Instead of buying a car in OZ have you thought about just buying a bus ticket (or 2 bus tickets)
This would allow you to travel with other travellers, stop off for as much time as you want at a number of different places and cut the cost of buying a car. Im guessing that most of oz is desert, so you wouldnt really want to be travelling in land much aspecially if you dont know where you are going.
I will be getting these open bus tickets in a couple of weeks before i go, for oz and nz. Before i though i could just get a local bus like a greyhound(?) but these would be mainly for locals going back to their homes and have not many travellers on board or stop off at cheap accomodation like hostels
Just an idea
Yeah its an idea but ive done West Coast Oz already and went right into the outback.... if we got a bus we wouldnt see any of the national parks, plus the car isnt really the problem as when we buy it we are spliting it 3 ways, also when we sell it we get some money back anyway...
Thanks for the suggestion though.. just that i know how hard it is to drive the West so im prepared..... Ive heard east is easy as all the towns are very close to one another.
Are you doing all of oz? or just east?
The bus services in Oz like Greyhound and Premier are the main source of transport for backpackers up the east coast.. I had a premier bus ticket and met loads of travellers, the majority of the people on the bus were follow travellers. Alex, are you thinking of doing something like the Oz experience??
I would definitely recommmend getting a greyhound or premier bus ticket, its alot cheaper & I think it gives you greater freedom
I think just the east.
I can get one bus ticket for around £350 and then be on a budget of £20 a day (food, drink, accom) Will be staying with a mate, but only in sydney. Hopefully if i earn more my budget will be higher, otherwise im running out of money in new zealand (and fiji, LA and NY!)
edit - Emily, i think its something like 'magic'? or that was the brochure i was given, probably oz experience.
A bus goes down the coast and takes mostly travellers and stops off at different places on the way and you stay for as long as you like then get back on when you want. Thats what i was told by the person in STA
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 23, 2008, at 5:22 AM by alex1236 ]
Its a shame you can only afford to see the East, West is amazing.
Most National Parks are dirt roads on and off.... some even 4x4 so thats why we are buying a 4x4, that way we wont miss a thing! also gibb river is 4x4 (last time we did it in a station wagon!! was constantly in fear of her breaking down, which was part of the fun!!) save save save.... i hope you have a good trip... would be great if you posted your pics on your profile after!
i sure will, or put a link on here to them
I might see you in OZ as i will be there when you are... maybe not as you will be on the other side of the country!
Have you heard of Couchsurfing? or the hospitality club, its a site for fellow travelers who offer their couch's or spare room to travellers for free and a great way to make new friends around the world. all they ask in return is you are considerate and contribute towards food, electric etc, www.couchsurfing.com. its a great way to cut down on those expenses whilst travelling RTW