Hi again everyone!
Since my first attempt to build an itinerary for our 4 weeks road trip around the state of Victoria several months have passed. In the meantime we have booked our flights to Melbourne and reserved a hired car for the roadtrip. We will fly into Melbourne on Tuesday 28th of October 2014 and stay in the city the following two nights. We won't have to worry about accommodation in Melbourne, as we can stay at some friend's house in Richmond. After these two days in Melbourne we will start our roadtrip, which will take us around the state of Victoria and a small piece of N.S.W. in about 4 weeks time. So far I made up the following itinerary for our road trip:
Sun 26th - Tue 28th of October: flight from the Netherlands to Melbourne, arrival around 7.30 am
Tue 28/10 & Wed 29/10: Melbourne, picking up the rental car late in the afternoon on 29/10
Fri 31/10: Lorne / Apollo Bay - Great Otway NP
Sat 1/11: Great Otway NP - Port Campbell
Sun 2/11: Port Campbell
Mon 3/11: Port Campbell - Warnambool
Tue 4/11: Warnambool - Halls Gap
Wed 5/11 & Thu 6/11: Grampians NP
Fri 7/11: Halls Gap - Ballarat
Sat 8/11: Ballarat
Sun 9/11: Ballarat - Moama N.S.W
Mon 10, Tue 11 & Wed 12/11: staying with friends in Moama
Thu 13/11: Moama - Bright
Fri 14 & Sat 15/11: Bright (Mt. Buffalo & Alpine NP)
Sun 16/11: Bright - Bairnsdale
Mon 17/11: Bairnsdale - Wilsons Promontory
Tue 18 & Wed 19/11: Wilsons Promontory
Thu 20/11: Wilsons Promontory - Philip Island
Fri 21/11: Philip Island
Sun 23/11: Mornington Peninsula
Mon 24/11: ?
Tue 25/11: Sorrento - Melbourne, drop off the rental car around 5 pm
Wed 26/11: Melbourne
Thu 27/11: Melbourne, flying out to Dubai around 10.30 pm
Fri 28/11: arrival back home in the Netherlands
To keep our expenses as low as possible we plan to camp with a tent our Australian friends will borrow us.We might splurge every now and then though, hiring a cabin or taking a motel room instead.
As you can see, we will be somewhere along the GOR during the weekend preceeding Melbourne Cup. As we learned in another thread of mine here on Trip Advisor, that campgrounds can be hard to find during this long weekend, we will probabely book ahead for those days. We might even have to consider reducing the number of campgrounds we will stay at, as there might be a minimum stay in effect during this period. If we would have to do so, what would be a good, centrally located place along the GOR?
You might have noticed, we still have an extra day we didn't fill in yet. Where would you spend this extra day? Are there any places we should add to or skip from our itinerary? We would really appreciate your feedback on this itinerary. Thank you!