Getting Around OZ

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1. Posted by Hay (Budding Member 27 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and i will be arriving in Australia around the end of January 2006 - and we will begin in Cairns. How would it be best for us to get around, we will be going;

Cairns and all thats in between to Sydney and then onto all thats in between to melbourne and then onto Adelaide.

We considered the OZ Experience, and then found out that it is not the best option for us - as we are not looking for getting drunk partying everynight and all that.

We are considering getting a car and driving from Cairns to Adelaide and then from Adelaide getting a direct train from there to Darwin (obviously stopping off at Alice Springs and getting accross to Ayers Rock along the journey). We are looking to spend approx 2 months in Australia.

Would you recomend a car or camper? would you recomend driving in Oz or getting a Greyhound?

Any help will be greatly appreciated. :)

2. Posted by colrus (Budding Member 13 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Wow! That's quite a trip. You are talking about travelling through some remote localities. I guess it depends on whether you are talking about travelling down through central Australia or the East coast of Australia. I'm not really into adventures so if you were thinking about going via Central Australia I'd probably take Greyhound but if really pushed take a camper not a car. At least then you could pull up when you wanted to and sleep/sightsee. If coming down the East Coast I would definitely drive. You will come across all sorts of roads, from highways to country roads. I don't think you should be put off driving, at least the driving is on the same side of the road and the steering wheel is on the same side of the car as you are used to. Do you have any idea of the number of hours it will take to go from one place to another?

3. Posted by denorei (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

the greyhound bus is very good there are lots of buses every day and it good value. They also have many buses which run over night, we found this great because we didn't loose days travelling and the journey's didn't seem so bad as we were asleep most of the time.

4. Posted by Hay (Budding Member 27 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Guys.

No plans are set in stone about what we are going to do and when - but that is the basic direction we are going in and intend to spend approx 2 months there.

Thank you for your help though!

Is it pretty easy picking up cars and campers?
Should we go through an actual company and rent, or i beleieve some hostels my have other backpackers advertising cars and campers they have bought and are selling on?