Melbourne to Sydney via the Inland Route Map

The Melbourne to Sydney via the Calder, Midland, Murray Valley, Federal and Hume Highways is also the Melbourne to Sydney Inalnd Drive, driving inland across Victorian and New South Wales, spanning approximately 1,100 to 1,200 kilometres (685 to 745 miles), depending on your particular route.

The inland journey from Melbourne to Sydney presents travelers with a good many historic sites, food and wine offerings, true Australian country vistas and river experiences. It takes you through such towns and cities as Bendigo, Echuca, Albury-Wodonga and Canberra.

Starting in Melbourne, you can explore the cultural attractions like Federation Square and the Melbourne Zoo before heading northward towards Bendigo where you can delve into the region’s rich gold rush history by exploring attractions such as the Central Deborah Gold Mine and Bendigo Tramways. Additionally, Bendigo boasts beautiful architecture, including the iconic Sacred Heart Cathedral, making it a charming stop along the way.

Continuing the journey to Echuca, a historic port town situated on the banks of the Murray River. Step back in time for a scenic river cruise aboard a paddle steamer, visit the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre to learn about the town’s maritime heritage and stroll along the riverfront precinct.

Drive along the state border on the Murray Valley Highway, enjoying the heart of Sun Country on the Murray and arrive in the twin cities of Albury Wodonga, on the border of New South Wales and Victoria.

Next, travel to Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Canberra is home to iconic landmarks such as Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial.

Lastly, arrive in Sydney, the emerald city on the most beautiful harbour in the world.

Towns on the Sydney Melbourne Inland Drive