I am thinking of going to Australia (Sydney) for 3 weeks at the end of Feb/March. As I thought I would have a place to stay there and a colleague to show me around..I felt fine travelling alone...But now he has bailed on me and I need to find a hostel etc.
I am 29, single, easy going, love meeting new people and travel.. I am in the process of getting visa and I can get tickets straight away. I have no plan really apart from staying in Sydney for 8 days or so and then travelling to Cairns at some stage for 2-3 days to see GBR...anybody in the same situation or if you are heading out there for work and will be staying in hostel for few days, get in chat and we chat some more!
Feb/March is the wet season up north in Australia (so around Cairns), which leads to strongly reduced visibility at the reef. Not the best time to be up there, alas. Consider maybe doing Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road instead, and saving the Great Barrier Reef for some other trip.
For the visa, as an Irish citizen you can get the eVisitor for free. Just throwing that out there as there's still lots of wrong and outdated information talking about ETA and tourist visas.
As for hostels - my favorite one in Sydney is the Glebe YHA - awesome rooftop area, and an amazing area of Sydney to stay in. It's starting to get a bit long in the tooth, though, with the kitchen urgently needing t be restocked, so might not be the best choice anymore. Consider for yourself how important such things are for you. (FWIW, loads of good bakeries and restaurants on Glebe Point Road!)
Thanks so much for all the suggestions. There is so much to do in Sydney so I think I will just have to explore that first...Might leave GBR for next time..I am sure there are some begginer's courses that I can do on a day trip around Sydney too...
I'm doing this exact thing but 19th March - 10th April. Any good? I'm going alone too & would like a friend hehee. I'm 25, fun, happy & on a budget xx