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1. Posted by tezz12345 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

hello i am 26 and planning on doing what i wanted to do since 18....... a big long trip abroad!

i am going with my gf and my idea is to fly to sydney via bangkok,staying in bangkok for 1 or 2 weeks to break up flight.

when in sydney i will buy a little no frills campervan from a garenteed buyback company, and they just head north or wherever the wind takes us for around 6 months, am not sure if driveing right across oz is practical due to the condition of roads.

what are people opinions of spending 6 months between melbourn and cairns is that TOO much time??

my budget for the whole trip is about 10 000gbp after the 6 months and resale of van i will spend money on a relaxed trip home via wherever/fiji/la/hong kong???? who knows

leaving in october 09

any imput would be good any ideas much appreciated

thanks

terry

2. Posted by emmgee (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

Hi Terry

Your trip sounds great. Personally, I think 6 months for Cairns to Melbourne is a bit too long. Of course, it depends how many inland / side trips you want to do and how long you wish to spend in each place. We've driven the distance inland over just several days (Melbourne to Cape Tribulation) and then taken our time driving back from there.

Also, if you're starting in Sydney you will need to do some backtracking if you're going to drive to Cairns or Melbourne and then back.

If you have that amount of time available you can easily get right around the country. The roads joining the main cities and towns are very good as well as services and facilities along the way. You could consider going further north than Cairns, over into central Australia / Western Australia if you're intersted in seeing the outback or up to Kakadu / Darwin (just check when the wet season is). You could even do a trip over to Tasmania which is great for a driving holiday too, and it has some lovely scenery.

If you're heading over in October you might want to keep in mind that December / Jan are very busy as it is the main school holiday season here.

All the best with your planning.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Apr-2009, at 16:36 by emmgee ]

3. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 7y

Hi Terry, as emmgee said you've got plenty of time and you might want to consider travelling most of the way around the country. Are you arriving in Australia in October 09 or leaving Australia in October 09?

4. Posted by tezz12345 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

all going well ill be in australia late octobe 09

the only concern with traveling the whole way round in the massive distances with nothing inbetween, fear of breaking down in middle of noweare with no mobile phone signal ant wotnot

but when i see what main highways are like and if there is plenty on route i may change my mind.:)

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

2 weeks in Bangkok? Surely you could find better places to go in Thailand - Bangkok is hardly paradise, but it is interesting. I was sorry I wasted 5 days there in Feb.

The roads in Oz are perfectly fine, but can you really resell that van so easily? Remember that vehicles are not selling at all well right now, anywhere!

6. Posted by travelbag (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I also agree 6 moths in Clarins maybe a bit too long and boring...There are beautiful options around you can venture them out,also there are day trips from Clarins and Melbourne which you could definitely do.I basically like many places together in a kitty so that it can become a little more adventurous but it can also become little tiresome.So make your personal choice...

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

7. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 7y

Most of the main roads are sealed so you'll be able to drive around easily and when you're travelling between towns there are grey nomads (retired people with 4x4s and caravans) and trucks travelling past quite frequently. The only time you might get in trouble is if you go off the main route and if you've got a van it's unlikely.

Hard to know what the best route would be for October-March as it's the wet season in the northern end of Australia from nov-feb or thereabouts and so Cairns probably won't be the most pleasant place to be, this year there was quite a bit of flooding in the area. My suggestion would be to get a map and do some googling and find places where you'd like to go then draw a line between them, you could work out a rough timeline to avoid being up north from nov-feb.

Even if you're travelling some big distances you can do it quite quickly, I was in a hurry to get from Sydney to Perth and drove there in 5 days which is right across the country. It wasn't boring for me, driving was half the adventure. Check out my trip pictures and travel map for some ideas on where you might want to visit.

8. Posted by emmgee (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

Quoting timtravels

Even if you're travelling some big distances you can do it quite quickly, I was in a hurry to get from Sydney to Perth and drove there in 5 days which is right across the country. It wasn't boring for me, driving was half the adventure. Check out my trip pictures and travel map for some ideas on where you might want to visit.

We're the same. We love what we call our 'driving' holidays as compared to flying somewhere. It's a totally different holiday experience, and we find we can cover a fair bit of ground if we want to as the roads are good wherever you want to go. We haven't been to WA yet, but it's on the list.