I'm hoping for a bit of advice from anybody who has been along the SE coast of Oz. Will be arriving in Melbourne on 18th Dec & have 3 1/2 weeks to spend over christmas and new years. The plan so far is to drive from Melbourne to Sydney along the Princes Highway, and head on up to Byron Bay area for New years. We're thinking of hiring a camper so we can stop along the way without worrying about finding hostels etc. I'm thinking of hiring a wicked camper as thier prices seem pretty good, but i'm wondering would it be worth the extra expense of a 4WD with britz etc? Obviously this would seriously dent available beer and adventure funds! Would it be worth it for better access to beaches and coast line for night time camping stops? Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated, along with any suggestions on good spots to visit and stuff to see/do along the way.
Thats sound like a good period of time to do what you plan. No need for a 4WD, you will be able to access plenty in a standard camper. Why not have NYE in Sydney? should be wild they have huge celebrations. Then, after you have recoved, amble up the coast to Byron.
Just a thought, as you as staring in Melbourne, consider a run down the 'Great Ocean Road' to Warnambool, come back to Melbourne via the Princes Hwy (allow 2 days) then Head East. Either directly on the Princess (quickest) or folow the roads closer to the coast to see some of the towns & beaches.
Just a thought, if you drop into Golden Beach (30k South of Sale) in Easter Victoria, there may be some camp spots still available along the 90 mile beach - pretty awesome pristine area. Whatever you do, have a great time in Oz.
I'm pretty sure you won't need a 4WD as most campsites and attractions should be pretty accessible as its a very popular area for tourists. have a great time, i've always thought the beach at byron was one of the nicest i've been too!
cheers for the replies guys, think i'll stick with the normal camper and maximum beer! Really looking forward to it now, work is really dragging. Cheers all