please critique my itinerary
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Dec 3, 2012 2:55 AM Last Post By: Ozziegiraffe
Nov 28, 2012 7:47 AM
please critique my itineraryWe are married couple in our late twenties and we will visit Australia for first time in March. We can not wait:)We love ocean, beaches, snorkeling, hiking.
Please look at our itinerary, which is still in process but this is our draft plan
12.March arriving to Sydney late in the evening
16. Driving from Syd to Jervis Bay and staying there
17. Driving Jervis Bay- Eden
18. Eden- Lake Entran.
19.Lake Entrance- Wilson Prom.
20. Wilson prom- Phillip Island
21. Phillp Island-Great ocean road
22. Great ocean road
23 Great ocean road -Melbourne
27 Flying from Melbourne to SYD, late evening flying from SYD back home
We will pick up a car once we leave Sydney and return it once we get to Melborne. So we wont have a car in these two cities.We will couchsurf(courchsurfing.org )which will be best part of experince for sure.
My hubby will be one and only driver and I dont want him to be too tired.....we will try to drive by coast as much as possible to have the ocean close to us all the time..We want to see Australian animals.
What do you think?are places we chose the best?
Thank you sooo much:)
Andea from Slovakia
Nov 28, 2012 8:59 AM
1IMO knock a day off Sydney. Its shit, an expensive traffic clogged big city with rocks, an opera house and a bridge. Add a day onto Wilsons Prom or the GoR, these kinds of things are more particular to Australia and seem to fit your interests more.
From PI to GoR I would take the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff. I have no knowledge on ferries from Cowes to Stony Point.but you could look into that rather than doing a loop of Westernport Bay. If you decide to skip the ferries it is an okay drive without traffic lights from Pakenham to Geelong if you can avoid peak hour. Oh yeah, and avoid peak hour in the morning when coming back into Melbourne.
In terms of snorkelling these are not the best places in Oz.
Nov 28, 2012 10:53 AM
2kinda surprised you have not mentioned blue mountains since that is very popular with tourist nice hikeing as well simple cost effective scenic train ride from sydney central in sydney Hay market with a late night wander around the china town area which is right there. i enjoyed. say about 10pm also maybe a bus ride to bondi after all it is iconic beach heavens sake as minimal luggage since pretty certain haymarket will test your shopping resolve and extra baggage you dont need
Nov 28, 2012 12:00 PM
3I disagree with the first poster and think that you have just about the right amount of time in Sydney. There's plenty to see and do.
Nov 28, 2012 12:40 PM
it looks great to me! I would visit Manly Beach when you get to Sydney, its lovely and dare i say it much better than Bondi!
have a fab time! :)
Nov 28, 2012 1:39 PM
5There is no car ferry from Cowes to Stony Point. However, the drive around Westernport Bay is ok, but you don't see much bay! The car ferry between Sorento and Queenscliff is quite expensive, but I'd be happy to go that way in the circumstances.
Your plan looks good to me - about 4 hours driving a day, leaving enough time for a look around where you stop. However, I'd try to find an extra day at Wilson's Prom - it's the highlight of your trip in my opinion.
Nov 28, 2012 4:36 PM
6I agree, Looks like a good itinerary. You should definitely see koala's if you look for them when you stop along the Great Ocean Road.
Nov 29, 2012 4:42 AM
7Definitely don't shorten your time in Sydney, but consider an overnight in the Blue Mountains, and possibly a visit to Jenolan Caves. I was on a very tight budget when doing Philip Island/GOR, but found the ferry between Sorrento and Queenscliff a great time saver, and not over-expensive.
I agree with #4 Manly is much nicer than Bondi, and has the added advantage of the ferry trip.
Nov 29, 2012 8:22 AM
Nov 29, 2012 8:28 AM
9heve spent 2 weeks in hawaiee and 2 yrs travelling around oz so have beaches to compare bondi was much more scenic than hoonollulu also larger as well the sand fantastic so when i give manly a pass its because its just like being in a subdivision with a rinky dink beach but popular since its close to sydney central. i think
Nov 29, 2012 11:07 AM
10waaaaU guys thanks so much for all your repliees, so helpful....only way how to have more time in smaller places is to shorten my stay in Sydney and Melbourne...so i will add one day to wilson prom for sure..... also thinking of passing Pi as i read today it is really commercial....i am thinking of ferry to queensclif it would be like 80 bucks.....Cant wait for Manly beach:)) thaaaanks
Nov 29, 2012 2:35 PM
Nov 29, 2012 4:44 PM
12Apart from the multiple posts with no punctuation, I simply cannot understand what poppageorge (who, I think, has been to Sydney once only, is on about. Manly is a much larger beach than Bondi. Perhaps he only looked as far as the harbour beach near the ferry wharf, and didn't get a far as the surf beach, or try any of the surrounding walks or drives.
Nov 30, 2012 12:24 AM
Nov 30, 2012 5:17 AM
14been too sydney many times. but manly is the commuters delight since you can see sydney sky line and ferries are frequent for the commuters. who work in sydney and have rthe bucks to live on manly. did not see any one surfing like i did at bondi. not knocking manly just figure for tourist its not in class as bondi, just a long stretch of sand not very wide.
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