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1. Posted by choco_bear (Budding Member 24 posts) 5y

Me and a friend are going to be doing Australia and New Zealand in 2012 and are trying to plan a logical way around the two countries.

For the minute our rough itinerary to travel anti-clockwise such as; Darwin, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Perth, Fremantle, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Melbourne, Tasmania, Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns.

What we were wondering was a) is that a logical route to take? b) if so, is there a tour that will take you from Darwin to Perth visiting Alice Springs and Ayers Rock?

We plan on doing this over about 38 weeks, but understand that we can only stay in Australia for up to 3 months at a time without a working visa is that right? If so, what is the most common route to take to see the most of Aus and NZ?

Sorry for so many questions, we are just starting our planning!

Thanks very much.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 5y

There's really no way to get from Uluru (the aborigal name for Ayers Rock; use it when not talking about the airport) to Perth other than flying, by first going down to Adelaide and following the coast from there, or by going back north and following that coast via Broome etc. I believe there's a theoretical road straight through the desert, but you'd need to ask permission in advance to cross Aboriginal lands on it, and be thoroughly prepared for all eventualities (i.e. car breaking down), as there's nothing there.
Flying would be my recommendation; it'd make this specific itinerary possible. Alternatively skip the west coast and do a loop of just the east and the middle.

Something to keep in mind with this trip is the time of the year. Avoid the north during the wet season (December through March).

we can only stay in Australia for up to 3 months at a time without a working visa is that right

If you get a tourist visa rather than an eVisitor, you can extend your stay up to six months. But just hopping over to New Zealand also is a good plan; flights there are cheapish and plentiful from pretty much all around. Obviously flying from Melbourne or Sydney is cheapest, but there's a decent amount of flights from Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth as well if I remember correctly.
There is no most common way to do this that I know about, as virtually everyone who travels to Australia for more than three months and posts about it on this board is doing so on a WHV.

3. Posted by choco_bear (Budding Member 24 posts) 5y

Thanks for such a detailed response!

Seeing as flights are the best way to travel, is there a recommended multi-flight company that can give us the best deals on this?

We have looked at STA Travel for round the world flights but would like to know what peoples opinions are of using STA and whether they recommend anywhere else?

We will fly from London to St. Petersburg, get the Transsiberian from Moscow through Ulaanbataar to Beijing. From Beijing to Hong Kong. HK to Thailand and from there to Australia. Therefore our Flights really start in Thailand to Australia which seems really hard to find and so expensive.

Our Australia itinerary is only rough and have no problem shuffling it around as long as we get to see everything! But we really would like to see Perth and Fremantle so would like to include the west coast.

So the northern territories are wet in Dec - March? I was under the impression that UK's winter was Australia's summer? I'll need to check all this out!

Thanks again.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 5y

Quoting choco_bear

We will fly from London to St. Petersburg, get the Transsiberian from Moscow through Ulaanbataar to Beijing. From Beijing to Hong Kong. HK to Thailand and from there to Australia. Therefore our Flights really start in Thailand to Australia which seems really hard to find and so expensive

Given that, and assuming you don't want to hit South America (or are okay with flying there from North America), I wouldn't be looking at round the world tickets anymore, but just make your way along on cheap tickets as you go. From Bangkok to Perth, for example, you could fly air asia, which on a random day in February which I just tried has that flight for 225 euro. (They'll probably pile on another 50 euro of additional fees, but it remains cheap)

So the northern territories are wet in Dec - March? I was under the impression that UK's winter was Australia's summer? I'll need to check all this out!

The south of Australia has regular seasons, which indeed are shifted by six months from what you experience in the UK (and are really closer to what you'd find in Spain; when I first arrived in Sydney in August 2003, it was 20 degrees; the only places you'll reliably find snow in Australia in winter is in Tasmania or the Snowy Mountains between NSW and Victoria). But the north (not just the Northern Territories, but the entire north half; from Darwin to Cairns and most of the way down to Brisbane) has a tropical climate, and only two seasons: wet (hot, high humidity, monsoon rain) and dry (just hot).

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Dec-2010, at 10:17 by Sander ]