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1. Posted by kittygib (Budding Member 10 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Hi all

I am flying out to Sydney end of November and have a Base work and travel week the end of / beginning of December. I then was thinking of doing the east coast for three weeks but having thought about it I'd rather give it more time after I've worked a bit in either Sydney or Melbourne next year.

Anyone done three weeks in Sydney? Might try and get some temp work to keep me going but I assume there is enough to do for three weeks - as spending Christmas with my family in the city.

Or is three weeks up the east coast doable?

Advice would be great

Many thanks
Kitty

2. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 502 posts) 40w 1 Star this if you like it!

Three weeks is a good amount of time to go up the East Coast. How far north do you plan on going? Will you be using public transport or your own vehicle?

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 40w 1 Star this if you like it!

Three weeks to catch a couple of the highlights of the east coast is doable, if on the short side. Assuming you're going to Australia on a WHV and will have a full year in the country, I'd recommend taking much longer, and later in the year (from April onward, basically) so you'll avoid the wet season.
You can easily spend over a week in Sydney by itself. Add a couple of days for the Blue Mountains; maybe take a side trip to Canberra, and those three weeks will be up before you know it.

4. Posted by kittygib (Budding Member 10 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Thank you both for your comments! I am on a working holiday visa and have a greyhound pass but don’t want to use it until around April so Sander your idea of Canberra is a great idea as I wouldn’t have thought of it!! Thank you! anything else that way? I’m in Melbourne for a few days after Christmas and may spend New Years there... or should I do sydney?!

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Sydney is the main destination for New Year's, due to the fireworks. Affordable accommodation would be pretty much impossible to find at this point, but since you have family there, I'd recommend heading there instead of Melbourne.

Outside of New Year's, Melbourne is very much worth spending some time in, though. It doesn't have as many "sights" as Sydney, but it's a great place to settle down at to work (great infrastructure and live music scene if that's your thing), and has loads to do in the surrounding area, from the obvious ones like the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians, to nature areas that are less on the tourist trail like Wilson's Promontory.

Thinking of alternatives, what you could also do for your three weeks, would be a cheap flight over to Tasmania, and exploring that. That's another area which is frequently skipped, but has really great hiking (it's like New Zealand lite), plus I found Hobart to be surprisingly nice. Time wise, if you don't do Sydney itself in those three weeks, then you could easily do both Canberra and Tasmania without missing much of anything.

6. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 502 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

If you are starting from Sydney in December then to Brisbane the weather should be good. After that you might keep an eye on weather predictions and decide how far north you want to go. You should also know you are planning on travelling during school holidays so everything will be double the price.

I would recommend Sydney for New Year especially if you have family to stay with, and you can save on accommodation costs. New Year Eve is like a big festival in Sydney so I think it is a worthwhile experience even if you can't get a vantage point for the fireworks. If you want to try getting a vantage point this is a good place this start:

https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/new-years-eve-sydney-harbour

There are also restaurants with harbour view that do special New Year Eve dinners but I think apart from the most expensive they may be booked by now.

I second Sander, Tasmania is an amazing destination so if you could visit I would put that on the list.

Speaking of ACT you might want to visit Jervais Bay a little south of Sydney. It is a really nice spot with great beaches.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Oct-2017, at 20:25 by Teoni ]

7. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 317 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

I would love to spend three weeks in Sydney at leisure - time to explore the city thoroughly, to poke my nose into all the interesting museums, ride the different ferry lines in all directions, walk along beaches, harbour promenades and coastline, spend full days at the zoo...

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1012 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kathrin_E

I would love to spend three weeks in Sydney at leisure - time to explore the city thoroughly, to poke my nose into all the interesting museums, ride the different ferry lines in all directions, walk along beaches, harbour promenades and coastline, spend full days at the zoo...

I'd spend a full day just watching those platypus playing around in the aquarium.

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

Quoting Kathrin_E

I would love to spend three weeks in Sydney at leisure - time to explore the city thoroughly, to poke my nose into all the interesting museums, ride the different ferry lines in all directions, walk along beaches, harbour promenades and coastline, spend full days at the zoo...

I'd spend a full day just watching those platypus playing around in the aquarium.

And another one for the Dugongs! Plus one more for the Chinese Garden just around the corner.