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1. Posted by kojtl1000 (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

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Hi All,

2 years ago we visited Australia for the first time and fell in love with Oceania. This year in February, we visited New Zealand. We would like to revisit Australie December/Januari next year and travel around for 4 weeks. Our last visit to Australia started in Brisbane from were we drove up to Cairns. From there, we flew into the red center and travelled around there for a week. From the red center, we flew to Sydney were we stayed 4 days before we flew back home.
This time, we would like to visit some other places. We really would like to end in Melbourne and celebrate new year over there. We really do not have any clue as to what other places to visit. We were thinking of flying to Perth and then drive up to Broome. Ofcourse, we will have to take into account the weather during that period. From Broome, we would like to fly to Adelaide from were we would like to drive to Melbourne. Do you guys think that this route has much to offer in view of sightseeing? Have you got any other suggestions for our route? Nothing is set yet. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a lot.

2. Posted by mistermike (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hello,

Sounds like a good plan except for the drive from Perth to Broome. If you only stop for petrol, it will take around 22 hours. And that's the quick way, nothing to see but desert, the wheatbelt and mining towns. Keep in mind as well that Broome is a winter destination. In summer the north west has god-awful weather - very hot and very humid with the occasional cyclone.

By all means come and see Perth. It's lovely around December/ January. It's pretty hot (32C to 38C) most days, but if you're spending days on the beach or in the pubs or going down south (Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Dunsborough, Yallingup), you'll really enjoy yourself. Perth has a big outdoors lifestyle around that time of year. If you're an active person, you'll find plenty to do. Tell me what you're hoping to get out of Perth and I'll let you know if you'll get it. Check out www.westernaustralia.com for a starting point. Also try www.downsouth.com.au.

Definitely do Melbourne. I've had holidays in Melbourne and loved it. New Year's sound like a great idea, but you want to get some local knowledge. I can't offer any advice on Adelaide.

Best of luck!
Mikey.

3. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 10y

Yes, Stay away from the Northern parts of Australia Dec/ Jan.

Why not fly into Perth spend some time (maybe a week!) there. THen you shoul consider the Indan Pacific train to Adelaide? It will be a unique experience to travel the Nullabour in comfort.

Once there, hire a car or camper & do Adelaide & surrounds, take in the wineries & beaches, then make your way to Melbourne. Driving directly there it's about 700km and a long days drive. But why not make it an adventure and take your time 3 - 5 days by detouring a bit but generally following the coast road through Robe, Mt Gambier, Warnambool Apollo Bay, Lorne, Anglsea to Melbourne.

Melbourne & the surrounds are a great destination so allow a week in this area.

During Dec / Jan it is our holiday period and quite busy along the coast, and as far as Victoria is concerned buzzing with activities & people.

Just decide on what accomodation you want, a good inexpensive directory is the Auto Club Accomodation Guide available from the Auto Club of WA http://rac.com.au/. A camper may be practical or check in advance for accomodation, there are many options available.

Cheers and enjoy your travels to Oz.

4. Posted by kojtl1000 (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

What do you guys think of driving from Perth to Melbourne? Is that OK to do in 4 weeks? Is there enough to see along that route?

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 10y

Quoting kojtl1000

What do you guys think of driving from Perth to Melbourne? Is that OK to do in 4 weeks? Is there enough to see along that route?

If you like endless plains, that's a nice trip for you. The nicest part will probably be the Adelaide to Melbourne part and around Perth, maybe Albany. But in between there is not so much to see.

6. Posted by kojtl1000 (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

What about North of Perth. Shark Bay, Monkeymia, Pinnacles .
Is this also not the best period of the year to visit this area or do you mean with "stay away from the North" the Broome, Kimberley, Darwin area only.

What about Rottnest Island.

7. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 10y

I agree with the others - as much as I would love you to see the West December and January is NOT the time to be doing any travelling up north because it is the monsoonal time. Most places/roads would be impassable and there would not be any tour groups operating either.

You would be best, I feel, to fly into Perth and travel the south west - truly beautiful areas down there. The suggestion to catch the train from Perth (or Kalgoorlie)to Adelaide is a good one as you will see the beauty of the Nullarbor Plain without the tiring part of driving yourselves such a long distance.

After seeing South Australia and Victoria and the wonderful parts in between you could also think of catching the Ferry across to Tasmania. Well worth the trip.

Whatever you decide to do I am sure you will have a great time. However be warned Australia is HUGE and many people from overseas have no idea the distances needed to travel in between the East and West.

With regards

Kathryn

8. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 10y

Yes you could do the Pinnacles - not as bad weather wise as the far north BUT to be honest that trip would be best to be included in a dedicated trip up north.

As you only have four weeks, and to get the most in for your time, you would be best to travel down south to say Augusta, to Albany and across to Esperance up to Kalgoorlie and catch the train from there to the eastern states.

Remember though it is our summer school holidays at the time so you would need to book a vehicle early I should imagine. Or you can do a planned trip with an organised tour operator. Plenty of them - depending on what sort of thing you are looking for.

Here is one, which is a Jump Off and Jump on bus group (get on and off wherever you like) you could look at:

http://www.planetcharters.com/adventures/australia.vehicle-hire.buses.id-1069.html

Good luck with your planning - it is the fun part of travelling I think .... trying to fit in all the places.

With regards

Kathryn

9. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

I agree with all said above.
I strongly believe Broome is heaven on earth but you do not want to be there in the wet season unless you love sitting in the shade sweating like a hog and bracing yourself for cyclones.
And please don't imagine tbe coast of WA is anything like the over populated coast of QLD. If you thought there was a lot of nothing between towns the futher north you go in QLD, that is nothing compared with WA.
Have you considered Tasmania. As a fond offshore yacht racer, I can tell you between Xmas and New Year there are some great parties kicking off in Hobart as the Sydney and Melbourne races both come in at that time.

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 10y

Quoting caro_stern

I agree with all said above.
I strongly believe Broome is heaven on earth but you do not want to be there in the wet season unless you love sitting in the shade sweating like a hog and bracing yourself for cyclones.
And please don't imagine tbe coast of WA is anything like the over populated coast of QLD. If you thought there was a lot of nothing between towns the futher north you go in QLD, that is nothing compared with WA.
Have you considered Tasmania. As a fond offshore yacht racer, I can tell you between Xmas and New Year there are some great parties kicking off in Hobart as the Sydney and Melbourne races both come in at that time.

Actually, how is the coast and inland as well between Cairns and Cooktown. This is a part of Australia I will probably fit into my trip next year: Cains, Port Douglas, Daintree, Cape Tribulation and Cooktown. Is the road to Cooktown already complete? What's the best place to hang around the beach for a couple of days?