Six Day Coastal Highlights itinerary

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About the Six Day Coastal Highlights Itinerary

This blockbuster drive takes you to relaxed seaside towns, national parks teeming with wildlife and long, solitary beaches where your feet are the only ones on the sand.

Swim from white beaches in Jervis Bay, eat fresh oysters in Pambula and spot whales in Eden. Feed sea eagles in Mallacoota and experience the precious eco-systems of Croajingolong National Park. Go boating on the vast, tranquil Gippsland Lakes. Then walk along the sweeping expanse of Ninety Mile Beach and to the southernmost tip of Australia's mainland in Wilsons Promontory National Park. On Phillip Island, you'll find friendly fur seals and a daily dusk parade of little penguins. This blockbuster drive takes you to sleepy seaside towns, national parks teeming with wildlife and long, solitary beaches where your feet are the only ones on the sand.

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The coastal road from Sydnet to Melbourne (or Melbourne to Sydney) is a triumph for the drive and travel enthusiast. It is a great way to get to know the Australian coast.

 

Six Day Coastal Highlights Day Planner

Day 1

Sydney to Jervis Bay (Approx 208km)

(Allow 3 hours drive time)
Take the Princes Highway south out of Sydney and drive through spectacular Royal National Park, where the Grand Pacific Drive begins. Enjoy the route’s stunning coastal views, especially from Bald Hill lookout and iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. Continue along the coast into Wollongong. Spend a relaxing time walking along the Blue Mile, or visit the nearby Nan Tien Temple – the biggest Buddhist temple in southern hemisphere. Keep following the coast, stop at Kiama's famous Blowhole, then spend the rest of the day in awe-inspiring Jervis Bay. Take a Dolphin Watch Cruise to see dolphins, seals and perhaps a whale or two, then walk along the bay’s secluded white-sand beaches as the sun sets.

Day 2

Jervis Bay to Tilba Tilba (Approx 230km)

(Allow 3 hours drive time)
Enjoy Jervis Bay's vairous watersport options, then continue south along the Princes Highway. Take the turn-off to Pebbly Beach to see kangaroos and wallabies congregating on the sand, then travel the short distance to Batemans Bay for a succulent seafood lunch. Countinue you trip through scenic coastal towns along the way and arrive at Tilba Tilba. Enjoy an authentic country dinner at the local pub before retiring for a relaxing evening.

Day 3

Tilba Tilba to Gipsy Point (Approx 217km)

(Allow 3 hours drive time)
Start the day with a visit to Central Tilba, a peaceful heritage village famous for its boutique cheese factory, local produce and craft shops. Then travel through the charming coastal towns of Bermagui, Tathra and Merimbula where you can enjoy some great local shopping and dining options. Seafood lovers make sure to visit one of the oyster farms along the way and sample some of the freshest oysters in the country. Visit Eden's must see attraction, the Killer Whale Museum, before crossing the state boarder to Victoria and drive to Gipsy Point. Spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful township and waterways of Mallacoota.

Day 4

Gipsy Point to Metung (Approx 230km)

(Allow 3 hours drive time)
Continue back on the Princes Highway, travelling through Cann River. Take the turnoff to Cape Conran for a scenic coastal drive through to Marlo, before rejoining the Princes Highway at Orbost. You can also take a short detour to view the 400 million-year-old Buchan Cave's amazing limestone formations. Then continue on to Lakes Entrance. Here you can explore the Gippsland Lakes, Ninety-Mile Beach, great local seafood, as well as various fishing and cruising options. Take a short drive to Metung and explore more boutique shops and boardwalk along the lake, followed by a sunset dinner to complete your day.

Day 5

Metung to Phillip Island (Approx 307km)

(Allow 3 hours drive time)
Keep following Princes Highway and travel through Bairnsdale and Sale, Traralgon and then towards Phillip Island. Experience Churchill Island, a working heritage farm, see one of Australia's largest fur seal colonies, spot the cuddly Koalas in the gum trees and don't miss the daily dusk parade of little penguins as they parade up the beach.

Day 6

Phillip Island to Melbourne via the Mornington Peninsula (Approx 185km)

(Allow 3 hours drive time)
From Phillip Island, drive around Western Port Bay to the Mornington Peninsula, a compact region packed with indulgent experiences, including excellent food and wine, world-class golf, geothermal springs and bay beaches. Go for a wine tasting at one of the many cellar doors around Red Hill, or match wines with great local food at a premium winery restaurant. There are many more tasty treat around the peninsula, including artisan chocolates, hand-made cheeses, tempting providers and numerous farmgates where you can stop and buy ingredients for a picnic lunch. There are also numerous ways to take to the water here, including surfing, sea kayaking, snorkelling, diving and dolphin-swims. Or just simply taking a leisure walk along bay beaches and admire the pristine water of the Port Phillip Bay. Also make sure to visit Moonlit Sanctuary at Pearcedale where you can get up and close to Australia's unique wildlife. The end of this journey takes you into Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, famous for events, sports, cafe culture, art and an amazing array of cuisine to please any palate.

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