My boyfriend and I (in our mid-20’s) are thinking about doing a road trip from Sydney to Melbourne via the coastal road this January. We know it’s a busy time, but unfortunately, this is the only time we both get our holidays. For NYE we will be in the central coast of NSW so we decided to start our trip on the 2nd of Jan. This is our basic itinerary (based on the numerous suggestions posted on TA):
2nd Jan (Thursday)- Drive from Toukley to Kiama. Have an overnight stop here.
3rd Jan- Kiama to Batemans Bay.
4th Jan- Batemans Bay
5th Jan- Lakes Entrance, Victoria
6th Jan- Lakes Entrance Victoria
7th Jan- Leave Lakes Entrance and go to Phillip island. Spend overnight here.
8th Jan- Start the Great Ocean Road. Spend overnight in Lorne
9th Jan- Continue GOR and spend overnight in Port Campbell.
10th Jan- Melbourne
11th Jan- Melbourne
12th Jan- Melbourne
13th Jan- Visit Wilson’s Promontory National Park, stay at Yanakie overnight
14th Jan- Visit Wilson’s Promontory National Park, stay at Yanakie overnight
15th Jan- Merimbula
16th Jan- Merimbula
17th Jan- Jervis Bay
18th Jan-Sydney (Home).
I have a few questions- Does this itinerary look doable? Secondly, I was torn on whether I should spend an extra day in Melbourne and do one night in Yanakie instead. Or leave it as it is? The things we want to do in Melbourne are to visit St Kilda, Botanical gardens, Crown Casino, hop on and off on a tram, and just enjoy the shopping/bars and eateries in the city. Museums and art galleries are not our thing.
My other question is whether I should spend 2 nights in Merimbula and one night in Jervis Bay or do one night in Merimbula and 2 nights in Jervis Bay?
The things we want to do on this trip are to relax at the beach, fishing and do some light bush walks. We really want a mix of outdoors, but also city life (which is why we want to spend some time in Melbourne).
Any suggestions would be much appreciated,