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San Remo on the Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive

Tuck into delectable fresh seafood in San Remo, the gateway to Phillip Island, but be quick – the resident pelicans are also partial to the village's bounty.

Freshest fish

Snap up fresh fish and seafood at San Remo Fisherman's Cooperative. Sample freshly-cooked catches from the boats that fish out of the port at a local hotel or café. If you're keen to catch your own dinner, take a fishing charter out into the ocean or fish from the jetty. You'll be competing with the friendly pelicans, which get fed on the foreshore at 12pm daily.

Scenery and historic landmarks by foot

Tackle the six-kilometre (one way) George Bass Coastal Walk to Kilcunda. See the historic coal bore at Bore Beach, and wander on to Shelly Beach, Griffiths Point and Quarry Rocks, where stone was quarried to build Melbourne business chambers. Walk the bridge over to the island for soaring views.

Village life

Wander the village shops and enjoy the picnic, barbecue and playground facilities. Book a caravan, motel room or go resort-style in honour of the village's Italian Riviera namesake.

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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.

Phillip Island Penguins

Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive

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