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Cairns or Melbourne, Sept 2011

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1. Posted by onepromise (Budding Member 36 posts) 5y

Hi everyone! New on here!

I'm 22 years old, looking at travelling to Oz on my own in late Sept 2011. Was supposed to go with a friend but they backed out. Bit nervous about going on my own.

I'm looking at going either from Cairns down the east coast towards Sydney and Melbourne or doing it the other way starting in Melbourne and going up the east coast. Is anyone else thinking similar? Would love to meet up with people over there - little less scary that way!

Rach x

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

Hi Rach,

Check out the previous forum post "Starting in Cairns in September, alone!" There are quite a few of us in the same 'boat' as you!

I'd definately say start in Cairns while it's not too wet up there, when it gets to the Oz summer it's wet season in northen Queensland (the "Tropical North")

3. Posted by skippy3587 (Budding Member 25 posts) 5y

Hi Rach

Im 23 and am going alone, starting in Cairns. Like Tracy just said there are a few of starting in Cairns, im guessing more coz of the weather! Since i have been on here i feel a whole lot better about going on my own coz i have spoke to quite a few people on here. Im going out in the begining of September spending some time in Cairns then working my way down to Sydney for Xmas and New Year! Will definately have to meet up if you do end up on the same route!

Lisa x

4. Posted by richjb78 (Budding Member 8 posts) 5y

Hey Everyone,

Im 21 and also hoping to start off in Cairns around Sept/Oct for what I hope to be the best year of my life so far:) Would also love to meet up with people out there!


5. Posted by onepromise (Budding Member 36 posts) 5y

Hi Lisa, Hi Rich,

That's great, I'm hoping to meet some people on here too and hopefully see I'm not the only one who's a bit nervous! I'd definately like to do that route down the East Coast and maybe end up in Sydney for New year - heard its supposed to be amazing!

Rich, that sounds like a similar time to me, late sept/early oct. Definately up for meeting people out there!

Are you both on a working holiday visa?

Rach x

6. Posted by richjb78 (Budding Member 8 posts) 5y

Hey Rach, Yeah I will be on a WHV although I have absolutely nothing booked as of yet

Don't worry i'm nervous too! Although reading on here helps!

How much money are you planning to take with you?


7. Posted by skippy3587 (Budding Member 25 posts) 5y

Hi Rach

I will be on a WHV! Although id prefer not to have to work, but that wont be happening haha! Iv booked my Hostel in Sydney for Xmas and New Year in Wake up, coz iv been told hostels book up so quickly in Sydney for that time! Ill be booking my flights in the new few weeks!

I cant wait to get out there! You'll have to let me know your plans when you decide!

Lisa x

8. Posted by onepromise (Budding Member 36 posts) 5y

The more I think about it, the more I like the sound of starting off in Cairns whilst its dry and then doing a road trip down the East Coast.

I've not booked anything yet either! hopefully going to look at flights and hostels early next month - cost of everything is a bit scary!

Rich, I'm aiming to take about £4,000 - been saving up for a while and I want to be able to chill out for a month or so before I have to get settle down and get a job he he.

Rach x

9. Posted by richjb78 (Budding Member 8 posts) 5y

Yeh i'm taking around the same plus any extra I manage to save from now! I reckon i'll need to do 4-5 months work max....well I hope thats all


10. Posted by charlie33 (Budding Member 20 posts) 5y

Hey Im doing the My oz experience I think starting the third of October, travelling from Cairns to Melbourne. Just because Im going on my own and seems like a great way to do it. Glad there are other people in the same boat.
Charlotte x