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1. Posted by LesleyAnne (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Hello, all you awesome and adventurous souls! I am months away from leaving Edmonton for Australia, but every day i get a little more excited! I have in my mind to travel from north (most likely Darwin) and wrap around the east coast line going south for up to 12 months. I'm thinking it must be a canadian mindset as to how the weather always gets warmer as you head south! But not in Oz!

I have no difinite travel plan, but i would like to meet up at some point to possibly share a few experiences. I'm not looking for someone to hold my hand for weeks on end, this trip is about challenging myself in every possible way. I am finding that i am a bit older then most on here ( i'm 27) but it is all about how you act and interact!

If there is anyone in my age range, going a similar route, is serious about seeing and experiencing Oz and doesn't plan on being a complete drunk, just let me know.

2. Posted by Tracy2011 (Budding Member 71 posts) 5y

Hey Lesley Anne,

I'm starting in Cairns from mid Sept, no set plans apart from going down the east coast hopefully for a year! And believe me, it can't come soon enough!

Ha I'm 31 so beat you on the age front! :) I'm a bit nervous that i'll be way older than most people but as you say, it's all about state of mind. 'Giving up' my current life in the UK to move to the other side of the world is pretty adventurous right?!?! ;)

3. Posted by nicky88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 5y

Hey guys, im planning on sept 2011 on my own too- so scary, im 23 so lose to both of you ha. im starting in sydney with family for a week or so and then planning on going up the east coast too... got a whole year to do it all in though also perth is meant to be FAB!! have you guys booked flights from the uk to oz, i can only seem to find from manchester stopping in heathrow or straight from london? xx

4. Posted by brado (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

G'day there, just thought id let you know that theres honestly nothing to be worried about traveling oz, im from the south-east corner and have traveled most of it i realize its not scary for me since im from oz but as long as you dont go walking down the back alleys of sydney and melbourne at 2 in the morning (which im guessing you wont) you will be fine. everyone is friendly and you will meet loads of people anyway, if you need somewhere to stay near melbs let me know!
if you like beaches, tropical rain forests and the sun id recommend some of these spots, starting from darwin going clockwise.
a river trip to see the crocs in darwin
airle beach - whitsundays / great barrier reef
daintree national park
noosa heads
byron bay
blue mountains
bondi beach
wilsons prom national park
grampians national park
esperance
albany
geraldton
shark bay
the kimberlys
katherine
just to name a few.. by the way these are all amazing spots probably the best of australia according to me, all good for different reasons

5. Posted by LesleyAnne (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Hi guys! Thanks for posting!

Tracy , it's not about "giving up" it's more like a new phase of life or just a fresh start. But still, that is adventurous of you!

Nicky, we're making our way south, not north bound. But maybe we can meet at our crossing point. As well, i'm from Canada, so i won't be booking my flights from the UK! I've personally been keeping an eye on different airlines and centres that have sales, i'm fruggle like that!

Brado, hello! The only thing i'm scared about are the snakes that could potentially kill me! And once i research all about them, i should be good to go! The list is awesome, thank you so much. I will aim to see them all, and then some!

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7. Posted by brado (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Good on ya your goin to love it, don't worry we only have the ten most dangerous snakes in the world haha nah you probably won't even see one there not as common as everyone says.
Good luck!

8. Posted by nicky88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 5y

hiya, i just re-read what i wrote ha. im starting in sydney then working way up to cairns and perth ect but no solid plans as yet. flights are fairly cheap from here at min just gonna take forever to get there. :(

9. Posted by jamesml (Inactive 6 posts) 5y

Hi im James 27 from Liverpool,

Im planning my trip to Oz for the 23rd september. I was granted my whv in december, just got to save and save now to have enough funds for my trip.

My first stop is going to be Cairns hopefully find a job there for a month or 2 then work my down the coast ending up in sydney for christmas.

Really nervous going on my own so trying to make a few friends before I go.;)

10. Posted by orpheus (Budding Member 52 posts) 5y

hey everyone! im a 20 year old lad from london. so im a bit younger then you all! but im hoping to fly out to cairns after my birthday late august so i can use my birthday as a finance helper! haha. but im same as you james im pooing myself but also excited at same time! worried about people il meet etc i guess. but would be great to get to know some people before i go!

Jimmy