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Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive route

About the Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive

The inland self-drive route from Sydney to Melbourne is the road to national discovery, along which the Australian pioneer spirit is brought to life in the villages and towns built by the early settlers, the river traders and gold miners who created this nation.

You can stroll down old cobbled streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings, and moments of the gold rush years and the elegant Victorian era that followed. Then enjoy uncovering the stories of our colonial men and women in the towns’ museums, book shops and galleries and their historical sites.

The broad, gum tree-shaded banks of the beautiful Murray River provide a relaxing location for a water based holiday. You can experience the charm of traveling on Australia’s iconic river on a paddle steamer, fish for the famous Murray Cod, play golf on championship courses, or just watch the river flow from one of its pretty beaches.

This road through Australia’s history starts in Sydney, where European settlement began, and where much of its original colonial architecture can still be seen in the Rocks, sitting under the famous Harbour Bridge and across the quay from the iconic Sydney Opera House. The route also takes in the national capital of Canberra, home to world class museums and galleries, award winning food and wine, and a plethora of outdoors and nature experiences fit for the whole family. 

Canberra Hot Air Ballooning

Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive

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Length of Route

1031 km (641 miles)

Additional Tourist Information

The Sydney-Melbourne Heritage Drive leaves Melbourne and makes its way through inland Victoria, pauses in Canberra and then heads east to the harbour city, Sydney.

The route 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.

 

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Regions along the Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive

Accommodation and things to do along the Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive

The River Deck Cafe Balloon Aloft Canberra Balgownie Estate Winery Retreat And Restaurant Bunyip Tours The Great Stupa Of Universal Compassion Kingfisher Cruises Bendigo Tramways Moama On Murray Resort Murray River Paddlesteamers Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Greater Hume Shire Visitor Information Centre Big 4 Holiday Parks Food Fossicking The Bendigo Region East Hotel Quest Schaller Hotel Puffing Billy Railway Rich River Golf Club Resort Diplomat Hotel Parklands Hotel And Apartments Wonga Wetlands National Dinosaur Museum Capital Hotel Group Cockington Green Gardens Lake Hume Albury Botanic Gardens MAMA - Murray Arts Museum Albury Canberra Carotel Motel National Museum Of Australia Bonegilla Migrant Experience Australian Institute Of Sport Central Deborah Gold Mine Bendigo Visitor Centre - Heritage Building Tours Britz Campervans And 4wds 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 American Hotel Echuca Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne Mantra Albury Sea Life Melbourne Icebar Melbourne Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Old Treasury Building Tours Four Points By Sheraton Melbourne Docklands Oaks Hotels And Resorts Echuca Moama Bus Tours Port Of Echuca Discovery Centre Kyabram Fauna Park Moira Stations Starry Nights Luxury Accommodation Quarters The Pevensey Motor Lodge Echuca Paddlesteamers The Strawberry Pick National Holden Motor Museum The Pork Pie And Produce Store By Pacdon Park Port 53 Restaurant @ Radcliffe’s Morrisons Riverview Estate Quest Echuca Billabong Ranch Adventure Park St Annes Vineyards Moama Bowling Club Ss And A Club Albury Questacon – The National Science And Technology Centre Mantra Macarthur Hotel Bendigo Pottery Bendigo Art Gallery Sandhurst Ridge Bed And Breakfast Malayan Orchid Restaurant Gold Nugget Tourist Park The Golden Dragon Museum Moama On Murray Houseboats Novotel Canberra

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  • Region Partner Canberra

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