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


I'm going to be in Oz from October for about 3 months as part of a RTW trip and was looking for advice on the best ways to travel within Oz. I'm looking to start in Cairns and then make my way down the east coast right the way round as far as Adelaide.

I've been looking into the usual methods, i.e. Greyhound, Oz experience and car hire and was looking for advice from anyone who has previously travelled a similar route in a similar time span. It has to be as cheap as possible but include all the best stop offs on route.

I've heard mixed things about Oz experience, like it stops off at slightly obscure destinations and missings things out? However, a number of people have also said its the way forward and a great way to meet people!

Any advice would be welcomed.


2. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey, ok i have only heard that the distances in Oz are very vast and getting internal flights are a good way, these are about £40! thats what i was told by the travel agents, but then again i'm only going for three weeks! Apparantly virginblue are good for these flights!

I have seen packages with your flight and 2 free internal flights included for under £800.

This may help...but on the other hand, it may not, lol!


3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Chipper,
For someone of your age, Oz Experience is probably best if your priority is meeting people (although I've seen in these forums that the coaches can be raucous, so don't expect to relax!).
Flights are good if you've got the money and only want to spend time in the cities. But think of what you'll miss.
I rented a car for 7 weeks and one of the best memories was rounding headland after headland and getting ever better views of beaches and coastlines. You can't do that it a plane.
But don't underestimate the distances. Cairns to Sydney, for example would take a week or two driving, if you were in a hurry.
Three months is great, but it's also the generally accepted threshold for whether to buy or rent a car.
I rented (It's cheaper, say, than the UK) but I liked the look of
who do buybacks and have offices in all major cities (except Adelaide).
A campervan is the most flexible way (as I did in NZ), but means that you won't be sleeping in a dorm full of backpackers - that is either a plus or a minus depending on your point of view and intentions!

4. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Oy Chipper!
When I was in OZ I used Greyhound.From Sydney-Cairns and all the little towns in between.I found it quite cheap and heaps of other backpackers used it too. Some people who used OZ Experience told that it goes more to inland so I guess if you like to see more inland that the coast-line then OZ Experience would be good for you.;)

Then if you want to travel by plane I'd recommend Australia's VirginBlue.It's cheap.:)Also lots of people hired a van for road-trips,that would be a good way too!:)

Have a good trip and enjoy!
All the best!

5. Posted by vinceyb (Budding Member 8 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Chipper,

I would have to agree with stevieh that you would miss seeing alot of places if you fly around Australia. The cost of flying is really cheap though, some flight are for just AUD$53.00 to fly lets say from Brisbane in Queensland to Sydney in New South Wales.

Although I live in Australia, I still drive every where and travel at my own pace infact in the last three years I have driven over 160,000klm, up and down the East Coast. The choice ultimatley is yours whether you want to see or experience what Australia has to offer.