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We recently traveled to Australia for 4 weeks when our baby daughter was 2 months old. I'm writing a series of posts in the hope that this will help others. The other parts can be found here: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
When planning a trip yourself, it's always hard and time consuming to come up with an itinerary, especially when there are a lot of unknowns. Like "how slow a pace do we need when traveling with a baby" and "where will I be able to get baby supplies" and "if I get tried, will I be able to get the baby to do some of the driving". Unknowns are scary. I found unknowns with a baby terrifying.
Here's where we went:
1) Flew to Sydney, stayed 8 nights to explore and get into the proper time zone
2) Flew to Cairns and stayed 5 nights. It was pretty hot and humid, but it gave us a chance to see the GBR
3) Flew to Melbourne and stayed 5 nights
4) Rented a car and went to Phillip Island for 2 nights
5) Drove past Melbourne and to the Great Ocean Road, staying in Torquay, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool, and then Apollo Bay again and finally back to Melbourne for an overnight. Staying at each place 1 night a time and driving the next day was a bit hectic. Looking back at it I think that it would have been better to stay 2 nights at each place.
6) Flew from Melbourne to Sydney, rented a car and drove to Katoomba in the blue mountains for 3 nights
7) Drove back to Sydney for an overnight right by the airport
Overall we were lucky with the weather for the most part and most of all that our daughter traveled fairly well.Posted by jim at April 2, 2012 11:21 AM