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1. Posted by OzBound (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Myslef and my girlfriend are headed to Sydney in febraury 07, for 5 months, and we're wondering what we should definitely try and fit in?


2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Have you tried the search facility in thread - l know there are great suggestions out there!

Really your decision will depend on lots of factors - do you want city life, beaches, natural world etc etc?

Australia is so wide and varied that trying to fit it all in will be impossible so you need to decide what you wish to do! Are you gonna be working whilst there? Maybe you wish to hire a campervan and travel around?

The most obvious sites:
- Sydney - Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley
- Melbourne - Gt Ocean Road, Philip Island
- Cairns, Gt Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, Frazer Island
- Tasmania
- Uluru
- Western Australia

Oh the list is endless! Grab a guide book and make a list of what you like the sound of and then try and plot your journey!

Im going in December for the first time and cant wait!!

Enjoy planning your trip, it all adds to the anticipation!


3. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there

I spent a year there and covered most parts of Australia. Is it just travelling for you guys or you looking to do a bit of work out there?

Once I my work out the way and I didn't have to worry too much about money till I got home I had my best time travelling. I was on the west coast, staying in Freemantle which is next to Perth. I purchased a 16,000km bus pass and off I went. I was able to hop on and off the bus as I pleased so was able to pick my time at certain places. I headed up the West coast stopping off at a place called Coral Bay which is on the Ningaloo reef is was an excellent resort. From there I continued up the coast to Broome, then onto Darwin. From there I headed straight down the centre of the country to Alice Springs. From there I went to Kings Canyon and Ayres Rock, then continued down the country back to Adelaide. At that point, I ran out of money again so stopped off to do a bit of fruit picking...again, in Muljura. Once I had stocked up on the Australian Dollar I travelled onto Melbourne and through to Sydney. You'll notice there is a trail where alot of travellers stick to and you'll find you will meet people in a place then 4 weeks later, 2 stops up the coast, you'll see them again.... and agian......... Its great

The East coast is also great. I spent a lot of time on the Gold Coast... Its so layed back and clean. If on the East coast then Byron Bay is also a must.

hope you enjoy your trip....


4. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have spent a bunch of time in Australia between study abroad and a repeat trip. The one place that should no matter what be missed is FRAISER ISLAND. It is absoultly incredible. Tasmania is very beautiful as well, so if you have some extra time, check it out.

5. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The Gold Coast for the theme parks - Dreamworld is my favourite. There's heaps to do on the Gold Coast, spend maybe a week if you're wanting to fit in all the sight seeing, but allow a little longer if you're wanting time to chill out on the beach. I can recommend good accommodation there too: Sandpiper Apartments. In Broadbeach, they're a great place to stay, literally across the road from the beach and within walking distance to a great mall, Pacific Fair.

6. Posted by Steve_ell (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I've done a lot of travelling - mainly long periods of time (6 months - 2 years) overseas & here in Oz. The best trip I've done though was 6 months round the western half of Oz. The east coast is brilliant but crowded. If you're interested in some hints for a trip like that have a look at my trip description at We did a figure eight round west Oz but given the time of year you'd do better to head south from Sydney, then across the Nullabor to the south-west which we ran out of time for (I've been there before & it is outstanding) then north to Derby, east to Darwin then south . The best way is by car or van but backpacker buses & minivans will get you most places