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Old 02-20-2019, 01:07 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

Me and my fiancee have a plan to go on vacation to Australia next year. I don't know why, but Australia is in my dreams since childhood Since we are from Lithuania, it will be quite expensive trip for us - we saved money for it few years. We will have around 3 weeks for travel. My question is, what would be the best route for us to travel for such period? We will rent a mini bus (I don't know how it is called, but a bus where we could sleep) and would like to see a wonderful nature. Happy to hear any advise from you
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:21 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

Me and my fiancee have a plan to go on vacation to Australia next year. I don't know why, but Australia is in my dreams since childhood Since we are from Lithuania, it will be quite expensive trip for us - we saved money for it few years. We will have around 3 weeks for travel. My question is, what would be the best route for us to travel for such period? We will rent a mini bus (I don't know how it is called, but a bus where we could sleep) and would like to see a wonderful nature. Happy to hear any advise from you

You mean camper van, I think. Good way to do it and should help costs a bit. Three weeks is not long. It is impossible to say the best route, as it depends on your personal preferences.


I would personally do the most differing locations from the European landscape as possible. That would be the North of Australia. Far North Queensland, Northern Territory and Northern West Australia.


As I mentioned on another thread. Australian cities tend to lack the vibe of European ones, and perhaps outside of Sydney, especially on such a short time frame, hardly worth the expense, or time.


Camp in free camping grounds or 'rough' where possible. This will be more difficult in cities (almost impossible, as policed) in built up areas.
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:24 PM
 
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You mean camper van, I think. Good way to do it and should help costs a bit. Three weeks is not long. It is impossible to say the best route, as it depends on your personal preferences.


I would personally do the most differing locations from the European landscape as possible. That would be the North of Australia. Far North Queensland, Northern Territory and Northern West Australia.


As I mentioned on another thread. Australian cities tend to lack the vibe of European ones, and perhaps outside of Sydney, especially on such a short time frame, hardly worth the expense, or time.


Camp in free camping grounds or 'rough' where possible. This will be more difficult in cities (almost impossible, as policed) in built up areas.
I have not thought about the North of Australia. Most people recommend the Great Ocean road, what is your opinion about it? Our preferences are to see nature which differs from European, to visit national parks and similar things.
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Old 02-21-2019, 02:16 PM
 
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I have not thought about the North of Australia. Most people recommend the Great Ocean road, what is your opinion about it? Our preferences are to see nature which differs from European, to visit national parks and similar things.
Obviously my opinion is entirely subjective, however I do not feel The Great Ocean Road is a good choice at all if you're coming all this way to Aus.

I'd agree with Troubadour, far north Queensland you've got jungles and beaches. Northern territory you've got Kakadu and the desert, North western Australia you've got crazy scenery. All VERY different to European landscapes.
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Old 02-21-2019, 03:59 PM
 
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What time of year are you coming? That makes a big difference. The classic backpackers/camper van route is Cairns to Sydney and that is all you would be able to cover in three weeks. If you travel quickly you would get up to the north of Cairns and a day or two to the south of Sydney.

Alternatively you could drive from Perth through the Kimberley and Broome to Darwin. A lot of long empty stretches on that trip. Or from Darwin through Alic Springs and Uluru to Adelaide. But you cannot do it all in three weeks. Australia is nearly the size of Europe.
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:47 PM
 
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I have not thought about the North of Australia. Most people recommend the Great Ocean road, what is your opinion about it? Our preferences are to see nature which differs from European, to visit national parks and similar things.

The GOR is fine in itself, but is it worth coming all the way to Australia for? You could do it in two days. Four days, lingering a bit. Some pleasant seaside towns, but even if decided a week, where to then in the frame of time allowed? The cities will prove expensive. The GOR is very popular with Europeans, among others, so hardly much differing there.


If you guys are into nature decide between the routes I earlier mentioned. You could even fly to Perth, pick up a camper van, and head North without much delay, stopping at places like Ningaloo Reef , Broome (Kimberly are a highlight in my opinion) Kununurra to Darwin (very heavily policed there though for those attempting to sleep free in camper vans or rough, hence go further out or stay in a Backpackers) from there to The Alice (be wary of crime there) back up the Stuart (you have Katherine en route, well worth stopping over) and take the road to QLD. Fly out of Brisbane.


Note. We know folk from Germany, that a few months ago done the Cairns to Brisbane route and got rained out most the entire journey. They experienced further wet weather in NSW heading to Sydney to catch their flight back. Very bad luck. That was summer. Remember summer in Australia, is the wet season up North. These people experienced a cyclone of some intensity that lingered for a number of days, almost from the day they arrived.


Hence time of year, will prove very important. (depending on location)
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:58 PM
 
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What time of year are you coming? That makes a big difference. The classic backpackers/camper van route is Cairns to Sydney and that is all you would be able to cover in three weeks. If you travel quickly you would get up to the north of Cairns and a day or two to the south of Sydney.

Alternatively you could drive from Perth through the Kimberley and Broome to Darwin. A lot of long empty stretches on that trip. Or from Darwin through Alic Springs and Uluru to Adelaide. But you cannot do it all in three weeks. Australia is nearly the size of Europe.
Repeated largely,without noticing. I agree time will make the planning hard pressed to 'get it' all in.
The size and logistics of Australia, is simply unimaginable to most Europeans.
But then Australians, Americans, touring Europe, too often make the mistake of cramming too many countries into a short tour, amounting to the ' If it's Tuesday it must be Belgium' syndrome .
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Old 02-23-2019, 01:34 PM
 
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Thank you for your replies.
We are thinking to travel in March. Would it be good time for traveling in North of Australia?
Anything else to have in mind while traveling in Australia?
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Old 02-23-2019, 04:08 PM
 
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If you only want to go to the north, April would be better. North is still the end of the wet season and even if not wet it can be incredibly humid. We were in the Kimberley a t the end of April one year and it was still very hot and humid then, though dry.
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:06 PM
 
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I recommend you to also visit an outback region in Australia, as that is very different from Europe.
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