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Nervous American driving in AU

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Hello. Hubby and I are planning a long dreamed of trip to AU this October for 3 weeks. We will fly in to Sydney and spend 5-7 days. We then want to head north to GBR, and then eventually end up in Melbourne. Trying to limit the number of internal flights to 2, if possible. We are both big fans of the extended road trip and have done this in many places around the world. However, we are both apprehensive about driving on the other side of the road. The road trip from Sydney to Brisbane sounds VERY enticing with the ability to take it slow and visit beach towns like Byron Bay. We are well aware of the distance and would probably overnight in 2 places. When I read about driving on the left and try to visualize doing it, it starts to boggle my mind. I do a lot of driving in the US and I'm afraid my brain is hardwired at this point for driving on the right. I've read about the roundabouts, animals in the road, drifting to the wrong side of the road etc., horrible tourist accidents etc. Looking for comments from US travelers who were hesitant but opted for driving in AU. Any personal experiences or tips are much appreciated. Don't want to make a big mistake planning for a long road trip that may end up making us miserable, or worse.

If we do the drive Sydney to Brisbane, we will probably spend a few days in Brisbane then fly to Hamilton Island to do some sailing in the Whitsundays and access the GBR from there. After that, fly to Melborne and spend the last week in that area. Thinking again about driving GOR or maybe visiting Adelaide and KI. We love cities, but also love beautiful beaches, natural vistas and definitely would love to see as much wildlife in natural habitat as possible, which is why KI seems alluring. We tend to be slow travelers that like to spend some time in different areas and factor in time for rest and relaxation. Any and all comments appreciated. Thank you.

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