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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Melbourne

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip

This week,  BROWNS students have researched two amazing road trips. Which one would you choose?
Gold Coast > Byron Bay > Sydney & Melbourne OR
Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast & Cairns.

 

Gold Coast > Byron Bay > Sydney & Melbourne Road Trip

Written by Hikari & Nakyeong– BROWNS Intensive General English (B2 level) students

5-day trip

Day 1
Drive to Byron bay (1 hour)
Go to the beach and the light house, stay in the hotel near the beach.

Day 2
Drive to Sydney ( 7 hours)
While driving, we go to a beautiful café.
Stay in a hotel in the city.

Day 3
Go to the Opera house and the Blue Mountains.
Stay in a hotel in the city.

Day 4
Drive to Melbourne (9 hours)
While we driving, we go to a seafood restaurant.
Stay in the guest house.

Day 5
Go to the Great Ocean Road and the Gibson steps.

Safety

We have to wear a seatbelt and we have to take a rest during long road trips.
We shouldn’t go to dangerous areas.

Melbourne > Sydney > Gold Coast & Cairns Road Trip

Written by Misa & Jenny – BROWNS Intensive General English (B2 level) students

Tips for safety.

  • Before leaving, let friends and family know what route you plan on travelling and when you are expecting to get to your destination.
  • Always carry a freshly charged cell phone and watch your surroundings.
  • Do not rush. Speeding on slippery surfaces is the easiest way to get into an accident.
  • Be careful of dangerous animals in Cairns (crocodiles, snakes, jellyfish & spiders).

Day 1

Melbourne – Great Ocean Road
We use a camping car. (Juicy rentals $300) and eat kangaroo meat.

Day 2

Sydney— The Blue Mountains.
We stay at the Shangri– La hotel. $300.
We go to the Opera House, Watsons Bay beach.
We eat dinner at the Altitude Restaurant.

Day 3

Gold Coast— Q1
We go to the seafood restaurant (FOUR WINDS RESTAURANT IN Q1).
We go surfing.

Day 4

Cairns– The Great Barrier Reef
We can go snorkelling. (we have an instructor.)
(Tourchief.com—the online price is $215 child price is $140). We also eat a double cheeseburger.

 

 

*This article was written by BROWNS students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.

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  • Tasmania
  • South Australia

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Victoria

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Victoria

Written by Anna, Diego, Enrica & Camilo – Intensive General English (Advanced level) BROWNS students

Fun Facts about Victoria:

  • The state of Victoria is the most densely populated of Australia with more than 5.3 million inhabitants. Melbourne is the second most populated city of Australia.
  • Despite the fact that Melbourne is the main attraction we will see more amazing places. We will rent a car as it is the best way to move around.
  • https://www.australia.com/en/places/victoria.html

 

Melbourne:

Melbourne is the capital city. Voted as the most liveable city in the world. Here you can do a wide range of activities, from visiting the Melbourne Zoo or the Aquarium; eating an amazing variety of food in the different markets and restaurants; to partying almost 24/7 in some of the best nightclubs and pubs in Australia.

  • You can swim in the city beaches but the most iconic it’s the Brighton beach with the colourful bathing boxes
  • Melbourne is also the sports capital of Australia.
  • There is horse racing,  Australian Open of tennis, AFL and many other sports

https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/things-to-do/things-to-do-in-melbourne-before-you-die

 

Where to party:

  • Glamorama, Brown Alley, Burn City Disco, Captain Baxter

 

Other Interesting Places:

  • Phillip Island: Get there by car following the M1 from Melbourne and then the M420. Here we can meet the locals: penguins in the penguin parade or koalas in their natural habitat in the Koala conservation centre. We can also see seals, dolphins and whales on the Wildlife Coast Cruises. Furthermore, we can visit the Pinnacles, the Cape Woolamai or the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
  • Mornington Peninsula: here you will be able to visit the wineries and eat farmhouse produce or just rest in many of the spas and beaches.
  • Victoria’s High Country: visit the Alps for some activities like trekking, skiing, riding bicycles or just tasting more wine. You can also drive through the Great Alpine Road.
  • Great Ocean Road: On our way to Adelaide we will go through the Great Ocean Road, the road trip will take almost a week but it’s worth the time. On the way we will visit the 12 Apostles, it is going to be a 7-8 hours road trip but on the way we can visit Mount Gambier.

https://www.australia.com/en/places/victoria.html

 

*This article was written by students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.

Next articles:

  • Road trip from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay, Sydney and then Melbourne
  • Road trip from Melbourne to Sydney, Gold Coast and then Cairns

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Sydney to Cairns

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Sydney to Cairns (via Brisbane)

 

Written by Joseph & Misaki – BROWNS Intensive General English (B2 level) students

For our road trip we want to visit the most famous cities of Australia and see the Great Barrier Reef.
For that, we rent a camping car in Sydney for 4 days that we can return to Cairns.

Road trip’s run time : 3 days
Road trip’s budget : about $400 per person

For a start, we go to Brisbane in 4 hours and we can visit the afternoon :
The Nook Café Restaurant
Address: Allsports Shopping Village, 235 Sinnamon Road, Jindalee, Brisbane

And after this amazing, we can sleep in our camping car…

After that, we go to Cairns ( 1 day )
For eating :
The Raw Prawn
Address: 101 The Esplanade, Cairns Queensland 4870

Morning activity :
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Round-Trip Experience ( $70 dollars per person )

Afternoon activity :
Green Island on the Reef ( $100 dollars per person )

Click here to read more about New South Wales (NSW)

 

*This article was written by BROWNS students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.

 

Upcoming articles:

  • Victoria (VIC)
  • Road trip from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay, Sydney and then Melbourne
  • Road trip from Melbourne to Sydney, Gold Coast and then Cairns

 

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – NSW/ACT

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – NSW / ACT

Written by Anna, Diego, Enrica & Camilo – Intensive General English (Advanced level) BROWNS students.

Fun Facts about New South Wales (NSW):

  • Sydney (the capital city) is Australia’s most populated city with an estimated population of 5.2 million people
  • The top five languages  spoken in NSW are: Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Greek
  • The top five countries of birth for people in NSW are: England, China, India, New Zealand and the Philippines
  • It has a total area of 800,642 km2 and covers 10.4 percent of Australia. New South Wales’ coastline is 2137 km long.

Pacific Coast Beaches:

  • BYRON BAY – The Legendary beach is famous for surfing and an alternative lifestyle. If you’re a surfer, Byron actually has 5 great beaches to choose from. Don’t miss the Lighthouse Walk to Australia’s most easterly point.
  • COFFS HARBOUR – Red Rock is about a 30 minute drive north of Coffs Harbour and is one of those hidden gems that is tucked away 6 km’s off the Pacific Highway

Sydney Highlights:

  • Sydney beaches
  • Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
  • Famous beaches, our favourite’s would be Bronte Beach in the eastern suburbs. It’s a beautiful beach with a small main street giving it a great vibe.  And scenically incredibly beautiful Palm Beach, Sydney’s most northern beach.
  • Opera House & Harbour Bridge (top attractions)
  • Taronga Zoo Sydney
  • Wild Life Sydney Zoo
  • Queen Victoria Building
  • Australian Museum
  • Sydney Harbour National Park

Where to party:

  • Byron Bay: Cheeky Monkeys and Woody’s Surf Shack
  • Sydney: Oxford Street, Darling Harbour

Day Trips from Sydney:

  • Hunter Valley

If you want to discover everything, it will take three days and the best  option of transport is a car (The prices are $170 – 250 dollars  depending on the vehicle and company)

Accommodation, we have actually many options, such as hotels or backpackers.

 

  • Blue Mountains & Jenolan Caves

How to get there?

By car:

– The drive from the heart of Sydney to Katoomba is about 90 minutes via the M4 Motorway. The must see places include villages Springwood, Woodford, Wentworth Falls and Leura

By train:

– There are regular trains from the city’s Central Station, with the express service arriving in Katoomba in less than two hours with stops at Parramatta, Westmead, Penrith and Springwood

– For the Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout, take an ordinary train to Faulconbridge

What to do there?

– Hiking tours
– Rock-climbing – For more information https://bmac.com.au/
– Wilderness adventures tours – Expeditions, Fishing Tours, Lake Fishing Tours
– Canyoning – Great Canyon, Wollandambe Canyon, Juggler Canyon, Tiger snake Canyon and much more.

 

  • Jervis Bay

HYAMS BEACH:

The Guinness Book of Records reports that Hyams has the whitest sand in the world.

GREENFIELD BEACH:

Greenfield Beach is another pristine beach in the Jervis Bay region with that beautiful white powdery sand.

GREEN PATCH BEACH:

Booderee National Park where it is located, and it was just as spectacular as Hyams in nearby Jervis Bay.

 

  • Pebbly Beach Road & Canberra

Located in Murramarang National Park on the NSW south coast, Pebbly Beach is probably most famous as the place to see wild kangaroos hopping around on the sand.

In Canberra you could visit :

Parliament House
Australian War Memorial
– National Gallery of Australia

Driving from Canberra to Melbourne

Go through the Australian Alps to go skiing or hiking depending on the time of the year.

Starting at the capital we will drive to Snowy Mountains and then to Albury crossing, the mountains on the North side of the Alps.

From Albury, we will take the M31 to Benalla where we will start our trip to Mount Buller. Here we can do all sorts of activities like skiing, hiking, sled dog tours or just relaxing at the spa.

Our last part will be the way to Melbourne where we will take a flight to Hobart in order to visit the Tassie island.

 

 

*This article was written by students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

 

Option 1: Brisbane to Uluru

Written by Cristian & Fernando – BROWNS Intensive General English (B2 level) students

Road trip from Brisbane to Uluru with a camper trailer.
It will cost you between $300-$400 in petrol (fuel), each way.
Distance: 3.272 km

Route: You can drive to Uluru from Sydney in 3 days in an ordinary 2WD car.

  • Get on the M3 from Edward St and Alice St
  • Take National Highway 15, Cunningham Hwy, Newell Hwy/A39 and B76 to Castlereagh Hwy/Fox St/B55 in Walgett
  • Merge onto M3
  • Take Cumberdoon Way, Carinda Rd, Buckiinguy Rdand Colane Rd to Mitchell Hwy/Pangee St/A32 in Nyngan
  • Continue on A32. Take National Highway A87 to Lasseter Hwy/State Route 4 in Ghan
  • Follow State Route 4 to your destination in Petermann.

When is the best time to visit Uluru?

That depends on what you want to do.

If you just want to see Ayers Rock and take a few photographs of the Uluru sunrise or sunset, you can visit at any time of the year.

If you want to climb Uluru or do any of the walks around
Ayers Rock or Kata Tjuta, then the cooler months of the year (May to September) are the best.

Safety Tips and Other Advice

Driving to Ayers Rock is safe, however there’s a few outback driving safety tips we’d like to share with you.

  • Fatigue kills. It is five and a half hours drive from Alice Springs to Uluru. You MUST stop and rest every two hours for 15 min.
  • Animals kill. Camels and cattle (cows) roam freely on the Lasseter Hwy. Be alert and slow down when you see them. Hitting cattle at night is the most common cause of tourist fatalities on the Lasseter Highway.
  • Speed kills. Slow down. The speed limit is 110km/h for a reason.
  • Don’t drive at night. Kangaroos, cattle and camels are active at night. A collision with one could be fatal.
  • Overtake only when you have a long, clear straight. Leave three times extra space if you’re overtaking a road train. They are up to 55 metres long!

 

Option 2: Gold Coast > Sydney > Melbourne > Uluru

Written by Sayo and Jihoon (one) – BROWNS Intensive General English (B2 level) students

We are planning to go Uluru. So we made a plan to go there.
Our total travel days is a minimum of 8 days.
Total cost is almost AU$1100.

Overview:

  • G.C (1day)
    Currumbin > Byron Bay
  • Sydney (2 days)
    -Opera house > Bondi Beach
  • Melbourne (2 days)
    -Great Ocean Road – Saint Paul’s Cathedral
  • Uluru (2 days)
    – Night view
    – Sunrise, sunset
    – land, camels

Transportation:

G.C >Sydney (Plane) Sydney >Melbourne (Tram, Bus) Melbourne >Uluru (camping car)

Details:
First, we take a bus to Currumbin. Go to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. We can take a photo with a koala. Next we take a bus to go Byron bay > Go to Gold Coast Airport.
Second, we arrive in Sydney. We take the bus to go to the Opera house, Bondi Beach. We stay in a hotel for 2 days.
Third, we are in Melbourne. Here, we are going to the Great Ocean Road, Saint Paul’s Cathedral. We stay here for 2 days.
Last, finally we arrive at Uluru!
We rent a camping car. We can see great night view, sunrise, sunset. We sleep in the camping car.

Total cost:
Plane – $100 (One way) Bus, tram – $30
Hotel – $200 (One day) Food– $300 (One person) Camel tour– $80 (One person) Camping car- From $1 per day + petrol (fuel)

How to get a camping car/van from $1 per day:

Relocation cars and campervans may be available from various locations around Australia for one-way rentals. There are a variety of websites that you can check. Here are a few:

Safety:
We have to drive long times.
So we need to change driver. If someone tired, one person should take a rest.

 

*This article was written by BROWNS students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.

 

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  • Information about New South Wales & ACT
  • Road trip from Sydney to Cairns

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