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Need some input on my itinerary

G'day to all

I'm planning a trip to Adelaide March this year, from 6th - 16th Mar. We will be staying in Granada Motor Inn, Portrush Road.

Will be spending the first 5 days in Adelaide before going off to Melbourne for a few days and return to Adelaide for our flight home. As we will be arriving on a red eye flight, will be taking the first day easy.

This is the itinerary I have planned :

Day 1 : 6th Mar (Thurs) – Adelaide City

ETA around 10am. Go to hotel and try to check-in, otherwise just drop our luggage. I assume the most convenient transport will be by taxi. How much will the fare be?

Rest of the day itinerary :

Stop by Visitor Info Centre @ Rundle Mall

Victoria Square, St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Victoria Square Arcade

Central Market, Chinatown, Gouger St & Grote St

Day 2 : 7th Mar (Fri) – Adelaide City

Ayers House Museum

Visit either South Australian Museum or Migration Museum

Parliament House & try to go for the 2pm free tour

St Peter's Cathedral

Colonel Light's vision statue @ Montefiore Hill or Botanical Garden

Day 3 : 8th Mar (Sat) – Clare Valley

Pick up car in town & drive to Clare Valley

Classic Jets Fighter Museum

Visit CWA Market in Auburn if still early

Sevenhill Cellars, Martindale Hall, Inchiquin Lake Reserve (if it's still early)

Day 4 : 9th Mar (Sun) – Adelaide Hills

National Motor Museum, Melba's Chocolate Factory

Hahndorf – Main Street where Adelaide Fringe Fest is taking place, Beerenberg Strawberry Farm, Misty Hollow Fantasy Cave

Mt Lofty Summit – for sunset and view of the city

Day 5 : 10th Mar (Mon) – Glenelg

Glenelg Pier & Beach, explore Jetty Road. Shopping in Harbour Town

Day 6 : 11th Mar (Tues) – Drive to Melbourne via GOR

Start the day early around 6.30am. Stop in Mount Gambier to visit Blue Lake & Umpherston Sinkhole if time permits. Aim to reach Melbourne latest by 7pm.

Any suggestion for a quick stopover for breakfast on the way?

Day 7 : 12th Mar (Wed) to Day 9 : 14th Mar (Fri) – Melbourne

Day 10 : 15th Mar (Sat) : Drive to Adelaide via GOR

Start the day early around 6.30am from Geelong. Sights to see :

• GOR Memorial Arch

• Gibson Steps

• 12 Apostles – a must

• Loch Ard Gorge

• The Arch

• London Bridge

• The Grotto

A few questions :

1. D1 & D2 - from our hotel, am I right to take bus 144 to North Terrace?

2. Does one need to book for the Parliament House tour?

3. Which attraction is better & of interest to a tourist like myself to visit – Captain Light statue @ Montefiore or Botanical Garden?

4. For Mt Lofty, is it better to go during the day or for sunset?

5. For our day in Glenelg, any attractions that we must visit or eateries we should try?

6. For the GOR trip, understand that we will be spending most of our time on the road and not much time for the attractions. Which is why I am very focus on the sights/attractions that I want to see for this trip. Still, will I have enough time to cover those sights for the 2 days?

7. Is the itinerary too hectic or too relaxed? Does the itinerary make sense travelling from one destination to another? Am I missing some must see/do?

Thanks for taking the time to read my long post & thanks in advance for your replies.

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1. Re: Need some input on my itinerary

Am I reading that right, you want to drive via the GOR both ways and do it both times in a single day?

Why not do a one way and fly home from Melbourne? It seems unnecessarily complicated and arduous, I can sense a 'cheaper flights this way' coming but I don't know where to begin with saying why I wouldn't do what you propose.

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2 reasons for this :

1. We booked our return flights to & fro Adelaide taking advantage of AirAsia X launch fares. Then we realized that Australia Grand Prix is happening when we are in Australia, so decided to go Melbourne for that.

2. We are renting a car and the one-way rental fee is too high. Hence return trip makes more financial sense.

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3. Re: Need some input on my itinerary

Have you looked at a map?

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4. Re: Need some input on my itinerary

It would make much more sense to travel via the inland, direct route for one of the trips between Adelaide and Melbourne (about 8-9 hrs drive), and via the GOR on the opposite direction. You should definitely plan to stay at least one night along the GOR, if not a second night at Mt. Gambier.

From the itinerary posted, assuming the Melbourne part is fixed: it looks like you could leave Adelaide a bit earlier and take 2-3 days (1-2 nights) to reach Melbourne, and then your return single-day trip on Day 10 should be on the direct inland route. Obviously that's less time in Adelaide but you could perhaps combine the activities you have listed on Day 2 and Day 5, for example.

Make sure you have your hotel reservations extremely early if you plan to visit Melbourne during the Grand Prix.

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5. Re: Need some input on my itinerary

So did I read that right, you want to drive between Adelaide and Melbourne via the GOR both ways and do it both times in a single day?

It is a shame you do not see past the airfare/rental and to the very important factors you SHOULD be considering for the success of your trip.

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6. Re: Need some input on my itinerary

It's a very busy itinerary!

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7. Re: Need some input on my itinerary

Answering some of your questions.....

1. Parliament House tours- reservation is not required

2. Botanic Garden is a better attraction than Light's Vision statue- you could spend a couple of hours there, and have lunch there

3. I suggest you go to Glenelg on the tram- the highlights there are the beach, the jetty, and the shops. Bracegirdles Chocolate Shop in Jetty Road is a nice place to go for a coffee and a snack or light meal. Also, it's interesting to stroll around the Marina.

I presume you are experienced with driving in Australia.

From my review of your proposed itinerary, it is clear you have undertaken research regarding attractions. I suspect executing it will be a challenge! Good luck!

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8. Re: Need some input on my itinerary

Your 1st 5 days look fine (go with the SA Museum, I wouldn't bother with the Migration Museum).

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9. Re: Need some input on my itinerary

I'd extend the car hire, given that you are staying out in the suburbs, if you'd booked somewhere liket he Royal Coach, for instance, you could simply be walking across the park into the city.

still

That's a LOT of driving... and a very busy itinerary but as you're locked in I don't think there's any point in suggesting alternatives.

I'd also consider the Central Market ... there are short day tours which take in all the good sights.. have you considered looking at the Adelaidesightseeing website to see if you can simply jump on a bus and see more?

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10. Re: Need some input on my itinerary

TW_ Yachtgal's suggestion regarding participating in a sightseeing tour is a good one- it could be a very efficient way of seeing a large number of attractions.