Hi im flying into Melbourne on July 7th next year but only plan on staying for roughly 5 weeks (although this is flexible). We want to travel up the East coast to Queensland, stopping at all the places of interest along the way. We also wanna see aires rock of course, then we fly out of Melbourne again when we leave.
Any suggestions of what to see along the way???
Any idea of how much time to spend in each place???
SAME QUESTION FOR NZ!!! We fly into Queenstown and out of Auckland approx. 5-6 weeks later....
All help/advice/tips/stories to share would be much appreciated!!
I haven't been to NZ but I can give you some info on OZ.
I don't know if this will be any help but I live near Canberra and I have travelled up along the east coast of New South Wales a few times so here i go.
Canberra has many attractions but it will depend on what you are interested in....they range from places like the Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia, Parliament House, to places like the National Zoo & Aquarium(you can meet a cheetah here!!), Hot air ballooning, National Botanic Gardens. Of course there is lots more and if you let me know which of these interest you, I can recommend a few more places.
As for places along the east coast, it again depends on what you are interested in. There are small country towns, plenty of beautiful coastal towns all the way up the east coast of New South Wales and Queensland.
I don't know what sort of accommodation you will be staying in but I have done plenty of camping trips and when you get a spot along the water with the beach just a 5min walk, its very relaxing. As for other types of accommodation, there are hotels, apartments, caravan parks, bed & b'fasts all of which I'm sure you will enjoy.
For Sydney, I would suggest the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I recently met some friends in Sydney and we climbed the Harbour Bridge!! It was so beautiful, you don't even realise you are so high up(which was a bonus for some of the group who were afraid of heights!!). If you have time and don't mind spending the money(approx $100-$150), this is an awesome experience that you will never forget. Sydney has plenty more to offer...from weekend markets, historical monuments, Zoo, to a theme park and PLENTY of places to shop!!!! Melbourne, I have heard, is also a great place to shop.
As for transport and getting around these places, Canberra you can easily get buses anywhere and everywhere. Sydney I would recommend the trains, although I haven't actually been on the buses but I know driving through Sydney(if you hire a car) is not such a good idea because it is so easy to get lost. And if you decide to travel round and see the smaller towns, you should have a look at www.countrylink.info they have a rail and coach network that goes through Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. They also have backpacker rail passes which might come in handy.
Well I hope I was of some help, hopefully not too confusing!! If you want any more info or have any questions just let me know and I'll be glad to help you out if I can.
Goodluck with your trip,
July is winter in the southern part of Australia, and Melbourne is known for its rain.
You can catch a train from Melbourne to Sydney. Sydney is a rather dynamic, international city. You can also catch a train north from Sydney. Travellers usually head up the north coast of New South Wales, stopping at Nambucca Heads and Byron Bay. Close to Byron Bay is the hippy village of Nimbin.
The Gold Coast of Queensland is pretty expensive, however the Sunshine Coast (Noosa Heads) north of Brisbane is more casual. Bearing in mind that it is winter, you will still need to go further north into the tropics for warmth.
Townsville & Cairns are both on the Great Barrier Reef. You can cut across to Darwin from either of these places. Plenty of open space in the Northern Territory. Once you've been to Ayers Rock, you could catch a bus down to Adelaide, then back to Melbourne.
Good luck !!!