1. Posted by Uppo_88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

I am doing some travelling this May starting in India. I will be in Australia October to December. My intentions is to see as much of the east coast as possible starting in Melbourne finishing in Cairns or vice versa . I would like to know (any advice or info would be greatly appreciated) what would be the best and most cost effective way to do this? would it be by coach or flights - I will be getting a working visa so i will be there for a couple of months

Then on New Zealand in January for a month. My intentions is to see as much of both islands as possible. I would like to know (any advice or info would be greatly appreciated) what would be the best and most cost effective way to do this?

Ive read info on the Hop on Hop off coach which could be an option? if this is the cheapest way would I be able to decided on the duration I spend in each destination and simply use the same service to get to my next place if that makes sense?

Finally... Its my 30th in November, i want to be doing some special in Australia... any suggestions?

Sorry for all the questions - Any help would be greatly appreciated!

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Feb-2018, at 17:11 by Uppo_88 ]

2. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 616 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

The best way up the East Coat is to have a private vehicle and drive up the East Coast however it is not really the most cost effective. Taking buses will be most cost effective and you can get to quite a few places. Truth is I would go the opposite route if I were you. As you go further north it is going to get much hotter in the months you are travelling while you will be starting in the cold in the south on October.

As for doing something special what is special to you? Are you into night-life? Nature? Surfing? Good food? Need a little more detail on your interests for that question.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5297 posts) 43w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Uppo_88

My intentions is to see as much of the east coast as possible starting in Melbourne finishing in Cairns or vice versa . I would like to know (any advice or info would be greatly appreciated)

I'd recommend doing it the other way 'round (starting in the north), since December is the start of the wet season up north. Three months is a decent amount of time for seeing the East Coast, so I recommend going all the way to Adelaide at the end; you can go via the coast first (Great Ocean Road with particular emphasis on the Shipwreck Coast stretch with its amazing sandstone formations), and then loop back to Melbourne via the Grampians.

Quoting Uppo_88

Then on New Zealand in January for a month. My intentions is to see as much of both islands as possible. I would like to know (any advice or info would be greatly appreciated) what would be the best and most cost effective way to do this?

Definitely bus. Intercity busses go everywhere you'd want to go, daily (several times a day for the more popular stretches). You can either book flexibly while on the road, which allows you to get some pretty good deals, and make use of regional competition. There's also Naked Bus, but they're from after my time (wow, I'm dating myself here), so I don't have personal experience based on which to recommend them.
Given that you have only a month, and that in peak season (meaning that you'll have to book accommodation ahead for most of the country if you're at all picky, and definitely weeks ahead for the South Island), flexibility with your itinerary seems less likely, and that means that their bus passes become interesting. Intercity has passes for a set route, and for a month, I'd look at their Tiki Tour. The big advantage here is that you can stop at any interesting halfway point en route for free, and pick up from there for the next leg, which makes it pretty good value for lots of short legs. The alternative would be a nakedbus trip passport, which is great value for long distance legs, but obviously not so much for short hops. (Since New Zealand is jam packed with interesting destinations at which you can see the essence in a day or two before heading on, that last is a big limitation of that pass, making it less good value than it might appear when just comparing the cost to the Intercity pass. (Of course, if you had three months rather than one, I'd recommend lingering at each one to see them in depth, but with only a month, realistically you're going to want to sample it all.)) For both, you'd really have to work out a set itinerary beforehand to be able to evaluate those passes, though of course you'll retain the flexibility of adding side trips while en route.

Quoting Uppo_88

Ive read info on the Hop on Hop off coach which could be an option? if this is the cheapest way would I be able to decided on the duration I spend in each destination and simply use the same service to get to my next place if that makes sense?

That's basically what that Intercity pass is, although this concept is mostly named in context of the Kiwi Experience or Stray. At 30, you're definitely not the target audience for either of them (though Stray perhaps a bit still), as these busses are mostly favored by early 20-somethings with more interest in partying than in the scenery outside, and I wouldn't describe either of these backpacker busses as good value, as they're glorified tour busses, which (I suspect) make lots of money from kickbacks on the activities they upsell, and the accommodation they try to book the entire group in.

4. Posted by Uppo_88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

Yeah, a few people have said start North and head South. what coach companies would you recommend?

I want to be trying something extreme/different.... Swim with Sharks or Bungee etc, go for some nice food and course somewhere to have a good drink lol.

Thanks for your help!

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Feb-2018, at 04:57 by Uppo_88 ]