We are planning our first holiday to Australia. We are a couple (40s) who love wildlife, culture and experiencing all the country has to offer.
I've been reading the forum posts but wanted some advice.
We will be coming to Melbourne from Singapore then travelling on to Sydney and Brisbane. I was thinking of spending around 5 nights around Melbourne, say 4 nights around Sydney and then travel to Brisbane (fly or drive) as we have friends there.
We arrive mid morning on 20th Feb and thought we'd start with walking around the city of Melbourne (tram/ St Kilda etc). On our other days, we definitely want to see the Healsveale Sanctuary, Philip Island, Victoria Market and Great Ocean Road. Anything else is a bonus.
A few questions:
1) Whilst we're on a budget, we recognise that time is scarce. Would you organise day trips from Melbourne to these places ie costly?
Would you hire a car and travel to these places? it looks you need 2 days at least for GOR (or say day trip with ATWD), I day for Phlip Island etc Whilst we can both drive, we realise we may be slightly jetlagged so don't want to drive too early in the holiday.
2) Would you drive to Sydney, stopping off at Phllip Island or fly/ overnight train/ bus? We'll have luggage with us.
3) Would you go to Yarra Valley near Melbourne or Hunter Valley near Sydney?
4) We'll be going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, would you also go to Healesveale Sanctuary?
We'd love to see what the outback / farm stays are like but I think we may need to leave this till another time.