Melbourne - Sydney Coastal Adventure
|Explore the rich diversity of Victoria visiting some of the state's fabulous National Parks and natural wilderness areas to the lakes and coastal villages of eastern Victoria. Then enjoy the remarkable NSW South Coast - "A beautiful region blessed with crystal-clear waters, deserted beaches and lush hinterland ..."
Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne boasts great festivals, shopping, fabulous arts and a passion for sport, food and wine. Outside Melbourne, you’ll find a host of regional attractions, from the Little Penguins to the spectacular Great Ocean Road.
Melbourne to DROMANA - 75km
Dromana is centre of Victoria's wonderful Mornington Peninsula. As you drive along the Mornington Peninsula you could be forgiven for thinking that you have left Australia behind. Rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards meet accommodation with sea views, and local produce is served in romantic restaurants and sold at bustling markets. All an hour from Melbourne.
Dromana to PHILLIP ISLAND - 110km
90 minutes from Melbourne and you’ll find yourself standing nose to nose with koalas, sharing a beach with hungry pelicans, watching a colony of fur seals splashing in the sun, and of course, walking with our famous penguins. And the best part is, at Phillip Island, nature’s happy to get close to you.
Phillip Island to INVERLOCH - 54km
Inverloch is a seaside resort and fishing port, located at the mouth of Andersons Inlet in Venus Bay, and just over an hour's drive from the heart of Wilsons Promontory National Park. Inverloch's main foreshore reserve extends from the commercial centre right down to the beach. Head west for surf beaches and rocky coastline, or east for sheltered swimming and boating areas. Not to be missed is the 12 kilometre scenic coastal drive from Inverloch to the seaside community of Cape Patterson, passing through Bunurong Marine Park. Spectacular views can be enjoyed from spots along this coastal road, and there are various natural coastal and marine attractions- such as Eagles Nest, Twin Reefs, Shack Bay, The Caves and Flat Rocks - where visitors can stop and explore.
Inverloch to BAIRNSDALE - 216km
Bairnsdale, gateway to the Lakes and Wilderness region of East Gippsland, enjoys the quiet country pace and fresh air you just don't get in the big cities. Not quite city, not quite country - Bairnsdale retains a unique atmosphere as the commercial and administrative hub of the region. Bairnsdale is a place to relax and lap up old time country friendliness and courtesy while being close to modern facilities. Close to the lakes, rivers, mountains and forests, Bairnsdale is the perfect destination for year round enjoyment and an ideal base from which to enjoy the many natural attractions and curiosities of the surrounding countryside.
Bairnsdale to LAKES ENTRANCE - 36km
Boasting Australia's largest inland network of waterways, Lakes Entrance has been a popular Gippsland holiday spot for more than 100 years. The town is situated on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean. Cross the footbridge to the popular Ninety Mile Beach surf beach, patrolled by lifesavers during the summer months, or take a hike to 'the entrance' of the Gippsland Lakes. Visitors can enjoy a boat cruise on the Lakes or hire a paddleboat or catamaran in the summer months. Nearby scenic Lake Tyers is bordered by the ocean, a state forest and a river that meanders inland to NowaNowa.
Lakes Entrance to EDEN (SAPPHIRE COAST) - 242km
Eden is 480km from Sydney
"A beautiful region blessed with crystal-clear waters, deserted beaches and lush hinterland ..."
Few regions in Australia are as special, or as untouched, as the South Coast of New South Wales. It's truly a haven for those seeking fun in the sun – but there's much more to the South than just stunning beaches. It's about simple pleasures – villages full of antique shops and quaint Aussie pubs. Gourmet restaurants by the sea. Fresh farm produce and food and wine trails you'd love to get lost on. And the adrenalin rush you'll get from sports such as skydiving, hang-gliding, surfing, scuba-diving or mountain-biking through one of the many national parks.
Situated on the magnificent waters of Twofold Bay, Eden is a winter hotspot for the annual migration of whales between Antarctica and the warmer winter waters to the north. Twofold Bay also offers all weather diving and daily fishing trips or simply cruise the Bay, where dolphins, fairy penguins and the killer Whale Museum.
Eden to PAMBULA BEACH - 22km
Pambula is a coastal village big in history, its peaceful lakes and idyllic river mouth a far cry from the hustle and bustle of development following the discovery of gold near the township in the 1880's. Ideal for family holidays, with estuary, beaches, ocean and lake in close proximity, strolling the meandering tracks through beautiful settings is just one way to enjoy Pambula's charms.
Pambula Beach to MERIMBULA - 9km
In the middle of the Sapphire Coast, Merimbula is one of the prime places to engage in activities such as a dolphin cruise, a charter boat on tour or a opt for joyflight over the magnificent coastline. Join a whale watching cruise from October - November each year.
Merimbula to TATHRA - 50km
Tathra has the only remaining coastal steamer wharf in New South Wales. Surrounded in the natural beauty of both Mimosa and Bournda National Parks, where you can enjoy bountiful fishing and numerous boating activities. The area is home to many seabirds and abundant wildlife.
Tathra to NAROOMA - 96km
Welcome to the Eurobodalla Region
It means Land of Many Waters – and exploring the stunning Eurobodalla, it’s not hard to see why. This 130km stretch of coastline and hinterland along the South Coast of New South Wales is heaven for water-babies with its long deserted beaches, rivers and ocean waterways.
If it's not love at first sight at the aquamarine waters of Wagonga Inlet and the stunning seaward vistas, then you’ve got your eyes shut. Montague Island sits offshore offering a fascinating natural and heritage experience while to the west, Mount Dromedary (Gulaga) dominates the escarpment.
Narooma to MORUYA HEADS - 142km
Moruya has beautiful historic buildings and is a great base to explore the hinterland and coast. Granite quarried in Moruya was used to form the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and many other famous Sydney buildings. Moruya has a fascinating museum, antiques and second hand shops as well as a diverse retail sector and range of eating establishments.
Moruya Heads to BROULEE 19km
One of the many attractive seaside resorts south of Batemans Bay very popular with Canberra and Sydney residents. Broulee is a tranquil town well equipped for 'surf and sand' holidays. It's a beachside town lying between headlands and backed by forest.
Broulee to BATEMANS BAY - 22km
273km from Sydney, 146km from Canberra
On the Clyde River’s broad estuary, Batemans Bay is the launching point for houseboat adventures along the river’s 38 navigable kilometres. There are numerous beautiful beaches nearby and surfing, boating, snorkelling and fishing experiences for all. Forest and coastal walks are popular, including the historic Corn Trail, Murramarang National Park, Shallow Crossing and South Durras.
Batemans Bay to BURRILL LAKE - 63km
Burrill Lake is a quiet, picturesque lake located just a few minutes south of Ulladulla. At Burrill Lake there is an abundance of water activities to try such as swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, waterskiiing, boating and fishing. Surrounded by natural bushland, the lake also makes a great destination for bike rides, picnics and BBQs- especially at Lions Park, just south of the bridge.
Burril Lake to LAKE CONJOLA - 24km
Lake Conjola is a deep coastal lake, regularly open to the sea, which provides a wonderful playground for fishers and boaters. On the south of the lake, a wide range of facilities and services are available from the town of Lake Conjola from where you can take walks through the reserves by the lake or to the magnificent Conjola, Buckleys and Narrawallee beaches nearby. Other more northern access roads from the highway will take you to Bendalong and Manyana as well as a number of villages on the edge of the lake (such as the aptly named Fishermens Paradise and Killarney). Off Cunjarong Point on the northern bank of the lake entrance, Green Island is a beautiful coastal attraction - known also for great scuba and surfing conditions.
Lake Conjola to GERROA - 87 km
Used as early as the 1860s for horse racing, Seven Mile Beach is the
magnificent panoramic beach where Gerroa is closely situated. A grand
and inspiring sweep of sand with an extensive dune system and a wealth
of bird and mammal life, the beach offers many activities for visitors
such as walking along the coastal track to Gerringong, flying a kite,
birdwatching, or even Summer fishing for whiting.
Gerroa offers easy access to several national parks as well as many of
the prime attractions of the Illawarra, such as wineries, quaint country
towns and historic attractions. Go canoeing on the Crooked River, and
afterwards feast on fresh prawns, bream and flathead from the river
Nowra to GERROA - 28km
Used as early as the 1860s for horse racing, Seven Mile Beach is the magnificent panoramic beach where Gerroa is closely situated. A grand and inspiring sweep of sand with an extensive dune system and a wealth of bird and mammal life, the beach offers many activities for visitors such as walking along the coastal track to Gerringong, flying a kite, birdwatching, or even Summer fishing for whiting.
Gerroa offers easy access to several national parks as well as many of the prime attractions of the Illawarra, such as wineries, quaint country towns and historic attractions. Go canoeing on the Crooked River, and afterwards feast on fresh prawns, bream and flathead from the river itself.
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Gerroa to KIAMA (ILLAWARA REGION) - 15km
Welcome to NSW's Illawarra Region
Illawarra is an easy drive from Sydney with lot's to see along the way. Few could miss the start of the Illawarra region, where the mountains meet the sea and the postcard views rival any you''ll find along the Coast.
A small resort and fishing town, Kiama is famous for its star attraction, the Blowhole. Stemming from a natural fault in the cliffs, the blowhole explodes into a water spout when a wave hits with sufficient force. Whether your interest is in history, arts & crafts, fishing, riding a wave - it's all located in Kiama.
Kiama to SYDNEY - 115km
Welcome to Sydney - "There's no place in the world like Sydney", a big, friendly city with so much to see and do. Sydney is one of the world’s most loved cities and it has a sunny and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate destination. There are plenty of fun neighbourhoods to explore, great cafes and bars to discover, trendy galleries and shops to enjoy.
With thanks to...
Tourism Victoria and Tourism New South Wales for their assistance in developing this itinerary.
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