South Australia - Travel in winter?
Replies: 40 - Last Post: Mar 29, 2013 8:09 AM Last Post By: RayCCroc
Jan 4, 2012 8:27 PM
30OP et al, yes apologies for the confusing short hand for Melbourne Australia, MEL is correct, of course.
OP 4-5 hours driving is Ok if you have experience with long haul driving (not many Europeans do). Make sure to take a break every 2-2.5 hours. We don't want you to become part of our statistics for all the wrong reasons.
Jan 4, 2012 9:45 PM
31Thanks all for the concerns.
In Belgium we are indeed not used to the very long drives. However, we regularly drive up to the Champagne Region from Brussels ;-) in one day, covering 800 km's. And we also did about 1000 km in one day during our last trip along the West Coast of Australia. So I am not that afraid of driving lots of km's.
Jan 5, 2012 2:56 AM
Jan 5, 2012 3:47 AM
33You'd always have to change somewhere to get to Brussels from Australia, but Adelaide isn't a total backwater; Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacfic and of course Qantas all have direct flights out of Adelaide to their respective hubs in SE Asia (and Qantas do fly direct to Singapore).
None of the Middle Eastern airlines fly there. Yet.
Jan 5, 2012 5:33 AM
Jan 6, 2012 4:23 PM
Jan 6, 2012 5:42 PM
36Let me rephrase Ray. If you want to see the whole of the Great Ocean Road, you need to go through Geelong and not down via Colac.
Jan 7, 2012 4:32 AM
37Yebbut the best bit's between Lorne and Apollo Bay. It's not gonna kill you to skip Torquay and Anglesea, despite what the bus drivers say. And then you get to see some Otway forest instead of Werribee mudflats, the Geelong "bypass" and boring Bellarine farmland.
Jan 7, 2012 12:54 PM
Jan 7, 2012 2:51 PM
39Bells Beach, Anglesea, Split Point Lighthouse, the Great Ocean Road memorial arch would all be missed by going direct to Lorne. I think they're worth seeing, and given that the OP plans on driving to the end of the Great Ocean Road, it seems a shame not to do the whole length. Plus, its only an extra 30kms to go via Geelong, Torquay and the above mentioned places than going direct to Lorne.
Jan 7, 2012 4:03 PM
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