Hi. We are two friends from the UK planning a trip. I hope this is the appropriate forum to post this. We fly into Brisbane in March and fly out of Sydney a month later. We will probably stay in hostels and get around by bus/train/plane although we could hire a car. We are interested in seeing the natural beauty of the country and the culture, travelling on a budget. We will stay in Brisbane for a few days then we are hoping to fit in seeing part of the barrier reef and an overland trip to/ from Uluru as part of our trip and to see the Blue Mountains while in Sydney. Do you have any suggestions of the best route to do this? I'm hoping to avoid flying in and out of Sydney to get to Uluru since we are already flying out of there to get back home.
I'm also concerned about how hot it will be to do the overland route but a friend did a trip from Alice to Cairns by minibus and recommended it. Also the best order in which to fit in Uluru and the Reef due to temperature in the interior and jelly fish season at the coast!
I suspect the best way may be a flight from Brisbane to Cairns and then a flight to Uluru but I wondered if there were other sensible options such as train/ bus with stop offs on the way or whether there is an alternative to go from Brisbane to Uluru and then to Cairns then fly to Sydney. There's so much to see and it is such a big area I find it a bit bewildering so I'm trying to avoid retracing our steps. Thanks in advance, Anne