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1. Posted by dms02 (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am 26 and set to travel the East Coast of Oz and then NZ alone, starting in Cairns in November, and have 4 months to do it all. I've been looking at forums and threads to get some tips, and found some useful info, just thought i'd post some questions I specifically wanted to know. I've decided against the oz exp as reading a LOT of reviews I think im too old (cant believe im saying that!) and also want to know that in peak season I can get a bus when I need it and not wait days and days, so will probably grey hound or car share.

Starting in Cairns, I wanted to book my accomodation there, but wasn't sure where to stay and for how long. Gilligans looks really good but think i'd have to give up any hope of sleep there because of the club downstairs ;). I'm just split as it seems like a great place to be meeting people at the start of my trip, but can imagine it would be mad and wanted to enjoy the day trips etc. Don't wanna sound like a bore as I definitely wanna get involved with the partying though! Just wondering if anyone who's stayed in Cairns has any advice? I have from early November until just before Xmas to head down to Sydney (where I will spend xmas/ new year), and then after down to Melbourne, so quite a lot of time and want to do all I can. Wanted to visit places north of Cairns like Port Douglas, and wasn't sure about places like Kuranda and Cooktown. I also wanted to see the National Parks, and Daintree looks awesome, wasn't sure if it was then worth seeing Cape Tribulation too?

In Sydney I've provisionally booked Wake Up, but if anyone has any other suggestions, any advice would be great!

And any tips for any stops that I might not have thought about on the journey down the coast (as I've got the main ones written down) would be more then welcomed!

Thanks. Dan.

2. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Can't give you any advice on Gilligans in Cairns, except that if it's the one with the bar downstairs then it was pretty loud when I was up there.

Port Douglas has a nice beach, the Daintree is well worth seeing and Cape Tribulation is nice I'd visit both and on the way up drop in at Mossman Gorge. While you're in Cairns it's worth taking a drive around the Atherton Tablelands to check out the waterfalls, there's some photos in my gallery of the area.

3. Posted by dms02 (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tim, that is indeed Gilligans, it has a bar downstairs, seems like a very similar place to Wake Up in Sydney (which I've provisionally booked). Did you stay there then?

Thanks for the advice RE: places to see, will definitely try doing all of that, and will check out your pics now.

4. Posted by kts27 (Budding Member 107 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I also stayed in wake up in sydney and loved it so where is this other hostel that is liek wake up so i go when im there ??

5. Posted by dms02 (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Im not sure if it's actually the same hostel as in owned by the same company, but its called Gilligans and its in Cairns and sounds very similar to Wake Up in that it has a bar downstairs.

6. Posted by onepromise (Budding Member 36 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dan,

I'm in similar situation. Heading out to Cairns on 27th September. I definitely like a good drink and a dance but enjoy my sleep too so I'm picking one of the quieter hostels. I've been looking into barrier reef trips, white water rafting in Tully (they do transfers from Cairns), Port Douglas, Cape Trib and Daintree as well.

At the end of the day, just do what's best for you. Like I said, I like having a drink and meeting people, but I can do that over here and I'm going out to Oz to see the sights not just to have a year long booze trip

Rach x

7. Posted by k_yool (Budding Member 36 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dan, I've booked gilligans for the first couple of weeks for my stay at the end of September, couple of reasons why... They do a free airport pick (which is one less thing I need to worry about) / I WILL be partying a lot at the start of the trip, so why not go the best place for it and also with it being so lively I think it'll be a very good place to meet people!

Same for xmas, I've booked wake up, because it will be lively, I've booked another for newyear just incase it gets too much though haha