I'm planning on travelling to Oz next summer for 11 weeks. My plan is to fly into Sydney and meet up with a friend there who I'm going to travel around with and then fly home from wherever we end up. Looking into booking flights now though so need to know where I'm going to book my flight home from!! Does anyone have any recommendations on how we could spend our time in Oz. Basically I'd appreciate help on planning the 3 month trip - where to go and in what order, how long to spend everywhere and how to get around.. Thanks..
Hey, do you have more exact info on when you'll be arriving in Sydney? If you're arriving in nov/dec and leaving in jan/feb then it's going to be the wet season up north, anyway let us know - happy to help.
When saying summer do you mean summer in Australia, or summer in Ireland? It helps to specify month if possible to avoid confusion.
i went jan just gone for 3 weeks and i travelled the east coast, best time of my life
best bits were camping on frazer island, sailing the whitsundays and diving the barrier reef
Sorry when I say summer I mean June - August.. I plan to arrive at the beginning of June and fly home at the end of August.. Any help on planning my trip would be much appreciated..
Hey again, if you're going to be here June-August then from Sydney I'd head up the coast, visit Byron Bay, Brisbane, and like lizzie said Fraser Island , the Whitsundays and diving/snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef are a must. The area around Cairns is interesting, and you might want to head into the atherton tablelands to check out the waterfalls.
Depending on how you're travelling from there I'd head west and check out around Uluru, then up to Darwin and Litchfield and Kakadu and depending on your time and transport I would head down the west coast from there. You can check out my map and photos for an idea of what you'll see.
How are you planning on getting around? I like the idea of freedom and your own camper but you'll need a 4x4 to get around on Fraser island.
Hi.. Thanks for all the advice so far.. Reckon we'll be either buying or hiring a camper van for the three months to travel around - any idea how much this would cost?
I would recommend getting a 4x4 too.... most national parks require 4x4's and a camper would not get down the tracks... personally i think buy a tent, good sleeping bag and hire or buy a 4x4
If you google "australian car sales" and then have a look at the type of van/car/4x4 you like it'll give you some idea of how much it will cost to buy a vehicle, but if you buy I recommend you take someone mechanically minded to check it out.
You can google "australian car rentals" and have a look to see how much it would cost to hire. I see alot of "wicked" campers around and there seems to be more "backpacker car rentals" out than there was before.
You probably don't need a 4x4 if you're going to all the normal destinations except for on Fraser Island. A normal van or station wagon will be ok on most dirt roads if you drive carefully, if you want to go further out of the way then a 4x4 will be handy! Once you decide your route you could decide if you need a 4x4, and to decide the route I think getting a big map and marking places you want to see on it, then play join the dots.
I still have the map I used, feel free to message me if you'd like it.