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Travel time from Perth to Brisbane?

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1. Posted by slimsadie (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Can anyone give me a rough idea of how long it will take to travel from Perth to Brisbane by road or rail? Been looking at prices to fly but they seem really pricey! Any advice on which mode of transport is best and/or cheapest please?

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd fly no matter what the price is unless you want to make an adventure out of it and stop for a few days in certain places along the way. It'd take you a good couple of weeks I reckon at best and would be driving nearly all day without many breaks. Trains, buses etc usually work out more expensive than flying in Australia. It would also mean spending nightmarish amounts of time on the bus, because on Greyhound you couldn't just simply go from Perth-Adelaide, to do that you'd need to go from Perth-Darwin-Adelaide! So to get to Brisbane you'd probably have to go Perth-Darwin-Adelaide-Melbourne-Canberra-Sydney-Brisbane or something along those lines in the areas you'd need to cross are red dusty roads and doesn't go along sections where their are no stops for many hundreds of kilometres like the Nullabor. Maybe you might find it cheaper to fly to Melbourne and bus up or something like that, but normally going by train is more for the older people wanting an extremely boring time seeing not a great deal along the way. I think a train line exists from Perth-Sydney, but I think it is rather pricey but you'd have to do a google search and see if it is the great southern railway or whatever to check out the price on the website because they vary depending on if you are a student, if you feel like getting sleep for the numerous days you are on the train etc. Have a great trip

3. Posted by anglosurma (Full Member 106 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well by road in a car it took us about a 5 weeks but thats was taking our time a bit , but i know if we wanted to push it we could have driven right the way accross in 4 days only we took the route south then accross the nullabours , i would personally not fly around Australia, okay its cheap and chearful but oz has some of the most amazingly original lanscapes and animals to be seen on the road especially on that route , we did it in 5 weeks but id reccomend 10 weeks atleast to make that crossing .

4. Posted by anglosurma (Full Member 106 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hitch a ride got from a hostel thel be someone heading that way there always is

5. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You could do it 3 t weeks if you take the Great Central Road.
You need to be well prepared though as its pretty damn remote, and if you break down your in big trouble.

6. Posted by shaneomac (Inactive 20 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

FLY. Either Virgin Blue or Qantas. I think Wednesdays are cheap flight days. Have a look through the week anyway. I've flown from Brisbane to Perth and that was long enough and boring enough! Takes around 6hours by flight. If you don't want to fly, then i would suggest making a trip out of it. When travelling by rail/train yes the countryside can be beautiful but after several days of travelling it gets very repetetive. The Australian outback is one big land of nothingness with the exception of the main tourist attractions i.e. Uluru, Bungle Bungles, Kakadu national park etc. Many people don't realise how much nothingness there is between these land marks. You will see more if you fly from place to place and if done correctly save money!

Hope that helps.

7. Posted by kir19 (Inactive 55 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i would definitely fly. or perhaps you could drive part of the way. maybe drive to darwin and explore the litchfield and kakadu....then fly from darwin to brisbane. if you drive the entire way you will be spending hours of looking at absolutely nothing but desert! and since it is so remote you have to be seriously prepared for major problems.

i think it would be more worthwhile to drive up the east coast from melbourne to cairns. much more to see. or even to drive from adelaide and make your way around through melboure, then brisbane, then up to cairns.

8. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I drove it (Brisbane to Perth) in less than a week, pushin it...but can be done....

9. Posted by milena1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i would check out Webjet - the site will have all aus flights available and the prices are on line - if you book early enough you get some great deals - i am flying from brisbane to rockhampton for $49.00 so it just depends when and where you are going.
perth is definitely only 4 hours direct flying if you travel via darwin kakadu etc its the outback (and kakadu is on the top end of WA not Queensland (which is where you want to go)and they are pretty far from all other areas so if you like the idea of some undeveloped and natual sights id go bush and that is as bush as you can get but if you fly perth - melbourne - sydney - gold coast or brisbane then you will see the cities and the great beaches - the best thing to do is check the net for different things you wanna see and do and then fly via that direction. dont forget we also have bus passes with grey hounds - good luck and ejoy

10. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting milena1

(and kakadu is on the top end of WA not Queensland (which is where you want to go)

Kakadu is in the Northern Territory approximately 3 hours drive in an Easterly direction from Darwin, so it isn't "on the top end of WA". Check out and you'll see exactly where Kakadu is in relation to Darwin and Western Australia.