Best travel and accommodation options Cairns to Sydney -retired couple
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 28, 2012 4:56 AM Last Post By: Ozziegiraffe
Nov 25, 2012 8:22 AM
My husband and I want to travel from Cairns to Sydney in 3 to 4 weeks during April 201. We're unsure if the Greyhound mini bus travel pass along with YHA pre booked accommodation is the best option, given our age early 60's ....is everyone using YHA much younger?
We like the freedom of the mini bus pass to hop on and off (and no stress of driving such long distances) but now wondering if we should just hire a relocation camper and do this in two stages Cairns to Brisbane, stay a few nights Brisbane before hiring another relocation camper from Brisbane to Sydney.
WE also looked at the trains but felt they weren't so flexible......or do we book flights and hire a car in each area along with cheap hotels/B&B.. so much choice it's hard to decide.
All advice most welcomed.
Thanks in advance.
Nov 25, 2012 2:31 PM
1You certainly need not feel that you will be considered out of place in any YHA in Australia or NZ. Some of the other hostels tend to be party places and they might look more askance, but this isn't the case with any YHA. The only potential problem might be that some only have stairs rather than lifts.
Neil (age 58)
Nov 25, 2012 3:00 PM
2After a mix up in bookings we were forced to use a hostel in Auckland, and earlier in our travels, also for the experience stayed on the Af Chapman in Stockholm harbor, and as both of us are into our 60's we did wonder if we would feel out of place?
Not at all, we found that the people we did see in both hostels were very friendly, and did not count grey hairs at all!
Nov 25, 2012 6:15 PM
3Go for it. YHA is a great place for all ages. In recent years we've stayed at Adelaide, Melbourne and others and there have been plenty of baby boomers, some considerably older than us (59). Yes there will be more young people but many are happy to chat with you (I suspect some are secretly missing their parents). Plus you get good ideas on what to see, discounts, and can save a heap of money on meals.
You can always ask for a ground-floor room and a bottom bunk (if you're in a shared room).
Nov 28, 2012 4:56 AM
4The Greyhound pass is for full-sized coaches, rather than mini-buses. Personally, I would prefer to hire a small car, if that is within the budget. It is a long way from Cairn to Sydney.
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