The Hume freeway (or highway) is the quickest route between Melbourne and Sydney, albeit the main arterial and trade road between the two major cities and not the most exciting for the modern day holiday roadtripper.
If you must travel Highway 1, then we have a few tips for you.
There are five things you must do if you plan to take the shortest route between Sydney and Melbourne.
Two hundred kilometres north of Melbourne is Glenrowan, the scene of Australia's most famous showdown between the bushranger, Ned Kelly (and his gang) and the police, in 1880.
At the border between Victoria and New South Wales is the sister towns of Wodonga (Victoria) and Albury (NSW). Here is where the mighty Murray River flows.
Just north of Albury, on the highway toward Sydney, is Holbrook, an inland town with the unique distinction of having a submarine.
Halfway between Albury and Canberra is Gundagai where, just out of town, a famous statue from yesterday of a simple dog on tuckerbox has stood. The Dog on the Tuckerbox is an Australian historical monument and tourist attraction at Snake Gully, five miles from Gundagai, New South Wales. It was made famous in the song of the same name, but it is in fact located about 7.2 kilometres (4.5 mi) from the centre of Gundagai. The statue has stood since 1932 as a tribute to pioneers.
Canberra is Australia's Capital. You could spend a week or more here (which we recommend) but if you only have a day or a few hours here are our recommendations:
Mantra MacArthur HotelDiplomat HotelParklands Hotel and ApartmentsNovotel CanberraEast HotelCapital HotelCanberra Carotel Motel
The Big Merino is a tourist attraction you can't miss in Goulburn. It's enormous and it's perfect for a selfie or family album photograph.
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Drive from Sydney to Melbourne and Melbourne to Sydney for a memorable roadtrip. Find activities and accommodation along the coast and inland. Meet the wildlife, enjoy the food and wine and stay at some wonderful, welcoming cottages, guesthouses, camp grounds and motels. Plan your holiday now.