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Pambula on the Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive

Pambula is a coastal village big in history, its peaceful lakes and idyllic river mouth a far cry from the hustle and bustle following the discovery of gold near the township in the 1880s.

Shopfronts give a nod to that era, with bull-nose verandahs, a town clock and a general lack of tall neon signs.

Pambula means 'Two Waters' in the local indigenous language.

Browsing the main street you’ll discover a pleasing amount of specialty shops, such as an artisan bakery and coffee roasters, winery, whole foods, wood sculpture gallery, local art and picture framing, vintage collectables, boutiques and eco-focussed retail with a flair for the local. You will also find the usual necessary shops such as supermarket, post office, newsagent, bank and real estate.

At the southern end of the main street, Panboola Wetlands offers a tranquil nature experience that is popular for birdwatching and photography.

One of Pambula’s charms is it’s close proximity to beaches, particularly Pambula Beach. It is patrolled and has an active and inclusive surf life saving club just behind the dunes. There is assisted access to the high tide line in the form of a permanent ramp across the soft sand. Pambula is also close to lakes, wetlands and country-side. It’s ideal for family holidays and there are families who have been coming here for four generations.

Beach comb the sweeping sands, collect shells washed up with the tide, explore life in fascinating rock pools, lunch with the kangaroos or take a horse ride through the wetlands and river flats.

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Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive Route Information

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.

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