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Date Registered: 10-2005
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Melbourne to Adelaide tips - anyone ???


Hey guys.

 It looks like the beloved exys' days are getting numbered, as the family is getting too big to all fit in.

 We are looking at a nice 'send-off' drive, from Geelong across to Adelaide and then home via the rough stuff, in mid October.

 The wonderful internet is full of information, but most appears biased towards certain towns and activities.

 So, I am after any first hand information. Best spots to stop and stay-over, places worth visiting and better still, ones worth a miss.

 Our starting itinery is Geelong(2), Apollo Bay(1), Port Fairy(2), Mount Gambier(3), Robe(2), Victor Harbour(2), Adelaide(5)--->then home.

 Any suggestions are appreciated... emoticon

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Brett, Your trip outline sounds like a winner. The Great ocean road and remaining coast line is a treat. With your experience from sand driving at Stockton beach, Robe is the closest beach driving for us down in Vic.
 
The Otway ranges around Lorne and Apollo Bay have heaps of forest tracks, some will be still closed in October but main gravel roads should enable some exploration.

Depending on your chosen route back to NSW, Mungo National park about 100km from Mildura is well worth a look from what i have read about it. If anything else comes to mind i will mention it.

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and there's Mootwingee NP north of Broken Hill

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Date Registered: 02-2008
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Hi Brett,

Did that exact trip back in '06..... after 10 days in Tassie, we left the car ferry in Melbourne and went to Adelaide. (Mind you, we were in a Camry....not an Exy). The Great Ocean Rd is brilliant, but I'd prefer my Commodore to the Exy for the windy driving bits. The Otways are superb...well worth an explore. Port Fairy is a beautiful place, well worth a stop over...great restaurants. Just before Port Fairy (northern side of highway) is an old volcanic crater called Tower Hill reserve. It's a great place to take a drive in the early morning. We saw hundreds of wallabies, kangaroos, emus, in fact we've never seen so much wildlife in such a small place!!

Mt Gambier is nice and worth a stay. Further west, there are a lot of dirt tracks out through the salt pans in the Coorong N.P (near where the Murray goes out to sea). The Camry didn't appreciate the dirt and I punchered 2 tyres!!! The Exy'd be in its element.

I'm not sure where you usually stay, but if you do the tourist park thing, there's a great holiday park out at West Beach in Adelaide. It's right on the water and only a few Km from Glenelg....really nice spot. I can get the details for you if you like.

Coming back, we went inland and stopped at the Grampians and then through the High Country and Canberra.

That's a brief overview Brett. If you want anything further, let me know.

Cheers,

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Hi Brett,

You have already covered Mt Gambier with 3 days so it seems you know about the Blue Lake (Nov is best for its colour) and the caves.

Make sure you get to the Twelve Apostles on The Great Ocean Road around sunset as the photographic opportunities are spectacular on a fine day, especially if there is just a hint of cloud.

I also went to Mungo National Park, but it was in a RWD Sigma about 25yrs ago so I expect things have changed. Back then it was worth seeing but there were a few 4WD tracks I could not venture into to explore its remoteness which in certain places looks like a lunar landscape. The visitor centre was an old sheep shearing shed which still had some of the old gear in it. The Walls of China and their changing colours at sunset gave some great photographs.

Also I can't remember where at this moment, but along the intand road back to Sydney from Adelaide is this AMAZING public play park with giant slides and other fun peices of equipment which just has to be seen to be believed. I'll try to find out where it is and if it is still around.

EDIT: Seems it was Monash Park @ Monash on the Sturt Highway. Dismantled in about 1996 and a new park has been erected with "safer" equipment. emoticon
The existing equipment was relocated to Green Valley Farm at Tingha.

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Brett

Depends how much time you have. I went from Sydney to Melbourne and then did what you have described. Warnambool has a thing similar to "Old Sydney Town" but much better (or it was then) and you should set aside a few hours for the kids there. On my trip I also spent a week on Kangaroo Island which is excellent and well worth the effort (you would want 3 days minimum - Remarkable rocks, kangaroos that will eat off your table, penguins, seals, etc.). Don't forget to wash the car when you get back because you get a lot of spray on the ferry going over.

I also went north of Adelaide to the Flinders ranges before going to Broken Hill. The north part where Wilpina Pound is, is good and further north of there, there is a section which looks almost moonscape in the rocks and the colour of the dirt. I did it at easter and the flies were hideous, but hopefully its only that bad at that time of year. I did this all in 1993 in a Kingswood, so cannot comment on the 4WD tracks. I don't remember any camping grounds in this bit - we just set up tents near the road wherever we wanted.

Mungo NP is also good value for a couple of days if you want to head south after Broken Hill. But north of Broken Hill you want to spend a day going to Silverton and back. If you are running out of time I would go here and leave Mungo for another time. The town is famous (for XXXX ads, Mad Max, etc) and is well worth a look (even has a couple of art galleries).

I could post some photos if you like but I expect Google Maps to have all the photos you need to get an idea.

Alex

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on the way Little Desert National Park is worth a look. Lots of scrub, sand, wildlife, old riverbeds etc... plenty of info on it on the net.... if you go thru mt.gambier its on the way to adelaide. Patrick
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Date Registered: 08-2008
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Here is the 4WD/beach track from Nora Creina to Robe that was done by Wattle Rangers 4WD Club Inc. (Beachport).

http://www.westprint.com.au/freemaps/Little%20Dip%20Map.pdf

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quote:

johnsey wrote:
Depending on your chosen route back to NSW, Mungo National park about 100km from Mildura is well worth a look from what i have read about it. If anything else comes to mind i will mention it.



I'll second that, Lake Mungo is a very interesting place to visit if you're in the area.

Coming back down from Mildura you could Hattah Kulkyne, Little Desert and Murray Sunset parks.

Edit: Mount Arapiles is always good for a stop too.

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