Road trip (Brisbane to Melbourne). Any ideas?

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1. Posted by danahawkins (Inactive 128 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Going on a road trip in January starting in Brisbane and ending in Melbourne. I've been between Sydney and Brisbane many times but never Melbourne and Sydney. Any suggestions?

2. Posted by mista2kool (Budding Member 40 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

MT Kosciuzko is in there somewhere. Its the highest point in Australia. I hear its a pretty easy climb as well. I will be stopping there at the end of september.

3. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It all depends on how much time you plan on taking but here are some thoughts.

Why not try Brisbane to Lismore, Tenterfield (Dave Allen is from here - "I still call Australia Home"!. The country side is beautiful between these 2 places, hilly but enjoyable and some good camping spots that are well off the road too.

Then through Tamworth but be aware the annual country music Festival is on late January - this is a huge event so probably hard to get any accomodation.

You could then head South and make your way through Orange, Bathurst (Sofala / Hill End are interesting towns). Or, go via Dubbo & visit the the Western Plain zoo. You are now on the Newell Hwy to Parkes (Radio Telescope).
Then Forbes, West Wyalong, Narrandera and into Victoria via Tocumwal, take a drive along the Murray River to Echuca & through Bendigo and Ballarat to Melbourne.

Otherwise at Narrandera, go to Wagga, Albury, Bright then over the high country to Omeo this will be fantastic country to travel through. On to Bairnsdale and follow the Princes Hwy to Sale then stay on that, or take the South Gippsland Hwy and follow the coast, dropping in to the 90 mile beach, Inverloch, Phillip Island then to Melbourne.

That's a nice time of year to be heading to Melbourne - enjoy your travels.;)

4. Posted by aussiemoo (Inactive 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Why not drive down the coast from Sydney to Melbourne. We have a beautiful coast line down here where you can surf, swim, fish and camp. There is National Parks to explore many side roads off the highway you can take to beaches that are deserted. Anyway have a good trip.


5. Posted by rcurtis (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oh soo much to see..
I traveled down to the great ocean road last year going the coast road from Newcastle. It was great, one main stop MOGO, mogo has a zoo for endangered animals GREAT... honestly we quickly went down from newi to stuart Island we passed things quickely.. Take your time stopping at little towns, I bought I think it was called travel australia from a book store which had information on most towns, I just read through them and picked out things..

6. Posted by OzRocco (Budding Member 47 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Sydney to Melbourne – via the coast.
Royal National Park (RNP) – on southern outskirts of Sydney metro (just south of Sutherland/Loftus). Follow signs through RNP to Garie Beach, its about a 30 minute drive from the highway which keeps going through the park and joins up with the coast highway at Stanwell Park. On the way take the 1 minute detour to check out Governer Game lookout, from there 10 minutes drive down into Garie Beach, optional 1-2 hour coast walk from Garie beach – south to Era beach. Secluded and pretty spectacular.
Drive south from Garie through the RNP to Stanwell Park (winding coastal road and rainforest). At Stanwell Tops there are often hang gliders taking off from Bald Hill. (Tandem Hang Gliding & Paragliding available if booked beforehand) and landing below in Stanwell Park (on/near the beach). Its a pretty spectacular vista from Bald Hill south to Woolongong and beyond.
Stanwell Park to Scarborough – Ocean/cliff drive – scenic coastal views along the new bridge. This is NSW’s smaller version of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.
There’s a few nice old pubs that sit right on the cliff/coast: Clifton, Scarborough, and the Headlands Pub at Coledale to name a few. Pretty relaxing place to dine in for a pub lunch and a beverage on a warm summer afternoon. Or grab a fish and chip feast from one of the many little take away shops along the route.
There are beaches and headlands right the way along the Northern Wollongong stretch – in fact it’s pretty much like this all down the coast. Wollongong has a few attractions – mostly known for its beaches / the escarpment behind and the steelworks of Port Kembla.
Shellharbour - Bass Point – beautiful little snorkeling set up at Bushranger Bay and beyond. Killalea State Rec area – nice spot for a picnic and a surf.
Kiama – has the blowhole - not a bad place for a stroll through town and harbour foreshore. Good fish and chips at the harbour. A few quaint shops and art galleries.
Impressive lookout at Saddleback Mountain – 20 minute drive west off the coast with a really steep last leg.
Minamurra Rainforest – west of Kiama – nice walk, well looked after. Cost you about $10 to get in.
Gerringong – where green rolling hills meet the sea.
Gerroa – One of the best spots to learn to surf here. Mellow waves to learn to surf in, and world class windsurfing when the summer Nor’Easter starts blowing about lunchtime. Great for a long beach walk – 7+ miles of it, if you want.
Berry – coffee shop central on the near South Coast.
Jervis Bay – pretty much guaranteed to see dolphins on one of the dolphin watch cruises on the bay. Whales occasionally in the right season outside the bay. Blue water, white sands. Husky Pub – good for a lunch or dinner overlooking the bay.
South of Jervis Bay the coast is magnificent. Less people, more beaches. Just follow the highway and turn off an any tangent you like the look or sound of – Bawley Point is laid back – Pretty Beach is, Pebbly Beach isn’t (unless you walk around the headland), Merry Beach can be. Batemans Bay it gets a little bit overdone with people – but not for too long.

Plenty more as you go as ausiemoo suggests,