Im hoping someone can give me some GREAT advice please... no pressure :-)
My friend are I are looking at travelling from Adelaide to Melbourne in late October. We have about 4days to spend doing this.
Has anyone online made this trip and if so, can you give me some tips/advice etc...
We dont know if we should do an organised trip with a company, or go it alone. If we go it alone, should we rent a car / campervan??? Is it expensive to stay in various places along the way?
Any advice or help about this will be hughly appreciate as we really havent a clue :-)
We did this as part of a larger trip. We bought a car and camped along the way. I strongly advise you to camp, theres some awesome outdoors along the route. and you get Walabies, Euros and kangaroos invading your campsite - you often see them siluetted just outside your tent when you sleep. We went for a walk and left beakers of red wine in our camp chairs, only to return to see a kangaroo guzzling the booze!
In some places you can hear (and see) Koala bears roaring - very scary sound, sounds more like a dragon more than a cute bear!). You get woken up (at 4am usually) by swarms of bright coloured squaking parrots and laughing cockaburros - Deer and dingos invade your camp to eat your left overs. And the insects you will encounter are the most bizzare things youll ever see.
Theres dolphins, sharks, seals and all sorts of strange marine life. Think there might be whales too, but it depends on the time of year.
Make sure you go to Kangaroo Island and Halls Gap. 2 of my favourite places in all of Australia.
i'm from Melbourne, I suggest to either catch the train ($30-60/person) or rent a car from budget or Hertz ($100- 150+ petrol around $80) or anywhere cheaper. It would be a max of 8 hrs from Adel. - Mel., plenty of places to stop over, Halls Gap highly recommended for hikers.. When you get to Melbourne I suggest to stay at Urban Central hostels South Mel. This will make your day if you like partying. opposite Crown casino which is open 24 hours 5 mins. walk to pubs and night clubs in King St.... Try avoid making eye contacts to anyone....Been bad lately in Melbourne, be friendly and you'll be right.
All the best
By the way any good safe clubs around London, not to pricey
I did this one with a tour and once driving.
I did this with a trip from melbourne and it was great, (3 nights/4days). 2 days on the great ocean road, 1 day in the grampians, 1 day in adelaide
The scenery is beautiful but they wake you up early and kind of move you along to keep you on schedule. I thought this was bad at first but later realized it wasn't because you get to see a lot... plus I met tons of people.
The second time, me and some dutch dude drove back from adelaide to melbourne all long the coast. it was great driving the actual road especially the real windy cliffs towards melbourne....BUT...we made the trip in 2 nights/3days. A big mistake! we drove all day from adelaide to port fairy and had to stop when the sun went down. There really wasn't much to see on that first drive either because we skipped the grampians. and there is nothing between adelaide and port fairy on the coast. The first day was spent in the car.
the second day we drove from port fairy to torquay and stopped at a couple spots along the great ocean road but we didn't spend any more time at these spots than I when I was on the guided tour, because we had to get on the road before the sun went down.
The next day we drove to Melbourne.
Don't think you're going to see the sites during the day and drive at night, it's crazy...total darkness, road trains, and kangaroos are not a good mixture if you don't know the roads and don't have a bull bar on your car.