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AUS Road trip from Melbourne to Cairns -- how much time?


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  • Added on: April 24th, 2011
I'm wondering how to plan for a great road trip that isn't rushing it... I want to start in Melbourne and drive north up the coast to Cairns. How many weeks should I plan to do this?


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  • Added on: April 24th, 2011
Are you intending to stop anywhere specific on the way? I'd probably allow 2-3 weeks and visit Canberra, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast etc etc. When you get to Cairns, I'd spend a few days there and visit Malanda, Port Douglas etc. Are you from Melbourne? Because I'd spend a few days there too!


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  • Added on: April 26th, 2011

If you are starting your trip from Melbourne then go to Sydney ,Brisbane, Port Douglas and then go to Cairns.
As it will give you a chance to see many wonderful and beautiful creations of the world.

Enjoy the traveling. :D

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  • Added on: April 26th, 2011
Need more details on your route and plans. I mean, you can drive directly from Melbourne to Sydney in a day, but you could also spend weeks getting there by meandering along the coast and in the Alpine country.

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  • Added on: April 27th, 2011
Hi Cheryn,

I would give it *at least* a month if you don't want to be rushed, but it all depends on how many stops you want to make. There are so many great places to stop off along the way. I did a Cairns to Sydney road trip last year that was 16 days, but it was VERY rushed (heaps of driving!) and we skipped a lot.

You can read my post about it to get ideas: http://www.australiablog.com/planning-a-trip/16-day-itinerary-cairns-to-sydney.html

So, you could easily double that, especially when going further on to Melbourne.
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  • Added on: April 28th, 2011
I agree with Brooke that it would be rushed if you took less than a month. If you going to include seeing anything of Melbourne and Sydney, I think 6 - 8 weeks would be better. I would also suggest you look into visiting Cape Tribulation from Cairns. It would be easier to make recommendations if we knew what your interests were and how long you can allow for the trip.
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  • Added on: May 20th, 2011
Definately at least a month. If you were do the drive straight only stopping to eat and sleep it would take 5-6 days.
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