hi there, am new to this so HELLO!!!
i am off to Oz 5th jan onwards, spending about a month and 1/2 there then onto NZ..am looking for tips on where to go between melbourne and sydney(am flying into perth out of sydney). would like to go down/up the east coast but only have about 2 weeks spare but dont want to miss out on the best bits! any ideas????there maybe a pint in it for u!!!
Between Melbourne and Sydney, drive the Great Ocean Road.
Personally I don't think there is that much between Melbourne and Sydney that requires stopping off for too long. Sydney up is the more travelled bit for a reason.
Also I think the Great Ocean Road south of Melbourne is a lot nicer with the 12 apostles and some pretty spectacular look outs the whole way. Good surfing too
I did an overland tour this year with Autopia Tours between Melbourne and Sydney which I really enjoyed. It stopped off at Mount Kosciozko, Canberra, and also Katoomba and the Three Sisters, plus a few other brief stops. Basically there's not loads to see between Melbourne and Sydney but there's enough to do and see to make it worth your time spending three of four days doing the journey, rather than just getting the coach straight from Melbourne to Sydney.
Also, two weeks is really pushing it for the East Coast. I had five weeks and even that felt rushed. I'd definitely recommend going up to Fraser Island, but going right up to Cairns would probably involve too much travelling to enjoy things properly. Probably a few days in Noosa, Byron Bay and Surfer's Paradise, together with a trip to Fraser Island would be the best way to spend your two weeks without it feeling like a race.
I spent a month from Sydney to Melbourne, going up the East Coast to Cairns, across to Darwin and down the centre then back up to Sydney. It is possible, if not rushed but out of all of that I would say not to spend much time travelling between Melbourne and Sydney as there are so many other places to visit.
The West Coast is amazing and far less populated that the touristy east Coast.