I'm going to Australia from early November starting in Sydney until mid January leaving in Melbourne.
My plan is to travel along the east coast (from Sydney to Cairns) until mid December (hop on hop off by (Greyhound) bus), and then travelling further by bus (probably with a tour) to Kakadu NP, Uluru/Kings Canyon etc., and then going back via Coober Pedy, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island to Melbourne.
Is this a good idea during the summer? Is this realistic? Or is it better not to go so far north? I'm a bit 'scared' of the heath up there...
However, can't wait to go!!
Sounds like an awesome itinerary, but I'm a bit concerned about the time of year you're planning on doing it. Northern Australia can get pretty hot. It's hot up there all the time and I've experienced temperatures there +45 degrees Celsius around Oct/Nov. But, instead of having the four seasons (Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring), they have just the two seasons i.e. The Wet Season and the Dry Season. May/June is the start of the Dry Season and Sept/Oct is the end of the Dry Season. The rest of the year is considered to be the Wet Season. The Wet Season is characterised by first the build up of the humidity, followed by torrential rains and often flooding is the result. It is also cyclone season. The tourist industry in the area also tends to slow down quite a bit at this time of year. For more info on weather in Australia you can go here: http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/weather/
There are so many different things you can do in Australia. Australia just has such a diverse range of places and activities you can visit and do. So what ever you end up doing here, I'm sure you have a blast.
First thought is this isnt a good idea for anyone on a limited timetable as the weather across the north of Australia is very unpredictable and it'll be likely that at some stage during your travels there will be road closures due to rain. Just basic road travel on the circuit your talking about is 2 weeks with good weather.
Personally I'd stay on the east coast for such a period and start in Cairns then heading south, if your set on going into the Territory I say start in Alice then work north and across planning to be in Cairns by 15 December, which should miss the worst of normal weather patterns and if your caught anywhere because of weather the delays will be minimal.
Yes, it will be very hot!
Flying between major centres might be worth your while too. Say Cairns to Darwin or to Alice Springs.
But I'm sure you'll have a great time no matter which way you go!