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1. Posted by nirigupta (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

i am planning to do self drive for 12 days in australia. mainly the east cost from perth to melbourne. or should I go by air. am travelling with my wife and two sons. any suggestions ?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4950 posts) 10y

Hmm, Perth is on the West Coast, but let's assume for a moment that you mean Cairns (or Brisbane) to Melbourne. It's possible to drive that distance in 12 days, but you won't be doing much else than driving. I suspect you're severely underestimating the distances involved here. I'd recommend seeing less things more thoroughly. You could do Sydney to Melbourne, and a bit of the Great Ocean Road thrown in for good measure in twelve days, and actually get to see Sydney, Melbourne, and one or two places in between.
Or you could do Brisbane to Sydney, with the Blue Mountains thrown in.
If you want to do longer distances than those, I'd definitely recommend flying.

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

Yeah, Melbourne/Sydney or Brisbane/Sydney are definitely possible, Brisbane/Melbourne would be too but you would have less time to do/see things. Adelaide/Melbourne is another route thats definitely possible too.

For an idea of (approximate) distances:

Sydney-Melbourne: 1,050km or 655miles
Brisbane-Sydney: 1,000km or 625miles
Adelaide-Melbourne: 720km or 450miles
Perth-Sydney: 4,100km or 2,560miles

4. Posted by nirigupta (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

than s for the feedback.

i guess I am better off doing the east coast by air and doing only great ocean road by car.