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Need help on caravan trip itinerary. Eastern Australia.

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Need help on caravan trip itinerary. Eastern Australia.

My girlfriend and I land in Sydney in the third week of November and need to reach Melbourne in about 10 days.

We are currently planning on caravan camping through our journey.

We need help on:

1. An itinerary. We were planning on heading up the coast to Gold Coast and then back down to Melbourne, but that requires a lot of overlap in the route. Would love to get suggestions on a possible 10 day itinerary. We love beaches, national parks, hiking, swimming and photography. Time spent to explore the cities of Sydney and Melbourne is outside of these 10 days.

2. Tips on what type of camper to get and not get. We are on a tight budget, but would love some tips on what we can/should and should not comprise on. Any local, reliable website tips would also be great.

Many thanks in advance.

Cheers.

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1. Re: Need help on caravan trip itinerary. Eastern Australia.

How many of you are there, how many seats and beds do you need? Do you mean caravan or campervan? Why overlap, why not fly part of the route and only drive the stretch that really interests you? We're happy to help with the itinerary but can you not do a draft itinerary yourself? Doing that is probably a good way of preparing for the journey, I hope you weren't thinking you would get a one-size-fits-all itinerary from a bunch of strangers online and simply feed it into your gps. Are you thinking of camping only because of budget and/or perceived 'must do/try' or is it genuinely a well-considered choice for you and your route? Planning participation by you and not trying for the absolute cheapest at any cost is probably the best way to ensure an enjoyable experience for you.

Edited: 10 November 2013, 06:13
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2. Re: Need help on caravan trip itinerary. Eastern Australia.

Right, sorry, just 2 of you. So why a caravan, surely a campervan is more than adequate? Do you know what you want and do you know what it involves, or did you just get a vague idea that driving your home away from home everywhere will be the "best/cheapest" holiday?

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Hi MacKnee,

Yes, there are 2 of us. And also, you're right, i actually meant campervan. The main idea of the for the campervan is 2 fold - cost saving and flexibility to drive around. If we use public transport, we lose the travel flexibility. If we get a car and stay at hotels (even cheaper ones) it goes on the upper side. Plus the experience of the camper is also something we are looking forward to. We are relatively comfortable with the camping experience. We have been "car-camping" in the US now for 3 months and head to Australia from here.

We will be getting to Australia with just 2 backpacks, and 2 sleeping bags...we do not expect to carry more luxuries than what the vans offer. We think we do not need one with a shower/toilet as we expect to use the ones within the parks. But we plan to get one with a stove/cutlery so we can cook.

Tentative itinerary we have: Sydney - city + national parks, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Byron, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, maybe Brisbane, and then back along the coast to Melbourne. We were planning on visiting Lorne on our way from Sydney to Melbourne. We know what we would like to do within these cities/towns, but are trying to figure how we can avoid the same route - Sydney - Gold Coast - Sydney.

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You cant do it in 10 days if you actually want to do something interesting and have time to take it easy a little

Have you mapped out a rough time to do this? Its also about 1800 kms up and back to Sydney, then another 900 to Melbourne. Lorne is not in Melbourne and outside so another couple hundred kms return

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Hi Hamiriver,

A very popular guidebook actually suggested this itinerary...but it did not seem to work for us and hence this post. The guidebook suggested starting at Sydney all the way upto Noosa...

Anyway, we have only 10-11 days to start at Sydney and end at Melbourne. Need help on what we can do in this time...what do you recommend?

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6. Re: Need help on caravan trip itinerary. Eastern Australia.

>>The main idea of the for the campervan is 2 fold - cost saving and flexibility to drive around__Plus the experience of the camper is also something we are looking forward to.<<

Please research the companies before making a booking, some have a lot of negative feedback.

>>trying to figure how we can avoid the same route<<

With only ten days I would work out what's the priority and fly the rest. Can I ask how you navigate? I mean you mention a guidebook but it sounds like you have not looked at a map (eg >>We were planning on visiting Lorne on our way from Sydney to Melbourne.<<).

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With 10 days I would just drive to Melbourne and stop on the way at where you think interests you. This will then allow a few days to spend in Melbourne and Sysney and on the road to Lorne which is out of Melbourne- a fair way.

The forum works well if you map out what you want to do and where you plan on stopping and then we can help from there- its much easier...

Im sure the guide book did not say you can drive from Syd to GC and then back to Melbourne in 10 days.... As I said its around a 3,000km trip.

10 days one way to Noosa also a good time frame----one way though.

What do you want to do/see /like? It all depends on that firstly.

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8. Re: Need help on caravan trip itinerary. Eastern Australia.

Hamiriver,

thanks for your inputs. did some more research. so here is the new plan. obviously lorne is out as you mentioned.

10 day plan as follows, would love to know your inputs:

Day 1: Blue Mountains. (2 nights here)

Day 3: Central Coast

Day 4: Hunter valley

Day 5: Port Stephens

Day 6: Long drive south to Bateman's Bay

Day 7: Eden

Day 8: Bairnsdale

Day 9-10: Wilsons Promontory

Do you think this too would be too hectic? We enjoy hiking, would like to get into the national parks where possible, but also some beach time. So we trying to mix up the 2.

Our visit to the cities of Sydney and Melbourne is outside of the 10 days.

Cheers.

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>>Day 6: Long drive south to Bateman's Bay<<

Google says about 6 hours and that's through Sydney so that makes it even more dependent on conditions on the day. So much to see on that route (and on all the rest too) so what is it you want to have TIME for? You'd be driving past the turn-offs to the hiking and the beaches, that's all. You are not making the most of your trip by driving PAST more places.

Edited: 11 November 2013, 00:10
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