I previously posted a Brisbane-Melbourne road trip question and the resounding feedback was we were trying to cover too much distance in too little time. Then Qatar Airways cancelled the outbound flight, so listening to the feedback here I now have 21 nights in which to do our road trip, but want 3 nights in each city, so the road trip portion will be 15 nights.
Our original plans had Byron Bay and Hunter Valley as must sees, i have dropped Byron as logistically it would be stupid but am keen to keep Hunter as we have fallen in love with the idea of a hot air balloon and wine trips there. Here is my initial ropey reroute of the itinerary, would be keen for any feedback or suggested improvements.
For context, i am a 33 year old female, travelling with my mum who is a fit and healthy young 61! We want more than anything to have a varied trip, happy to do the touristy thing but also get off the path a bit too... good beaches, time in the cities for shopping and eating, time in the wilderness to see kangaroos/koalas, some good walks/hiking, paddleboarding/swimming, nature, great scenery etc. We don't really plan to do much other shopping outside of in the city stays, would like to vary up the accommodation we stay in for different experiences, and we aren't so into museums or history etc.
Plan for now:
Then head to the blue mountains (still not a clue whether to stay more central or in the sticks) for a night or two.. is it worth detouring via Putty Road here, to avoid coming back along the Sydney side freeway?
The middle is all a bit uncertain now.. i'm open to totally rerouting this part.. is Kangaroo Valley/Fitzroy falls worth a stop off? Potentially Wollongong, Illwarra for the treetop walk, then over to Jervis Bay. Bodalla to see the little stands selling honey, dairy etc en route perhaps to Narooma.
On my last thread someone mentioned the areas around Thredbo/Yackandandah/Bright which look nice and a bit different. So probably include these areas, then heading back to Wilsons Promonatory for a night or two.
Then the tail end of the trip which i think is more agreed: a night glamping in Phillip island to see the penguin parade and then heading across to melbourne for our last 3 nights, flying home on the fourth day.
Any feedback would be much appreicated.. also would it be worth hiring a 4WD for this trip or is it not really needed on this route! (Also for context before anyone mentions other parts of Aus, I am very keen to see Syd/Mel on this trip due to potentially relocating to Aus in the next few years, and my mum has explored lots of Western Australia in my younger days.. not that I remember much)