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How long to travel East Coast Australia?

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1. Posted by Alex Cannon (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hello everyone!

I am planning on going to Australia in Oct/Nov. Spending the first week or so in Perth and then flying into Cairns and want to travel down the East Coast as far ar Brisbane then onto Sydney and Melbourne. Does anyone have any idea what is a good amount of time to allow just to do the East Coast? I was thinking 4/5 weeks, or is that too long?

Also, any idea of the best time of year to do this? I had been told November is the best but have seen a few people saying this is a time to avoid!

Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

Thank you!


2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1834 posts) 5y

There are a few places to drop in on the way down south but 4-5 weeks is a bit long. Have you considered maybe a week or so in New Zealand? Sydney to Auckland is only about 2/3 of the distance from Perth to Cairns.

Tasmania is only a short hop from Melbourne. Flights are usually cheaper if booked outside Australia.

You could go in January and get swamped by the crowds. November should be OK. Not too hot.

3. Posted by Alex Cannon (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

After leaving Melbourne planning on doing NZ for a month then onto either Fiji or the Cook Island for 2 weeks before heading home... :(

Is there much to do between Brisbane and Sydney? Would you recommend getting a flight from here?

4. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 5y

I'd say 4-5 weeks is about right to do the East Coast, but it depends what you plan on doing. By the time you spend 5 days in Cairns, 5 days in the Whitsundays and 5 days on Fraser Island and 5 days in Sydney you're almost up to 3 weeks already. I guess if you just want to travel the east coast then it'll be too long and Tasmania would be a good option.

5. Posted by krystalr (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Im going mid October to mid December 2011 and plan on doing as much as appeals to me from Tasmania to Cairns. I hope to avoid an itinerary that is too rushed - I want to take my time and really EXPERIENCE Oz. My friends that have done this trip before say you can do a lot in 2 months, but you cant possibly do everything.