Great drives of Australia - Sydney to Melbourne coastal route

October 13, 2016
Great drives of Australia - Sydney to Melbourne coastal route

Via Wollongong, The Shoalhaven, Jervis Bay National Park, St Georges Basin, Ulladulla, Durras, Batemans Bay, Tuross Head, Narooma, Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula, Eden, Lakes Entrance, Metung, Bairnsdale, Sale. Distance varies depending on route taken after Sale. About 1038 km and 13.5 hours behind the wheel.


There are value holidays for families in NSW getaways like Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort in Fairy Meadow under an hours drive from Sydney's southern suburbs.

Campers get beachfront caravan and campsites and enjoy full access to the Resort's 25 metre heated pool, tennis courts mini golf and a range of other leisure facilities. Fourteen acres of lawns and gardens front one of Australia's greatest stretches of surfing beaches.

Stop at Bundanoon if you can, it's the Arthur Boyd property on the Shoalhaven River, it opens on Sunday.

Hyams Beach, on the southern shores of Jervis Bay, is said to have sand among the whitest in the world. See Natural masterpieces at Murramarang National Park near Durras and Mimosa Rock NP near Tathra.

enjoying a glass of wine on the sydney to melbourne coastal route


Kangaroo Valley is different, beautiful and quirky. Montague Island off Narooma has seals, penguins, seabirds and some of the world's best scuba diving.

Central Tilba, the National Trust Village, south of Narooma is outstanding in it history lesson.

Umbarra on Wallaga Lake, south of Narooma has Koori guides for indigenous tours. Cowdroy Creek Rainforest Walk is off Box Cutting Rd., 5km north of Narooma. There are great golf courses, take your choice.

Whales, dolphins, fishing and river cruises should be considered. The fishing is world class with many excellent fighting and table species.

Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma are among the most beautiful seaside destinations in NSW.

Sydney to melbourne coastal drive

Eden's Killer Whale Museum is a legend in itself.

The South Coast drive from Tathra to the Victorian border is one of the nation's outstanding touring experiences.

There is a Mediterranean feel about Merimbula. Local restaurants and the food underline it. The main beach is 5km.

Dolphins make regular visits to the Pambula River.

Tathra Wharf is the only remaining Sea Wharf on the East Coast. Fur seals and Fairy Penguins from the Montague Island colony often drop in and don't mind people joining them.

Bega, in the hinterland if famous for its cheese, and the wine is good too.

diving along the sydney south coast

Natural Mallacoota offers pure peace and water activities, access is through Genoa. Lakes Entrance is home to Australia's biggest fishing fleet. The local Fishermen’s Co-op sells direct to the public.

In the hinterland Buchan and its famous caves is a true natural national icon. Just out of Lakes Entrance on the back road to Metung is Nyerimilang Homestead, great spot to see the way the Gippsland Lakes gentry lived from 1890.

Metung, on Bancroft Bay, is an authentic Gippsland Lakes Village with all the mod cons. Bairnsdale is the commercial hub, linked to the Gippsland Lakes Chain by the Mitchell River. St Marys Roman Catholic Church in Main St has interesting murals. It is also the turn off for a Great Australian high. The Great Alpine Way via Omeo and Mt Hotham to Bright and Wangaratta.

Bairnsdale Holiday Park has accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, as well as a large variety of shady sites for caravans or tent. Facilities to enjoy run from relaxing in the spa, to catching a ride on the tractor to help feed all the animals in the fauna park, play tennis, watch a movie or play table tennis in the games room.

Bairnsdale is just over three hours drive from Melbourne, and only minutes from Gippsland Lakes. The Great Alpine Road provides a pictorial drive to the alpine regions of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham. The road to Dargo and the High Planes region Bruthen passes through the Mitchell River National Park, famous for canoeing and kayaking.

Sale, 214 km south east of Melbourne, is the Wellington Shire's admin centre. Like Bairnsdale it links to the Gippsland Lakes, which are best appreciated from a boat. From Sale the choices include; The South Gippsland Hwy through coastal and country scenery.

One of Australia's oldest and most interesting National Parks, Wilsons Promontory can be accessed via Meeniyan or Foster.

rocky landscape on the sydney south coast

Or The Bass Highway Coastal route which leads to remote Venus Bay, popular Inverloch and its sheltered beaches to former coal town Wonthaggi and then offers the further option of Phillip Island and its world famous Little Penguin colony. Part of the drive from Inverloch to Wonthaggi can be compared with the magnificent Great Ocean Road from Anglesea to Port Campbell.

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