Ben From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 51 Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1076 times:
I do that all the time on my travels and have never had a problem.
I don't think you will have any trouble in the big cities, but as I do, I suggest you carry a travel guide book (I use Lonely Planet) and call ahead either the day before or in the morning to check availability in smaller towns. That way you wont get a shock when you discover a town has only one hotel and it's full.
Don't forget the Western side of Australia, that's where I'm from. It's a long way to go, I realise... but worth it, I hope. You can get some fairly cheap flights now that Virgin Blue are on the scene.
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7059 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1034 times:
Like Qantasflyer said, if you are gooing to the Gold Coast/Brisbane area, book in advance, it's not a pretty site trying and failing to get a hotel. Alot of tourists go there as it is Summer.
Any chance you will be visiting NZ as well?
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1032 times:
It depends a lot on where you're going, but rule of thumb - if you know where you're going to be, try and prebook somewhere - its just easier, and you have somewhere to head for. Also, you can get better deals booking in advance.
Worldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1022 times:
I was in Sydney for Christmas and New Year, and by the 22nd ish, if you didn't have a bed booked, you weren't going to get one, well, not cheaply at least.
As JGPH1A said, if you know where you are going, I would reserve ahead for that time of year.
I was staying in hostels, not hotels. The hotel experience might be different. But from my experience as a travel agent of several years, I would advise against walk-up bookings in Australia any time near Christmas or New Year.