we're planning a 8/10 weeks trip in Australia renting a campervan and doing the-one million people did it but not me-Sydney to Cairns.
Anyway, we would like to get a bit of outback taste of adventure, but also have a 2700$ insurrance excess in case of accident so something campervan friendly would be nice.
As well, something that doesn't make us go out of our way by 2000km, I know it's australia so any you want to go is about that far away, but if you have any advice would be great!!!!!
I've turned my lonely planet all the way rounds no answer then danny suggested: try to read it instead, so tried that but no luck!
hope you can help....
For a "short" outback adventure without the hassle of desert driving, turn left when you get to Brisbane and head out to Charleville via Towoomba, Dalby and Roma. Then go north via Longreach, Cloncurry and Normanton to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Then East again to the coast via Croydon, Georgetown and Atherton to Cairns. Sealed roads all the way (although some are a bit rough, especially north of Cloncurry) and there is plenty to see and do.
That's great information, gotta get back to the maps now!!!
If you are heading into the central part of Queensland, then a stop at Carnarvon Gorge could well be the highlight of your tour - it has fantastic walks, and getting up early and hiking in the dark to watch the sunrise from the escarpment is wonderful. The last 21km of the road heading into the National Park is unsealed, so check conditions before you head there.
I'd second the recommendation for Carnarvon Gorge. Also worth seeing is the little Blackdown Tablelands National Park nearby. Closer to Cairns are Undara NP (lava tubes), Wallaman Falls (highest single drop waterfall in Australia, about 60kms off Bruce Highway, only about 14kms unsealed (but good!) road, and Paluma. Bear in mind as you go further north that this is the middle of the Wet, and there is a risk of flooding blocking your path even on main roads.
While there are some great spots on the east coast run, there are even more just inland. Try not to miss the Hunter Valley, Waterfall Way or The Granite Belt(Nr Stanthorpe).
On the other hand I'd also want to see Byron Bay, Agnes Waters, Airlie Beach and Mission Beach... trouble with Australia is, there's just too much to see! Sounds like you've got enough time to do a bit of zig-zagging to the coast and back.... Enjoy!
Thank you so much for all this great advice,
I think once we're there we might just have extend our stay......
There are just to many exciting places to visit!!!!!
Why can't we get payed for travelling ?