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Old 01-24-2010, 02:36 PM
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Hi guys, originally hale from Qld, mostly Brisy and will be home for a few weeks in March. Hoping to get some idea of what Oz is like these days and what's good to check out. Ain't been home in 15 years so I expect I'll see some changes! Prices there seem to be through the roof, especially property...what happened to the good 'ol life in Oz?

Anyway thinking to travel from Brisy to Melbourne by camper with the family in tow...good idea? Exploring possible places to life which is the reason from coming home...just costs scare me somewhat!


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Hi guys, originally hale from Qld, mostly Brisy and will be home for a few weeks in March. Hoping to get some idea of what Oz is like these days and what's good to check out. Ain't been home in 15 years so I expect I'll see some changes! Prices there seem to be through the roof, especially property...what happened to the good 'ol life in Oz?

Anyway thinking to travel from Brisy to Melbourne by camper with the family in tow...good idea? Exploring possible places to life which is the reason from coming home...just costs scare me somewhat!
Hi gismo and welcome to the forum.

It's all that population expansion and the capital city sprawls just sprawling further and further out causing more and more traffic/pollution headaches and Krudd is talking about population going to 35M over next several decades whilst no one is doing anything about decentralisation, water gets scarcer and so they reckon desalination is the answer with huge electricity demands - all bloody terrific!
And it all adds to spiralling real estate.

I'd be taking his $45B for ultra expensive fibre optic broadband no one will want to buy in to, chopping it off and having a water project akin to the Snowy to harness the Gulf tropical rain waters, heading them off to the south.

Meanwhile, you missed out on Pumkin Pete as Premier and we've got his side kick Anna Bligh currently selling off state assetts because the state is nearly as broke as NSW.

If you've never seen much of the southern states, south coast of NSW is place to be if you have work that can allow it, places like Batemans Bay and Merimbula being largeish centres.
As soon as you get closer to the capital cities, that's when the prices can soar though if you're prepared to live out aways they can be more reasonable [ just have a good look re not being flood or bushfire prone] as we'll likely see more of both as that NH Ice Age gets closer.

Be a huge difference you'll notice in Pacific Motorway/Highway, four lanes in places nearly as far as Nerang and then a bypass of Coolangatta Airport and those ranges just south of Murwillumbah, so it's not much more than 1.5 hours Brisbane to Byron Bay and that alone has pushed prices up in that region and they're gradually upgrading the rest of the Pacific, Taree to Sydney just about all dual carriageway if not already finished.

Sydney to Melbourne on the Hume is just about all dual now too, but south coast and a detour up through the alps is a much more interesting trip.
Have a look at http://www.standbyrelocs.com/ and if you have some flexibility re doing Brisbane to Sydney, a few days there if necessary and then Sydney to Melbourne you might be able to pick up a cheap campervan trip, plenty of free stopover places still about and even a book called Free and Budget Top Camp Sites, Best Camping Grounds and Caravan Tourist Holiday Parks Australia - good value.

The relocations allow only two nights/three days between B - S - M but if earliest PU and latest Del. dates allow you can usually book up to about three additional days at a discounted price and so you could pay just ~$250 for five nights and if there is a fuel allowance, that's cheap touring.

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Cheers Wanderer,

Thanks for the info. I checked in on that camper site last night as I read it had been recommended in the past. I'm going to run with your suggestions...I now wish I had more than 2 weeks in OZ but still 2 weeks will be better than one!

One concern is travelling with two girls aged 13 & 8, they be too bored sitting in the camper on the road for long periods...they complain when travel is over an hour! My spouse isn't a good traveller either :-(


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Sounds like a great adventure! Be sure to stop by Port Stephens and Newcastle as the region has a lot to offer in addition to the laid back lifestyle and property prices nearly half that of Sydney.


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Cheers Wanderer,

Thanks for the info. I checked in on that camper site last night as I read it had been recommended in the past. I'm going to run with your suggestions...I now wish I had more than 2 weeks in OZ but still 2 weeks will be better than one!

One concern is travelling with two girls aged 13 & 8, they be too bored sitting in the camper on the road for long periods...they complain when travel is over an hour! My spouse isn't a good traveller either :-(
Maybe you need to start explaining how big a country Australia is and plan on breaking the driving up as much as possible at the same time.
They're already no doubt computer savvy so if they'll be interested in a bit of planning on where they're going to be heading.
Get them on to google earth and plenty of travel planner sites about - Travelmate - Australia Accommodation and Hotels, Tours, Car Hire, Maps, Australian Travel Guide being one and then they can also google up the towns a long the way so they might find a few places that interest them for breakfasts/M&ATs/lunches/dinners by a beach, lake or wherever.

Port Stephens [and also north side Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest ] is a great area though nearly 30 years since I've dropped in that side so probably bloomed somewhat, and Central Coast side of Newcastle is OK thouh also more and more built up.
My favourite area is actually the south coast, down past Nowra but also take a drive into the Royal National Park from Heathcote on Sydney's southern outskirts and the road is kind of hung out over the ocean in parts - keep the Kids interested.

Be it North or South [far less populated] some great towns with cheaper residential options if you can set yourself up for work away from the big smoke.

You'll find between Brisbane and Sydney the Pacific Hwy/Motorway is quite a distance of the coast as it always has mostly been and a bit of a drive off to reach the coast in places, Brunswick Heads, Ballina and Coffs Harbour only places on the highway and the ocean whereas south of Sydney you have quite a few smaller towns, most on an inlet of sorts and some with a lake as well, so in many ways much more picturesque.





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