a VirtualTourist member asked on Sep 20, 2007
Really requires some advice from all of you out there, who have been to the state of victoria.
My boyfriend and I shall be arriving Melbourne with the below stated self-drive itinerary:
01/11/07-03/11/07 @ Arrival from Singapore, pick-up car to Melbourne City (stay @ Nomads Industry)
03/11/07-04/11/07 @ Great Ocean Rd (Do we need to book a motel for Great Ocean Rd in advance? If so, any recommendations for a cheap, nice motel?)
04/11/07-05/11/07 @ Ballarat (Stay @ Sovereign Hill Lodge)
05/11/07-06/11/07 @ Yarra Valley (Is pre-booking of motel required as well?)
06/11/07-07/11/07 @ Phillip Island, shall be back to Melbourne Airport in the evening for departure back to Singapore.
As this is our 1st trip to Melbourne, thus, really need some good advice.
Appreciate that someone to reply me pls....Thanks a lot!
I live in Melbourne, and have visited all the places that you mentioned. You will not need to book a motel either on the Great Ocean Road, or the Yarra Valley. We usually stay in a nice town called Warrnambool, not far past the end of the Great Ocean Rd. Suggest you take the 15min Maits Rest walk, and perhaps also the sky walk which takes you through the forest at tree top level. They are in the Otway Ranges, which you pass through. On the G.O.Rd ensure you walk down into Loch Ard Gorge. Is down steps onto a beach. Don't leave Ballarat too late as its a fair drive to Yarra Valley from there. Before you drive over the bridge onto Phillip Island you pass through San Remo. Check out the fresh fish shop next to the pier....they will cook you some nice fish of your choice.
Thanks for the fast reply!
So well, think i can forget about booking a motel in advance b4 our arrival for both great ocean rd/yarra valley, as i've simply have no idea which motel to stay at, as there's just too many to choose from. Moreover, as this is our 1st trip to melbourne, im not even too sure on all the drive time, and most imptly, will we get lost? ha~perhaps i've think too much ya? =P
anywayz, wat do u think of the itinerary? is it too rush? or shld i add some other things in between? hee~perhaps im just too excited about this trip, cos its my 1st visit to Australia..and im really looking forward to it~!
If you choose to stay in Warrnambool you should find four or five motels to choose from. It is not a busy time of year so finding a room should be no problem, even if you arrive round 5pm. As regards your driving distances, basically aim to leave your motels etc before 10am, as after that may mean you run out of driving time. At the time of year that you will be here, it should be light until about 8pm. You should not find yourself getting lost. I assume you have a fairly good road map, and the roads are of a high quality, and well sign posted. If you want a motel on Phillip Island, go to Cowes, the main town. It is 15min from the penguins.
Hello..... you have selected interesting places to see for sure but I think you are attempting to do too much in too little time. Driving, while fun, can be very tiring, especially in a foreign land. You will be doing A LOT of driving in this itinerary. I would suggest doing the GOR & Ballarat & forgoing the Yarra Valley & Philip Island. Leave that for your next trip because there is so much to see here that you'll most certainly be back!!! If you do the GOR then think about going on to Port Fairy - magic. Anyway you will be here during the Melbourne Cup. Try to find yourself in a pub during the race (Nov. 6 about 3:30 pm) & you will certainly experience the real spirit of Australia. Enjoy!
I tend to agree with Bosscreature and I'd allow at least 3 days to do GOR. Much is very slow driving at 40 kph around bends with amazing scenery - you'll want to stop and just look.
Day 1 Melb to Lorne - have a quick look at Geelong on the way. Look at Queenscliff and then the near to Geelong towns on GOR - Ocean Grove and Torquay including Bells Beach.
Day 2 Lorne to Port Campbell. Stop off at Apollo Bay and then drive to the Otway National Park and take the detour to the Cape Otway lighthouse. Having done all that by the time you arrive in Port Cambell it will probably be lateish and I'd suggest prebooking accom for that night as its only a small town and not a lot of accom available
Day 3 Port Campbell to Warrnambool. You'll need to back track from Port Campbell a little bit to take in Lock Ard Gorge and the 12 Appostles - however there is almost nothing in the way of accom available closer. Seeing all that will take you a good part of that day.
Day 4 Warrnambool to Ballarat - have a lok at Warrnambool while you're there.
Day 5 Ballarat and Soverign Hill which is the best part of the day. You might like to stay an extra night in "The Rat" and take in the nightly "Blood on the Southern Cross" show.
Day 6 Ballarat to Melbourne and stay there and enjoy our city until time to head back the next day - but warning (as Bosscreature has said) Melb Cup is on then and the city is a mad house.
Come back another time and do the Yarra Valley and Penguins - both well-worth doing.
Enjoy our state
I agree with the above replies. While you COULD do your intended itinery during your stay here, you will be spending so much of your time in the car, and not enough 'smelling the roses'. Pity that you are not visiting here for three or so days longer, then you could visit all of your itinery at less than break-neck speed. Being in a pub during the running of the Melbourne Cup, I agree, would be an entertaining experience.
Hi Your itinerary can be done , but it will be a trip where you can say " I have been there, but not seen it". The great Ocean Road is not only about ocean views, there are beautiful forests, waterfalls, farmlands , small towns all deserving your time. I agree with the other replies, forget the Yarra Valley. Have a look through VT pages on the Great oCean Road , there will be pages on the major towns.
really thanks for all the valuable advice....it does really helps a lot in my planning for the itinerary.
last qn, that is...is there any difference on the car rental companies? i compared the rates between Budget & Europcar, and there seems to have quite a difference in the rental price. i've heard of Budget, but never on Europcar...therefore, any suggestions? Hertz n Avis are on a higher side, thus, shall not be considering...=)
There's a couple of "cheapie" car rental companies you could try - "Damn Cheap Rental" and "Rent a Bomb"
I've just googled and this came up:
which seems to be some sort of referal agency. As I own and drive cars, I can't comment on hire car rates in my home area.