Im a 23year old male looking to travel the East Coast of Australia from Sydney to Cairns at the beginning of January to get just a taster of a backpackers life, although i only have 10days to do so. Therefore i was wondering which travelling option would be more preferable for me considering i would like to stop off at around 4-5 different locations such as Byron bay, Airlie Beach, Noosa, and Whitsundays!
From the research i have been doing it seems, the oz experience bus sounds more fun but a bit too much like a tour and therefore you are stuck visiting places you might not be interested in visiting, especially for me considering ive got a limited time scale to do so.
On the other hand i have heard that they Greyhound Bus is a bit more frequent and more flexible, but the bad side is that its more of a public bus and therefore less likely to meet other travellers, considering i am travelling alone meeting new people is a must.
Also, any ideas on good hostels to stay at at any of the locations mentioned?
Please Help me make the right choice and have the best time in along the east coast!