How much time should I allot?
Is there a beach road I can follow all the way?
Things I need to see on the way?
Booties in either place?
Which city should I choose?
Foe vehicle check out Wicked Campers and standbycars. Standby have last minute deals. Also try Vroomvroomvroom. There is Bayswater car rentals, but i don't think they have campers.
Here's a driving route for the coastal road. Places to see are Bateman's Bay, Merimbula, Lakes Entrance and Ninety Mile Beach. There's Wilson's Promontory and of course Philip Island.Here is the original website.
You have to see the penguin parade at Philip Island. Every night the fairy penguins come ashore and you sit and watch them. It used to really great when I was a kiddie, because you'd go down there with a picnic rug, thermos and sandwiches, find a place on the beach and just sit and wait. Like everything these days, it's more touristy - built up seats, ramps, plus it isn't free any more. That's progress, but it is still a really great thing to see.
Something I'd recommend is drive the GOR - Great Ocean Road - it's the best coastal drive in Australia and on of the great drives of the world. Some pictures. Although it can be done as a day trip, you're best to do it over a few day. Apollo Bay would be a good base - there's the Great Otway N.P.including Mates Walk, Otway Lighthouse, Melba Gully, Triplet Falls, Otway Fly etc. and waterfalls. You could drive on to Port Camapbell and then backtrack to Lavers Hill.
I'll do another post with more info.
The only (other than Wicked) caravan place I could Google in Sydney was THIS place: http://www.jucy.com.au/campervan-hire-sydney.asp
Melbourne seems to be the destination of choice. Fair dinkum. 'struth!
We'll see what the travel lords will say.
Things tend to be heavily booked over that time because everybody and his maiden aunt go "on holidays." If you're coming during that time, I'd organise a hire vehicle asap.
We'll have to meet up and I'll buy you a beer (or choice of drink. Fair dinkum.
thanks for the heads-up!
What time of year? Melbourne can get cold in the winter as can the coast road there. So you may want to start as far north as is practical.
Do you want to get a great understanding of Australian culture? It might take time to see a city like Sydney or Melbourne. Brisbane takes a couple of minutes. Just to hang out in a country town and chat to some locals at a pub can take a life time.
There are beach roads and inland highways.
Whats a bootie?
Choose Sydney because it is spectacular. THe harbour, the bridge, the opera house, lovely beaches lovely weather.
Choose Melbourne because of loads of great cafes and resteraunts, wonderful galleries, fabulous shopping and a interest in sport that defies description.
Choose Brisbane because you are going somewhere else.
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quote:Whats a bootie?
bootie ia a bootsnall person.
YOU'RE a bootie... ha!
How cold is Aug/Sep? Snow? Ice? mild unpleaseantness?
Cold I do better than heat.
Not a whole lot of rain as we are still in drought. But July is our windiest month followed by August. All you really need is beanie, scarf, gloves and a wind-proof coat/parka. To people from Queensland, they reckon our weather "very" cold.
In January, average temp is around 25.5ÂºC with overnight temps around 21ÂºC, but we do have days where it gets up to 40ÂºC which is followed by a "cool change" with fresh south-easterly breezes. That's one thing good about Melbs - we always get a cool change.
We Melbournians do joke about how we have four seasons in one day - fair dinkum.
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