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Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive route

About the Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive

The magnificent stretch of coastline between Sydney and Melbourne is one of Australia’s most dramatic and naturally beautiful self-drive experiences. Along its length, the great waters of the Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait have carved out dramatic headlands and created beautiful coves and beaches. The ancient ranges that follow it inland are covered in vast expanses of national parks and forests protecting pristine lakes and rivers. Nestled amongst these natural wonders are dozens of quaint fishing villages, tiny colonial hamlets and thriving rural towns built by the country’s most adventurous settlers.

The coast provides you with the whole range of sensory experiences. You can surf the big Tasman swells, dive the many wrecks, do some blue water sailing, go whale spotting or share the beach with seals, dolphins and sea birds. Or take time out to enjoy the delights of its famous seafood.

As you move along it, the landscape constantly changes its character and moods – from the placid blues and pastoral greens of the NSW coast, to the brilliant white sands of Jervis Bay. Immerse yourself in Coastal Wilderness of Sapphire Coast. Experience a lush network of National Parks, dotted with heritage sites, dramatic mountains and waters that team with life.  Visit the coastal town of Eden and follow Australia's most significant whale story as you travel on the fringes of a destination rich in culture and nature so precious parts have been declared a UNESCO world biosphere res. The massive, unspoiled wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park and the awesome breadth of Ninety Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway.

The journey climaxes at Wilsons Promontory, the southern most point of mainland Australia, where you can explore small, hidden bays, see wildlife in its natural habitat, and visit the historic lighthouse. Then you gently wind your way to Melbourne via Phillip Island where you can see the famously cute little penguins parading along the beach. Moonlit Sanctuary if one of the many wildlife highlights between Phillip Island and Geelong and the Bellarine as you continue the drive along Victoira's coastline. 

Drive the alternative inland route from Lakes Entrance to Melbourne via Walhalla taking in the beautiful green countryside, magnificent vistas, mountain scenery and historic villages. Walhalla became one of Australia's richest gold towns following the discovery of gold in 1863. Today, strolling past its lovingly restored period buildings provides you with an authentic experience of that golden era. Frozen in time, Walhalla is home to only to 20 people.

Phillip Island Penguins

Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive

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Length of Route

1033 km (642 miles)



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Regions along the Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive

Accommodation and things to do along the Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive

Captains Lodge International Gipsy Point Lakeside Limosa Rise National Vietnam Veterans Museum Tarra Bulga National Park The Matador Motel South Coast Seaplanes Bunyip Tours Oak Tree Lodge Frog Gully Cottages Walhalla's Star Hotel Stratford On The River Tourist Park Woodbine Park Eco Cabins Big 4 Holiday Parks Kiah Wilderness Tours Batemans Bay Manor - Bed And Breakfast Paperbark Camp The Bryn at Tilba Puffing Billy Railway Eden Killer Whale Museum The Bower At Broulee Jetty Road Retreat The Moorings At Metung Wildlife Coast Cruises Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park Phillip Island Nature Parks Ramada Resort Phillip Island Cowes Caravan Park Whale Motor Inn Sapphire Waters Motor Inn Wollongong City Tourist Parks National Library Of Australia Tanja Lagoon Camp Phillip Island Helicopters Searoad Ferries Lakes Entrance Waverley House Cottages Robyns Nest Region X Kayak And Bike Experience Ashley Gardens Holiday Village Lincoln Downs Resort Batemans Bay Healesville Sanctuary Wheeler's Seafood Restaurant Walhalla Goldfields Railway Britz Campervans And 4wds Maui Motorhomes Visit Victoria Caravan And Camping Industry Association Of New South Wales Swim Beaches And Surf Beaches Grand Hyatt Melbourne Hyatt Regency Sydney Chadstone The Fashion Capital Eureka Skydeck Abode St Kilda Crossley Hotel Melbourne 381 Cremorne Aparthotel Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne Sea Life Melbourne Icebar Melbourne Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Old Treasury Building Tours Four Points By Sheraton Melbourne Docklands Oaks Hotels And Resorts Gumbuya World Phillip Island Apartments Vivere Retreat Refuge Cove Cruises Merimbula Marina Ocean Adventure Tours Coast Resort Merimbula Captain Sponges Magical Oyster Tours The Original Gold Rush Colony Tathra Beach House Apartments Tathra Beachside The Riversleigh Woodbine Tourist Park Lakes Entrance Blue Skies Adventure Tours Mansi On Raymond Port of Sale Heritage Cruises Yarram Holiday Park Sale Common Wetland Gipsy Point Lodge Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant And Bar RACV Inverloch Resort Kendall’s On The Beach Holiday Park Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park Kiama Harbour Cabins Surf Beach Holiday Park Werri Beach Holiday Park Melbourne Zoo Werribee Open Range Zoo

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