I was hoping and wondering if anyone could give me some advice?!
Looking to shortly book my RTW trip and looking at sorting Oz at the mo.
Going with a friend and we only wanna do few places (mainly east coast) and Ayers Rock.
What's the best way to include Ayers Rock without a huge expense???
Think we planning on Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Hervey Bay and Cairns (or vice versa). Been looking at different modes of transport but although they include all of the above, it seems Ayers Rock, cos its so far out of the way, makes it more expensive.
Please help. Any advice and tips will be of much help.
Happy travels xx
If you book a RTW ticket with oneworld (which includes Qantas), you can just put an extra stop in that itinerary at Ayers Rock airport for no extra cost (assuming you have space for the miles / stop). Otherwise a return flight Sydney-Ayers Rock seems to come in (most days) at $600 - but perversely enough it's only $500 for a return flight Melbourne-Ayers Rock or Brisbane-Ayers Rock which goes via Sydney.
You could also do a return flight from Melbourne to Alice Springs for around $200 most days, and then rent a car (or take a tour) to see Uluru from there in a couple of days; total cost probably wouldn't end up being much lower than flying direct, though.
edit: those are all Australian dollars, btw, which you currently get 2.05 of for a pound.
[ Edit: Edited on 19-Apr-2009, at 14:25 by Sander ]
That's so great that you're including Ayers Rock in your itinerary. It's the most amazing place and such a contrast to the coastal areas. As flying is the quickest way to get there this would be preferrable for you although, as mentioned in the other reply, it can be a bit pricey.
One thing that might help keep the costs down while you're there, is that if you book early there is a camping ground with reasonably priced cabins and campsites. There is a supermarket alos so you can eat relatively cheaply although because of it's location, prices are on the high side.
If you decide to fly to Alice Springs instead of directly to Ayers Rock, the drive is several hours. We hired a car to do this. I'm not sure if you can get a bus though.
Good luck with your planning. I do hope you get there. It will be an unforgettable experience for you.
IVe been looking into this aswell, you can get return flights with qantas from both Sydney and Adelaide for about $600 return
Interestingly the bus with greyhound from Adelaide is $550 aswell
Best way will definitely be try to add the flight on your RTW ticket or if you are already getting a greyhound bus travel pass you could use that aswell (still a 20 hour journey though
[ Edit: Edited on 20-Apr-2009, at 13:09 by miket.rtw ]