Preparation

Get a YHA card Get sheets

Brisbane first

Skytrans shuttle bus between transit center and airport (tel 3236 1000), fare 6.50 Getting around: Off-peak saver card, $4 or buses at $1.40 a trip

- Brisbane Visitors Accomodation Service, 3rd level of transit center (tel 32362020), 7-6pm weekdays and 8-5 weekends) - Internet: Central City Library, $4 per hour - Second-hand bookshop: Archives Fine Books (40-42 Charlotte Street) - Second-hand bookshop: Emma (82A Vulture St., West End) - Crafts Village at South Bank (Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday until 5 pm) - Eagle St. Pier, Sunday morning handicraft market

Bus to Sydney. 17 hours. ! 69 to 75. Try Premier Pioneer Motor Services

Sydney

- Around Sydney: Get a Green Travel Pass $28 for the week - Internet: Travellers Contact Point (7th floor, 428 George St.), Backpackers World (212 Victoria St., Kings Cross). 175 Liverpool St. opposite Hyde Park (24h). - Dymocks: 424-426 George St. - Gould's, 33 Kng St., Newtown (second-hand) - Powerhouse Museum, behind the Sydney Exhibition Center, 500 Harris St., Ultimo 10 am - 5 pm, $8 - Hostel: ~ 20/25.

Bus to Melbourne: 12-13 hour, Firefly Express (9211 1644) 45-50 Ask if I can get a discounted train ticked, 10.5 hours, $93 economy

Melbourne

- From airport: $9 Skybus, Bay 30 Spencer St. Coach Terminal to Melbourne Transit Center, every half-hour between 6 am and 10.30 pm - Weekly tram ticket, zone 1: $18.60 (get All Day tickets instead if 4 days or less) - Angus & Robertson Bookworld, 07 Elizabeth St. - Collins Booksellers, 115 Elizabeth St. - Dymocks, Bourke and Swanston Sts. - State Library (Swanston and Russell Sts., near Latrobe St.) - Tram tour, Zone 1 $4.30 per day - Scienceworks Museum, 2 Booker St., Spotswood (15 minutes walk from the train station) - City Center: Exford Hotel Backpacers' (9663 2697) $11