Travelling from north to south oz

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1. Posted by j4cko1984 (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I have booked my trip round the world and I am getting to Oz 18th Jan 08. I fly in to cairns on that date and am travelling down the east coast to Melbourne. However i am getting a little worried now cos i have seen a number of people stating its best to go from south to north!

Could anyone please put my mind at rest, would it be worth changing the route to go south to north, am i going to miss out...

Please any advice???


2. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Jay,

As you are already booked for Cairns - don't worry...... as I can just about guarantee you you will be wanting to move on down south asap!! :)

You are arriving in Cairns during the monsoonal time - it will be very very hot, sticky and possibly even very very wet!! You may even be there in time for a cyclone or two....

As long as the roads are open you can start making your way down the coast. There is ONE great thing about being up there at that time - the summer exotic fruits will be available and I am jealous! LOL

IF you are staying in Australia for 6 months...... THEN I would suggest you change your landing place to Melbourne and move on up the coast during the next few months. The very best time for the Far North is during April to September. All the touristy things will be available to you then also as many of them close down through the monsoonal time.

Enjoy your time in Aus - I am just sorry you don't appear to have time to visit the wonderful state of Western Australia... Of course I am biased as I live there! LOL Then there is the beautiful Northern Territory and South Australia as well.....

One place you could/should try and see is Tasmania - it is beautiful.

Anyway - stop worrying - just arrive and have fun!!

with regards


3. Posted by Buckra (Budding Member 61 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Not sure who gave you the erroneous information but as already suggested at the time of year you are talking about you should be heading South not North. I am an ex Darwinite of more than 25 years and I can tell you apart from the possibility of cyclones in the North, meaning North Queensland, Darwin and the Top End of Northern Territory and the Kimberleys, Broome and places in WA, the weather is very hot, very humid and you can have bouts of torrential rain that lasts 3-4 days or more. There is no respite at night unless you are in air conditioning. The best time for these parts of the country are when it is winter down South. I would be aiming to spend time in Sydney and Melbourne which can still get hot but not as bad as up North and nowhere near as humid. You could work your way down the coastline through the Gold Coast onto the North Coast and places like Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Nelson Bay all very pretty places on the sea. From Sydney again work down the Coastline through Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Narooma, Eden etc into Victoria. Or you could move inland from Sydney and see the National Capital, Canberra and spend a day...that would just above cover Canberra and also see some of the big inland cities like Wagga, Orange which I love, Dubbo and its zoo etc. Sydney is the pretties capital city but Melbourne the cosmopolitan shopping paradise. As also said Tasmania is worth a visit for its old world charm, its lovely countryside and seaside and cooler weather allround. South Australia is famous for its vineyards and Western Australia for its remoteness and fact that the WA people think the rest of Australia has forgotten them and therefore they are content to stay remote. Lovely place though, beautiful city and surrounds and pretties women in Australia. Have fun!:)

4. Posted by Carl_1970 (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Whether you should change direction depends on how long you'll be staying.

If you're in Australia for 6 weeks, then keep the North to South direction and get out of the tropics fairly quickly. If you're in Australia for 6 months, then change the direction, so you'll aviod the Wet season altogether (i.e. you'll be in northern Australia when the south has their Winter)

5. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

On ya Buckra - loved your comments!!

Yep we West Aussies DO believe we have the very best of the best - even though it is soooo remote and such a massive area to travel to see it all......

OK ... so the east Coast has the forests etc........ BUT nothing can beat the remoteness and feeling of being in something beyond your control........

Jay - please take note of what the others have said. IF you have the time available, and of course the money or the ability to work (eg a working visa) then you would be nuts not to try and rearrange your route and spend some decent amount of time seeing Australia.

I always used to say to "my" backpackers ...... "Why did you come all the way out here if you do not intend to see as much as possible. Australia is HUGE and yet deserves some time to be seen - if nothing else but from the point of view of the money you have spent to get here".

However there is also that thought of - "if I do a Cooks Tour (seeing lots in a short amount of time) I may want to return one day to see it properly."

Whatever you choose - don't forget to just embrace it all and have FUN!!:)

with regards


6. Posted by j4cko1984 (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the advice, I now have the possiblitly to change my dates and do 3 months in asia so i am doing that!

would travelling from cairns in april be good! or is it still best to go south to north!


7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5337 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd still recommend south to north, just because the temperature is nicer down south in April than it is in June (especially in Melbourne it can get fiercely cold at night), but on the whole it shouldn't matter much which way you go.

8. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Personally if you are arriving now in April I would be starting down south. It will be cold BUT you will be travelling to the north at the best time of the year. April to Sept/Oct is the best for the north.

You still haven't said how long you will be in Aus - that really does make a difference to your proposed trip.

With regards


9. Posted by j4cko1984 (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I will be in Ox for about 6months i think, i have a working visa so wil be planning on settling down some where for couple of months or so, most probably near brisbane, or cairns but thats not decide yet so open for suggestions!!??