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Best way to travel down East Coast Australia??

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1. Posted by Laurindarc (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi, I recently arrived in Sydney with the intention of finding work and travelling later…but as I wander round the cold city and see so many backpacker agencies and hostels etc. I feel I may be doing the wrong thing. I’m currently staying with friends and temping here and there in the hope of eventually landing a perm job with sponsorship. Due to the dreary weather though and lack of constant work I feel a bit of travelling would be much more enjoyable!

I feel weather wise it would be much better to fly to Cairns and then travel down, is that wise? Also, I’ll be going it alone, read various reviews about the Oz Exp and Greyhound…thinking booking a bus is perhaps the safest…what do ppl think? I’m quite a spontaneous and social person so I’m guessing my plans will probably change quite a bit depending on who I meet, which places I prefer etc…is there a different way to do it, other companies I should consider…will I easily meet people and get value for money if I just wing it and don’t book the bus…

Basically…suggestions on how best to travel down the east coast as a sole traveller in August please?? I’m hoping i'll get some good ideas to get me thinking!

Thank you very much from Miss indecisive!

2. Posted by Mike.M89 (Budding Member 80 posts) 7y


From what i have read it seems greyhound will be the most effective way of travelling south, that is unless you can get friendly with people owning a camper van :)

I am planning on doing the same in january 2010, will be flying up to Cairns then making my way down - but similar to you, will be playing it by ear.

3. Posted by StephColbb (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

I suggest that if you are in need of some good weather you head straight up north!! Temperatures are nice in winter (as opposed to the ridiculous heat and humidity in summer, not to mention the constant torrential rain). Flying to Cairns and heading down from there is a good idea.
As for travelling down the east coast, I recommend the Greyhound bus service also. I haven't travelled this way along the east coast personally, but I have known people who have done it and they had no complaints. I think you will meet people quite easily, it is a popular way with international visitors to do the east coast.
I also recommend you visit Central Australia at some stage on your trip. Well worth the journey inland ;)

4. Posted by Laurindarc (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Thank you kindly guys. I'm all booked now. Flying north on the 4th Aug. All i've done is book flight up and two nights accom in Cairns, apart from that, i've planned and bought nothing....thinking grayhound looks like good option, but just going to see what happens when get to Cairns (finding some campervan buddys would be v cool!) there's loads of offers down here for fraser island and wsunday tours (i.e wicked travel), get vouchers that can be used anytime over 1 yr...but again, haven't booked that cos thought seen as there so many options it may be better seeing who i meet and what's on offer when get to cairns. What do you rec? Didn't know whether may be cheaper down here? I'm sadly having to do this on a tighter budget than i'd hoped so perhaps all this playing it by ear isn't too wise but sure hoping will be lots of other in same boat. Very much looking forward to it!

5. Posted by Laurindarc (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

p.s. Steph - def plan on a wee trip inland further down the line!