All my life I have fancied visiting Australia and now that I am 70, and unfortunately a widower, I have decided that I had better go soon or I never will.
So I am planning a 3 week trip in November and my ideas so far are as follows.
Day 1 Fly out of Manchester
Day 3 Arrive Sydney-hotel and relax
Day 4 Sydney Harbour, bridge, Manly ferry. Shelley beach
Day 5 Bondi and Coogee
Day 6 Drive to Huskisson/Nowra
Days 7+8 Merimbula/Eden--2 nights
Day 9 Lakes Entrance
DayS 10+11+12 Melbourne--3 nights
Day 13 Apollo Bay
Days 14+15 Warrnamboo--2 nights
Day 16 Geelong
Days 17+18 Aldbury--2 nights
Day 19 Young
Days 20+21 Blackheath--2 nights
Days 22+23 Sydney Fly home
I don't want to pre-book stopovers with the exception of Sydney so I can keep my trip flexible staying more or less time depending on how I feel. I would prefer budget motels with somewhere to eat nearby. Having a pool or garden would be nice to relax at the end of the day.
Advice welcome on above itinerary plus:
Is November a good month to go-I can go anytime?
A Hotel in Sydney handy for airport and getting around
Will not pre-booking motels be a problem?
Decent car hire company at Sydney airport.
Any recommended stop-over motels and places to visit.
Days to avoid certain places such as weekends
I appreciate that in 3 weeks you can only see so much and the main places I want to see are Sydney, Melbourne, The Great Ocean Road and the Blue Mountains, but I am open to suggested changes.
Finally I could do this trip flying to Melbourne instead of Sydney if there was any advantage to this.
All advice most welcome with thanks in advance.