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  • August 27, 2012 9:34 PM AEST

    Hi, I really want to go backpacking from Brisbane to Sydney just after Christmas this year. I was wondering if it would be cheaper or possible to get a hand luggage only flight, like Ryan Air do to Europe. Has anyone come across anything similar please???

    • 7 posts
    August 28, 2012 6:30 AM AEST
    Hi Sophie! Good question, I'm sure many people have come across this same situation.
    We'll have a look into it for you and see what we can find out. TT
    • 3 posts
    August 29, 2012 7:01 AM AEST
    Hi Sophie
    Try - my daughter swore by them on her gap year to Oz. She also swore at Tiger Airways fairly regularly for not turning up - so they may be one to avoid
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    August 29, 2012 1:06 PM AEST
    Hi Sophie,
    There are cheap flights, in fact Jetstar and Virgin have cheap flights, and by default these are without luggage. That is, you have to pay more for luggage, to reserve a seat etc.
    The trick with traveling at Christmas is to book early. The cheap fares go early, and it can get expensive. Remember too that unlike Europe, where there is lots of competition, many more travelers and airlines, Australia has less options.
    The other thing to consider, if you are considering flying both ways between Sydney and Brisbane, is that going via road one way is an option worth exploring. You wouldn't want to miss Byron Bay, for example. There are always people at backpackers looking to share a ride and keep the fuel costs down.
    Let me know if you have any other questions.
    Cheers, Sarge
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    August 30, 2012 7:28 AM AEST

    Hi Sophie, just adding to David's expert advice, if needed is a site that lists all the hostels in Australia including price ranges, quality, and location. Forgive me if you've been to Aus before and are an expert yourself, but while in Brisbane i highly recommend the infamous 'Fortitude Valley' for an unforgettable-or forgettable, its all a matter of stamina-night out! Also Sydney is a sprawling city-make sure you get to see some of the hidden gems of the beaches, as well as the buzzing city center.

    This post was edited by Jojo Page at October 8, 2012 8:37 AM AEDT
  • September 24, 2012 10:38 PM AEST
    Thankyou all for the advice and help. It is much appreciated! This will be my first time to Australia and although having a few friends that have been over and some that live over there, I am still unsure of the best places to visit and stay. I am planning on travelling on my own from Brisbane to Sydney over the space of 3 months, much to the dispair of my parents. If anyone knows of anyone else doing the same or similar thing at the same time of me can you please let me know! Thankyou :) x
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    September 24, 2012 11:25 PM AEST
    It sounds like an amazing trip Sophie! When will you be heading off?
    Check out our Groups section under the main menu option of Experience and you may find a group relating to your ideal journey.
    Alternatively you have the option to create a brand new group, we can then direct people with similar requirements there for discussion.

    Keep us updated and we will do our best to help!
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    October 8, 2012 8:53 AM AEDT
    Hi Sophie, travelling on your own is such an incredible experience that while daunting, is so worth it. You meet so many people, are completely on your own timetable and, which i think is something that you can only experience once your in the traveller community, a lot of people are also going solo which means you're just more receptive to the mix of different personalities. I'd love to hear where your adventures take you to, even if it's just to make me more jealous! When in the Gold Coast, ask around about the 'glow worm caves'-which are as advertised, a beautiful natural phenomenon of caves of glow worms. But as your going in summer, the flawless beaches are going to be at your daily disposal-my favourite and the historical point where i had my first surf lesson is Kira beach (again, when you get there you'll be able to find it easily by asking), but another must is breakfast on the beach. If your traveller's budget can stretch to it-and yes, wearing your underwear inside out is a rite of passage of being a worldlier traveller, as well as tight purse strings- make sure you have breakfast on the beach. The Australians do breakfast out much better than englishmen, particularly their banana bread and coffee. Another must is Byron Bay, the birthplace of 'cool' and a bus journey of a couple of hours from the gold coast. I would particularly recommend the 'arts factory' hostel, complete with daily yoga/drumming lessons and authentic tee-pees to rest your beloved ruck sack in. But it is impossible not to have a good time in Byron, and you'll note a smile spread across most people's faces if you start chatting about Byron Bay, each with their own desire to tell you their own connection of a brilliant day/night/time in this hipster town. 'Peterpans' is a brilliant travellers travel agent where you can go in and just say 'i want to do this and this and definatly this tour but i don't know about this' and they will guide you through planning a trip-so if you go with loose plans and ideas, this business can be found all over the gold coast/brisbane-they're bright yellow and hard to miss-so just ask where one is and if needed they can sort you out, even if just to ask questions. You've got such an exciting trip ahead of you, and will haev so many new memories to astound the now worried mum and dad when you get home, and i promise-the 3 months will just dissolve. Good luck intrepid traveller, only needed as i think you need luck when attempting to squeeze all there is to offer out there into 3 months. Please let us know what you do!
  • October 9, 2012 8:42 PM AEDT
    Hi guys, Thankyou so much for the help! It's amazingly useful, so thankyou! Everything I read about Australia now just makes me more and more excited to go. I will keep you all updated on plans and experiences once over there :) I can't wait just to live the Australian lifestyle! I have spoken to some family friends who went travelling with just one other person who in the end she fell out with. She has written me up a list of ideas and advice. Having a very good friend who lives in Sydney now, and the calm the nerves of my parents, the plan is now to find a job near Sydney. Either tennis coaching (my current job) or au pair work, as this would usually include accommodation. If anyone knows of anything similar, or anything really, going could you pleaseee let me know? :) My friend who travelled solo also suggested taking 4x4s on road trips on the weekends when I dont have to work and as not to waste time. She said people post ads in hostels for people to share petrol money with and so that could be a cheaper option of travelling around. Also, being on my own, she suggested I take arranged coach trips to the tourist places which will help me meet people. If anyone has anymore advice or suggestions for anything, from places to visit to what visa, phone company and bank to use to what to take, I would be very grateful! Thankyou again x
  • October 9, 2012 8:46 PM AEDT
    And I'm planning it all for the end of January, start of February. At the moment the plan is to go for 3 months but if i get a job and they want me to stay longer then I will happily. I was shocked when my Dad said he didnt blame me if I didnt want to leave Aus. He hasn't got a high opinion on where we live! Haha. Thanks again for all your support! x
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    October 11, 2012 10:58 PM AEDT
    Hi Sophie, glad to be of help!
    Travelling alone can be such an amazing experience. As Jojo mentioned you will no doubt gravitate towards other solo travellers in the same situation as you and make many life long friends!
    Just be sure to read up on relevant safety tips and be aware at all times.

    If we come across any useful information relevant to your planned trip we will be sure to let you know!
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    October 22, 2012 7:46 PM AEDT
    And tennis coaching is ideal for Aus, they're so out doors and sports based. I was lucky enough to take a 4x4 tour-where i met loads of people-and would defiantly recommend it to anyone, check out 'Fraser Island' when you get there as they offer fantastic tours like this. I know its hard to keep up with people when they're talking about all these different places, and you haven't been there, most of the stuff i booked onto at first i was excited about-but unsure exactly what my excitment was for-but once you get there, and get to know the geography a bit and start doing some of this stuff, its much easier to understand. And as you've already found out, Trip tide is a wonderful and very easily accessible site-so if you ever get stuck just get to a computer. x
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    • 1 posts
    September 23, 2016 9:19 PM AEST

    Hello everyone! :)

    I want to book a flight from Melbourne to Birsbane. Is it better with Qantas Contact or Webjet? Which one do you prefer?

    Have you ever used it?


    Thanks in advance!

    This post was edited by Miah Yagual at October 5, 2016 6:01 PM AEDT
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