Jump to content

Driving Syd to Melb with a 2.5 y/o?
Will I be tearing my hair out?!


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 BellaMoja

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:11 PM

Hi All,

We need to go to Melb when my little girl will be 2.5 but looking at flights (even if booked now) and airport car parking fees we are already outlaying at least $750.00!!.... This is because my girl will be over 2 so we will need to bye her a ticket too from now on sad.gif

So I am thinking about driving with her and my DH.... but knowing her wild personality I am not sure if its just better to suck it up and find the money to fly instead of drive as I am not sure she would last even if we did make frequent stops... I imagine it would be very stressful - she is a gorgeous hearted girl but is very energetic and wont like being in the carseat for long periods of time.

I know we would need a day to get there and back. We would be staying there for about 2-3 days. I am sure that we would feel exhausted on our return to Sydney and normal working lives but $750.00 is very steep for us right now... We wont need to pay for accommodation in Melb.

Any advice?

Thanks wink.gif

#2 Schmig

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

I just returned from 2 weeks in queensland and we drove up and back with our 3 year old. I was expecting her to really struggle with the boredom and with needing to stop to go to the toilet but she was amazing. In fact I think she handled it better than we did. Sydney to melbourne is a long drive to do in a day but it can be done. That being said I won't be doing it again any time soon as it drove me crazy,

#3 greypink

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

We have been doing long interstate drives with our DS since he was that age and honestly it's been fine.
He is a very boisterous energetic child who hates to sit still so I was nervous the first time, but it really wasn't that bad.
We leave really early in the morning so he usually falls asleep at some point in the trip, plus we give him breakfast in the car which kills the first 30 mins wink.gif
Lots of books, toys, snacks etc kept in the front to pass over when he's getting a bit bored always works well.
It also helps to stop fairly frequently, even if just for a few mins to stretch the legs.
Flying would be easier, but for us the cost is just not worth it, plus we then have the convenience of having our own car and no baggage allowance or strict schedule to stick to.

#4 HeartMyBoys

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

I drove melb to adelaide with a 2.5 and 3.5 year olds. Pretty much the same distance as Sydney to Melb. We got the dvd players u attach to the headrests. They were only just over $100. It really helped keep them happy to watch some of their favourite movies. I also made a couple of stops at playgrounds along the way. They actually enjoyed it, but did start to get restless for the last 50kms. Theres also some cool travel packs u can get that have colouring in books, pencils n things. They are designed for car trips so are easy for them to hold on their laps. Good luck with it

Eta.....as pp said, leave early hours of the morning and they should sleep for the first few hours

Edited by HeartMyBoys, 21 January 2013 - 12:37 PM.


#5 Pinky101

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

We drove Sydney to Brisbane at Christmas with 26 month old DD. She was great. So much better than we expected. She slept better than at home. We had plenty of snacks to keep her occupied, some toys and the iPad came in very handy. We bought an iPad bracket that attaches to the front seat and the iPad slots into it, so she watched some shows we had downloaded as well.

I wouldn't want to do it too often, but it did work out very well.

#6 Vienna

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:41 PM

We've driven Brisbane-Adelaide and Brisbane-Melbourne and back each year for a couple of years now, since my boys were 1 and 4. It's quite enjoyable, but we do take things to entertain them. One year it was a portable DVD player, but now recently we've used an iPad instead. And they can both pack a little bag of toys suitable for the car, and keep it on the seat beside them.  We stop often at parks so they can have a run around and play, and I have some fruit and snacks in the car. We like to get away as early as possible when we set out. Also, something about the motion of the car means they will often both have a good sleep for a while, even though they've long since given up daytime sleeps at home.

#7 RunDMC

Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

We recently did the Adel to Melb drive and would advocate the use of a portable DVD player. I got one secondhand at cash converters for $40, they event threw in 2 childrens DVDs!

#8 twinboys

Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:33 PM

We have done the drive Sydney to Melbourne and back a couple of times but the boys were older.

We stopped every 2 hours for a icecream/drink/stretch and toilet break.

We did it in 2 days and stopped over night in Holbrook.

I left at 11am and got to Holbrook at 5pm
Then left in the morning and got to Sydney at 2pm.

We actually enjoyed it as we stopped in Goulburn and saw the Big Merino, stopped at the Dog on the Tuckerbox in Gundagai, looked at the submarine in Holbrook, saw Ned Kelly at Glen Rowan and tried out lots of different bakeries rather than stopping at the big service stations

#9 VeritasVinum

Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:13 PM

We do Melb to Sydney return about four times a year.

Started when DS1 was 2.5yrs and had a 6mo too. Just did the trip with just turned 3yo, 5yo and 7yo.

We leave home around 7-8am and drive all day. Usual stops are glen rowan BP Maccas for late pancakes and play (arrive by 10am) or Albury. Next Gundagai or Yass. Then Marulan before Sydney.

We don't give anything up to first stop. From first stop new book to look at. Then following stop a crayons colour wonder colouring book. Final stop we bring out iPod with movie.



#10 71Cath

Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:22 PM

Is the train an option OP?  At least you can walk around...

#11 marley*and*me

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

I have done the qld coast numerous times with children ranging from 6 months to 6 and lots of ages in between. It is hard at that age, but if you can get her to watch a DVD player it makes the trip so much easier.

#12 Escapin

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:38 PM

I would

a) subscribe to the virgin/qantas/whoever email so you get early notification of specials. You might be able to jag some cheap flights.

and b) figure out how much it will really cost you to drive. By the time you factor in lost income, petrol, entertainment, food, you might be better off flying.

#13 BellaMoja

Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

Oh thanks a mil everyone, you have given me some great suggestions! Thank you. I didn't think of the train.. My Dd will def watch movies / Dora so she may be ok.

I'll have to think some more.

original.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

What you need to know about ovulation tests

Most people who are trying to get pregnant know that the best time to conceive is in the few days after ovulation.

Surviving a miscarriage at sea

A cruise with your family is among the most absurd settings for a miscarriage, but it is certainly not the worst.

Mum of three denied tubal ligation because she's 'too young'

A 22-year-old woman who is pregnant with her third child has had her requests for a tubal ligation denied because doctors believe she is too young.

Slapped cheek syndrome a danger for pregnant women

When a pregnant woman is infected, the likelihood that her foetus will be infected is about 50 per cent.

The signs and symptoms of ovulation

If you're hoping to conceive, one of the most important things you need to know about is ovulation.

We all know 'mum guilt' - but what about 'dad guilt'?

I remember the first time I felt mum guilt, within days of having my first child. The feeling was so intense I rang my own mum to debrief, hoping she'd tell me I wouldn't feel this way very often.

Kristen Bell urges mums to be their own superhero

When it comes to motherhood, actress Kristen Bell is her own superhero and she thinks other mums should be too.

Pram review: GB Pockit travel stroller

In a world of ever-shrinking gadgets, it's no surprise prams are getting smaller. We put the record-holding GB Pockit through its paces.

The beautiful Bombol Bouncer is back

The gorgeous Bombol Bouncer is back - and boasts two chic new colours to boot.

Gadgets and accessories for wine lovers

Looking for a gift for the wine lover in your life - or just something for yourself?

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

The adventure doesn't have to stop: here's how to travel with baby

The best part about our outdoor adventures? It makes my husband and I better parents, since we're happier while adventuring.

Woman crashes car to save mum and baby's life

A good samaritan saved a mother and baby from being seriously injured by crashing her own car into theirs.

Should you tell your boss about your postnatal depression?

Returning to work after having a baby can be daunting, and when you're experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety it can seem even more overwhelming.

TV noise can slow toddler word learning, study finds

Background noise from the radio or TV might be making it harder for your toddler to learn learn new words.

Teresa Palmer on her molar pregnancy and 'unsexy' conception

Teresa Palmer is basking in pregnancy glow as she awaits the arrival of her new baby.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show - Sydney

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores, will be held in Sydney on 23-25 September. Register for your free ticket now to save $20!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.