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Melbourne to Alice Springs.?

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Melbourne to Alice Springs.?

Looking at arriving in Melbourne on the 6th of May and departing on the 20th. Thought i might hire a camper and have a good look around. Any suggestions would be appreciated..

Thinking it through would i be better to fly off somewhere and drive back to Melbourne one way? just trying to do the most cost effective way especially when it comes to campers with one way fees.

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1. Re: Melbourne to Alice Springs.?

When it saw the title of this thread Melbourne - Alice springs in a camper!!! OMG are you serious that a one way trip of 2300k and one decent road trip at that. Campers in this country are not a cost effective way of touring, you cant just stop and camp where you please as camping in car parks and on beach reserves are in a lot of cases prohibited - you will need to stay in registered caravan parks.

There are some free camping but these are generally in isolated areas away from populated areas. There are various publications providing information on free camping available from book stores - State automobile clubs and apps such as wikicamps etc.

With only two weeks for the trip depending on your interests you could look at flying between major destinations and hiring a car for local touring, or simply spend the time to hire a car and stay in either motels or caravan park cabins which in many cases are more like resorts.

There are a wide range of destinations you can visit during your trip. To start the ball running with ideas here is a suggestion for you. Melbourne - Great Ocean Road 2 nights - The Grampians 2 nights - Mildura 2 nights - Broken Hill 2 nights - Mildura for a night and then work your way back to Melbourne via the Murray river - Swan Hill - Echuca. A trip of this nature will enable you to visit the ocean - mountains - riverina and the out back around Broken hill and there are many variations to this itinerary that could work for you.

Work out what interests you and post some sort of draft itinerary on the forum and you will get plenty of contructive comment as to what will work and what wont.

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2. Re: Melbourne to Alice Springs.?

Thank you for your feed back.There are some great suggestions there.

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3. Re: Melbourne to Alice Springs.?

We did a loop Geelong - Mildura - Broken Hill - Mildura - Geelong over 5 nights in November and loved it our only regret was 5 nights was all we could spare for the trip.

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4. Re: Melbourne to Alice Springs.?

Thanks for the loop idea. How much is an average cabin a night in Australia?

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5. Re: Melbourne to Alice Springs.?

At Mildura there are a couple of Big4 cabin parks - we stayed at the Big4 Crossroads park which was opposite a major shopping centre and a Top Tourist park at Broken hill. Even the basic cabins were fully equipped with bathroom and toilet and reasonably priced. Local tours could be arranged from the reception.

www.big4.com.au and www.toptouristparks.com.au for more information. Details of the accommodation provided and the cost will be shown in the websites.

Just be aware of the road kill - the wild goats and the emus along the silver city highway Its as close a taste of the outback as you can get without going into Central Australia.

There is a roadhouse about halfway between Wentworth and Broken Hill which doesn't look much but we had one of the best hamburgers with the lot ever in fact it was a monster held together by a skewer.

Our only regret - not enough time - we want to go back there and explore the area a lot more.

Edited: 15 March 2016, 06:41
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