Just needed some advice for my trip to Australia in Feb 2014. I'm flying out to melbourne from UK mid Feb and have booked a greyhound pass up to Cairns and limited myself to 5 weeks as being an 18 yr old this is all I can afford! Was wondering if anyone had any advice or experience as to which places I MUST see in this time other than the obvious surfers paradise/fraser island/noosa/whitsundays etc..
Secondly any tips on saving as much as possible? I plan to stay nights in hostels and use over night buses as much as possible to save money and see as much of Australia as possible!! Any recommended hostels along the route? I've also done some research and came across YHA/VIP backpackers/Nomads discount cards, anyone have any experience from using these and which one would be most useful from a budgeting point of view?!
Sorry for all the questions, just want to get as much out of Australia in my time there as possible!
Anyone else doing the same route between February 20th - March 31st??!
Get yourself a Lonely Planet guide to Australia, which is packed with information on what to see and do, where to stay and how to save money.
If you are in the UK:
A copy for 99p plus £3.49 postage.
I did all this last year in 4 weeks!! There is so much that is amazing!
In Melbourne you can do the penguin parade and great ocean road, aswell as the touristy neighbours thing! I forget the name but there is a really high view which is pretty awesome for pics!
We went to the Hunter Valleys vineyards outside of Newcastle which was terrific. We found Noosa was really good for whale watching and got some really decent pics. Australia Zoo (Brisbane) is also a really good shout off close ups with all sorts of animals ( you can also do this in the nature zoo in Cairns but with a smaller variety of animals)
The Whitsundays was my highlight and we paid for quite an expensive day trip with snorkelling and BBQ and unlimited alcohol!! Though be warned from rainbow beach to whitsundays on the greyhound is painful and you could probably do with the stop off at 1770 which is meant tone lush!!
Also we bought a ten night dorm base in base and base affiliate hostels which was a pretty good money saver!!