Thanks, those were the kinds of places I was thinking about approaching someone for a tour package.
Where it may be necessary to arrange tours does anyone know whether GAP adventures, Intrepid,etc are good bets or whether there is someone else I should be looking at?
As for next steps I guess its firm up locations to visit and arrange flights and tours (where needed). When you guys typically plan such DIY trips what are the pieces of homework that you do as far as research and planning go?
Your tips are appreciated.
We've always gone solo on trips (and sometimes it's just me on my loneseome!), which gives us a lot of flexibility and control--plus we get to talk to a lot more people since things aren't automatially taken care of. I generally prefer doing my own research and finding the best prices/places, too.
But this year we opted for South Africa, and my research all pointed back to "be very careful" and "good luck with transportation" - so we opted to book with G.A.P. Adventures. I liked them because they seem genuine--anyone of any age is welcome. You can travel as rough or as comfortable as you like. You can pay for extra activities or sit back and relax. Plus you get to meet local peolpe. We opted for the hotel-chalet-camping (but no dorms) route as it suited usbest. PLus I really think it's the best option for seeing as much as possible, as efficiently as possible, in our 2 1/2 week trip. I'll let you know how it goes when we get back!
So people here are generally against the tours it seems. I'm just wondering, I don't have a driver's license, so when I'm going to Australia I'll have to do some tours to get to some national parks (Daintree fx.). I mean I'd never do a tour of like Sydney, cities I can experience by myself, but are tours really that bad?
Magnus, Its great to hear you are coming to Australia. You will love it!
Tours in Australia, can be rather mixed. You can get your standard ones from Contiki, but for some areas, I have heard they are very good.
Private tour companys are a great way to meet people.
I have done several tours in Australia. Although they were only for a day, it was informative, no hassle and as I was going to the wine country (Hunter Valley, Swan Valley) I didnt have to worry about driving home!