Where best to start in Australia?

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1. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I want to travel in Australia/NZ for a few months. I would be going by myself, hoping to meet people on the way. Where is the best place to go if you were looking to get into a group? Would starting on the West Coast be better? Any Help?
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2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Without taking weather into account I'd probably say Perth -> Cairns/Gold Coast/Brisbane -> Sydney -> Melbourne -> NZ as logistically that's probably the best way, or doing the reverse of this.

If you want to take weather into consideration, northern Australia (Cairns, Brisbane) and to a lesser extent Perth/Sydney are quite warm all year round, compared to Melbourne and NZ. Melbourne and NZ can get quite cold from June to August. Although if you want to ski in NZ this may be desirable.

Not sure what type of "group" you mean but Sydney is the main hub for Australia and probably has the most tourists, followed by Melbourne, although I'd say we have a lot of tourists in all the places mentioned above! The eastern coast of Australia is most popular for tourists and I'd say most groups travel between these areas.



3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you're looking for a group of people to start out on a trip then I would suggest you start in Sydney. There are a heap of hostels and loads of tours beginning in Sydney so you wouldn't have too much trouble finding a group (tour group or a bunch of people heading where you might want to go). Plus, chances are you'd be flying into Sydney.

4. Posted by JessieG (Full Member 67 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I reckon there's more going on, on the East coast. Cairns is good around jan-mar is the wet season.. maybe even more.. but it's still lively. Sydney.. melbourne.. I'd say start east.