I'm leaving for Australia in April, to do a 5-6 month's internship there. I now need to choose which city to go to, and I have no clue!
I was thinking to go to Brisbane, because apparantly it's always nice weather there (since I'll be there from April to October), it's a city but it's not too big, and I can travel up the coast from there.
Where would you go? I've never been to Australia, and I don't know any Australians (I just heard they're all really nice . My 'lonely planet/web site's' knowledge tells me to go to Brisbane. I'll stay in a family the first 2 weeks then rent an apartment. Is it easy to meet people who are lost and don't know anyone like me?
I'll probably work for 5 months then travel around the last month. What are nice week-end trips I can do from Brisbane?
Thanks for any suggestions you may have!
Just wrote you a long message thinking to help you out.... but probably only made your choice harder by saying Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are all great, for very different reasons
Pete will be biased and post that you should go to melbourne of course...
Regarding renting an apartment, this will be easier, and cheaper, in Brisbane than the two above I suspect. In Sydney you would be quite lucky to get a room for 200 AUD a week (prices for apartments are per week in Oz....) In Melbourne and Brisbane I suspect you could get something decent for around 100 a week. If you are on an internship, this could be a deciding factor I suspect.
Meeting people will be no problem at all from my experience, especially not if you are working as an intern. You could also even just start by looking in the Travel Companions forum. There are regularly posts there by travellers heading down under and interested in meeting up with people...
Hope this helps
Of course Melbourne is the finest city in Australia and has even been voted the most livable in the world so you can hardly go past that! hehehe
You do HAVE to visit Sydney though! What's the point of coming to Australia if you miss the famous Opera House, Sydney Harbour and Bridge. Then again, you also HAVE to see the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles as well
A$100 a week is actually rather light on for Melbourne I would say Sam. It depends if you want to share though - there are lots of share houses around where you may be able to get a room for that price, but a whole 1 BR apartment to yourself I would expect to pay A$140 at a minimum - and that would be in the cheaper suburbs.
Now, if you're coming here in April, Brisbane is probably a good place to make your base I would think. It will be turning into winter pretty soon after that and Melbourne unfortunately can get pretty chilly around then. Brisbane on the other hand would actually be rather nice around that time of the year. Of course, there's probably more entertainment in Melbourne and Sydney than Brisbane as they are larger cities. But, presuming you are going for Brisbane, I would suggest you travel down the east coast through Sydney, to Melbourne and then to Adelaide in spring time starting in September maybe. The month you suggest is probably good for that, although bear in mind that the distances are great.
If sophistication, class, culture and experiencing REAL Australia is more you bag, then
Melbourne is the town for you.
In a nutshell, it all comes down to one thing: Football.
Yes Melbourne is the epicentre of the world's greatest sport, Australian Rules
Add to that the fact that you have the finest food and wine culture south of the
Equator and some of the most diverse scenery in the country then Melbourne really is
Anyways, that's about it. Your decision is made.
[ Edit: removed derogatory statements.. ;-) ]
Mayssa, Melbourne folks are pretty 'patriotic' as you can tell. It is a feeling of inadequacy towards cities like Sydney
Seriously though, Melbourne is great, but at that time of year, the temperatures in Brisbane are just so much better....
My choice would be for Melbourne, closely followed by Sydney. I loved them them both and thought they were were excellent cities, whereas Brisbane was only 'quite good.'
"Mayssa, Melbourne folks are pretty 'patriotic' as you can tell. It is a feeling of inadequacy towards cities like Sydney"
I found Melbourne and Sydney folks to be just as bad as each other when it comes to rivalry, but it was always a good natured rivalry.
As for trips to make during your final month of travelling, I would definitely recommend Philip Island (with the Penguin Parade) if you're based at Melbourne. I enjoyed the Great Ocean Road trip but that was mainly for the banter on the trip. The Twelve Apostles were okay but nothing special compared to the likes of Uluru and The Great Barrier Reef.
If you're based at Brisbane then definitely make the trip to Fraser Island.
Hi. The best city I have ever visited in Australia, and maybe the world, is Perth. The people are the friendliest and the city is the most chilled out (possibly because it is the remotest city in the world). There is some guides and a few tips and advice on travelslang (a new dot com site). I found Sydney fun but rather unfriendly.
Melbourne. No competition
Brissy would be cool - as you are close to the Gold Coast & you could travel to the Northern parts of Qld and see things like the Great Barrier reef etc etc.
But Sydney and Melbourne offer much more varitey.
From a qld'er
at any other time of the year, i would say stay out of brisbane. its boring compared to sydney and melbourne. but during winter the weather is much better in brisbane. when it comes to the cost of accommodation, i've never payed over 100 bucks a week in sydney. just spend some time looking the place. for weekend trips brisbane is really good base. it takes only an hour or so to gold coast or sunshine coast. if you'll find somebody to share aan apartment you can find amazing flats down in the valley,brisbane, (spa, sauna, gym, swimming pool) and its not so expensive.