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a VirtualTourist member from Sydney asked on Dec 6, 2011

State of Tasmania

Road trip on february

Hello, I m now living in Sydney and i would like to make a round trip in Australie in February. I will begin my trip from Tasmania to Darwin. I would like to know if you guys advice me to go by the country (alice spring...) or by thge East Coast? Do you have advices for Tasmania?

I am also looking for people to make the trip with!


8 Answers

answered on 12/6/11 by
a VT member from Melbourne


Well those are two completely different trips. Going by the East Coast will add on at least 3 weeks travel time if you are planning on bus/driving versus flying. How long do you have, and how do you expect to get around?

Going through the centre gives you the opportunity to go on the Ghan, and to see Alice Springs which is quite magical in February. Going on the East Coast you get to see Newcastle, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns and Townsville. You also add probably 4000km to the trip distance.

So, way more information is needed before we can give really good advice.


answered on 12/7/11 by
a VT member from Germany


as the previous posters have said, we really need more info in order to answer this question :-)

I think that it really does depend on your interests! East coast means beaches, islands, and sometimes tropical or subtropical rainforest.
Inland route means desert and rocks, a lot of flat landscape, red sand... A lot of driving without any change in scenery.

Both routes have wonderful sights, such as the Whitsundays and Fraser Island (east coast), and Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon in the Red Centre (only examples, there are so many more things to see!)

The question is: What are your interests, and what are you looking for?

Of course you also need to take transportation into account. Do you want to go by car or by public transport (bus, train, tours...)?

My personal opinion is: I prefer the inland route, as I think that this is the REAL Australia. I simply love travelling in the outback, the red sand, the wide land, the emptiness of the landscape, the rocks... To my mind, this is the soul of Australia. I spent two weeks in the Red Centre and every day was fantastic.

But as I said: It depends on your interests. I have met so many people who found the Red Centre very boring and could not understand what I was talking about :-)

answered on 12/7/11 by
a VT member from Germany

Oh, I forgot Tasmania: I am sure you will get advice (including, maybe, from me), but we really need some specific questions there ;-) What do you want to know about Tasmania?

answered on 12/7/11 by
a VT member from Brisbane

The Red Centre is very hot in February, you may be looking at 40° plus, something to take into account. The average temp is 35°

answered on 12/7/11 by
a VT member from Melbourne

And everywhere above Sydney and in and north of the Centre could very likely be affected by our currently fairly severe Wet Seasons. Can be dangerous for travellers.

Drop in: [original VT link]

answered on 12/16/11 by
a VT member from Perth

February, March and April are not the months to visit the Red Centre and tropical nort of Australia. Extreme heat 40C, humidity and monsoon rain in the top end.

answered on 1/13/12 by
a VT member

My brother and I are going to travel around australia starting mid february with tasmania. we don't have precise plans but we are also looking for people to travel with.We have some ideas about what to do in tasmania (ideas from a guide tour, there will mostly be hikes, relaxing, discovering the land as much as we can. We are flying to melbourne on february the 10th so tasmania around the 13th or 14th.If you are interesting on join our trip for a bit let us know.

answered on 1/13/12 by
a VT member from Perth

Have a look at this Tasmania web page, it may help you.

You will love Tasmania, we visited for 10 days about 6 years ago, photos on my pages.

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