West or East Coast ?!?

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1. Posted by luba (Budding Member 4 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


my husband and I are going to Australia in July for a month. We are trying to decide whether to travel the east coast by bus or the west coast by campervan. Is a month enough time to do the west coast? What is there to do out there? I've done the east coast a few years ago which was great! Part of me has always wanted to see the west but is afraid of the vastness!

any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated.


2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

You'll see more in a month on the east coast than the west, but it depends on your budget. If you can afford to travel 'at will', then you'll see a lot in the west too. You might spend more time travelling on the west coast, but it has a different appeal.:)

3. Posted by irene1979 (Budding Member 8 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

west coast, definitely. i have done both but prefer the west coast. well, it depends what you want really. if you are looking for people, organized trips and full beaches then choose the east coast (allthough also very beautiful and offers places such as whitsundays, fraser island), but i find the west coast so much more pristine and real. the beaches are gorgeous- white and deserted and when driving along the cliffs around sunset you see whales on the horizon. furthermore, the ningaloo reef is equally beautiful as the great barrier reef and less busy.

the west coast is indeed, as you say, vast, but easily accessible and great if you have a campervan. there are ample towns to stop on the way and stock up on supplies and camping grounds are also not a problem (i am not sure whether wild-camping is allowed). i would suggest you start in perth (if you have time see the south west too) and drive up to broome, stopping as great places such as monkey mia, hundred mile (or is it 80 mile) and such. broome is a great place to end. nice little town with a good vibe and famous for its staircase to the moon.

i am getting all excited writing about it. wish i was going....

have fun!!

4. Posted by taevans (Budding Member 8 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I did the East Coast last year and had a blast.. though it was more of a party atmosphere than I imagined (no complaints!). However, I'm headed to the West Coast in two weeks time - Perth to Darwin and I've allowed myself 4 weeks for the trip. I'll be travelling alone, and can't afford a car hire on my own, so I'm wondering if anyone knows if car shares with other backpackers and/or regular(ish) buses run up the coast?

Ideally, I'd like to find a few different groups to drive up the coast with, but I don't wanna be stuck in Shark Bay with only two days to get to Darwin after the offer of lifts dries up once out of Perth !!