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The East Coast or the centre???

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1. Posted by nicki12117 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


I'm currently in Adelaide and having spend 6 weeks with friends in Perth and Adelaide I'm about to jump off on my own for as long as my money will take me. The big decision I have is: do I go on a tour from Adelaide, through the center and up to Darwin, fly to Cairns and travel down as far as my money will take me. Or do I go straight to Sydney, work my way up the east coast and possibly not have enough money left to get to the centre??

I'm on a 6 month holiday visa and would be willing to work in hostels for free accommodation or even on Farms in return for accommodation/meals to try and extend my stay.

I just can't decide which way to go and I am really ready to get away from the rain in Adelaide now!!!!

Any suggestions gratefully recieved!!!! :)


2. Posted by Nikki_M (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey there

Well i started in adelaide too but i didnt do the east coast, i traveled for 3 months on the west coast which was soo amazing! i lived in freemantle for a while and found a job on a boat and traveled the entire coast all the way up to wyndham (which is close to darwin .. ish) I know of a lot of boats leaving from perth to broome that need crew. but if you have your heart set on the east coast then for sure do that. I didnt get a chance to do the east which is a bit sad but im pretty much over it :P at the moment im in alice springs not too much to do in the middle of australia because there is nothing for days and days of traveling. if you like flat sandy ground compared to the ocean then id go through the middle and spend lots of time there. not too sure what you want to do but i hope this gave you some help, i think you should just do whatever comes up. meet people and just go for it!

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5644 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Well, maybe an obvious one, but depends on what you like. If you like beaches, more beaches and some more beaches, it is best to go to the east coast. Of course there is more than beaches, some great cities, parks and probably more inland a bit of the outback feeling, but for me Australia is not about beaches (there are way better places for that), although I did spend a week in Queensland to end my trip to Oz, which was more than fine, the rainforest, Great Barrier reef etc are all great. Would start in the north after your visit to the centre, more rewarding than the south, but I am biased of course.

4. Posted by nicki12117 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your advice guys,

I have already done the west coast - from down in Albany to up in Exmouth and pretty much everything in between. I got the bug for snorkeling and beachy stuff from being up in Exmouth and definately want to go back to the sun.
Your right it is completely up to what I want to do really! I just can't seem to make a decision, i'm not sure if I'd be better off on a tour. I think it's mainly me worrying about going to Sydney on my own and not meeting people!!

5. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nikki,

I'd go with option 1, if you have enough money travel up through the centre to Darwin and then Cairns and try to work down the east coast. This way you'll see the centre highlights (ayers rock, olgas, kings canyon etc.) when it's not too hot and you'll be in Darwin/Cairns for the dry season in june/july. Snorkelling is fantastic from Cairns and the whitsundays, and the weather is still warm in winter.

Hopefully by the time you get to working your way down the east coast it'll be staying warm as you head south for spring/summer. Whichever you choose, you'll have a great time. Have fun!!