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Road trip Adelaide to Melbourne without accommodation?

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Road trip Adelaide to Melbourne without accommodation?

Hi guys, need your help with our little plan.

We are planning a road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne for 3-4 days. Just wondering if it is possible to do this trip without booking for any accommodation, and just make stops at the camp sites. We will start the trip in late December.

Any inputs would be great

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1. Re: Road trip Adelaide to Melbourne without accommodation?

Late December is school holiday time so accommodation will be very tight. Some places will already be booked out, even camp sites. Anywhere along the Great Ocean Road will be heavily booked.

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2. Re: Road trip Adelaide to Melbourne without accommodation?

Thanks for your reply. We have already booked the flight ticket to Adelaide so would have to go with the December plan. Do you have any suggestion regarding place to stay along the way? We are thinking of renting a big car and sleep in it, but would be nice to be able to stop at camp sites to take shower and such.

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3. Re: Road trip Adelaide to Melbourne without accommodation?

Campervan sites www.goseeaustralia.com.au

Car rental www.drivenow.com.au www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au

Distance calculator www.auinfo.com

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4. Re: Road trip Adelaide to Melbourne without accommodation?

It depends also which way you're going. If taking the Western Highway (route 8), you could spend a day in the Grampians region, another day perhaps around Ararat, & another day in Ballarat or Daylesford. Be careful driving on that highway, allow trucks to pass you and don't overtake them only to slow down in front of them.

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5. Re: Road trip Adelaide to Melbourne without accommodation?

How late in December? I wouldn't recommend the drive after the 26 December as Lorne hosts a major music festival from 28 December which will see the roads crazy and all accommodation booked.

Most of the year accommodation doesn't need to be booked ADL-MEL, but will need to in December, January and for Easter.

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6. Re: Road trip Adelaide to Melbourne without accommodation?

Sleeping in cars on the Gor is pretty much frowned on and I would not recommend the practice. You might be lucky to strike motel accommodation at towns along the Princess highway such as camperdown and Colac. Inland from the GOR and still within striking distance of it

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7. Re: Road trip Adelaide to Melbourne without accommodation?

Late December is Christmas and school holidays which means that most camp sites are either already booked out or will require a minimum night stay, usually 3 or 4.

The GOR will be packed and as mentioned there is the Falls Festival at Lorne over New Years so that will be packed leading up to the 31st.

I think your best bet is to take the Halls Gap, Ballarat route. If you specifically want the GOR route then you need to do your research immediately and book right now!

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