what's must see along east coast Australia

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I'm planning a trip for 8 weeks from melb up the east coast of australia and wanting to know what peoples must see or do from their experiences.
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Reply By: rumpig - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 08:55

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 08:55
maybe you should add ...
what your driving (car, fourby, towing or not)
do you want to go offroad
how far North you intend to travel, it does go all the way to Cape York after all
do you want bush walking or beach for fishing etc.

give that info and i'm sure people can be of alot more help to you.

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Reply By: Roughasguts - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 09:15

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 09:15
Geez I would say everything except Sydney and Canberra may as well avoid those places.

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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 11:12

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 11:12
Hi Troy,

My list of places to see are as follows;
Lakes Entrance, Mallacoota and the WW2 museum there,,
Whaling Museum at Eden (must see), Stay at the big 4 Merimbula as it is virtually on the beach.
Tathra maritime museum (never been there), Tilba Tilba (must see), Navy Aircraft museum at Nowra definitely must see, Berry, a walk through the town, bypass Wollongong and Sydney unless you want to have a look there in which case you could stay at one of the north side caravan parks in Wollongong.
If staying in Sydney then try the Lane Cove National Park van park at Lane Cove. Need to look up the address on the web. Anywhere in Sydney the traffic will ruin your stay.

Newcastle is an interesting place for a look around but there again try the tourist info centre for specific info. Williamstown Air base I think they have an aircraft museum, Tea Gardens just north of Newcastle, Crowdy Head just north of Taree, Diamond Head accessed from Kew, South West Rocks but if you are caravanning stay at Hat Head and travel around to see the local sights and change locations if you wish. Camp ground at Hat Head is the quietest around here and is peaceful.

Make sure you have a copy of Camps Australia if you don’t already have one and refer to it often as you travel. If you use a GPS make sure you have paper maps as a backup which are usually free from local tourist info centres.

Make sure you stop in at New Italy on the Pacific Highway about 10 kilometres short of Woodburn and 20 kilometres after Maclean. They serve a good burger or sit down meal, well at least they did a few years ago. They have a museum there as a tribute to the early Italian migrants to the area and is well worth a look.
After that all I know of is Cardwell (wife maiden name) which is a lovely little town right on the top end of Hinchinbrook Island, Tully where I was amazed at the density of the jungle (tropical rain forest) From Innisfail turn left and go up along the top of the divide through Mila Mila and Milanda. That was an eye opener as well. A warning here is that the road down into cairns was a very winding narrow road back when I went there. Do not know what it is like today. Others here will be able to help with more recent info.

Hopefully others will come in and fill the gaps I have left and with up to date info.

Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: sweetwill - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 16:24

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 16:24
hello troye.
All of the above but do stop in a park or free camp north of Wollongong and do day trips in and around the city and suburbs this place is a real gem and a hive of activity, in saying that it is easy to get around as well, cheers for now bill.
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 12:45

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 12:45
From day one follow Hwy 1 ....chat to other travellers you meet and stop at whatever takes your fancy.

You will soon fill in 8 weeks. No other plans needed.
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Follow Up By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 14:15

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 14:15
Elliot Heads, near Bundaberg. Kuramine Beach, Qld.Gold Coast hinterland - Mt Tambourine etc. If the name takes your fancy stop and look around - never know what you may find - too many places are favourites to list here.
Have fun, and take your time.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 17:56

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 17:56
That's the best advice I think Royce, talk to anybody and everybody you see along the way and you will find out about things you didn't find in the tourist info centres.

I always find the best thing about traveling is the people you meet. It is what I look forward to when heading out. Comparing stories, borrowing ideas and tips, finding the best and or the cheapest accommodation and things to see and do.

Cheers, bruce.
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Reply By: deserter - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 15:41

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 15:41
Spend a day or so in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Montville and Maleny. Kenilworth.
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Reply By: troy e - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 23:32

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 23:32
Hi guy's thanks for replies.

Should of said will be towing off road camper with 4x4 and looking for those places that are a little harder to find.

I need to get to the gold coast within the first week as need to be at a conference which goes for a week. All up I will have 6 weeks from gold coast to go up as far as cape york but need to get back to melb within 6 weeks.

Was planning to take it as it comes and have no definate plans.

Im going with wife and 2 kids, one 2 year old and one 4 months so will be a bit of a challenge, will have to keep driving days to smaller durations otherwise will end up pulling out what little hair I have left.

So far beach camping on rainbow beach and fraser island are must do's but what else do people think?

The wife won't want to be camping the whole time so will have to break it up with caravan parks along the way.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 08:02

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 08:02
Too little time to see much before you need to get to the Gold Coast.
Why not head up the Newell, across to Tamworth & Armidale and hit the coast near Grafton, then see the places up the coast from there to the Gold Coast
You avoid the coastal traffic, you can see the places closer to Melb more easily anyway or on the way back.
After 2 long initial days on the second night 2 you will be at Grafton/ Yamba/ Illuka, then you take it in much smaller steps.
Spend a night at Broken Head caravan Park, only 10km south of Byron Bay and more beautiful location than the spots in Byron itself.

With 5 weeks of available time and small children, realistically I reckon the Whitsundays/ Mackay region is as far north as you should condider if you and your family want to enjoy themselves. You may not even get as far as Rocky.
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Reply By: troy e - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 16:20

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 16:20
Thanks Mark,
We might do a long first night drive so the kids can stay asleep and get 10 hrs up the road then take it easy to the gold coast for the rest of the first week.

Don't have any particular places I think I really feel I have to see so was going to just going to drive and stop anywhere, take it as it comes, but after anyone else's ideas on what they think is a must see?
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