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1. Posted by fmasr (Budding Member 5 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Hi

I am planning to do an adventure trip to Australia (20 days) next November we are tow travelers

starting from Melbourn
then driving tow Sydney and stop one night on the road (need a good place to stop on)
after that drive to Brisbane and also stop one night on the road (need a good place to stop on)
then drive to Cairns and stop two nights on the road (need a good place to stop on)
then take a flight to Alice Springs and Uluru
and finally, take a flight to Melbourn

My big concern is this plan good or not
and do you have suggestions

Regards

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1395 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Methinks your plan is too ambitious for the amount of time you have. Australia is a huge country; and unless you enjoy lots of driving you are unlikely to enjoy your trip as much as if you spent more time at each destination.

A useful tool to research the logisitics is https://www.rome2rio.com/

For example, the Web site indicates a drive from Brisbane to Cairns takes about 22 hours. When I visited a few years ago, I decided to fly from Brisbane to Cairns, from which I visited the Atherton Tablelands, etc. From Cairns, I took public transportation to Port Douglas to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation.

3. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 460 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Far too ambitious. You are underestimating the distances and driving time by far. Even if you spend the whole day in the car these distances are hardly doable. Also, take into consideration that driving at dusk and at night is not advisable due to wildlife and the high risk of accidents. This will not work. Besides, what for? You will have no time to see anything along the way.

4. Posted by fmasr (Budding Member 5 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for replaying>

For the driving, I'll drive just in daylight and stop in the nearest city for the night. And I like driving :)
I know Australia is very huge continent and need more time but unfortunately, I don't have much time to stay
and if it possible advice me for a plan for 20 days

regards

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2049 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Quoting fmasr

For the driving, I'll drive just in daylight and stop in the nearest city for the night. And I like driving :)

Seems a bit pointless to go there and just drive, leaving no time to see things.

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1395 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

There are people whose primary goal isn't to see and experience things, they just want to tell others -- or have the self-satisfaction -- that they've been there. For example, some claim to have traveled to every to country in the world; but some of those visits were only for a few hours, if that. In one country, some travelers spend hours journeying to a destination, including to remote places, only to head back that same day.

Fmasr, if you like marathon driving, then your original plan looks OK. I see you've also plotted a route through Europe.

7. Posted by fmasr (Budding Member 5 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

There are people whose primary goal isn't to see and experience things, they just want to tell others -- or have the self-satisfaction -- that they've been there. For example, some claim to have traveled to every to country in the world; but some of those visits were only for a few hours, if that. In one country, some travelers spend hours journeying to a destination, including to remote places, only to head back that same day.

Fmasr, if you like marathon driving, then your original plan looks OK. I see you've also plotted a route through Europe.

it is not self-satisfaction it is just want to see and explorer different places in the limited time that I have
because of that, I asked for suggesting a good place to visit and this plan isn't the final plan.

and about the Europe trip, I did it in 2012 and spent 8 weeks for it

8. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 460 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

You have no time to explore anything, apart from the highway and the occasional roadhouse.

Come up with a more realistic plan and we'll happily help with details.

9. Posted by fmasr (Budding Member 5 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

give me a plan
I am happy to listen

10. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1013 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Quoting fmasr

give me a plan
I am happy to listen

I would make it at least a week long drive from Melbourne to Brisbane. Take the coastal road and visit the sites after all what is the point of hiring a car if not to visit the hard to reach places.

You don't say where you are from so I don't know what your expectations of a highway is but in Australia most highways are quite small two lane roads with a maximum speed limit of 100km/h. Only some parts are wider with 110km/h so it is not like the freeways in Europe and it won't be nearly as fast as what you might be use to.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Feb-2020, 21:46 GMT by Teoni ]