I would like to know if anyone can suggest any "must see" spots/attractions/national parks etc In OZ? There is so much to see and do I am getting overwhelmed trying to define the places I want to visit the most. I want to see everything Ha!!
I will be in OZ by the end of October. I will be starting in Sydney as I have mates there. I have three months to see as much as possible. I will be traveling solo and plan to stay in hostels. Any suggestions on good ones? Oh also suggestions on getting around. bus, train, air etc. trying to be economical but also do and see as much as possible.
Oh yeah, and this is my first solo trip too!
I have read several usefull threads, but if anyone else has some suggestions, please do share!
I went about 3 months without working in Oz and started in Sydney too. I'd highly recommend going up the East Coast and making sure you catch Fraser Island (stay with dingos and do it through them). Get up to Airlie Beach and do the Whitsundays. Few decent hostels around there. If you make it up to Cairns and feel like some parties then Asylum hostel is the one for you.
I used a combination of train, greyhound and lift to get up there. I then went on a road trip from Cairns to Darwin which was the best thing I did. Saw things like Litchfield, Elsey, Nitmiluk national parks before doing Kakadu.
So much to do and see mate but East Coast is a backpackers dream, great way to meet friends doing the same thing.
I've got a blog on my travels through my page you're free to look at.
Awesome! thank you for the suggestions. I will check out your blog.
The highlights of Australia for me:
Tasmania- beautiful and unspoilt, the prettiest place in Oz in my opinion.
Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks in NT
Blue Mountains just outside Sydney
Wilson's Prom National Park (Victoria)
The Great Ocean Road
I travelled around on Greyhound mainly, but also took 2 internal flights with Virgin Blue.
There are more beautiful places outside East Coast of Australia. It is harder to get there but its worth it. If budget and time permits, you should try one (if not more) of these places.
Uluru, NT - get up at sunrise for the most breathtaking view ever.
Karijini National Park, WA
Kangaroo Island, SA
For Melbourne, St Kilda is your backpack heaven. Base in St Kilda seems to be the popular choice. I live near there and there seems to be endless amount of backpackers so you wont be lonely.
Fastest way to get around is by plane. Budget airlines in Australia are Virgin, Jetstar, Tiger Airways. You can sign up for their Friday happy hour for good deals.
Hope this helps.
Bex and Kitstravel,
Thank you very much for your suggestions. This info will come in very handy.