hitch hike, especially in remote areas --it's not worth it
and there are alternatives.
Do consult hostel notice boards for share lifts,
car pooling etc. Assess your potential travel companions with
appropriate caution. Trust your instincts.
Don't just fly around
Oz -- you see nothing from 20,000 feet up! It's safe but oh-h-h
Do investigate bus passes
-- there's an option to suit your itinerary and they are great
Don't stay in motels
-- you meet no one in a room by yourself and you'll blow your
Do stay in hostels --
there are heaps to choose from, they're great value and a
guaranteed way to meet people
Don't pay your money
at reception until you see your room -- dodgy operators have
good lobbies and lousy rooms.
Do use hostel kitchens
to cook those healthy meals, and meet fellow travellers over
stirfry two minute noodles.
Don't accept a bed in
a shared (mixed sex) dorm unless you know your companions
--you'll feel more comfortable in a single sex dorm.
Do book your first night
before leaving home -- it's a long flight from just about
anywhere to Australia and you'll want a shower and bed in
that order on arrival.
Do get yourself an e-mail
address and a phone card to stay in touch with home -- it
keeps your parents from worrying and makes them happy! Don't
pack the kitchen sink -- you won't need it!
Do buy a good quality,
well fitted travel pack -- suitcases are only good for sitting
Don't bother with the cocktail or party dress --
Aussies are very casual.
Do pack swimmers (bathing suits), sun hat, sandals,
sarong -- the beach essentials.
Don't try and work illegally
-- the Government is cracking down on it and it's not worth
Do investigate if you are eligible for a working
holiday visa (currently available for UK, Ireland, Netherlands,
Canada and Japan citizens).
Don't be unadventurous
--you too can learn to abseil, bushwalk, dive, horse ride,
snorkel and bungy jump with the best of them!
Do join YHA/Hostelling International in your home
country and use this as a discount card for every type of