I decided 2 weeks ago that things are too depressing in this country at the moment with the credit crunch and redundency's etc so i am taking the dive and quitting my job, giving up my flat and going to australia for a year starting July/September. I am completely new to this. Although iv been to lots of places on holiday this will be the first time i have been out of the country on my own so, quite a daunting prospect.
My plan is to start in cairns and work my way down the east coast over 6 months and then get a job in Melbourne for the remaining 6 months. I have a brother i barely know who lives in melbourne so i would have somewhere to stay while looking for a job. I have looked at lots of different ways of getting down the coast but most of the pre organised trips ie Oz experience etc, seem to run over a much shorter time period than 6 months. Any ideas which is the best Train/coach company to get a travel pass with? obviously it needs to be over 6 months.
I want to take lots of photos while i am away so was intending on taking a compact digital camera and my 35mm SLR (cant afford a digital just yet ) do you think this is too much to lug around?
Which leads me on to my next question, space. I have been looking at packs and wondered what size i would realisticly need, its very hard to judge over the internet. I was looking at this
I have seen a few people say 65lt is plenty but Given that i will be taking 2 camera's and i intend on getting an office job in melbourne so will need office clothes also, do you think 85lt is too big?
Sorry about the marathon post and all the questions but as i said this is all new to me
Welcome to Travellerspoint Upsticks!
I'll move this into the Australia forum, where I think you'll get better answers.
6 months down the coast is a long time. Do you plan on getting any small jobs on the way down the coast, maybe on a farm or in a restaurant? Six months is enough time to work in 3 different cities for a month each and still travel a LOT!
I say this because I went up the coast from Adelaide to Cairns and stopped in all the cities and most of the towns along the way in four months. and I worked on a farm for 1 month. so essentially all of my travelling was done in 3 months. and I was taking my time. If you don't plan on working until melbourne than expect to get down the coast a lot quicker.
I would say pack the office clothes and once you get to cairns ship them to your brother in Melbourne if you can. If you can't do that I'd say forget them completely and just buy clothes down there. maybe pack dress shoes to save money. you can find pants and shirts fairly cheap in the big cities...it'll be better than lugging it around for months.
as for travel go with greyhound. it's much more flexible than the OZ exp. buses. they have passes that last for 3 months up to a year. Travelling around eastern oz is super easy. you really have nothing to worry about there.
If you like taking pictures take the cameras, otherwise they will be going to waste sitting at your home.
I agree with Cool Paul on the clothes front, travelling with unused items is a pain and if you want to travel light buy the smaller bag as this will help you determine whats necessary and what's accessory when you pack.
Regarding your cameras, I personally think it's best with just the one. You could sell the two you have and invest in a decent digital one that will suit all your needs.
You could even go as far as to take a weeks vacation in the UK to test out your equipment and to also get a bit of experience travelling on your own.
Im from the East coast and you will love it but i wouldn't limit yourself to just travelling the east coast. If your going all the way to oz you need to check out the northern territory...Kakadu Uluru Cathering gorge you could find a number of travel companies that can take you there and trust me you won't regret it.
you have enough time, i reckon you should fly into brissie or sydney, travel UP to cairns and then across into the norther territory and down to alice springs/uluru and then fly to melbs and work. 6 months is enough to do that... youd see the things that make australia unique and youd get away from the tourists by going to NT. well theyre still well n truly there, but there are less than on the east coast, which is inundated
I agree with jaxstar84, the Territory is a great place to come and see. 6 months is a long time to spend on the east coast, September is a great time to come and see the Territory the weather in Darwin is still great, the rainy season dosent start till October/November and it is not too hot to visit Alice Springs, Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon. There is heaps of work in the Northern Territory as well. If you are in Australia you have to experience the outback it is a turely unique experience.