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The Epic Australian Road Trip

Here’s a comparison of the planned itinerary for our Australian roadtrip from Sydney to Perth (with sidetrips up to Cairns and Alice Springs/Uluru!) against what the actually itinerary ended up being, along with links to the related posts.

Date Planned Actual
September
27 Drive from Sydney to Jervis Bay Sydney to Jervis Bay, Pebbly Beach, Batemans Bay
28 Jervis Bay/Pebbly Beach/Lakes Entrance? To Lakes Entrance
29 Another day along the coast and/or Drive to Melbourne To Melbourne
30 Melbourne Melbourne
October
1 Melbourne Melbourne
2 Melbourne Melbourne (night to airport)
3 Fly to Alice Springs Flew to Alice Springs (6:50am)
4 Camping tour to Uluru/Kings Canyon/Kata Tjuta The Rock Tour
5 Camping tour to Uluru/Kings Canyon/Kata Tjuta The Rock Tour
6 Camping tour, return to Alice Springs in evening The Rock Tour, back to A.S. in evening
7 Fly back to Melbourne Flew to Melbourne (8:40am)
8 Melbourne Melbourne
9 Melbourne/Fly to Cairns Melbourne (9:20pm flight to Cairns)
10 Cairns Cairns
11 Cairns/Great Barrier Reef or up to Cape Tribulation Cape Tribulation
12 Cape Tribulation? Cape Tribulation (Cairns in evening)
13 Cairns/Great Barrier Reef or Cape Tribulation Great Barrier Reef
14 Cairns Cairns, midnight flight to Melbourne
15 Fly back to Melbourne Melbourne
16 Rent caravan, start drive on Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay Picked up van, Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell
17 Great Ocean Road Finished GOR, drove to Grampians
18 GOR -> Halls Gap/Grampians National Park Grampians National Park
19 Grampians NP, drive to Coonawarra for the night Grampians, The Coorong, to Merinigie
20 Drive to Cape Jervis Drove/ferry to Kangaroo Island
21 Ferry to Kangaroo Island Kangaroo Island
22 Kangaroo Island Kangaroo Island
23 Kangaroo Island Kangaroo Island
24 Kangaroo Island, ferry back, drive to McLaren Vale Kangaroo Island, ferry back, drove to McLaren Vale
25 McLaren Vale McLaren Vale
26 Adelaide Drove to Adelaide
27 Adelaide Morning in Adelaide, then to Port Augusta
28 Nullarbor Drove to Ceduna (Nullarbor)
29 Nullarbor Drove to Eucla (Nullarbor)
30 Nullarbor To Fraser Range Station (Nullarbor)
31 Nullarbor To Esperance
November
1 Esperance/Cape Le Grand/Cape Arid/Hellfire Bay/etc. Cape Le Grand National Park
2 Esperance/Cape Le Grand/Cape Arid/Hellfire Bay/etc. To Albany
3 Esperance/Cape Le Grand/Cape Arid/Hellfire Bay/etc. To Denmark
4 Fitzgerald River National Park Tree Top Walk/Walpole/Quinninup
5 Stirling Range/Porongurup National Parks Pemberton
6 Albany Augusta/Margaret River
7 Walpole/Valley of the Giants Busselton
8 D’Entrecasteaux National Park or Pemberton Bunbury
9 Augusta/Cape Leeuwin To Lancelin
10 Margaret River The Pinnacles/Cervantes, back toward Perth
11 Margaret River Midland/Swan Valley
12 Dunsborough/Cape Naturaliste Fremantle/night in Kingsley
13 to Perth Perth
14 Perth
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