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1. Posted by ANNANBHOY (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Hey folks !

Well i have decided its about time I check out Australia. My work place has agreed to give me 4 weeks or so off at end of October/start of Novemeber so im going to head out there.

Im a complete novice at this and after as much information as possible please. I am planning on flying into the East Coast and spending about 3 weeks over there and then hopefully a further week in Perth before heading home.

What places would you recommend for accomodation and also getting around. Im open to all ideas just looking for general info before i make any concrete plans.

Where would you suggest is best to start my trip & how much do you think i would need to take over with me (excluding flights).

many thanks

2. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y

The normal route is to fly to cairns, do a trip to the great barrier reef. Then go south to the Whitsundays and go sailing for a few days. further south to Fraiser island - rent a 4by 4 or get on a bus.

Brisbane, gold coast, byron bay, sydney and blue mountains.

Theres other things to do, but that coasts a bit of a rat race, and thats the usual stuff.

In Perth you can visit Margaret River (wine region), Rottnest island and going north you can visit the pinnacles.

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

thanks for the info mate.

someone has said that Perth should be done on another trip and just focus on the East Coast for this time. Do you think that this is case or is it worth a look ? I heard Western Australia is lovely but there is definately more to do in the East

4. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y

depends what your after really... If your looking for big parties & booze your best with the east coast.

If you want something really unique you could do the south coast in 4 weeks - there is loads of cool stuff on that coast and most of its so remote and hardly anyone makes that trip. Beaches are the best ive ever seen and deserted, wildlife amazing. If you like the outdoors you'd love it.

We went from Melbourne to Perth - some things along the way

Great Ocean Road
Halls Gap
Kangaroo Island
Adelaide
Barrossa Valley (wine region)
Flinders Ranges
Great Australian Bight
The Nullabor
Esperance
Valley of the Giants
Porrungups
Margaret River
Freemantle

We did this in 3 weeks at a leisurely pace, with 4 you start from Sydney, or continue up to Broome from Perth.

I also did the east coast, but personally far preffered the southern one.