Travelling 25 days in October with interesting books
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Aug 29, 2013 10:39 AM Last Post By: SmillaUlride
Aug 20, 2013 1:17 PM
Travelling 25 days in October with interesting booksHi everyone,
I will come to Australia travelling on my own on October for about 25 days.
I will not drive.
My idea is to arrive in Port Douglas from Italy (if I found a good flight company) visiting a bit of the surrounding area and then spending three days on one of your wonderful beaches we don’t have in Europe (and of course not here in Italy!!!!!!!) or can I just stay there?
Is there any small village or place I can stay as single woman using public transportation from Port Douglas?
Maybe I will go to Alice Springs (because of Uluru), but I wonder if it ‘s worth it, it is not cheap for only a couple of days. I know it is almost “a must” when someone comes from abroad, but I read it is very fascinating but we cannot see a lot. It is true?
I would say I fly to Adelaide hanging out in the city and visiting also a bit the surroundings. Is it the kangaroo island so expensive as I was told? How many days do you suggest I can spend there?
I would go to Melbourne on my own (bus?? Train??) stay there and then by train to Sydney/Newcastle because I have someone who can host me.
Then, I will come back to Italy (sick!!)
Before I start a travel I like to read a lot about the country as I’m doing now, but what would YOU suggest to read, I mean Australian literature?
Thank you sooooo much!!
Aug 20, 2013 8:19 PM
Aug 21, 2013 11:43 AM
Aug 22, 2013 9:56 AM
4Port Douglas doesn't have an airport - you would have to fly to Cairns (most likely via Sydney from Italy) and then take a bus to Port Douglas, about an hours drive away. There are shuttle buses that can take you there straight from the airport. Port Douglas itself has a beautiful long stretch of beach so if you want to spend 3 days enjoying the white sand and blue water, it's a lovely place to do it. There are smaller towns on the water between Port Douglas and Cairns such as Trinity Beach (very small and not much to offer) or Palm Cove (high end of the tourist market) but if lounging on a beautiful beach is all you're after, there's really no need to leave PD. There are also lots of day tours that can take you up to Daintree and Cape Tribulation - it's a beautiful area and I'd highly recommend a visit.
Aug 22, 2013 1:17 PM
5It sounds good to stay first in Port Douglas just relaxing three days on the beach and then do the rest. Do you know if there are public transportazion from P.D to Palme Cove? Do you know if it is common to have a single room like in Europe (they don't cost 50% more but 25/30% more) or is it more like in USA where they cost mostly like a double room? I ask just in case I don't find Hostels or Couch Surfing or Servas somewhere.
Aug 23, 2013 8:59 AM
Aug 23, 2013 9:02 AM
Aug 25, 2013 8:44 AM
8As far as I know, there isn't any public transport from PD to Palm Cove but there are a lot of shuttle bus options that will take you door to door for $20 to $30 one way. There is a public bus (Sun Bus) that runs from Cairns to Palm Cove.
There isn't a hostel in Palm Cove and being a "higher end" resort type village, there won't be as many cheaper option hotel rooms as there are in Port Douglas. It is most common for rooms to have a set price - the price doesn't vary whether they have one occupant or two so you will pay the same price for one person staying there as you would for two.
Aug 25, 2013 9:53 AM
Aug 25, 2013 10:43 AM
10Although the accommodation in Cairns is cheaper, the city itself has no beaches - the area where you'd think the beach would be is mud flats (no sand) and isn't suitable for swimming and certainly not the sort of beaches you said you wished to see. The SunBus doesn't go to Port Douglas or the Daintree - I think the furthest north it goes is Palm Cove.
My recommendation (based on what you wrote in your first post) would be:
You'll be flying into Cairns, probably via Sydney, so spend two nights there to get over your jetlag and have a wander around town. Get a shuttle to Port Douglas and spend 5 nights there - spend three days on 4 mile beach and spend one day doing a day tour to Daintree and Cape Tribulation (don't just go to Daintree... go all the way up to Cape Trib - it's well worth it).
While Palm Cove has a beautiful beach, 4 mile beach in PD is just as lovely and you won't be seeing anything different at PC.
Staying in PD might be a bit more expensive but you'll be saving bus fare and a lot of time on public buses traveling from Cairns.
Aug 26, 2013 1:14 PM
11Your raccomandation is very fine, I only think to spend the last days in Sydney and not the first ones because my friend who will host me there is in Europe at the moment. She will come back after the 15th of October to Australia.
So Cairns, no beaches…I did not know it, thanks!
As I posted at the beginning my four cities are: Adelaide, Melbourne, PD and Sydney, I will skip Alice Springs and Uluru.
If I spend 5 days in each city (sorroundings) can be enough for my first 25 day trip to Australia? Is it too short? (I honestly think all is to short for three weeks, but Ican't ask more now at work).
I think I will fly Emirates, maybe, which is the practical itinerary to start with?
Aug 26, 2013 2:51 PM
12Jetstar flies from Darwin to Cairns, so if you can fly from Italy to Singapore you could get a Jetstar flight from there to Darwin and then to Cairns.
Aug 29, 2013 10:39 AM
13It seems the best option infact, so I have just decided to spend 3/4 days in Darwin. I have not booked the domestic flights so I can still dedice if:
it is better (I will stay 3 or 4 days) to spend my days at the Mary River region or Kakadu? In both cases do I have to take a taxi to get there from Darwin to the Hostel/Hotel ect?
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