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1. Posted by Balfer (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hey every1
Im in the middle of planning my trip around Oz.
Weve been living in Coogee and im finished work at the end of may and plan to hit the road then.
we have a car so plan to drive on our trip
So far the plan is to head up the East Coast as far as Cairns (seeing as much as we can in between) then wer gonna head from cairns to Alice Springs and take in uluru then head down to adelaide before taking the great ocean road to melbourne and then back up through canberra to sydney for our flight out on 16th/23rd July.
I would greatly appreciate any advice about this trip
ie places to see, driving, etc.
Also would you consider 7/8 weeks long enough to do this trip?
Thanks A lot
Ronan

2. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 11y

Hi Balfer,
Cairns is probably nicest in Winter (July-August) because its the dry season. I don't know which route you'll take, but the north is easier to get around and much more pleasant during the dry.
Uluru isn't the only (and possibly isn't the best) thing to see around the 'red centre'. Kings Canyon and Kata Juta (Olgas) are both impressive.
I would say generally to be prepared. I don't know how much driving you've done but there are some pretty long distances. Bring extra water, fuel etc. and plot you're route carefully. (Recently two guys died in the West Australian desert because they weren't properly prepared. :( Granted, it is much more remote out there, but you will also be doing some driving through the outback).
There are basically two ways to get to Canberra/Sydney from Melbourne - inland and along the coast. The Hume Highway is very direct and the fastest way to get to Canberra but the drive gets boring after a couple of hours as you go through heavily grazed country - lots of dried grass, a few sad looking trees and sheep/cows. Going along the coast is beautiful. East Gippsland (Vic) and Southern NSW have some beautiful forests and beaches.
It would be worth taking a look at Cape Conran Coastal Park or Croajingalong National Park in Victoria (they are some of my favourite camping spots).
If you wanted to take a more risky route to Canberra, you could drive from Melbourne to Orbost on the Princes Hwy and then go north to Canberra via Goongerah and Bonang. This way takes you past some great National Parks that have some fantastic rainforest etc., but it can be remote and the roads aren't that well-maintained.
I think I've procrastinated long enough and should get back to work...
Hope I've given some useful information in among the woffle...
L. (went a bit crazy with the emoticons!)

3. Posted by Balfer (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Thanks Quercus,
Thats a great help
Any1 else got any advice
What do ya think about the length of the trip for our timeframe, is it manageable?
Thanks
Ronan

4. Posted by rhiannon (Full Member 52 posts) 11y

I would highly recommend getting to Perth if you can, it's absolutely gorgeous. I've not met anyone that hasn't liked there time there, and everyone (including myself and my mate) would say it's their favourite place! The west coast is abit barren, but it's worth it.

Have now idea about the length of time, as we've taken our time, and worked along the way, sorry.

Rhiannon :)