We are on the verge of booking flights to Melbourne in early November, returning just under 3 weeks later. This will be our first and perhaps only trip to Australia.
My wife has several members of her family in Melbourne and we are thinking we will spend 2 or all 3 of our weekends nearby. Originally we were intending visiting the Great Barrier Reef and some of the coast between Brisbane and Sydney.
However, having done a little bit of research, we are wondering whether there other areas closer to Melbourne which may deliver us at least as good a holiday as going further afield - and involve less heat and less travel. My wife is not much of a stay on the beach person so what we are after is good scenery mixed with some city sights.
Possible itinerary - excluding week-ends in Melbourne:
Arrive early Friday from the UK and crash out.
Fly to Sydney on Monday. Spend a couple of nights there, then pick up a car and drive back to Melbourne via the Blue Mountains and other recommended places, arriving back in Melbourne on the Friday evening or Saturday morning.
Head off for the Great Ocean Road the following Monday. Can you get a good feel for the area with just one overnight stop? We would need to be at Melbourne airport for mid morning and will probably fly home on the Wednesday, maybe the Thursday.
Looking forward to your comments and suggestions.