I'm at square 1, litrally :)

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1. Posted by riahig (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello :),

Its always been my dream to go to Australia, so i've added to a list of things I should do before I turn 30. Im looking to go late next year, or anytime during 2012, need to save some ££ :). Through choice i will be travelling on my own and due to work commitments it will have to be for a max of 4 weeks, im thinking i can always go back and continue the trip.
I am trying to do some research on the internet but all i seem to get is tour planner websites and to be totally honest im confused. Do I go with these travel companies and pay the money they are asking for a 14/21 day internery? or am I best just to book a flight, turn up in aus and then go with the flow when im out there? Do i book my internal flights as well? Im quite spontantous so thinking just turning up, would i need to arrive say in Sydney and then get back to Sydney to come home?
Think im asking total basic questions, or questions that can only be answered on where i want to go. The thing is im not to fussy, I just want to get out there and expereince the culture, anything i miss i can always go back and visit. Although i would love to visit Sydney.

Any suggestions /ideas will be greatly appriceated.

Thank you so much

xx

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

With trips to Australia depending on the airline, it is normally possible to get open jaw tickets so for example go London - Dubai - Melbourne then overland Perth - Dubai - London. That means you could cross the whole country and not need to backtrack. That would be on Emirates. The same would be possible on Singapore Airlines only you'd need to use Singapore as the transit point along the way. You could do the same for Qantas via Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong.

If you plan to do the trip right across Australia, it is certainly better to book the flights across from Melbourne or Sydney to Perth well before you turn up because last minute flights can be extremely expensive compared to if you book a fair way out especially on a weekend or in peak travel times.

If you want to see the "real Australia" you should take in the Northern Territory and Kimberly and Pilbara region of North Western Australia. To do those it is definitely best to do on some tour and not do on your own. I think unless you plan to just stick to the capital cities where it is easy to get flights like Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin, it would be better to do some sort of adventurous tour at your age on such a short visit. If you just wanted to get a taste of the main cities then that would be easily achievable by yourself without a need to go on a tour. Any places in the outback i.e. the real Australia are hard to get to without expensive flights on Qantas Link or having your own 4WD as hiring one and paying the one way drop off fee is extremely expensive.