Help where to go next from Adelaide

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1. Posted by Chris T (Budding Member 16 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Have been in Adelaide for a 2 months and planning to leave here in another month when my contract runs out. My ex partner and myself travelled here from Sydney via Melbourne. The recent (like a day) ex has just told me that she has brought a plane ticket and off to Brisbane next week, and probably meeting up with a few lads that we met in Sydney. My question is where do I go from Adelaide in my campervan, with cheap places to stop for sleeping, many others travellers, and nice weather?


2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Chris,

it's hard to answer your question as it depends on how much time you have left in Australia and in what you're interested to see and do. From Adelaide you have the option to either head west, crossing the Nullabor and go to Western Australia. It's a very long drive, but I really liked Perth and have been told the area south of it (Esperance, Albany,etc.) is equally beautiful. I'm also sure if you post notes in hostels in Adelaide you will find plenty of people who would like to come along and share driving, petrol and fun.
The other option is driving up north to Alice Springs via Cooper Pedy. The road is slightly more exciting, but you should probably decide first if you feel like spending some time on the beach (in WA) or if you want to see Ayers Rock?
If you need any more info, let me know.


3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I'd head into the centre and check out some of the "real" Australian places, Alice Springs, Uluru etc. Getting lost in such landscape is always a good tonic for such situations!!!

4. Posted by Chris T (Budding Member 16 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Cheers, heading both to Perth or north to Alice is what i have in mind little unsure to which direction yet. The getting lost sounds like a good tonic, but always hearing that Perth is great to visit. I should have time to both, but as usual it all comes down to money. Another question, as its winter here driving to either Perth or Alice what will the roads be like on the way from Adelaide????



5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I'd say go to Western Australia because it has so many great things to see and offer and then maybe if you really felt adventurous you could go up the coast across to the Northern Territory and then eventually end up in Queensland. Some areas of Western Australia are not cheap at all, but if you have got a campervan you could get off the road and camp the night sometimes. You could also purchase a accommodation manual through the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia. I don't know if it is the RACWA or what it is called in Western Australia, but they'd have a guide that tells you were camping grounds/caravan parks are and a rough estimate of cost. I know that the ones on the ast cost have that, so they'd have one in Western Australia as well.

Like one of the others said, the drive across the Nullabor is extremely long with not much to see and hardly anywhere to even stop for petrol, food and drinks for many hundreds of kilometres, so it'd be a good idea to at least bring some food and drink and probably some spare fuel just incase.

Have fun.

[ Edit: Edited on May 15, 2007, at 9:31 PM by aharrold45 ]

6. Posted by paulandjes (Budding Member 10 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Ooo, driving across the Nullabour on your own - ever seen the movie Wolf Creek?? Only kidding!! However I have done a lot of driving in Aus and it really is advisable to share the driving with someone. If not just make sure you stop every 2 hours even if it is for a quick cuppa and a leg stretch. The roads, especially in the outback are just SOOO long and straight it is really easy to just switch off.

I would suggest going up to Uluru and then up North to Darwin and spend some time in Kakadu and especially Litchfield National Park. Uluru is just amazing and you could probably spend 4 or 5 days visiting Kings Canyon and the Olgas as well. Litchfield and Kakadu are just awesome, there is a great deal of Aboriginal history and the landscape is amazing.

Loved Perth as well although it too is quite isolated as a city. There is the wine region to visit (Margaret River) and on the other side of Perth the freaky but interesting Pinnacles.

Happy travels whatever you decide

7. Posted by Chris T (Budding Member 16 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

ok ok, enough of Wolf Creek, had plenty of that before i left the UK. Cheers for the advice so far but has any one got any other advice about driving to Perth?????