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Help needed in planning a trip to Aus-NZ

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1. Posted by manco1 (Budding Member, 8 posts) 29 Sep '12 08:59

manco1 has indicated that this thread is about South Australia

Hello all

I'm planning to travel to Australia (and maybe NZ), for about 3 months, starting around
the end of November\beginning of December. I want to do both trekking (walks) and parties\beach stuff.

Provided that in Australia I do the "D" (East coast - which is more urban\beach\parties), I am having a hard time
to decide where to do the trekking part - Australia West coast or NZ.
I also don't know where to start the trip and how long to dedicate to each area...

I am traveling alone so I don't think I can be bothered with renting\buying a car, prob use buses.

Any help will be greatly appreciated !

Thanks

2. Posted by YorkieGirl (Budding Member, 58 posts) 30 Sep '12 15:27

You should look into the national parks. australia is full off them and they are huge perfect for bush walking and camping. there are tours you can join that require walking to experince different areas of austrlia such ad the three day tour of uluru. best place to find out most off this and websites for tours is australia lonely planet guide. its full off beaches bars tours things too do... basically everything.

3. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 455 posts) 30 Sep '12 23:54

I am not a trekking expert but any strenuous activity in WA over summer will likely be taxing considering the weather, with average temps above 30oC!

On the east coast I recommend looking at the Grampians and Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, or the Blue Mountains in NSW. All amazing spots. Do check out the links for more info on these popular places or see the full lists: National Parks in Victoria (Australia), National Parks in New South Wales.

As to time, go with what you are comfortable with. Would you be happy exploring one location for a week and moving on? You can always have a rough plan based on what you think might be in the area and if you find a town doesn't capture your imagination, leave a little earlier and discover somewhere else. In that respect I am also a huge fan of renting a car as you can move to the next city exactly when you decide. Plus you're not limited in your national park choices by those that are accessible by bus!

I also suggest starting in the north, say Cairns, and then heading south down the coast. Enjoy!

4. Posted by elohvielove (Budding Member, 35 posts) 1 Oct '12 22:55

Hey. I am thinking of doing a greyhound tour from Sydney up the coast to Cairns. Maybe you can consider it, and perhaps we can both do it together! PM me! :)

5. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 1 Oct '12 23:33

I think you'd do better to do your trekking in NZ. That country is so much easier to travel to remote areas, well lets face it with only 4 million people the whole place is pretty remote! In WA it will be much more difficult to get to good trekking places and much more expensive and you have to be much more equipped, where as NZ you can just head off with a day pack and be in some amazing places in a couple of hours.