I'm a big fan of Port Douglas, it is kind of like Noosa but slower but you don't want to go there between October and March as that is stinger season so you can't safely swim in the sea. There is a good dirt road that runs through the Daintrain and up to Cooktown and if you are going in the dry season it is a great drive. Mossman Gorge is lovely. Palm Cove is just north of Cairns and has great beaches for chilling but I think that area is getting a bit too touristy now. It you can get to Cape Tribulation the beaches are very nice. It has been a few years since I left north Queensland but nothing changes up there in a hurry.
Another option - so you can still have a taste of the north west without going TOO far in Jan/Feb is to only go as far as the Ningaloo Reef (Coral Bay/Exmouth) then come back to Perth and fly to Adelaide (or train it. By going that far you will get to do the Pinnacles, Kalbarri gorges, Monkey Mia dolphins AND snorkel or dive on the stunning Ningaloo Reef!! Its awesome and there are lots of travellers that do at least go that far in Perth's summer!
Fuel prices in regional WA are quite high so looking at all alternatives would be a good idea!
Haven't done it but i believe the Adelaide to Melbourne coast road is stunning - so definitely check that out.
Melbourne is great fun for me!!
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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?
Yes- nothing to see much in WA past norseman - stop at the head of the bight & see whakes. past cedunda drive down the ALincoln peninsular and over to adelaide - take the coast road through Mt Gambier - warnambool - great ocean road
first time on this board and I havent had the chance to read over all the previous messages so I apologize if I am re-asking any questions or requests that have already been posted. My boyfriend and I are planning on traveling Australia from around Feb 26th-April 8th and I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations. We have the choice to fly into either Perth or Darwin where if Perth we would drive north along the west coast, then east along northern australia over to the east coast and down to Sydney where we would fly out of...if we landed in Darwin it would be the same route minus the West coast basically. I love beautiful beaches and am not the biggest fan of huge cities. If someone could let me know whether it is worth squishing in all those locations within a month and a half and how long they think it would take...letting me know which place would be best to fly into I would GREATLY appreciate it. Thank you for your time,