I am visiting family in Melbourne for the first two weeks of December. However I do not want to spend my entire two weeks in one place -- I'm flying all the way from the U.S. so I want to escape for a few days on my own and enjoy a solo adventure. There are SO many amazing places in Australia that I am getting overwhelmed and can't seem to decide what to do with those few days. I am thinking I will give myself about 4-5 days on my own which will hopefully be enough time to get away and enjoy something different. But do I do a road trip along a coastline? Visit Tasmania? Kangaroo Island? Uluru/the Outback? Here's what I'm looking for:
- doesn't have to be beachy but I do like kayaking so something near water would be nice (although not required)
- some place quiet enough to get some solitude but I will be solo so I don't mind making new friends and being around people if the urge strikes
- somewhere a little on the wild side but not TOO out there; if it's on the wilder side, somewhere that has good tour guides so I won't be intimidated exploring alone or worry about getting hurt
- easy access to/from Melbourne via flight
- possibly a road trip that I could do alone (somewhere with good roads as I'll be driving on the opposite side of the highway as what I'm used to)
- possibly would like to go whale watching, if there are whale migrations in early December?
- somewhere beautiful; I live in an ugly American city and want to spend as much time soaking up natural beauty as possible and, I'll admit, getting some Instagram-worth shots to chronicle my trip
I know this list is all over the place and it's just initial thoughts; I am totally open to suggestions. I think I'm leaning towards a road trip since it could fulfill quite a few of the things I want to do/see but I don't know what's the top road trip area to pick since there's so many places that look gorgeous.
Thank you in advance!!