I hope someone can help me. We want to see Ayers Rock and are landing in Brisbane. We are on a tight budget and so far think that hiring a car would be the cheapest and quickest way. We only have about 2 weeks to see the sights of Australia.
Is there a bus that can take us to Alice Springs? How long would it take? We've found flights to be too expensive unless anyone knows a cheap airline to go with?
And if anyone knows a cheap car rental place that we could look at?
Try standbycars.com.au check out their hotdeals.
It might be hard to get from Brisbane to Alice Spring that way, but it might help a lot for going somewhere else one way.
I used it from Melbourne to Perth and its great!
There is not really a direct route (that is straight line) from Brisbane to Alice/Uluru. With a car, it takes 4 to 5 (very) long days, as you have to drive either north towards Cairns first or south and head inland somewhere north of Sydney. Really, it is a huge distance.
Rental cars are cheap anyway in Oz in my opinion, and you'll better rent a car with one of the regular ones like Hertz or Avis. Cars usually start at around 25 GBP including insurance, and bigger cars just cost slightly more.
I don't know about cheap flights, but I figure if you come all the way to Oz you can afford a regular domestic flight as well. Otherwise, maybe it would be wise to either stick to the eastcoast area around Brisbane or try to arrange to fly into Adelaide instead of Brisbane. Just some thoughts
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 24, 2008, at 1:23 AM by Utrecht ]
As Utrecht says, it takes 4 to 5 days, each of 8 to 10 hours driving time (plus stops for a stretch, and fuel etc.) if you drive Brisbane to Uluru. Do you really want to spend 8 to 10 days in a car? You only have a 14 day holiday, so spending 2/3rds of it in a car seems like a holiday you won't enjoy. and it's not like it's a pretty route with lots to see along the way either. About half of it will be flat boring and very tiring.
My advice? Don't drive. Fly.
Bargain car hire will cost about $350, petrol about $500, accomodation along the way between $250 and $600 depending on your taste, (you can avoid this if you get a camper, but you'll pay more for the camper anyway...), so all up, driving will cost you at about $550 each (minimum) and the flight about $700. It will also cost you the vast majority of your time on the holiday.
I know you're on a budget, but for an extra A$150 each, you can have a MUCH more enjoyable holiday.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 24, 2008, at 5:30 PM by Carl_1970 ]
Thanks for your help. After reading all the replies we've decided to just skip Ayers Rock... as you have mentioned, it's far too much travelling and too pricey as well. We're going to work our way down to the likes of Sydney maybe stopping off at places along the way like Whitsundays, Byron Bay etc.
Thanks again, you've made our minds up