Hi, i will be spending xmas this year in australia, i arrive in melbourne nov 5th and my plan was to work my way to sydney for xmas. Firstly do u think this is enough time to get there, bearing in mind ido not want to fly there.
Also would i need to book my accomodation now before i get there, as i believe it will be extremley busy this time of year. if so, does anyone have any suggestions of cheap hostels/hotels i could stay in.
If i havnt got enough time to get to sydney from melbourne in 6 weeks, (i dont want to be rushing, id like to enjoy my 6 weeks on the way), am i best spending it somewhere else in oz, any ideas?
I cannot comment on working your way from Melbourne to Sydney but l was in Melbourne for Christmas past and in Sydney for NYE - we booked our hostel/hotel accomodation back in March 06 and there was limited availability then - but l was choosy about where we wanted to stay! My cousin is going to Oz for month this Dec and she booked her accomodation for Sydney NYE around Feb time!
So l would say you should think about booking your accomodation now if you can.
I think six weeks should be more than plenty of time to cover Melbourne to Sydney and get a very good idea of what all there is to see in between (the distance itself can be covered in 10-12 hours by train or bus - there's many people who comfortable cover Sydney to Cairns in six weeks, and that distance is three times as large). I don't have my Lonely Planet available here, so I might miss a few must see things (I personally only managed to do a few of these), but I'd divide the time something like:
Melbourne: 1 week
West of Melbourne (loop via great ocean road, grampians): 1 week
Wilson's Promontory: 1/2 week
Lakes Entrance 1/2 week (?)
Albury/Wodonga area: 1/2 week (?)
Kosciuszko National Park: 1 week (?)
Canberra: 1/2 week
Sydney: 1 week
And as Purdy said, definitely go book accommodation for Christmas/New Years now (especially for New Years, that's even more popular than Christmas).
[ Edit: Edited on May 23, 2007, at 10:24 AM by Sander ]