Choose from two distinctive touring routes - Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive and Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive.
You will discover the many histories of the inland route and the beauty of the beaches and scenic drive along the east coast. Friendly locals and traders are often willing to share their knowledge of the area. great regional produce and wine served up fresh at the farm gate, in country bakeries and cafes, cellar doors, and fine dining icons, along with a range of accommodation options.
Stay overnight in unique accommodation like heritage mansions, light stations, glamorous camping options and house boats on Lake Eildon and the Murray River. Alternatively pitch a tent, stay in a hostel or find accommodation to suit any budget.
The journey is approximately 1,100 kilometres (680 miles) and guides you through dozens of small towns, seaside hamlets and of course Australia's famous beaches.
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. Here, there's no end to the fun that can be had on the water - from surfing, sailing and snorkelling to seeing dolphins, penguins and whales in the wild.
Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive
It passes through Australia's capital city, Canberra, where you are encouraged to stop and spend some time encouraging the many art galleries, museums, monuments and activities.
Whether you embark from Sydney and head west towards Canberra then south, or from Melbourne and head north, there are plenty of activities and accommodation options to keep you busy and make your stay in some of Australia's most cultural rich and agriculturally abundant places memorable.
The Sydney-Melbourne Heritage 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.
Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House and see the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
European settlement of Australia began in Sydney with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.
Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive
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.