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Bethanga Bridge

Plan in advance and then let the open road guide you on your travels

Royal National Park

Visit spectacular sites, including the Royal National Park, just out of Sydney

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Australian Wombat

Meet the Locals! There's plenty of opportunities to see wildlife along your travels

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Bethanga Bridge

Create your own inspiring journey and experience mountains, lakes, ocean and beaches

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Use the Sydney Melbourne Touring website to create the ideal drive just for you. Packed with information on both the Coastal Discovery and Inland Discovery routes, you can plan your itinerary, pick your accommodation, and also browse through a wide choice of activities and experiences. Book accommodation, activities and experiences directly with the operators, like lakeside resorts, camping spots, hot air balloon rides, wildlife coastal cruises, wonderful wineries, farmgates and restaurants.

The journey between the iconic cities of Melbourne and Sydney takes in more than 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) of coastline, over 800 beaches, more than 100 national parks, conservation reserves, state, regional and heritage parks, soaring granite mountains and lush, temperate rainforest not to mention the mighty Murray River and nation’s capital city. Add in the rich heritage of Australia’s early pioneers, incredible wildlife, diverse art, culture and outstanding regional food and wine and you have the makings of the perfect Aussie road trip.


1. The Coastal Drive – a seaside road trip of hamlets and nature

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Prepare for an excursion on Highway 1, the Princes Highway. Travel the coastal route between Sydney and Melbourne or vice versa. This scenic drive boasts a vast array of coastal towns, unspoiled beaches, farmgates, markets, artisanal produce and nature reserves.

2. The Inland Drive – a journey into history, culture and food

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The Inland Drive takes you on a journey through history, showcasing Australia’s European heritage, while beginning to engage more with the Indigenous peoples. There’s delicious food and wine, museums and galleries and water play on the mighty Murray River and its tributaries. Explore sites and cultural spots that highlight the diversity of the inland regions.


Explore the regions and regional cities and landscapes that connect Melbourne and Sydney.

  1. Albury-Wodonga:
    A fusion of twin cities along the banks of the mighty Murray River. Cultural gems, riverside parks and a thriving local food scene.

  2. Canberra:
    Australia’s capital city. Striking landmarks and world-class museums. Explore the heart of the nation where history and modernity converge. Canberra has evolved into a destination for foodies and a hub for culture, art and history.

  3. Echuca-Moama:
    Step back in time to the paddle-steamer era along the Murray River. Enjoy river cruises, historic precincts, and water activities. There are cafes and restaurants galore.

  4. Eurobodalla:
    Unwind on the South Coast’s beautiful beaches. Explore national parks and savor fresh seafood in charming coastal towns.

  5. Gippsland:
    Reconnect with nature in this vast region known for its lush landscapes, national parks and an abundance of wildlife.

  6. Greater Bendigo:
    Delve into the gold rush history. Head for the very popular art gallery that often hosts world leading exhibitions and be charmed by the vibrant arts and culture scene.

  7. Greater Melbourne:
    Australia’s cultural capital. Melbourne offers endless attractions and a vibrant food scene – from eclectic neighborhoods to world-class dining and shopping experiences.

  8. Greater Sydney:
    The Harbour City’s iconic landmarks, stunning beaches and diverse neighborhoods are waiting on your exploration.

  9. Illawarra:
    Discover coastal beauty and lush rainforests, along with a growing arts scene and a welcoming atmosphere.

  10. Phillip Island:
    Adorable penguins, pristine beaches and wildlife experiences in this island paradise.

  11. Sapphire Coast:
    Pristine beaches, coastal villages and outdoor adventures – all while surrounded by the stunning sapphire waters.

  12. Shoalhaven:
    A coastal wonderland with sandy shores, scenic estuaries and a rich hinterland perfect for outdoor adventuring.

  13. Sun Country on the Murray:
    Indulge in water-based fun on the Murray River. Explore wetlands and enjoy the region’s renowned wines and local produce.

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