Sydney / Melbourne Coastal Drive

Sydney to Melbourne Australia Coastal Drive

Tour the beauty of the Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive, which hugs the east coast and offers an optional side trip to Canberra. Explore unique environments in national parks, white sand beaches, Australia’s largest waterway system and see whales, seals, penguins and more wildlife in their natural habitat. Surf, snorkel, dive wrecks, cast a line, camp by the sea or join a deep sea fishing or sightseeing cruise.

As you tour, discover the famous cheeses made in Tilba and Bega, oysters in Greenwell Point and Batemans Bay, and the spoils of the daily catch at Lakes Entrance. Sample the local delicacies, including smoked trout, award-winning cheeses and honeys in Gippsland Gourmet Country, where you can pick your own fruit, taste luscious berry ice-creams, organic jams, chutneys and preserves as well as locally-produced wines.

There’s an activity for everyone along the way. Surf the many popular breaks along the coastline, join a fishing cruise, or swim or wander on a long white beach. Climb a mountain, discover local history, ride along a rail trail or explore a disused mine. See koalas in the trees, colonies of fur seals, and little penguins parade up the beach at Phillip Island, look out for migrating whales at Eden and many headlands along the NSW South Coast. See seals and sea birds on Montague Island. Make time to take the side trip from Batemans Bay to Canberra, the nation’s capital, to explore a stunning array of national attractions, many of which are located around Lake Burley Griffin. How about taking this out and listing some of them such as the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, Questacon, AIS, Parliament House - just to name a few.

Along the way you will be welcomed at quiet fishing villages, historic towns and the popular resort towns of Merimbula, Batemans Bay and Lakes Entrance as well as smaller, quieter communities. Book in for a night of luxury at a cosy B&B, pitch a tent, hire a bush cabin, or for something different stay on Wilsons Promontory and enjoy some great walks. 

Information and Accommodation

Sydney to Nowra                               Nowra to Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay to Eden                       Eden to Bairnsdale  

Bairnsdale to Philip Island                  Phillip Island to Melbourne via Mornington Peninsula