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Travelling Australia - East Coast

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Hi guys,

me and a friend are soon to be travelling the East Coast of Australia and were looking for some help on what to do while we're there!

We fly to Cairns on 20th January and fly out from Melbourne on 11th March so we're in Oz for about 7 weeks. We're thinking of getting the greyhound bus from Cairns - Sydney and then renting a campervan to drive / sleep in from Sydney to Melbourne.

We have friends in both Sydney and Melbourne so should be ok for places to stay there but we're a bit unsure what to do / where to stay from Cairns - Sydney. We're budgeting around 4600 Aus dollars for the duration. Is this enough? We want to do excursions like scuba diving / whitsundays / castaway and I think we might save skydiving / bungee jumping for New Zealand.

Any tips / advice would be greatly appreciated as we have very little experience travelling (we are currently in South East Asia for the first time) so need all the help we can get!

Thanks guys

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    The $ question is one of those "how long is a piece of string ?" queries.

    Without knowing whether it's to include transport & accommodation in-country and your international fares in & out, it's hard to say.

    It seems a bit light on to me, though. That's $93/day for 7 weeks. If you want to take some trips out to the reef, rainforest & hinterland in FNQ, and how could you not - that's going to leave you eating bread & water elsewhere ;)
    " Other opinions may differ ". That's the thing about $ isn't it - what's a lot in one place and/ or to one person isn't much somewhere or to someone else.

    $4600 would go a long way in most of the SE Asian places I've been - but not nearly so far here. Bigger distances, fewer people, much higher wages & costs of living & doing business.

    Have a look at some of the Tourism sites for your destinations & cost out the excursions you want to take.

    Greyhound apparently has quite a good "hop on, hop off" option which might suit you two - allowing you to do just that. Stop off where you like for a few days & then travel on.

    YHA (youth hostels Australia), Airbnb,
    Local pubs & on site cabins in caravan parks can offer good accommodation at quite reasonable, sometimes absolute bargain, rates.

    I'm not a huge fan of campervans for visitors, unless you pick up a relocation, the one - way fee can be a killer. Other factors to consider see the fairly high deposit most operators require; the very dodgy reputation & reviews the cheaper companies have - and the overall cost of these fuel guzzlers over a normal car & staying in cheaper accommodation.

    You can't just pull over & sleep in them anywhere you like - and for the first part of your stay, you'll be in competition with school holidays & peak season, so at least some of the most popular caravan parks will be full.

    Everything here is a lot more expensive than SE Asia, unless you're comparing 6 star accommodation. And even then, we're probably on or above their costs.

    To get an idea of food costs, have a look at www.urbanspoon.com.au

    Major supermarkets are Woolworths, Coles & Aldi. Have a look at their websites for self - catering & other basics.

    Pubs often have specials $10 steak nights & so on.

    Looks like a great trip for a couple of friends & I hope you have a fantastic time. Do a bit of research & I'm sure you will.

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