Epic Month Australia Trip 28th March - 30th April: Adelaide, Melbourne, Brand New Campervan to Darwin, Sydney & Jervis Bay £1015.85pp Inc internal flights, hotels & car hire @ Venere.com
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Epic Month Australia Trip 28th March - 30th April: Adelaide, Melbourne, Brand New Campervan to Darwin, Sydney & Jervis Bay £1015.85pp Inc internal flights, hotels & car hire @ Venere.com

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Found 11th Feb 2016
There are some really cheap flights to Adelaide at the moment from the UK and I've combined it with a great one way rental deal to allow you an amazing opportunity to really get out and about and explore Australia. I know people will have different opinions on what to see and do, some people will say do the reef over the North some prefer coastal and so on bur you can adjust parts of this trip I'm just giving you some ideas.

You'll leave London on 28th March and arrive into Adelaide on 30th March. You'll be tired and I've allowed 4 nights in Adelaide which should be enough to recover from jetlag and at least give you time to find your feet and explore this city. You'll stay in the Metropolitan hotel in Adelaide which has good reviews and is ideally located.

On 3rd April you'll fly to Melbourne where you will spend 4 nights in the city. This may seem a little weird as you may end up backtracking but it's worth it as you are saving a fair bit of money this way! You really don't need any transport at this point as Melbourne is such as easy city to get around. You'll be based at the centrally located Tune Hotel and again this has fantastic rates.

On 7th April you'll collect your hire vehicle. This is totally brilliant, a brand new 4x4 Safari Landcruiser 5 berth van!! It's brand new from the factory and needs to be delivered to Darwin by 20th April so as long as it's there by then you can literally do whatever route you want and the 4X4 will be pretty epic in the North. You may pass back through Adelaide but not stop given you've already stayed there, but of course you'll have ample time to do the Great Ocean Road too. Sights to stop off include Uluru, Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, hot springs and Katherine but just soak up the atmosphere on this epic drive, it's a bargain at under £70 for a brand new vehicle! There are some good rental options for $10 AUD a day departing from Melbourne one way to Darwin, Alice or Perth if you can find availability but with this being such a good deal I'd go all the way to Darwin!

Once in Darwin on 20th April after dropping off the hire vehicle you will spend 2 nights in Darwin at the Skycity hotel. I think it's a great city and the WW2 tunnels, the Darwin Defence Museum and the spooky prison are great city attractions.

On 22nd I have you flying to Sydney, however depending on your interests you could fly to Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation instead of Sydney (flights are a similar price).
The Sydney option sees you stay in Sydney for 5 nights at the highly rated Glasgow Arms. This is a nice number of nights to explore central Sydney, head out to Manley and catch the train to the Blue Mountains for the day.

On 27th April you collect a car from Sydney centre and (this is a personal favorite of mine) and drive to Jervis Bay (you pass through some lovely places such as Ulladullah with yummy fish and chips). You'll stay in Jervis Bay for 3 nights at Huskisson Motor Inn. Forget Bondi Beach or the Gold Coast. Hyams Beach and the surrounding beaches in Jervis Bay are quite possibly the best beaches I've ever been too in my life. Hyams Beach has the whitest sand in the world according to the Guinness World Records and I can believe it, with squeaky sand! It rivals any I've seen in the Caribbean. It's a perfect end to your trip and on 30th April you'll drive the car back to the airport for your long journey home.

Some pictures of Hyams Beach are here
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As I mentioned you could head to Cairns instead of Sydney or even try and fit both in. This is just an example of a great deal that may suit the more adventurous travellers.

Breakdown

London to Adelaide flights for 2 £798.10
@ Travel Trolley

4 nights in Adelaide £140.44 @ venere.com use code AFFQ1F157

Adelaide to Melbourne flights for 2 £73.35 @ Expedia.com

4 nights in Melbourne £152.17 @ venere.com use code AFFQ1F157

14 days Campervan rental in brand new Safari 4X4 $140AUD/£68.71 @ Britz.com

2 nights in Darwin £78.26 @ venere.com use code
AFFQ1F157

Flights from Darwin to Sydney £179.82 @ Tripsta.co.uk

5 nights in Sydney £261.21 @ venere.com

Hire Car 27-30 April £58.83 @ Easycar.com

3 nights in Jervis Bay £147.44 @ venere.com use code AFFQ1F157

Sydney to Adelaide flights £73.35 @ Expedia.com

Total pp £1015.85
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Sitting here dreaming..... Wow. Sounds amazing. Wish I could get the time off.
HOT! Amazing effort. Thank you Rachelandgromit.
I've flown air Brunei to Australia, it was really good if anyone has concerns. I was worried about being in the plane for so long but it says actualy quite comfortable.
excellent work. hot hot hot.
It was always Byron Bay for me! This is some deal. Hot hot hot!
If I could vote hot twice, I would.
Awsome would love this.....
Great post
Good price. Heat.

Lot of driving to get from Melbourne to Darwin! And if you go the Alice Springs route, make sure you plan it properly. Theres an awful lot of nothing between places there. You can get in trouble if you don't stock and plan right. I've flown over a lot of it when I lived there, never did that sort of distance as a road trip though.

Almost 4000km if anyone is wondering. Will vary depending on route of course ....

Considered a similar style trip doing Canada east to west but decided it was just too much time behind the wheel.
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RoscoP_co

Sitting here dreaming..... Wow. Sounds amazing. Wish I could get the time … Sitting here dreaming..... Wow. Sounds amazing. Wish I could get the time off.



Aye same here, even if I could get the days off I don't get 25+ days a year I could actually take! *goes back to dreaming*
InsaneNutter

Aye same here, even if I could get the days off I don't get 25+ days a … Aye same here, even if I could get the days off I don't get 25+ days a year I could actually take! *goes back to dreaming*



Split it over two holiday years. Two weeks from one, two weeks from the other. So you don't use a HUGE chunk of one years allowance. I've done long holidays like this before.
Mega deal.
I'm going to oz, end of February.
Any excess insurance deals,
shug119

Mega deal.I'm going to oz, end of February.Any excess insurance deals,



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wish I could go on this epic journey, just because the timing is not the best for me, HEAT
If driving north from Adelaide to Darwin I'd personally try to fit in a night's stay in Coober Pedy and visit the opal mines, stay over night in an old mine, drinking in an underground bar. Done it years ago and was a good night.

As always, the joys of a self drive hol is if you like it stay longer, if not move on. Just give yourself a couple of days grace and it'd be the trip of a lifetime.
rachelandgromit

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Cheers looks good.
This sounds great!
looks great but the flights will be tough especially for ne as we have a 10month old. I would want a 2 to 4 nights stopover in dubai and similar in Brunei of I am taking these flights. Also the enforced Adelaide to Melbourne flights would annoy me.
i wish.....
great research!
onlineo

looks great but the flights will be tough especially for ne as we have a … looks great but the flights will be tough especially for ne as we have a 10month old. I would want a 2 to 4 nights stopover in dubai and similar in Brunei of I am taking these flights. Also the enforced Adelaide to Melbourne flights would annoy me.



It's not a journey that I think would work with a small baby as this trip is done on a budget with some sacrifices to be made in terms of flight times/durations whixh is reflected in the price. You may be better paying around £300 more pp to get flights with Etihad or Qatar where you have stop overs. The price may go up but it may make for an easier journey.
rachelandgromit

It's not a journey that I think would work with a small baby as this trip … It's not a journey that I think would work with a small baby as this trip is done on a budget with some sacrifices to be made in terms of flight times/durations whixh is reflected in the price. You may be better paying around £300 more pp to get flights with Etihad or Qatar where you have stop overs. The price may go up but it may make for an easier journey.



I worked with a bunch of Kiwi's a few years back. One of them actually went home to New Zealand .... for a weekend!!! oO

(It was for a funeral so she kind of felt she had to - sore one on the flights and jetlag though!)
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Great effort! Thanks for showing the opportunity for such a great trip. Call you back once save some money for that. ;-)
For the Hire car looks like it is £3927.14 deposit so you will have to have that available in clear funds or on a credit card which the hire firm will place a hold on, it can then take a couple of weeks to release that. Almost all hire cars have something like this so isn't a shock just best people are aware especially when it is this high. Unless I'm wrong I think this is how most of them work now. Always get the excess waiver.
The total of the breakdown is £2031.68 ???
magpie36

The total of the breakdown is £2031.68 ???



That's for 2 people (_;)
Excellent work and kudos for the effort.

For anyone that's not been before, do your homework on the cost of living in Australia. It is desperately expensive and yes it can be done to a degree on a budget, but by not planning in advance it will completely negate the saving you've made on the trip.
daanuk

Excellent work and kudos for the effort. For anyone that's not been … Excellent work and kudos for the effort. For anyone that's not been before, do your homework on the cost of living in Australia. It is desperately expensive and yes it can be done to a degree on a budget, but by not planning in advance it will completely negate the saving you've made on the trip.



Shop at markets or Cole's / Woolworth.


rachelandgromit

That's for 2 people (_;)


Oh yeah i see it now, thought it was a bit much for one person even at £1k
magpie36

Oh yeah i see it now, thought it was a bit much for one person even at £1k



Expensive at £1k per person? For just over a month including hotels, flights, campervan rental..... Really?
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What's the weather like there in April?
StillTheFlyest

What's the weather like there in April?



It will vary greatly across Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney bur certainly warmer than the UK!
If I could get the time off or I was between jobs with a month or 2 apart I'd be all over this.
StillTheFlyest

What's the weather like there in April?



Darwin will be hottest, around 28, and then maybe 21 for Sydney and 18 for Melbourne. There's a good chance of rain so take a waterproof.
rachelandgromit

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Do you know if Safari Landcruiser is classified as a motorhome for the insurance purpose?
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