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After Sydney

I need some help please Feb in Aus after Melbourne we fly to Sydney we will stay in Syd for 4 days where we will do the usual tourist thing including a daytrip to Blue mountains,

we then have 5 days before we fly back to UK from Syd,do,nt want to fly anywhere suggestions please,where to visit what to do. We enjoy Driving,beach,s general sight seeing.

Would it be worth spending more time in Sydney?

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1. Re: After Sydney

Well, February is a great time to hire a car and drive up or down the coast from Sydney. The weather will be warm, the school holidays will be over.

The beaches up and down the coast suit sightseeing drives. My choice would be to head south, Jervis Bay, Batemans Bay at the connecting drives are worthwhile. Allow a little more time than google maps says to make sure you see more than the highway.

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You could head to Canberra the capital and then maybe across to Nowra and the coast and back up to Sydney. That would give you a taste of the country and coast, there are some fascinating things to see in Canberra.

www.visitcanberra.com.au/en.aspx…

visitnsw.com/destinations/…southern-highlands

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3. Re: After Sydney

Maybe bump this up?

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Hi,

You do have a few options.

a) Hire a car & drive down the South Coast stopping off at Jervis Bay & Bateman's Bay. Head inland to Canberra - stay overnight & then head to the Southern Highlands to explore Berrima, Bowral & Robertson.

http://www.southern-highlands.com.au/drives

b) Pity you don't want to fly as 5 days in Tasmania is ideal. A wonderful place to visit with pretty beaches & scenery. - Stay in Sydney & explore more like the Northern Beaches ,Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Pittwater & the Hawkesbury River. You could also hire a houseboat...

…nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkHome.aspx…

http://www.hawkesburyhouseboats.com.au/

c) Head North to Port Stephens - stay & explore - drive back via Hunter Valley.

http://www.portstephens.org.au/

http://www.winecountry.com.au/

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5. Re: After Sydney

What sorts of things do you want to see? You could find more to do in Sydney but seems to me if you've come so far you may as well see something more than just the two biggest cities. I see Canberra has been suggested and if you want any more info I'm happy to help. Hope you come back to let us know in which direction your thinking is going, putting a few ideas out there is just the start of the planning, there is more specific information we can provide once we know more about your intentions.

Edit: I see you originally asked about driving between Melbourne and Sydney. What changed? And did you look at the link in one of the replies about the routes, some of that information is relevant to driving south of Sydney. Please do follow up suggestions and get back to us.

Edited: 03 December 2013, 00:25
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Hi ,thank you all for your help ,its difficult to plan a trip to the other side of the world when you have such a short time to enjoy such a vast Country.WE were going to drive to Sydney from Melbourne how ever was advised the best of the Ocean road is the other side of Melbourne,so we will spend one day on the GOR then fly to Syd to save time.

I have started to research these suggestions all look very good to me keep them coming I could see us visiting any of the above.

Thanks for your time. vow

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Although I'm sure other may disagree, you really will get the best of the Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive by going from Sydney to Narooma. It is a very civilised drive, with lots of small towns, coastal scenery, choice of places to stay, and no long drives just staring at the car in front and the freeway. You can take the Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney, and the road doesn't go too far from the coast. Kiama makes an interesting break. Jervis Bay is an easy diversion and a good choice for the first night's stop. Ulladulla and Bateman's Bay are summer tourist destinations, and Narooma is just a really really pretty spot.

Canberra is an interesting city to visit, with a mix of national institutions and bush. But I wouldn't make the trip there in February unless you are interested in the former, because you'll find just as attractive scenery on the trip south, and you'll find quite a few Canberrans there too!

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>>WE were going to drive to Sydney from Melbourne how ever was advised the best of the Ocean road is the other side of Melbourne,so we will spend one day on the GOR then fly to Syd to save time.<<

The Great Ocean Road is a specific road west of Melbourne, and the iconic postcard scenery is near the furtherest end around Port Campbell. You can take day tours but if driving yourself it's best to drive it over two days.

There are other worthwhile attractions along other parts of the coastline. If you are looking at south of Sydney, in places the road itself is an attraction, eg Sea Cliff Bridge, but in many places you have to turn off the highway to reach the coastal towns and attractions. Inas66 has given you some good suggestions. I like Ellemay's itinerary with overnight stops at Jervis Bay, Batemans Bay and then inland to Canberra and back up to Sydney which you can do in a day or stop overnight somewhere to explore the Southern Highlands more. How exactly you space it out would depend on what you want to see and how much time you need. IMO Jervis Bay or Batemans Bay or Canberra could each be worth a 2 night stop and the Southern Highlands is worth an overnight stop so it all depends on your interests and priorities. I'll see if I can find some links for you so you can get a better idea of what there is on this route.

Edited: 04 December 2013, 04:24
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This isn't a complete list of all options everywhere and I don't expect you to read through everything but I hope a browse of these sites and a look at the images will give you a sense of what to expect and perhaps some specific ideas might grab you. (Btw there are more links for Batemans Bay than other parts of the coast simply because it's the part of the coast I'm most familiar with, I don't mean to imply it's a more important or larger destination than any other.)

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http://seacliffbridge.com/

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http://www.southcoast.com.au/nowra/

navy.gov.au/history/…fleet-air-arm-museum

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visitnsw.com/destinations/…jervis-bay

…wikipedia.org/wiki/…_New_South_Wales

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visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/batema…

http://www.eurobodalla.com.au/

eurobodalla.com.au/attraction/Merinda-River-…

http://www.birdlandanimalpark.com.au/

http://www.mogozoo.com.au/

http://www.mogovillage.com.au/

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http://www.visitbraidwood.com.au/

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http://www.bungendore.info/

http://bungendorewoodworks.com.au/

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http://www.visitcanberra.com.au/

http://www.nma.gov.au/

http://nga.gov.au/Home/Default.cfm

http://www.awm.gov.au/

http://www.tidbinbilla.com.au/

http://www.cdscc.nasa.gov/

and many more

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visitnsw.com/destinations/…goulburn

http://www.bigmerino.com.au/

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visitnsw.com/destinations/…southern-highlands

http://www.internationalcrickethall.com/

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10. Re: After Sydney

WOW thank you very much great help.