Cairns, Port Stephens & Sydney

Sep 2nd, 2002, 12:31 PM
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rene
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Cairns, Port Stephens & Sydney

Traveling to Carins, Port Stephens & Sydney between April 16th to April 30th. Will this be the heart of rainy season?, can I see the Great Barrier Reef in Port Stephens, also, from Sydney, would it be feasiable to spend a few days in Melbourne.

Thanks for the feedback....
 
Sep 2nd, 2002, 01:29 PM
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Port Stephens is about 2,500 Klms from the Barrier Reef so no you will not see anything like the GBR from there. It is only about 150 Klms north of Sydney. Sydney is about 1,000 Klms from Melbourne so depending on how much time you have in Sydney you can get to Melbourne.
It is not the rainy season for the GBR in April and is about the best time of year to be there. However is you have only from 16th - 30th and you should spend at least 5 days in Sydney and about 2 weeks on the GBR ( depending where you are on the GBR as its 2,500 Klms long) you won't have too much time to do much else.
 
Sep 3rd, 2002, 03:09 AM
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Hi Rene,

I am going to take a guess here and say that you meant Port Douglas not Port Stephens and like Liz says it is not the wet season at the time of year you are talking about.

Cheers

Paul
 
Oct 19th, 2002, 03:35 AM
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We are driving from Sydney to B-bane in December - Is Port Stephens and Port Macquarie worth doing? Planning to stop at Port MAq/Coffs/Byron Bay. Any tips? Planning leisurely driving. Esp. heard that holiday season,even the highways are slow. Would love to take some detours inland to see some of the famous outback.
 
Oct 19th, 2002, 10:41 AM
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The detour inland to see the outback is not an easy drive. It's take a couple of days just to get to something resembling the outback, and a couple of thousand miles, over long boring stretches of unmade roads, in the heat and dust. And you'll need a 4 wheel drive car. Outback is probably not a good idea with parents and a 3-y-old. It's a trip in itself, and not on the way to anywhere.

You can travel on the New England Highway, which is inland, and miss some of the coastal traffic. You'll travel through mostly farming lands, and the home of the "wide brown land" of Dorothea Mackellar's famous poem, "My Country". This area is called New Emgland for a good reason - as you get more into the highlands it becomes more "English" looking. (depending on rainfall - we're in drought at present)

It's a pleasant drive; one that I've done a few times.

The coast roads will certainly be much busier, and there's a reason for that, too. There are some great spots.

It's a decision as to what you want to see and do. Port Macquarie is a holiday and retirement town, and there's things for kids.

Coffs? Hmmmmm. A place to stop at, because it's time, not really a destination. There's a couple of resorts that may be kid-friendly.

Byron Bay is interesting and worth a look. Make sure you have confirmed accommodation.

If you just want a bit of a beach holiday on the way, some of the smaller places may be better.
 

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