My boyfriend and I are currently in Brisbane. We have little plans from this point but were ideally planning on renting a car and driving over two or three weeks from here to Melbourne (where we already have a flat and plan to stay for a while). Family we are staying with are trying to convince us that driving is silly as there is little to see between here and Sydney but that is the main reason I came to aus!! I want to see the Gold Coast, Byron bay, all the little gems that I hear are amazing here (extra suggestions of nice places to visit welcome!). We are on a pretty tight budget, I have a quote for a car at $850 for 3 weeks, how much would petrol cost on average for the whole drive? We plan to stay in hostels, and in Sydney and albury we have friends to stay with.
We wouldn't want to spend much more than $2000 for all food, drive, Accomodation. My boyfriend is just concerned we will run out of money (we have about $4000 total).
I know this is not a very specific question but I'm just looking for help in any and all ways on planning this trip. Is it realistic on our budget and time? Is it worth the drive? what are the great places worth stopping at? Help!