Going to Oz in May...Where to start!?

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1. Posted by SamR (Budding Member 16 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I've finally decided im going to go to Oz at the beginning of May!

I'm thinking of starting in Cairns and making my way down the East Coast to follow the weather.....My only worry is that most people ive spoken to are starting off in Sydney and working there way up! Do people go from carins to sydney...

Im travelling on my own so am looking to meet up with people on the way so i dont want to get there and find everyone is going in the opposite direction!?

Any help or advice would be great...



2. Posted by sarajj (Budding Member 8 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I am also travelling alone, this is my first time in oz, so unfortunatly no words of wisdom, but im starting off at cairns and travelling down to sydney and then accross to new zealand.

I would also like to meet people along the way.

If youd like to chat and share plans
Let me know


3. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

In general, if you want to follow the 'better' weather, The month of May is the time to start heading North. Then come back down South about November. NZ should be treated as The Aussie Southern States and visited from November - April too.

Having said that, our winters (your summer) in the Southern states would be milder than the UK but there will still be rain. For skiiing, NZ in Winter is awesome.

The Northern areas of Oz have consistent nice weather during our winter months. This is also the prime time to visit Central Australia, which can be hot during the days and the nights cool, even below freezing but once the sun comes out it warms up very quickly.
Enjoy your travels;)

4. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I think most people start in Sydney because Cairns international flights mostly come through sydney anyway. Therefore Sydney is the cheaper starting point.