Hi guys. I have a couple of months off and am thinking about buying a camper van and travelling around Australia. I am starting from Geelong and was just woundering if anyone has a great route to take around australia or some must see places to go. Not only interested in the coastal areas but also some sites inland.
Well, if you have two months, you will have time to travel inland after your Great Ocean Road route.
You can go to the Grampians and further inland from there to the Flinders Ranges.
Then into the real interior/outback to Uluru/Kings Canyon and the Alice Springs area.
I don't know how much you like driving but with around 9 weeks, a loop north to Cairns and down again to Geelong is possible. Or you might be able to leave the camper van in another place.
Although try to leave your car in Cairns or somewhere in the south or east, as this usually is much cheaper (or free) compared to leaving it in for example Darwin. You pay a 500 dollar drop of fee sometimes.
It's huge and I just gave some examples. Difficult to name everything, but even with two months you could easily spend all your time in Victoria and New South Wales and still miss out a lot.
Colin, that sounds like a great idea. Do your couple of months start right away? If so, it'd be good to head for through the centre and to the northern part of Australia straight away while it's not unbearably hot and humid. As Utrecht said, you could head down the great ocean road, check out the grampians and then head up to uluru, kings canyon and the numerous gorges in central australia. From there you could head north to the devils marbles and then east and travel down the coast from cairns back to geelong.
On the east coast there is heaps of things to do, the great barrier reef, whitsundays, fraser island, byron bay, sydney to name a few.
Let me put on my aussie thinking cap...
do you have a few people traveling with you? Petrol costs heaps of money, and you're gonna burn through heaps of it.
if you're alone I suggest taking a bus. Heaps cheaper and you will meet heaps more people. you'll bump into heaps of people along the way that want to go inland as well and you could just join them. it'll be heaps more fun than doing it by yourself.
but then again you can always sell the camper van in the end and make heaps of money back.