I'm going to be travelling from melbourne to sydney in Jan 05 for a month. and would really appreciate any info on where to stay, what to see,what to avoid etc from anyone of you who have done this. I'm planning to take about 2 weeks for this trip, the last 2 weeks I'd really like to hire an apartment either in Sydney itself or one one of the beaches as I will have a car. Money not too much of an issue, but don't want to get ripped off! Anyone of you who could help will have my eternal thanks!
I would recommend that you try and see as much of the natural beauty of the country as possible, because culture and entertainment vanish once you leave the outskirts of Melbourne!
This is Parks Victoria's website:
And a good map of Victoria:
The thing to remember is, this is the peak holiday time for all Victorians. The National Parks fill with people and you must book months in advance. For popular places like Wilsons Promontory and Croajingalong NP, Cape Conran Coastal Park you have to put your name down, NOW and cross your fingers that you will get a place. Both National Parks limit the number of people who can stay at any one time to reduce the impact on the natural environment, but you may be able to stay a couple of days without a booking. Look on the Parks Vic website.
Here are the places I would recommend:
Wilsons Promontory National Park, about 3 hours from Melbourne, which has great beaches, great bush walks, and great scenery. Further along the Princes Highway (which follows the coast of Australia), many people see Lakes Entrance which is a seaside resort town (but I don't think it is anything particularly special).
Many people like Buchan because of its nice rural town atmosphere and limestone caves. Further along, Marlo and Cape Conran Coastal Park are some lovely beachside locations. In the area (about 90km drive) is Erinnundra NP, which has the lowest latitude warm temperate rainforest in the world. However, be careful, the dirtroads are dangerous and last time I visited we rolled a car over the edge of the road
Closer to the border with NSW is Croajingalong, a World Heritage Listed NP which is really special.
I hope this helped, sorry for the long post, if you have any more questions drop me a note
Try this link for apartments in Sydney.
It says "South Sydney", but it's only about a ten minute walk north into the CBD, or you can get on the train and be at Circular Quay (Bridge and Opera House) in about five or ten minutes.
I stayed here with my family, so the standard is good and you might negotiate a good deal for a long stay (we paid about £40 a night for 10 days)