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Old 07-26-2009, 04:43 PM
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Hello from the USA

Greetings all.

I'm from the Washington DC area and I'm planning a trip to Australia for Summer, err I mean Winter (July-Aug) of 2011.

My son will be graduating high school in 2011 so I asked him: "Where in the world would you like to go to celebrate?"

His response: "How far can I go?"

So I pulled up Google Earth to find the Antipode (the spot opposite us on the globe) and said to him. "That would be as far as you can go". Technically, the actual spot is out in the Indian Ocean but the closest land to the antipode is Cape Leeuwin (and the lighthouse) along the west coast of Australia. Which lead us to the seed of a travel plan:

Rent a Britz in Sydney and spend a couple of weeks driving along southern/western coast of Australia to Perth with a stop at Cape Leeuwin, and many other sites along the way (Melbourne, Adelaide, Nullarbor, The Bright, etc...)

We have a lot of planning to do with budgeting being first and foremost. I'm hoping to get a lot of inspiration from this site. In return I'll be posting details of our plans, and eventually a trip report, in the hopes that it will help future visitors.

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Old 07-27-2009, 07:50 AM
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Sounds interesting. How long do you have to spend in Australia?

Sydney to Perth via Melbourne is a very long trip! Checking out the distances involved should be your first point of action.

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Old 07-27-2009, 11:23 AM
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Welcone to the forum Scamp and as Mike says, it'll sure be a long trip
Travelmate - Australia Accommodation and Hotels, Tours, Car Hire, Maps, Australian Travel Guide will help.

Not only is it a long way, about half will be across the Nullabor Plains, not much at all out there, and then at height of winter too!

What about a bit more geometry and going diametrically opposite across the continent, making northern Queensland and/or the Northern Territory a target, July/August a great time for heading that way, tropics in winter.

For budgeting, keep an eye out early next year for flight specials, July/August being low season months for heading down here and www.mobissimo.com sometimes runs Ads for Qantas and AirNZ.

In Australia, Cheap Flights, Qantas, Virgin Blue, Jetstar - Cheap Flights & Airfares - Compare Flights at Webjet - Webjet.com.au covers just about all airlines and Regional Express :: Home under products/services/promotions has a backpackers package but mainly for southern states, but one way or another, plenty of cheap travelling options about and a few mentioned on various threads in the travel section.

You might want to look at mixing up a bit of flight and a campervan relocation, Rental Relocations Australia New Zealand United States Canada - Hire Now at StandByCars and getting one that needed relocating from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane up to Darwin could be the basis for a good trip, bit of a tour somewhere and fly back.
And if you've never gone backpacking before, staying in hostels, Australia is as good as anywhere to try it - YHA Australia and BUG - the Backpackers' Ultimate guide to budget travel in Australia . Great way to meet fellow travellers and have the lad perhaps develop some European contacts for later travel.

You might even want to make it an RTW trip and Qantas this week are showing pretty cheap one way fares to here from US, getting to Asia with Welcome to AirAsia.com, The World's Best Low-Cost Airline is pretty cheap and they have flights to London not much dearer.
If Qantas have the cheap one ways for this time next year and good chance they will you may be able to cobble together a RTW just as cheap as a return US to here.
And fares within asia are dirt cheap and living even cheaper, $10/d if you want and living like a king on $50/d.

Anyway, have a look at some travel threads and come back for help in sorting stuff out.

And don't forget you'll need a visa or ETA - Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) - Online Applications cheapest and you can do online.

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Old 07-30-2009, 03:06 PM
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Thanks for the replies.

I'm going to move this over to the Travel Questions forum and keep it going there.

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