I am just starting to plan my year backpacking around Aus, will prob leave in April next year (I hate saving), just decided to go as first time ever I have no ties and I'm 27 so its now or never. Will be going solo so a bit nervous, but everyone assures me I will meet loads of people along the way.
If any one has any suggestions/advice about where I should hit and when would love to hear, thinking I will start in Darwin as it will be the hot and dry season. Will also have to work to fund travel, don't want to hit the big cities and do office work thinking I'll stick to fruit picking or something like that, should I be worried about getting work and plan it in advance or is it pretty easy just to get there and go with the flow?
Your plan sounds great so far (starting in the North in the winter!) and there is much to see in the north (just around Darwin you have Kakadu National Park and Litchfield (sp?) National Park and Katherine Gorge. I haven't been to Broome and the Kimberley but it's on my wish list...by the time you do all that, head over to Qld for spring in the far north and by the time you are ready to head south it will be warming up (Sept/Oct for Sydney and Melbourne). As for working along the way, it's impossible to say in this GFC - things are bound to change many times in the next year. However, the kind of work you want to do is always hired at the last minute, so best to feel it out as you go (and only very recently we were encouraging guest workers from nearby Pacific Islands to come to Ausralia to pick fruit because nobody else was available, so chances are good for you!) Cheers, Pinny
I'm just starting to plan a journey myself around Australia, leaving the UK in April. If you want company for some of the journey, then let me know as I will be travelling on my own too! My plans quite similar to yours, I've been sitting in a office for the last few years and I'm so sick of it all now, it's unreal.
If you want to chat sometime, PM me!
Thanks Pinny, thats reassuring :c) Good tips for what to see, can't wait it will be amazing. North in Winter, that will be hot and dry though?