Dreaming of an Aussie self-drive love affair?

I remember the first time (in fact the only time) my family and I piled into our trusty Ford Laser to hit the road and experience the Pacific Coast from Sydney to Brisbane. We were all excited about what lay ahead of us. At the time, I was on vacation here for 2 months from New Zealand…so naturally I was excited and up for anything.

Fast forward nearly 30 years later, those distant memories are back and now as a Travel Adviser with years and years of experience…I’m here to guide you on the do’s and don’ts of travelling the almost 1000 or so kilometres (approximately 580 miles) from A to B!

Allow yourself enough time…
Whatever you do, please don’t try to do this in 3-4 days and think that is all you need. Well, it is…if you just want to see the inside of your hotel/motel room and not a lot more. Australia has a massive coastline and you really have to allow yourself time to enjoy it, live it, and breathe it! Just think, the approximate distance from San Diego to San Francisco is about 600miles. The same, more or less is what you would travel from Sydney to Brisbane or vice versa.

Select the right car for your needs…
I don’t know about you, but I can’t live without a sat nav and for me, this is an absolute essential item when hiring a car. Yes, you can use your phone as well, but make sure your phone is on roaming as you will need the internet constantly…which could be costly depending on your provider.

I know how Americans love to travel with 2 suitcases each at a minimum, so bear in mind, if you are doing a road trip, you will either need to pack lighter and bring one, or hire a larger vehicle that will fit all your suitcases. I think our vehicles here are much smaller than what you are used too. I never let my clients hire a vehicle that doesn’t include full car insurance. By this I mean, you will have a zero excess, roadside assistance, collision damage waiver etc. No-one wants surprises at the end of the road trip! Just remember we drive on the left side of the road and our steering wheel is on the right side of the vehicle.

Plan your route…
The beauty of the self-drive vacation is that you’ll be able to go where you want, when you want and without having to worry about rushing to catch a plane or a train. However, you also want to maximise your time by seeing the best attractions and of course, including all the must do’s you’ve heard about or spent hours researching! But seriously, who has time to spend hours online when you can enlist an expert….knock knock (click, click in this case)…meet your Travel Advisor…this is where our expertise and knowledge is essential to your perfect vacation! Between Sydney and Brisbane there are so many amazing places to stay overnight in or at least a couple of nights. I would even suggest tacking on extra days in order to start in the Blue Mountains and heading a bit further north of Brisbane to check out Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

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