Providing valuable information, itineraries, recommendations, resources and booking tools to help you effectively plan a road trip between Australia’s two largest cities, Melbourne and Sydney.


Sydney-Melbourne Touring is about helping you enjoy your road trip between Sydney and Melbourne. We a not-for-profit initiative. We work in partnership with official regional and state tourism bodies as well as committed tourism operators.

The shortest and most direct route takes you along the Hume Freeway but this is not the desired route for holiday makers. To take a road trip adventure you must travel beyond the obvious and most direct. The discerning traveler has better options that open up more interesting countryside, nature reserves, accommodation options and experiences.

Choose between two distinct routes

The SydneyMelbourne Coastal Drive offers a scenic journey along Australia’s stunning south-east coast. There’s the opportunity to engage with hundreds of beautiful beaches, getting the sand between your toes and the saltwater on your skin. Equally, breathtaking views greet you along clifftop shorelines and seaside towns. Many national parks can be found along this route, making it a perfect choice to experience wildlife and nature.

The SydneyMelbourne Inland Drive takes you through the heart of Victoria and into some special parts of New South Wales. Explore charming regional cities, towns and villages rich in history. This journey sees you connecting with local culture and heritage. Much of these inland regions are strong in agriculture, meaning you get to explore local foods, wines and farmgates. This drive also takes you along Australia’s most famous waterway, the Murray River, providing its own special opportunities for water fun.

About the Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Discovery Drive

The coastline between Sydney and Melbourne is some of the most spectacular in Australia, with tranquil coves, long golden beaches and wild, rocky shorelines carved by the mighty Pacific and Southern oceans. The Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Discovery Drive offers a feast of fun that can be had on the water, including surfing, sailing and snorkelling, as well as seeing dolphins, penguins and whales in the wild. 

Vast stretches of the coastline have been preserved as national parks so you will find parts alive with native flora and fauna, including kangaroos, koalas, emus and parrots. Walk on pure white beaches at Jervis Bay, learn about Indigenous Aboriginal bushfoods on a tour of Royal National Park, and cruise, water ski or kayak around the Gippsland lakes.

The Sydney Melbourne Coastal Discovery Drive also offers many opportunities to explore the coastal hinterland, including historic hamlets such as Walhalla and Tilba, or the Mornington Peninsula’s fabulous food, wine, golf and spa offerings. Swim with with Australian Fur Seals at Montague island or visit the work famous Little Penguin Parade on Phillip island. With so much to see and do, Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive is an essential Australian touring experience for you to tick all the boxes on your Australian holiday! 

About the Sydney-Melbourne Inland Discovery Drive

The Sydney-Melbourne Inland Discovery Drive leaves Melbourne and makes its way through inland Victoria, pauses in Canberra and then heads east to the harbour city, Sydney.

The Sydney-Melbourne Inland Discovery Drive takes you to historic towns built on the riches of 19th-century gold rushes, ports where paddle steamers dock and Australia’s capital city, the place where it all started.

Take the inland route between Sydney and Melbourne and discover the Australian spirit through the stories of settlers, gold, river trade and the making of a nation. Meander through historic streets to see impressive buildings and monuments of the mid to late 19th century gold rush. The treasures are the arts and crafts, museums, galleries and historical sites along the way.

Holiday on the water to embrace the beauty of the Murray River with its charming paddle steamers and stunning river beaches. Enjoy water activities and play at championship golf courses along Australia’s greatest river icon.

Visit national institutions and reflect on our history, country, people and culture in Canberra, established in 1911 as the capital of Australia. European settlement of Australia began in Sydney with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House and see the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.