Merry Boxing Day! I am trying to plan our family trip for next Christmas (2 sons aged 11 and 15 by then). We want to drive across the Nullabor from Perth and focus on seeing Sydney and some NSW beaches as well as some towns we have heard of. I'm trying to learn to surf and apparently the waves are much easier on beginners over there than here :). It will be our first time driving across the Nullabor and I have never been to NSW at all (although my husband has been to Sydney on business a few times). We're skipping most of Victoria and SA as we have been to Melbourne and Adelaide and seen some of the surrounding areas before.
We will have a camper trailer and like to stay in caravan parks, but would consider uncrowded camping grounds for a day or two if we can be assured of a place. My problem is booking caravan parks that don't have a minimum stay requirement of a week at that time of year. e.g. I have booked 7 nights at a caravan park in Sydney (Narrabeen) from Boxing Day to Jan 2nd (Thurs to Thurs check-in/out requirement), but Seal Rocks and South West Rocks caravan parks want me to book a week and their check in days are Sat to Sat. Where can we stay in between? We don't really want to backtrack too much and want to be in Sydney for New Years fireworks. I hoped to do 3-4 days in Seal Rocks and/or South West Rocks plus about 4 days in Fingal Head/Pottsville afterwards (but they have min 7 day booking too). Where would you choose if you had to choose between SWR and Fingal Head/Pottsville region? We will only have a maximum of about 5 weeks away overall and obviously have other places we want to see too and not be too rushed. I've also skipped Canberra as there seems so much to see there and we'd need at least another 5 days to do it justice. Plus I'd like to see around Mount Beauty/ Jindabyne and JBT, so will save that for another trip.
The tentative plan (not taking into account any booking restrictions) is below if you would like to comment on that too. Numbers in brackets are the No. of nights there, if more than 1....
Perth- Kalgoorlie(2)-Border Village-Port Augusta-Echuca(2)-Kiama(5, incl Xmas)-Sydney(7)-Seal Rocks(2)-South West Rocks(4)-Fingal Head(4)-Armidale(2)-Parkes-Renmark(2)-Streaky Bay(3)-Border Village-Kal-Perth.
Any advice or comments gratefully accepted.