The drive from Melbourne to Sydney is a fabulous one, though only if you take your time and go the long way. This stretch of coastline offers some of Australia’s most magnificent scenery, wildlife, towns and people, and it is worth taking your time to see it properly. The following are some of the stand-out places that you should be sure to stop at along the way.
The southernmost point of mainland Australia is well worth a visit, even though it is a little far. The drive from Melbourne is spectacular, especially once you get to Leongatha, as you wind your way down through beautiful rolling hills before entering the National Park at Wilson’s Promontory. If you have time, it is absolutely worth spending a night or two here, as there are a number of gorgeous cabins to rent, and between the wildlife and the hiking there is plenty to see and do.
The drive up to the Lake’s Entrance from ‘the Prom’ is absolutely gorgeous, and the Lake’s Entrance makes for the perfect spot to take a break, get a bite to eat and enjoy stunning views of the ocean.
Once you cross into New South Wales, the first main town you will hit is Eden, and it really is as special as it sounds. A beautiful little beach town with consistently decent surf, a magnificent beach and friendly locals, if nothing else be sure to stop here for a quick swim.
Just north of Bateman’s Bay is one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, Pebbly Beach. This beautiful spot is located at the end of the winding Mount Agony road, which spits you out at a spectacular beach that is home to a sizable mob of kangaroos and a huge array of bird life. Camping and cabins are available here if you want to spend the night – the sunrise is not to be missed.
If you like to surf, this is one spot you will definitely want to stop, as the sets are often quite respectable. There are also are a few good places to grab some lunch, and it is yet another spectacular place to swim.
Once you make it to Berry you are only a few hours from Sydney, but make sure you stop and take a break in this cute little town. Famous for its donut van, an amazing bakery, and a large choice of excellent café and dining options, this friendly little town is one of the highlights of the entire trip.
If it is a warm day as you are rolling into Sydney, make a short detour just before you get there and head down to Cronulla Beach for a swim. It is about a half-an-hour drive out of your way, though this will be your last swimming chance before you enter the city. If you are looking for short-term accommodation in Sydney, it is worth checking out the Cronulla and Sutherland area, as it will be cheaper here than downtown, you are close to the beach, and you can still easily get into Sydney by train.
The drive from Melbourne to Sydney is a popular one with tourists and Australians alike, as it encompasses some real Australian highlights. The key is to take your time, as the faster you go the more you will miss.