bus from Cairns to Sydney

Jun 26th, 2006, 07:36 AM
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bus from Cairns to Sydney

I will be taking the month of october to travel from Cairns to Sydney on a bus of some sort. (after I hit ayers rock and the reef)

3 questions
- is there a particular bus that you would reccommend over another?
- I would love to hear suggested highlights for the trip
- Do you think a month is long enough to see all of this

I will then continue down to Melbourne in time for the Melbourne cup- there for a week before taking the train to Adelaide for a week- and then back to Sydney where i will be flying over to new Zealand.
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Jun 27th, 2006, 03:28 PM
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j8agirl - a month is ample.

Try McCafferty's or Greyhound Australia websites, you can buy a ticket from Cairns-Sydney and stop off wherever you like on coach route for as many days as you like.

If you do a search here you should find other posts which discuss highlights of trip, and October is a lovely time of year to do it.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 01:54 AM
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Hi - what a great plan! A month might even be too long - but so good to have that slack in there in case something good comes your way unexpectedly. I mean, I guess the opportunity to leave the coast and go places it is difficult to get to by public transport.

Hightlights - the std ones are Mission Beach, Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Byron Bay. You could also consider Magnetic Island off Townsville and Gt Keppel near Rockhampton. Folk who like, and are sufficiently experienced, rave about the trekking on Hinchinbrook. Brisbane is a pleasant city. The stretch between Bryon and Sydney is a long haul - off the top of my head about 700 kms - so you'll want to stop somewhere I guess.

Just some thoughts - Happy planning.

Oh - and Greyhound do a travel pass that is based on the number of kms you want to travel. Not quite such a good deal as it used to be, but probably cheaper than booking each segment separately.

And finally, just in case it is of interest, you can travel from Alice to Cairns overland - 3 days, 2 nights - gives you an idea of how big the country is and an opportunity to see small town Australia. recommended if it's your kind of thing!


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Jun 28th, 2006, 08:10 PM
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Greetings and Gidday g8agirl,

Check out the http://www.waywardbus.com.au/alltours.html
for red centre and SE oz tours that you are interested in.

They also do an east coast run, but their specialty is 'wayward' places other coach companies don't travel.

They also stop in my home territory (Byron Bay-Murwillumbah) on occassion, and I'd be remiss if I didn't say to schedule a few days here. Regardless of your interests, you're sure to find it happening somewhere around here! ;-)

October is a great time to head south from the centre or far north Queensland (FNQ).

If you do stick to the east coast with Cairns-Brisbane (Brissie)-Sydney, then after Byron (assuming you stop over there), also consider Coffs Harbour, which is an ideal overnight or 2 day stopover about half way to Sydney from Brissie, and explore the hinterland there.

Coffs is a bit like Cairns, has a booming tourist industry, but still retains the feel of a larger Aussie country town, with it being one of the major banana growing areas outside of QLD.

If you're into Aussie "big" things, then a visit to the "Big Banana" is a must!

You might even be in time to lob into Bellingen (Bello - about 20 minutes inland from Coffs), for one of their many music/arts festivals.

Also see if you can make it to Dangar Falls on the Dorrigo Plateau (just up the mountain from Bello on the Waterfall Way). The falls, while pretty, are rather small, but the gorge and rock cliff formations are an amazing example of folded rock. You're looking a couple of hundred million years back in time!

While you're up on the plateau, check out Dorrigo National Park, which has a spectacular canopy skywalk and lookout over the park and surrounding valley.

And of course, a stop in the Hunter to sample some wine, or visit to Newcastle and Stockton Beach, wouldn't hurt before you reach Sydney.

Hope this is useful. Hooroo and enjoy your Aussie vacation!

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Jun 29th, 2006, 04:07 AM
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BigV - since when did Wayward travel the East Coast? Is this a new route?
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