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a lonesome journey to oz at the end of 2012

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1. Posted by scotsdave (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

hey peeps.I plan on going to australia at the end of the year , maybe september or october for 2 months.like many of you on here,this is my first time , so if you could be so kind and answer a few questions.

money wise i was thinking £3000 to take over should be enough which would be 4200 aus$,would this be adequate or should i take more just in case?

i have looked for return flights and STA seem to be the cheapest, should i book as soon as possible,or should i get last minute bookings,would it make them cheaper?

i was thinking on spending a week in NZ with my 2 month time constraint,is it feasable to travel to NZ or will i not get the most out of it in a week?

and the last i can think of is , i have a dilema on the route to travel i was thinking north to south, is this the most common/best direction of travel from cairns to melbourne?

sorry for all the questions,just excited thanks for the information.oh and if anyone plans on going in sept/oct feel free to say:).

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 4y

I usually give AUD $65/day as an estimated minimum budget for Australia (sleeping in dorm rooms, cooking your own meals, travelling on by public transport once a week), so with $4200 you should just squeak by for a 2 month period. But I'd strongly recommend taking more, if just so you can do a few activities, and particularly if you also want to include a return flight to New Zealand.

A week in New Zealand can be worthwhile, but would be far and far too short to really get an overview. Three weeks is what I'd aim for, if you can. (Personally I like New Zealand better than Australia, and would willingly give up seeing significant parts of Australia to spend more time in New Zealand. But I love hiking and nature, which is where New Zealand really shines.)

Oh, and that time of the year I'd start in Cairns and do north to south. Come November it'll start getting very humid up north (the wet season will be about to commence), while down south the nights can still be a bit chilly in September.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Mar-2012, at 03:00 by Sander ]

3. Posted by wanderingnomad (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y

Try and spend longer in New zealand if you can,anything less than 2 weeks would be a travesty,Oz is good but NZ is better imo,at the very least it offers something different from Australias beaches and will definately add some variety to the trip.
However much money you scrape together you will have to watch the pennies,Australia is extortionate especially when it comes to booking excursions,if you want to see fraser island,the whitsundays, great barrier reef etc,its gonna cost you! The price of a pint is about 6 pound in Melbourne/Sydney