Need Help with first time travellign please !

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1. Posted by Bubbles85 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi !

Me n my fella are looking at going travelling around Oz in September / October for approx 3 or 4 months !

We'd like to travel as much as possible and see the sights ! We love walking and camping but I dont think Oz is the place to camp with all the creepy crawlies ! :)

We would probably stay in hostels or if anybody knows of any campsites are OK ? IWed buy and cook our own food and not too much booze, just the odd drink if needed any day !

I was thinking of approx GBP 20 a day for spends excluding any travel expenses or is this just dreaming ?? Somebody mentioned Oz is expensive for food and I dont really know how much Hostels would be ?

Also if anybody knows of the best ways to get about ? Ive looked at renting a camper van but I am looking at thousands which isnt really an option. Is it cheaper to travel by bus / train ?

Any advise would be greatly appreciated !!! :)

2. Posted by Ausboy (Budding Member 20 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey there!

You have chosen a good time to travel, spring is beautiful, every thing is green!

Ok so 1st off i think the best way to get around is seriously not by hiring a car or campervan. Petrol in this country is rediculous at the moment, and depending on how much you want to save, and what you want to see, i recommend buses and flying. If you land in Sydney and are looking to see sights in another state, FLY to the capital city of that state 1st, then bus from there.

Cheap airlines in Australia are Jet star mainly, particularly with one way tickets. But also Virgin blue is a good airline, normally a little more expensive, but fantastic service. Flying is the cheapest most cost effective way to get from one state to the other.

Then the buses. There is a similar service to greyhound that works in aust and they can normally take you to all the places you want to see. If you are thinking the east coast (most popular, most touristy, lotsa beaches and up higher is the tropics.. people love it!) There are so many bus services and transport things you can look at. Try looking at tourism queensland, or simply google it.

For hiking and walking trails i personally recommend victoria. The Grampians national park is beautiful, and a personal hot spot for me. Quite ruggard and sometimes harsh depending on the trails you take, but also has some amazingly lush trails and gorgeous points as well. All of victoria is beautiful.

For real mountain hiking and ruggard terrain, you cant beat tasmania, but the cost to get there may be a little bit much for the normal traveler.

I suggest having a look on the net, googling "tourism- victoria australia" and all the different states, see which appeals to you the most on visual aspect, and go with it. Each state has different plants and a different "look" to it. So pick and go with that!

Hope this helped! Good luck! If you come to adelaide i'll be happy to show you around!


3. Posted by qlong (Budding Member 16 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Flights is a must - Jetstar is often chepaer but sdon't be fooled, particularly in Melborune tyhey land soooooooo far out of the city its a nightmare. Also Virgin have a "Happy Hour" every day at midday where you can get some absolute bargains.

Walking? EVERYWHERE has excellent walks. In WA one of the picks is the Bibbulmum track which is a week at least but you can do sections, particualrly as it is through the Margaret River.

Tassie is also an absolute winner for walks.

For cheap hotels etc they are a dime a dozen and vary greatly. 20GBP a day is on the cheap side, imo.

For starters do a search for the 100 Things To Do In AUstralia You've Never Heard Of and Before You Die and look around that site for a few tips on camp sites/wlks in tassie partiuclarly and cheap hotels.

Aussie camp sites are fabulous - right on the beach. My fav is Kiola, Gerroa (both on the south coast and Sawtell (north coast) - all in NSW, all on the beach.

Send me a not eif you need more.

4. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Bubbles,

Hiring anything is a very expensive option in Aust and you will find that you cannot/maynot be able to take the vehicle out into the outback or on gravel roads - of which there are many!!!

Personally, to give you a little more freedom, I would be looking at purchasing a car - which could be sold when you leave. (That way you have a little money to go home with - to pay the bills you may have "clocked up" whilst away!! LOL) Many hostels have noticeboards where people who are leaving the country advertise their vehicles with camping gear included. Of course there is the problem of not knowing what you are buying ie a lemon or not. Here is hoping one of you is a mechanic!!

Another option would be to place an advert on these same noticeboards for others who are travelling with a vehicle and who want to share costs. You could use this option many times by changing travelling partners if the previous ones are not going where you want.

I feel that having use of a car is a much better way of seeing the "out of the way" parts of Aus.

Buses are fine BUT - as I have just experienced by travelling by buses and trains in Turkey - each trip takes forever!! (Turkey and Australia are HUGE countries.) I "lost" many days through doing this - even though I saw a lot I wasn't able to stop and have a look at places that looked interesting.

Flying is good in saving time - but not as cheap as your network in Europe. So be prepared if you choose this option - work out your itinery as much as possible (with flexibility) to save unnecessary flying.

I know in Western Australia there are a couple of "hop on - hop off" Backpackers/travellers bus for the south west of WA so this is something you could look into for each state you travel in.

Here are a couple of sites for you to look at:

Here is hoping you find a good way to suit your budget to see this wonderful country of ours. It is beautiful - no matter where you are.

There is one problem though - well to me that is..... (LOL) as you are not arriving until Sept/Oct you have just about run out of time for the northern parts. From October onwards it is becoming too hot/muggy for the far north. It is a pity really as the far north is truly magnificent.

However........ there are some amazing places in the southern area as well and some of them have been mentioned in other posts.

With regards


5. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 616 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

All good travel advice, so I will only add that anything is possible regarding daily costs - if you're flexible.
I travelled with partner and 2 kids (8+11) for 10 months and our daily budget was £15 - for us all.
Of course this is an average, so if you splurge one day, you eat bread the next! As I remember (from 2002) food wasn't much different from UK prices, but some fruit & veg was expensive - some sort of price war going on. And I don't know how much effect the drought is having on prices yet too.
But go ahead. Enjoy!

6. Posted by taff (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi, me and my bf have been travelling round Oz for 5 months now. We started in Perth and headed south are now in Sydney, we stook close to the coast all the way and stayed on campsites the whole time. Like you, i wasnt sure about camping because of all the creepy crawlies, but can say we've never had any nasty surprises in our tent. We have stayed in some lovely campsites along the way, and pay between $18 - $28 per night (thats for both of us) so it's deffinately a cheeper option.
Let me know if you would like the names of any good campsites between Perth and Sydney!
Good luck Carrie:)

7. Posted by Bubbles85 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for all of your replies ! Theres some great advice to get me started and im definatly gonna be camping on the beaches now !!! :D

I just cant wait to get there now ! im so excited ! Lol ! x

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

Some great info for you. As for camping, don't worry too much about creepy crawlies, just be conscious where you are pitching your tent i.e. not over an ant nest. Also, make sure you geta tent that zips up.

If you plan on staying at one place for a few nights, get a 'poly tarp' and some rope (any 'disposals' or camping store) and string that up over the tent and extending out the front. This will give you a cosy and insulated area to sit outside the tent out of the sun & rain. You can also use this to go between your vehicle and the tent.
Have a great adventure on Oz.

9. Posted by eTRAVEL (Full Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

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