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Old 06-07-2011, 01:39 PM
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thanks i have checked out the site but doesnt seem that cheap ....

are any of you lot from ozz ? i have just priced a bus pass from cairns to melbourne with gryhound and the price was 264 sterling ... $403 ad ..
does this sound cheap ? it is a hop on and off and is valid for 90 days ? ..

also anyone aware of any good tours from darwin to cairns ? thanks


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264 quid is cheap for that ticket.. i would probably take that option if i were you.

age 22 might be a problem to hire a car. look at wickedcampers.com.au ??


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Hi i am goin away with 3 friends in september the 21st we are flying into darwin and the traveling to cairns by campervan and then was wondering what is best to travel from cairns to melbourne bus or train ? And what sort of price are we looking at ? Thanks
If your not stopping plane is easiest/cheapest/best.


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If your not stopping plane is easiest/cheapest/best.


Hi we r planning on travelling the east coast were not goin direct to melbourne but thanks anywas


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Old 06-17-2011, 02:47 PM
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The price you were quoted sound about right.

I am an Australian, (from Queensland) but not currently living there. Not sure about tours across from Darwin to Cairns. It's a bit of a hike and there's lots of not much in between sights maybe try typing 'camping tours darwin cairn' into google. Not sure many people do it to be honest but I could be wrong. Main sight in Northern Territory that you would likely to get a tour to from Darwin would be Kakadu national park, Ularu (Ayres rock) is too far in the wrong direction for you to do 'on the way' to Cairns.

The towns between Darwin and Cairns are pretty dire, as they're all cattle farming or mining towns. Be aware that it is not advisable to wander about on your own in small country towns at night in Australia.

I think you really are going to want most of your time to be allocated to the coast. There are a lot of things to do all the way down including reef trips, visits to beaches and islands, trips to the rainforests and that's just Queensland.


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I asked about the Australian train services in another post. It seems the Australian train service is far more efficient than the US's Amtrak system.


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Old 07-08-2011, 12:17 AM
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I asked about the Australian train services in another post. It seems the Australian train service is far more efficient than the US's Amtrak system.
it is, but for a backpacker travelling around aus.. or anyone under the age of 50, really.. a bus is the best option. it is more flexible, more frequent, just as fast, goes more places and stops closer to them - many of the train lines run inland, far away from the coast where the tourist destinations are.

australian buses are also a lot cleaner and safer than the bus network in the USA.


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it is, but for a backpacker travelling around aus.. or anyone under the age of 50, really.. a bus is the best option. it is more flexible, more frequent, just as fast, goes more places and stops closer to them - many of the train lines run inland, far away from the coast where the tourist destinations are.

australian buses are also a lot cleaner and safer than the bus network in the USA.
Oh well, I am from Panama, when it comes to buses, we probably have the worst service the world has ever seen, and I lived in Florida for 12 years, and the bus network over there, it was dangerous, inefficient, and, not exactly properly maintained, since it was for the poor.


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yes, the buses in panama suck. i took a bus from panama city to bocas del toro and it was one of the worst bus trips i've taken outside of bolivia.

the buses in australia are much better. not as good as peru or argentina, but much better than america.


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yes, the buses in panama suck. i took a bus from panama city to bocas del toro and it was one of the worst bus trips i've taken outside of bolivia.

the buses in australia are much better. not as good as peru or argentina, but much better than america.
Geez, it seems you have travelled a lot. I envy you.


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