Australia & the Pacific Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 New Zealnd 17 days--North to Top of the South Itinerary
  2. 2 Choosing Tasmania or Perth/ Margaret River
  3. 3 a month in Australia help please
  4. 4 AUSTRALIA
  5. 5 Winter tragedy on the Routeburn Track (NZ)
  6. 6 Help me choose among these Sydney hotels, please
  7. 7 Few days in NZ, what to do
  8. 8 3 1/2 weeks in New Zealand
  9. 9 NEW ZEALAND 18 DAYS ITINERARY
  10. 10 Trip Report Awesome NewZealand Trip in Winter 2016
  11. 11 Help us extend our Dec. Heron Island Tip
  12. 12 Planning an Australia trip, not sure where to begin
  13. 13 Trip Report Fantastic South Island Trip May-June 2016
  14. 14 New Zealand and/or Australia - Nature sites, day bus tours?
  15. 15 6 Days South Island Help
  16. 16 Trip Report Zipping through New Zealand with a Fiji Finish
  17. 17 2 days in Auckland. what to do
  18. 18 Visiting New Zealand/Australia in April
  19. 19 Connection Time at Sydney Airport
  20. 20 Choose a destiation - Oceania Island(s) for 10 day trip
  21. 21 Cairns/Port Douglas from Sydney
  22. 22 Snorkeling in Whitsundays
  23. 23 New Zealand Itinerary
  24. 24 Dining
  25. 25 Where to tay in Apt in Melbourne
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Planning Advice Welcomed

Jump to last reply

I shall be travelling in Eastern Australia between 1st Jan 2014 departing on 16th Jan, after spending 10 days in Melbourne with friends.

This will be the first time I have ever travelled and will be travelling alone during the second part of my trip.

I'm really looking for advice on:
• how long I may wish to spend in each place
• activities that would be good
• places to look for more advice
• experience from others who have done this before
• ideas of places that others think would be worth visiting
• places to avoid
• best way to travel
• etc.

I'm sure whatever I end up doing I will have a trip of a lifetime, but I don't want to end up aimlessly wandering around not really knowing where to start or what to do, which is my main concern.

For background I am more interested in nature, hiking and scenery than history, museums, architecture and art. Having never travelled before I have zero experience of what I may like outside of general interests. I will be 30 at the time of my trip.

In terms of budget, I'm happy to stay in backpacker accommodation for parts of the trip but wouldn't mind the odd few days of something a bit nicer (but not superdooper luxury!). I suppose it would be useful to know where it would be most appropriate to spend a little more, and where budget will best.
Happy to fly between places, or bus – but prefer to see more things than spend time travelling to save say a couple of hundred pounds.

Places that I think I would definitely like to visit include:
• Sydney itself
• Blue Mountains
• Fraser Island
• Great Barrier Reef

In order to do these things it looked best to travel between Sydney and Cairns (or vice versa), with my international flight out of one of the two cities.

Thank you in advance for ideas and help!! I hope that I have given enough information but please ask if you would like more.

2 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement