Australia: Road tripping from Melbourne to Sydney
Australia has been the hardest to adjust to in terms of the jet lag and time change. We had less than 48 hours in
Melbourne before we started our road trip to Sydney. Since we usually have to check out by 10AM, we haven’t had a chance to catch up on sleep. Between that, the cloudy/rainy weather, the drive, and my eldest staying up late at night, it seems like we’re in a constant state of tiredness.
Although we haven’t done a lot of activities, we’ve still achieved two of our goals for Australia, which was to see the wildlife and get a sense of the country.
Driving between Melbourne and Sydney, you definitely understand the size and scale of the country. It’s dotted with a lot of small coastal towns between the urban centers. We could just as easily be driving in Ontario, Canada, between the farms, lakes and national parks, but with different wildlife.
Australian People and Wildlife
Island didn’t come as close as I
thought they would, but it was still amazing to see them come to shore. We also saw wallabies and a variety of colorful birds. My favorite moment was seeing a Joey go head first into his mother’s pouch and seeing how the kangaroos get through the barbed wire fences.
In terms of the people, we’ve had some amazing AirBNB hosts. They have left us fresh eggs, homemade cookies and Tim Tams, among other things. The people working at motels/Caravan resorts in Australia have also been friendly and helpful.
Life on the Road
It’s challenging to stay in a different place everyday, especially if you have to do laundry or get groceries. To the girls, it’s like having Christmas all the time…they’re so excited to see what their next bedroom will look like!
We have one more farm stay before we get to Sydney. We’re looking forward to being in the city again and doing more activities.
Tips for traveling in Australia
Here are some things we learned on our road trip:
1) Don’t try to eat out in a small town on a Tuesday, particularly if that Tuesday is the day of the Melbourne Cup. Almost nothing will be open!
2) You don’t need to tip in Australia because the waiters make a living wage (A$25/hr at a motel restaurant). This is why everything is so expensive in Australia.