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Uluru from Sydney on the cheap???

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1. Posted by readmenow (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

My wife and I have been in Australia for 8 weeks now and we've traveled quite a bit in Southern NSW, Victoria and ACT seeing all the recommended stuff such as the Southern NSW coast, Phillip Island, Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Canberra etc.

We've come to Manly for Christmas and New Year and have blown our budget a little by catching up with friends and partying too hard!! We've got 2 weeks to kill before we need to be in Cairns for a road trip back to Sydney down the East Coast (flights and campervan re-location booked) and want to go to Uluru. Trouble is we can't afford to do that (via plane / car / hostel or Hotel) and take our PADI for diving whilst on the reef!

What's the cheapest way of getting to 'the rock' from Sydney and where can we stay along the way that's relatively cheap? I'm not adverse to the whole organised tour thing, busses and trains are fine too but we're a little long in the tooth for hitching, staying in dorms or sharing clapped out Ford Falcons with a team of young 'uns! (Never thought I'd be saying that at the ripe ol' age of 32 )

Any helpful suggestions?

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

The cheapest flight I found was $285 one way at virginblue.com.au, which was actually cheaper than catching the bus (greyhound.com.au)

I'm not sure about trains, and am wondering if it is possible at all to get there for much less.

Personally, I'd be tempted to get on a train and hide from the guard at ticket collection time - it's worth a try.

Otherwise, perhaps there's some sort of way where you could hook up with a truck driver, but I don't know how.

3. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

Quoting james

Personally, I'd be tempted to get on a train and hide from the guard at ticket collection time - it's worth a try.

Nice one James! theres somebody for every trick eh??