east coast travel
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jan 18, 2012 7:49 PM Last Post By: brother_no_2
Jan 12, 2012 1:58 PM
east coast travelhey all,
basically travelling by camper van from melbourne to cairnes. spending 6 nights in melbourne when i arrive then getting the camper van with my girlfriend to begin our travels. il have 5 weeks to get to cairnes, just wanted to know peoples opinions, advice etc on best things to do and how long to stay in each place on this 5 week time scale. both of us are 24 so like the typical things mid 20 year olds would like drinking, going to beach but also enjoying the scenery and actually doing activities.
any suggestions welcome,
Jan 12, 2012 2:29 PM
1Hope this is not happening too soon for you as if you're starting in coming weeks You can basically expect to get some damp weather further north and perhaps even the odd cyclone.
Other than dodging the weather and finding somewhere to park it up in Sydney, http://www.lcrtp.com.au/ good for that, five weeks minus time for Sydney is not a hell of a lot of time to allow ambling along as you'll have roughly 4000 km plus side trips in most places to get to beachside locations.
Eastern Vic./coastal or ranges route from say Lakes Entrance up over Mt. Hotham across the Alpine Way and back down to coast at Batemans Bay is scenic in getting to Sydney but there has been some summery snow, so check out some maps and weather, www.travelmate.com.au a likely good aid.
For the drinking, you could look up a few quintessential Aussie Pubs - http://www.gdaypubs.com.au/ and if you get to Cairns, no e btw, http://www.yungaburrapub.com.au/ is in an interesting area.
Jan 12, 2012 3:14 PM
Jan 12, 2012 11:05 PM
3As i do not know where you are coming from, i'll assume you are coming from GB, if you are the best advise i can give you is about the mileage from Melbourne to Cairns, it is a long, long drive because the place is so bloody big!!...............................So do give yourself plenty of time, set aside a rest/emergency day now & again, and do enjoy yourselfs!!
Jan 14, 2012 5:00 AM
4from melbourne you probably want to follow the east coast to cairns
however, that means you would miss the drive along the great ocean road, which is along the west coast from melbourne. it starts with many popular surf beaches & includes spectacular scenery including the twelve apostles (only about 9 of them left, lol, & london bridge has already fallen down) & loch ard gorge. anyway, it is worth considering setting aside a couple of days to make this trip, and then you could head inland, perhaps via the otway ranges, to take up your journey along the east coast
along the east coast of victoria through gippsland you may want to spend one night at phillip island so that you can see the penguin parade & visit seal rocks, etc. then another 2 or 3 days to visit wilson's promontory national park (stay at tidal beach, watch the sunset from mount oberon, visit squeaky beach with it's fine white sand, & sealer's cove among others). moving right along you might want to stop at buchan caves on your way out of gippsland
byron bay is beautiful in northern new south wales. a night or 2 there drinking beer & hanging out at the beach is highly recommended
hervey bay is a good place to stop for a spot of whale watching
Jan 17, 2012 2:01 PM
5Yep I agree with the others - it is a long way with quite a lot of boring travel in between. Whatever you do, don't miss going north of Cairns to the Daintree. Byron is fun- make it a base for a few days at least.
Fraser is a lot of trouble for very little except 4 wheel drives driven by hoons. Also agree with the earlier post about Bellingen, as Coffs is boring.
Not a lot between Noosa and Townsville, but get out to the Whitsundays as soon as you can up at Cairns. Weather won't be the best at this time of year as it is monsoon season, but who knows - could be fabulous!
Jan 18, 2012 7:20 PM
6Roos can be an issue in more rural areas, especially inland but you'll be a long long way from Alice Springs and the chances of meeting up with roos along the coastal strip is far more remote though there are some areas where they may be more prevalent.
That said, there is one heck of a lot of driving that gets done well before 8 am and well after 5 pm, especially with daylight saving south of the NSW/Queensland border.
Jan 18, 2012 7:49 PM
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