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Ok so as mentioned in an earlier post, my family and I will be in Australia for 3 weeks in Jan and now I am trying to hone in on some of the details. First on the agenda... do we drive from Melbourne to Sydney or fly? In our initial itinerary, we have given ourselves 3 days to get from Sydney to Melbourne, then spend 4 days in Melbourne (including the great ocean road if we can squeeze it in)

1) one option is to drive the inland route, go through
• Canberra
• Tidbinbilla Natural Reserve
• Namadgi National park- yankee hat hike
• Beechworth
• Bendigo
• ballarat
2) another option is to stay closer to the coast (take the A1- A440), possible stops including:
- jarvis bay
- montague island
- wilsons promontary- really want to see
- philips island- really want to see
3) I would like to possibly fit the blue mountains into this trip but understand that it would likely be a side trip.
4) fly from Sydney to Melbourne

Which itinerary looks the best/ most feasible? I know that I will also have to start booking hotels soon (Sydney is covered, all the rest need to be booked). Any help would be appreciated.

Vanessa

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