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Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

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Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

Hi. We are meeting up with friends in Sydney in early March9 about the 4th) and are hoping to hire Campervans and drive to Adelaide, stopping off in Melbourne for a few days. We have about 3 weeks in total. Any advice of places to stop off and do we have enough time to take a leisurely drive. We need to be in Melbourne between the 14th and 16th march for the Grand Prix and would be looking to fly out of Adelaide on 23rd.

Thanks for any advice.

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1. Re: Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

Whilst the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Port Fairy is an obvious route, I can recommend a detour inland via Dunkeld to Halls Gap and the Grampians National Park, where there is good walking and views. Also, near Port Fairy is Tower Hill Reserve which is good for spotting koalas in a natural setting.

Between Sydney and Melbourne you could visit Canberra, particularly if you like museums.

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2. Re: Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

Thats helpful. It is so easy to stick with the obvious routes so any recommended detours are welcome and would I love to see the Koalas!! Thanks.

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3. Re: Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

If you have 3 weeks you could consider taking a longer detour via the coast and High Country - perhaps something like this:

* Sydney to Bateman's Bay via coast - Jervis Bay is an obvious stopover place

* Bateman's Bay to Canberra via Kings Highway - stop over in Canberra

* You could then either drive through Cooma and the Snowy Mountains towards Albury (Monaro Highway, Jindabyne Rd, Alpine Way, Murray Valley Highway) - or just take the Hume Highway down to Albury depending on time

* Then Great Alpine Road from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale - stopping off in Bright and maybe somewhere else

* Then to Melbourne via Mornington Peninsula or Phillip Island

* Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool, then stop off in Port Fairy

* The detour to the Grampians as suggested above

* Then perhaps the SE of South Australia - via Mt Gambier, Lake Alexandrina area, Fleurieu Peninsula, etc. - to Adelaide?

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4. Re: Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

Hall's Gap and the Grampians is excellent advice. We've done the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians, and like the Grampians much more. And to anticipate your next question, the main roads are suitable for camper vans.

If you go through the Grampians, and especially the northern half from Hall's Gap to Dadswell's Bridge, here's a tip. We found the paved roads north of Hall's Gap one of the the best places in Australia for seeing numbers of kangaroos out and about, especially if you go in late afternoon and early morning. We counted dozens, every time we went out.

Happy travels!

David

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5. Re: Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

If you're coming for the Grand Prix in Melbourne, you may wish to also consider the Historic race meeting - usually the weekend before the Grand Prix. http://www.vhrr.com/phillip_island.htm . Phillip Island is about an hour south of Melbourne.

To my mind, it's just as good if not better than a Grand Prix. At least you can get up close and personal with F1 and other cars, and there are a lack of over zealous officials and security.

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6. Re: Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

Have your Melbourne accommodation booked as it will be very busy..

For additional info on the coastal route from Melbourne to Sydney read the link below its full of helpful tip bits..

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g255055-c3069/Austral…

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7. Re: Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

When driving in the Grampians at dusk or night, be aware of the Roos.

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8. Re: Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

If you take the coast road south from Sydney to Melbourne, and you don't want to take a chance with seeing Koala Bears, then perhaps a short diversion via Raymond Island.

I'm not sure there is anywhere else in Australia you have a better chance of seeing them in the wild.

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9. Re: Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

Thank you all for your great advice. No amount of guide books can beat other peoples personal experience. I will mention the Historic Race meeting to the "boys" as that will be right up their street!

Will definitely go to Raymond Island or Tower Hill reserve as I have only seen Koala in a zoo and would love to see them in their natural habitat.

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10. Re: Driving from Sydney to Adelaide

For the Melbourne to Adelaide leg, you can consider the following

1a. Great ocean rd or

1b. The grampians

2. Mount gambier - the blue lake, cave garden (can see possums), umpherston sinkhole (the sunken garden! Will be lit up at night, so make sure you visit both day time and night time)

3. Kingston SE - the big lobster.

Note that the locals don't seem to eat lobsters. We manage to find 1 fish and chips shop that sell lobsters and that is the only shop.

4. Kangaroo island via the vehicle ferry - penguins, seal bay, remarkable rocks, admirals arch, Ligurian honey (unique to kangaroo island). Spend 1 night.

Then head to Adelaide.