To the Boards Katdawg!!!!
I was looking at what you'll be bringing, and your gear looks to be in order...Can't think o anything else you would need, maybe a rain coat, just in case....
Now as for pack or suit case?? Good question....
You said you will be hopping from hostel to hostel? have you pre-booked your bed? or are you just going to wing it?
If you have pre-booked then you can get away with a suit case, as you know where you will be at every stop,
If you have not already booked your hostel, and you could end uptreking about for long periods of time looking for lodging, then I would say a pack would be the way to go, there is nothing worse than wondering around a city dragging a suitcase behind you.
this question was asked some time ago by
TravelGirl 81...here is the link and it might help you make up your mind Pack Or Suitcase?
That is so swet that this is your first trip over seas, and you have picked a great location! Sydney and Melborne are wicked cities with tons to see...I recommend the Sydney Fish Market for lunch if you like sea food, if you get there early in the morning you can watch the auction!
and in Melborne copping a squat on the lawn of the Library and watching the buskers ( if they are still there)
Pub life in AUstralia is pretty livley, so trying to find something to do at night is no problem, you will meet peps at the hostel to hang with I am sure.