My girlfriend and I are coming over in April/May to Oz to get our emigration visas stamped and to reconnoiter the various cities (Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and maybe Canberra) for housing, jobs etc
Melbourne is the only place we're going to pre-book. Once we get to Oz our dates are pretty flexible so we'll book hotels a couple of days prior to arriving in each city.
Any recommendations for reasonable hotels in decent areas etc gratefully received, budget $100-$150 per night.
Speaking of areas, are there any locations we should avoid like the plague since we'll be either walking or running around in a hire car? And where should we definitely want to go see both from a touristy and photographic view point.