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1. Posted by jpg1_1 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I am about to start planning a 6 month trip around Oz and due to head out in November, My question is where to start my trip? I really like the sun so want to make the best of the weather where ever I am -

should I start in the north in like Cairns and travel all down the east coast to Melbourne or go the other way and start in Melbourne? what do you think guys?


[ Edit: Edited on 13-May-2009, at 01:00 by jpg1_1 ]

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5635 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Well, if you start in November, I would definately start in Melbourne. The summer season has started which basically means warm and sunny weather most of the times. You can spend time round Newyears in Sydney as well, given the fact that you have plenty of time to go up north.
From October to March, the weather in the north is more cloudy with some heavy rain, basically the monsoon season. This will end somewhere in March/April, so the last months up north definately is better.
Don't know if you want to go more inland (like Uluru etc.) as well. This is best done from March to October, otherwise it might be very hot with the occasional rain shower more to the north as well.
Have fun!

3. Posted by shaunf (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mate, i'd def start on the east coast and then work your way up to Cairns, via Melbourne, Sydney (Bondi Beach of Course), Byron Bay, Brisbane, Hervey Bay, Airlie Beach and on up to the Daintree. There is plenty to do along the way like Sailing in the whit sundays or 4x4 camping around Frazer Island. After the east coast you can head into the red centre.

Good luck with the travels. -snip-



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4. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I agree with Utrecht, start down south while it's nov-feb and then work your way north from mar-may. 6 months is plenty of time to explore a great deal of Australia, you could even start in Perth and take 2 months making your way to Sydney for new years and then travel up the coast. Remeber to book your accomodation early if you're in Sydney around new years as it's very busy. In central australia around uluru it gets VERY hot between nov-feb so if you're planning to go there make it later in your trip.

5. Posted by jpg1_1 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the replies, I like the idea of starting in Perth and making my way round to Sydney for New Years, I did think about Perth but am worried (as I am travelling alone), that it might not be as busy as other areas and wanting to meet new people when I first get there is key. Am i way off here? is there a good hostels and lots of other travellers in Perth?

6. Posted by lavenlaar (Budding Member 46 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

really don't want to be in the southern areas ie: Adelaide/Melbourne in january as the really hot and sticky humidity rolls in. Just remember it can hit 40deg Celcius + in mid Dec > Mid Jan