TIPS and ADVICE and STUFF.....

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1. Posted by jordy (Full Member 54 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Allo, allo, allo;)

I am planning to be in Oz around this time next year. I know its a while away but its always good to plan ahead, so my mummy says

I intend on travelling up the east coast, then round to AS and Ayres Rock, i think i spelt it right

Any tips and stuff would be great


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

Lonely Planet do a guide specifically for the East Coast.
Also, read Bill Bryson's "Down Under".:)

3. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hallo . . I found that Lonely Planet guide really helpful, so definitely consider buying it.

How long do you intend to stay in Oz for since that will probably determine much of your trip, and the advice we can give!! ;)


4. Posted by jordy (Full Member 54 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Becky;), i will be in oz for upto 4 months if i want. i intend on spending my time on the east coast but up near the top half as i have been told that it warmer up there.

Need some general advice on must see areas and what how much money i might need as i will be on a tight budget.

Also what is the best mode of transport in oz and this area.

i also intend on seeing alice spring and ayers rock.


5. Posted by saz (Full Member 20 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


im currently travelling oz and recently came down the east coast im now in sydney but i cant recommend cairns enough the rest of the east coast has highlights i recommed fraser island and the whitsundays but you can "do" the east coast in a month no problem, its basically beach after beach and to me personally it all became the same after a while. depending on what trips you want to do and how your going to get about i did by bus but if you can get a few mates together and hire a car it would be much cheaper.

alice springs is a special town, its about 30years behind the rest of the world but you have to visit to get to ulura which you have to experience and its well worth it.

good luck with your travels wish i could stay but have to go home sometime (so they tell me anyway)


6. Posted by jordy (Full Member 54 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Sarah for that,:)

Have you been to Darwin, and what about adelade, is it worth seeing?

What is the best bus company to go traveling, is oz experience better than greyhound?

Hope you are enjoying your travels;)


7. Posted by saz (Full Member 20 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


yes i've been to darwin and adelaide, darwin was good for me because it was warm and was the end of a month of sleeping in a swag, a proper bed never looking so good! the city of darwin is not much but im not really a city person its small and has a good feel about it but there is really not that much to do, i spent a week there and that was long enought to see everything

Adelaide is just like melbourne (dont know if your been there) basically a big city with the usual highlights and not much else i was there for 4days and that was 3days to long for me my opinion only of course but if you dont have to go there you wont be missing anything by avoiding it!

travelling by bus the oz experience bus is known as the "f??k bus" so if thats what your looking for thats the way to go if not i would recommed the greyhound bus, in my experience it always ran and time the drivers were nice and helpful and the bus was always clean, not the best for sleeping in but you cant have everything!

hope this helps any other questions you have id been happy to help as best i can


8. Posted by jordy (Full Member 54 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

THanks for all that good stuff.;)

On a slightly different note i have been told by other people that it is better to spend more time in New Zealand that Oz itself. Does anyone agree or disagree and if so what are the advantages and dis advantages?

Once again thanks for all the info.


9. Posted by saz (Full Member 20 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hello again

i havent been to new zealand yet but im told by the hundreds of people that i've met who have been and who live there thats it beautiful the south island being the best out of the two. just make sure you go in summer as in winter it rains alot and is freezing (think british summer time)

i think it depends on what your looking for but im going to NZ in Nov or Dec so i can let you know my thoughts then if you'd like but i think definately worth a visit.