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Hi everyone,
I'm looking at travelling from Melbourne to Perth. Understand the coastline is great.

found this trawling the web.

Looks interesting. checked the prices looks Ok as well. has anyone tripped across the bottom end of Aus. any suggestions. What do you think?

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    Melbourne to Perth will take you at least a week or you could stretch it out to weeks. It takes 3 days to cross the Nullarbor alone. The Great Ocean Road is better than America's Big Sur because you are driving right next to the sea and there is no fog to contend with. The Nullarbor is between Adelaide and Norseman - it means treeless plains and they aren't kidding - there is nothing out there. There are a few road houses along the way so you can get some meals. No where to buy food though, so go prepared. Be careful about taking certain foods across the border at Ceduna, check out the quarantine rules on the web. South West WA (Western Australia) is beautiful - lots to see, then make your way up through Margaret River to Perth. It's a great trip and something unique to Australia. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Jane via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Take lots of water and a spare tyre! It's like what I imagine driving across Mars must feel like. over 7 years ago

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    Have a good car and plenty of water over 7 years ago

    Answered by Mathew F via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app
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    It's a bucket list drive. But be well prepared. The outback must be treated with respect or it can bite you. Make sure your car is in good repair. Check how much water and fuel you need to take and take it. I would consider a satellite phone. Let people know where you are going, where you expect to be and when you expect to arrive. Lonely Planet books are generally a good resource. Check in with the local police before you go onto the Nullabor, check with them that you are well-prepared. over 7 years ago

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    As an Australian, I have done this trip several times. I am from Perth and visited the eastern states via car and also 4wd. There is an unlimited number of ways that you can do this trip... But most important is the form of transport! Several days sitting in a vehicle means that it must be comfortable, air-conditioned and most importantly, very reliable. In my opinion, the great ocean road from from Melbourne to Adelaide should be taken slowly 4-8 days. Then I would pick up the pace and leave some hours each day for enjoying the sights along the coast between Adelaide and western Australia approximately 3-4 days. Note that you can also choose to visit Port Lincoln... When you get into Western Australia it is a long not so interesting drive to Norseman. Once in Norseman you can choose to go north or south. North will take you through Kargoorlie, which is a less interesting, but a quicker way to Perth. I would recommend going south and exploring the south west region. If you go south, then you can shoot down to Esperance and from there follow a truly spectacular coastline approximately 1000km's all the way to Perth. I would not miss this part of OZ! The best advice I can give is to buy the lonely planet guide book... It will save you money and give you the low down on everything... a wise investment... wish it was me making this trip... over 7 years ago

    Answered by Dean Pattinson via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Along the nullabor, don't drive after dusk, because there is a good chance of hitting a kangaroo (bad for the roo and bad for your car). Most sightseeing points are around the WA coast south of Perth. Views are good with the road running close to the water (cliff drop off) for a good distance. Take enough water, petrol and food. over 7 years ago

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    Having driven around Australia for 18mths, DO NOT DRIVE ANY REMOTE OR COUNTRY roads around Dawn or Dusk. Kangaroos, Dingoes can just shoot across the road at anytime, if they do the rule is, if any vehicle coming the opposite directions, DO NOT SWERVE! Yes, I know that sounds awful, but, better than killing yourself or another person! over 7 years ago

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