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1. Posted by myo (Budding Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey !

Some unexpected circumstances force us to make our scheduled trip to Australia a little shorter : instead of the 26 days we had planned, it will only be 18 days.
I'm now wondering, would it be worth it to fly to the other end of the world (I'm from Belgium) just for 18 days in Oz (we would rent a camper and go from Brisbane to Sydney) ? I suppose the first 2 days, we will be quite jetlagged too, so that would leave us with 16 days...

I would be very grateful to hear your opinion about this !

[ Edit: Edited at May 2, 2006 6:43 AM by myo ]

2. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi there

I would say go for it.

We drove from Sydney on January 6th and got to Cairns 2 weeks later!! The weather was really bad so we only stopped off at a few places along the way. But Sydney to Cairns is alot longer than Brisbane to Sydney. 16 days should be enough to see all the major things. Australia Zoo, Blue Mountains etc. But I would recommend spending a good few days in Sydney - it's an amazing city.

Try to get your body clock used to Oz time a couple of days before you travel so that your not too wiped out from jet lag.

Kristie x

3. Posted by Lissyrl (Budding Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I say definitely do it! I did a whole loop of the east coast in 27 days. But out of that, I drove from Sydney to Cairns and then just slightly north of there to Port Douglas in 14 days. I went in late May, and the weather was perfect. Stops I liked the most were- Bondi Beach, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Whitsunday Islands, and Port Douglas-You can catch a boat out to the reef from there or from the Whitsundays. I didn't get jet lag as bad as I thought I would, so I was able to spend a few days in each city and I still got a lot out of it!
From there, i took a cheap flight to Melbourne and then circled back up to Sydney. Either way, I think you'll have enough time for just the east coast for sure!


4. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Brsbane to Sydney in 18 days would be easy. Recomended stops: Gold Coast for sure, Byron Bay and stay in Sydney for a while. Other than those 3 places theres not a real lot to do because Brisbane is right down the bottom of Queensland. If possible start up further north in Cairns... it is alot furher north and you probably couldnt do it but thats where the great barrier reef and the whitsunday islands are.

5. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

When were you panning on coming and what are the things you want to experience? This will help us to give you more suggestions.

6. Posted by myo (Budding Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your answers !

My bf and I would arrive in Brisbane the 3rd of August and leave from Sydney the 22th.

We really want to see Sydney, so we decided to do Brisbane - Sydney : we think Cairns is too far North to do in 18 days... We'd be spending too much time in the car.
We want to see as much as possible : Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and a National Park near Brisbane (can't remember the name right now). We also heard there were some nice little towns or parks to see more inland (not over 150 km from the coast), but I don't know if that's true ?
We want it to be a "relax, visit, experience and enjoy" holiday without (too much) stress, because we've got the stress at home, but not the beautiful things Australia is known for ;).

Eventually, we were planning on doing the inverse trip : starting in Sydney and flying home from Brisbane. This way, we could have gone more up North (to Noosa maybe ?) if we had the time and return South to Brisbane to take our plane. But that was with the extra week, and I don't know if we'd be able to do that now that we're starting off from Brisbane for only 18 days.

If there are some really nice spots which we shouldn't miss somewhere between these 2 cities, I'd be glad to hear them from you ! I'm sure there are some hidden treasures that tourists usually miss.

Thanks again !