Melbourne a close second. The cities along the coast aren't as touristic, but can be more crowded during our fall (which is their spring), because they are more north and therefore hotter than Sydney and Melbourne. The Daintree Forest is also a beautiful place to visit and it should be less crowded (I imagine... this is in no way a certainty) than other cities. It's north of Cairns. Btw, this info comes from the stories I've heard from my relatives and friends who've been to Australia. Hope that helps out. You guys will have a blast (as everyone who goes to Aus does!). Happy travels!
Buy the Lonely Planet guide to the East Coast Route. It's well worth it and covers two routes - one straight along the coast, and another slightly inland of that, just in case you want to sample the outback.
Although busy, Sydney is a must. Decide what you want to see and do it. You may stay longer than you think! Although it is more expensive to live in the cities.
All along th coast there are 'normal' Australian towns. Many of these have fabulous beaches and are just as good a place to chill and surf and swim etc.
Nelson Bay is just a few hours north (by road) of Sydney and is a fairly quiet place, but pretty and you can do whale/dolphin cruise from there.
North lies Port Macquarie. It's an ordinary town with great beaches, so it should be cheap to find somewhere to stay and maybe work, although I can't vouch for the nightlife.
Byron Bay is north again. A small town, but busy and popular. It's curving windswept beach is a must though, but you might not want to learn surfing here - it looked like one for the experienced to me!
The Gold Coast is great - especially Surfers Paradise (a city in itself) - but very busy. Quieter is the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane. Places like Coolum and Noosa are really nice places to relax and not packed even in summer.
Airlie Beach is about the most southerly place to start exploring the Great Barrier Reef. There is every type of accommodation here - from backpackers to luxury.
A useful tip is that you can always negotiate a better rate for an apartment or motel room if you are staying more than a couple of days. And if you are sharing with your sister, you will probably get some nicer rooms in motels etc, than you would by using hostels - although that's a good way to meet people.
I don't honestly know anything about your query, I just wanted to say hi and welcome!xx
Am I the only peson in Australia wanting to be somewhere else (on holidays of course!) ?
If you have any questions, fire them my way.