Post # 16
The flight from Europe to Australia is exhausting! I’ve stopped in Singapore for two days once, but I just kept thinking about how I had to get on a flight in a few days! So personally, I prefer to just get it all over with.
If you don’t mind driving, I’d consider doing the drive from Adelaide to Melbourne over 3 or 4 days via the Great Ocean Road. It’s one of the most beautiful road trips I’ve ever done, with so many amazing places to stop.
As someone else mentioned, Perth is amazing too and would actually be a bit closer coming from Europe. Margaret River, Mandurah, etc – it’s just gorgeous with beautiful vineyards and friendly people.
Whatever you pick, I don’t think you’ll go wrong!
Post # 17
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
I’ve done the Australia-England (and back) trip four times. All in one go really isn’t that bad – flying through Bangkok/Singapore/Hong Kong breaks it up fairly evenly, or through Dubai is a little less even – Sydney-Dubai is a longer leg than Dubai-London. Personally, I’d rather just smash out the 24 hours travel in one go, but it is a personal thing.
Post # 18
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
I flew from London to Melbourne a few years ago to visit friends out there. I was the same as you and had only done around a 10 hour flight previously, and my flight to melbourne was about 9 hours to Doha, 6 hours waiting in the airport and then another 12 or so hours to Melbourne. To be honest I was so excited to actually be going the flights didnt really matter and I maaged to get some sleep, watch films, read a book etc so it was ok. My friend and I spent 2 nights in Sydney and that was probably enough to visit the major parts like the Opera House, Bondi beach and a few other things. Mabe stay 3 nights if you want to travel out to see more places like some of the Aussie bee’s have suggested. There are some cool museums to vsit in Melbourne and I can definitely recomend the Great Ocean Road, it was stunning!
Post # 19
Also, should probably have mentioned our travel style; OH likes more relaxation with a bit of sightseeing; I’m quite into city breaks. Neither of us are into museums; we like art and architecture, but in small doses. We love drinking and eating and a perfect day on holiday is usually a couple of hours sightseeing/walking in the morning, then a long, late lunch, ideally outside (weather depending) where we can people watch. Our last few trips have been Italy (Rome and Florence with a day in Pisa/Lucca), Latvia (Riga), Holland (Amsterdam), Portugal (Porto/Lisbon/Estoril/Sintra), and we have a Vienna/Bratislava twin-centre in the works. For a big city we like at least 3-4 nights usually to get a balance 🙂
Post # 20
thank you 🙂 The wedding is Saturday 23rd September, so likely looking at travelling out on the 13th/14th/15th, leaving to return on the 30th. Not sure what weather will be like, so that’s another thing! I believe it’s spring at that time?
Post # 21
If you’re more into city breaks then Sydney and Melbourne are definately more suited for you. Lots of places to eat, walk and people watch. I have a lot of creative friends and they always say that the downside of Australia is that our art and architecture scene is very small, not as creative or feels ‘behind’. However, i always say its because we’re a young country; Europe has had centuries to develop their creative/cultural scene. If you keep your expectations for art/cultural scene lower (than you would in London), you’ll definately appreciate more what Oz has to offer
Post # 22
Absolutely recommend driving from Adelaide to Melbourne if you’ve got time, are not stressed about driving in a foreign country, and can handle a winding road. The Great Ocean Road is beautiful and you could stay a night in Apollo Bay or Lorne.
There is not much to do in Adelaide and you won’t need long there. Melbourne would be perfect for you because there’s a real cafe culture and heaps of sightseeing. It will be Aussie Rules footy finals time when you’re there, too – I would absolutely recommend a trip to the MCG to see a match if you and your husband are even remotely into sport (and if you see a North Melbourne game I can get you free tickets :P).
Post # 23
Thanks again everyone! I’ll look into the Ocean Road trip as it sounds like the consensus is this is worth doing; this will largely depend on time though. If we can take an extended trip it will be doable, otherwise I think it will be too much. We’ll be hiring a car (no way would I expect my friend to make the 3+ hour round trip, and I suspect taxis will be very expensive) so that side of things is fine. Will also talk to my parents; I know they want to do Uluru, so that may also affect things.
Post # 24
Uluru is amazing! I would recommend Uluru over Sydney and Melbourne. If you go to Uluru, then you should also go to Darwin or do an Adelaide to Darwin roadtrip (I love Darwin), but i guess that would completely change all your plans.