East Coast Travel
21.12.2010 26 °C
Ok, firstly I need to say why I can be bothered writing about such a well travelled route. Thousands of people have made the journey from Sydney to Cairns or Cairns to Sydney. Most end up in much the same places for roughly the same length of time yet those who haven't travelled are still confused. And understandably so: time = money and with the Aussie dollar higher than ever people from the northern hemisphere have less to spend. This surely means less time? Perhaps. Too soon to tell?
A lot of posts on TP answer the same questions about the same things. It's all useful information to a lot of different people. Some people are clearly very, very budget focussed, and some not so. Some are more interested in value for money as opposed to rock-bottom price trips and bus tickets. When giving information one has to be careful that they understand that people are usually prepared to pay a little more for quality, and if the price looks too good to be true it probably isn't true. Australia and New Zealand are a long way from anywhere. Chances are you won't be coming back for a 2nd-look; you won't do a 2nd sailing trip in the Whitsundays if the first one was rubbish.
So let me put my credentials on the table: I've been the General Manager of Oz Experience / Adventure Tours Australia on the East Coast for 3-years and 6-months. I am no longer. Previously I was General Manager of a chain of Backpacker retail travel stores specialising on the East Coast and the Outback. I've sold a lot of bus tickets and sold a lot of travel products. I'm not biased towards Oz Experience or Adventure Tours at all. In fact in the past I've talked people out of doing Oz Experience because it wasn't quite right for them. I've been involved in campervans and flights and buying and selling cars; working holidays and just about everything to do with backpacking in Australia. There are no 100% right products for everyone. But there is a good start and I'm going to attempt to give people the right start.
That's it for now. Next time I'm going to cover bus travel.