I am going on RTW trip for 8 months, starting on 7th June.
We are going - London/vancouver/america, (seattle driving down to san Diego)/ Thailand/ Singapore/ Australia/ New Zealand/ Hong Kong/ Dubai.
The problem that i'm having is when my friend and i visit Australia, we are only there for 7weeks but theres so much we want to see! We want to go to -
- Shark Bay
- Gold Coast
- Whitsunday islands
Are these places good places to visit? Is there a lot to do in these places? As i said we are only there for 7weeks, so is it possible to visit all these places?
We're not going to drive, as we are driving in America and NZ, so we thought we would just use trains, buses and planes to get around. So if we can do all this in 7weeks, how would we go about doing it? What order? and what transport would you suggest to get from one place to another?
I would appreciate any advice on the route to take etc and how many days we should spend in each part etc and the best things to see and do.
Also we will be in Oz in August/september, what is the weather like around that time?
If you're coming from Singapore you could start your trip up north e.g. Cairns and work your way down the east coast and across to Adelaide and Perth, although I'm not if this would be the cheapest option. 7 weeks is enough time depending on how long you want to stay in each spot / what you're interested in doing. Trains and buses are fine for getting around, but I think given that you're heading down the coast and the length of your trip, hiring a car might work out cheaper but I could be wrong about that. They would all be nice places to visit but maybe look into what you'd be interested in seeing / doing before you get here. You can also do some day trips outside of the main cities too. Queenlsand has some amazing rainforest areas, for example. The weather down south is still quite cold in August / September and you could get some rain.
Good luck! It sounds like a lovely trip.
Public transport would be fine, but I agree, a car may be better, give you more freedom etc. and the roads there are really nice to drive along...the only thing is it's a mammouth trek from Adelaide to Perth (I think it's like 6 days drive or something silly) so probably worth getting a flight for that one. You could always go down the East Coast from Cairns, then get the sleeper train from Adelaide up to Ayres Rock which is an awesome experience in its own right then fly from there to Perth...although that will mean doubling back on yourself. Have fun!
I forgot about the length of the drive to Perth. I haven't done it but I've heard it's a good trip by train anyway. I was also thinking to suggest Ayers Rock / Central Australia, for an amazing desert and cultural experience. We've been up there twice and I can't wait to go again.
If you were going to just see Ayers Rock (Uluru), I would maybe take a flight. It's quick to get to from any of the main cities and there's an airport there about 20 kms from the resort area. You can get a bus from the airport. There's a wide variety of accommodation, including camping grounds. Ayers rock itself is a bit further on from the resort and you need a permit to get in, which you just buy at the gate when you get there.
Sorry Philymop. I misread your post. We haven't done the train Adelaide to Perth but have hear it is fine to do. We have done the train Adelaide to Alice Springs which is about several hundred kms from Ayers Rock, so you'd have to drive or take a bus from there.
If you went from Adelaide to Ayers Rock and then a flight to Perth, I don't think there would be any doubling back if Perth is the last stop and you fly out of the country from there. Personally, I think the side trip to Ayers Rock would be a better use of the time than training or driving to Perth straight from Adelaide, but it really depends on what you want to see / do.
The Julies, just one other suggestion while I think of it, before making a final decision on going to Perth I would check out Broome. It's quite a bit futher north than Perth and may be a place of interest given the other areas on your list.
Australia is huge. The problem is that it is so diverse too as far as landscape and weather. Some roads can be blocked by flodding for weeks at a time, and for this there would have to be a lot of flexibility in your travel plans. Land mass wise, consider the land area of the USA with 10% of the poulation and that is what you are looking at. The best way would be by road by hiring a campervan, that way you set your own travel plans and sleep where you like. At the risk of sounding promotional I have a small website -snip- that lists various travel and accomodation options that may be of use to you. Some retirees here in Oz spend years traveling on the road and still dont get to see everything they would like to. From your list, the bulk of your interest seems to be the eastern half of Australia....again best traversed by road. The trip to the west (Perth) can be done by rail but can be dearer than doing it yourself by road (and slower). If traveling in remote areas (Central Australia), you need to do your research as far as outback survival, even locals can perish if unprepared so please take care. Thats all I can think of from the top of my head, if you have other questions more specific I'll try and answer them.
Oh and the weather around August is fine in general, but it does go to the extremes between the north and the south, and there may still be snow in the ranges to the south at that time. Up North, it should be nice and warm (Low 30 celcius on a daily basis).
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