12 Days in Australia

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12 Days in Australia

Postby huwtc » Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:58 am

Dear all,

I was looking for advice on what to do to finish my 'Australia Adventure'. I will have been to Brisbane, Melbourne and then on to Sydney. I then have 12 full days to work my way over from Sydney to Perth for my flight home.

I have looked at getting the Indian-Pacific train from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide. I have also looked at going up to Alice springs. One tour I saw through STA that did look quite good on the West coast was 'Secrets of Esperance' taking in bits of the West Coast

I didn't know what would be the wisest use of my time:
- Brief stop in Adelaide and then over to see more of the West Coast
- Spend a bit more time in each place
- With or without Alice Springs.

Does anybody have any advice on the best bits to pick out from this limited amount of time?

Many thanks
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Re: 12 Days in Australia

Postby desiree2 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:59 am

The Indian-Pacific is quite expensive ($500 to several thousands depending on date and level of service). Not quite sure how old you are, but if you are looking at STA, I'm assuming you're young. I haven't travelled on the Indian Pacific, but it's mostly for older people and most of the scenery is desert so it may be a little boring.
I have been to Adelaide, which has great scenery, heaps of vineyards and wonderful coastline, but it can be a little staid. Perhaps a few days in Alice Springs (Uluru) and then onto the west coast and do a tour. What time of year are you going? You can swim with the whale sharks at certain times and Ningaloo reef is supposed to be spectacular.
Have you thought about Darwin - lots to see there with rainforests, wildlife and cultural highlights?
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