Explore the pristine coast that stretches between Sydney and Melbourne on this dreamy 11-day road trip. Discover some of the best scenery in Australia from the Royal National Park to Wilsons Promontory National Park, relax at Jervis and Batemans Bay, and wine and dine in Shoalhaven and the Mornington Peninsula. VroomVroomVroom brings to you the ultimate Sydney to Melbourne itinerary. Pick up your rental car in Sydney and get started!
Day 1: Sydney to the Royal National Park, Sea Cliff Bridge and Wollongong
Day 2: Wollongong to Minnamurra rainforest and Kiama Blowhole
Day 3 & 4: Kiama to Hyam Beach, Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven wine region
Day 5: Shoalhaven to Batemans Bay
Day 6: Batemans Bay to Bega and Eden
Day 7: Eden to Mallacoota and Croajingolong National Park and Lakes Entrance
Day 8 & 9: Lakes Entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park
Day 10: Wilsons Promontory National Park to Mornington Peninsula
Day 11: Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne
Day 1: Spend the day exploring Royal National Park, Sea Cliff Bridge and Wollongong
Royal National Park, Sea Cliff Bridge and Wollongong highlights
Known as one of the oldest national parks in the world, Royal National Park is filled with 11 amazing beaches, walking tracks and of course vibrant flora and fauna. Get in touch with nature and check out Jibbon Beach Loop Track or Karloo Walking Track.
On your drive South, you'll be able to drive across Sea Cliff Bridge. Lucky for you, for an awe-inspiring coastal view, Sea Cliff Bridge is a top contender. You'll see just why this cantilever bridge is so popular once you check it out for yourself.
Next up is Wollongong, this slice of paradise is where you'll find beaches with perfect surfing conditions. This coastal gem is home to the stunning Breakwater Lighthouse, impressive cliffs, rock pools and amazing hang gliding conditions.
Day 2: Discover the Minnamurra rainforest and Kiama Blowhole
Minnamurra rainforest and Kiama Blowhole highlights
Minnamurra Falls is a stunning family-friendly area to explore. You'll find breathtaking rainforests, canyon and waterfall views.
The Kiama Blowhole is one of the most popular attractions in this gorgeous town and for good reason. Found in the Kiama Harbour, water from the blowhole can reach a staggering 25 metres in the air.
You also need to check out Cathedral Rocks which are distinct rock formations that stick out of water. While you are there, take a look at the Cave and bring your camera - this place is worth remembering.
Day 3 & 4: Relax at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven wine region
Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven wine region highlights
Jervis Bay is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Maybe it's Hyams Beach which has some of the whitest sand in the world, or maybe it's the crystal clear water Captains, Hole in the Wall, Bristol Point, Iluka and Whiting Beach boast.
There are some pretty spectacular national parks in the area. Locals rave about Booderee National Park due to its range of scenery. Yep, this park has beaches, gardens, rainforests and an awesome place to camp.
The Shoalhaven wine region stretches from Kiama to Durras and is where you'll be able to spend time at some of the award-winning wineries - sounds good to us!
Day 5: Wine and dine in Batemans Bay
Batemans Bay highlights
Fancy drool-worthy seafood and stunning views? Batemans Bay will be your dream come true. Aside from the world-class restaurants and coastal views, Batemans Bay is the perfect place to snorkel.
The Batemans Bay Snorkelling trail is a must do if you have time. Top contenders include Maloneys Beach, Sunshine Cove Beach and Guerrilla Bay.
Watersports are aplenty. Kayak around the bay and explore the area on water for a whole new perspective into this dreamy location.
Day 6: Experience Bega and Eden
Bega and Eden highlights
Whilst you're in Eden, you need to check out the Light to Light walk that stretches from Boyds Tower to the Green Cape Lightstation. This is a multi-day walk, however you can walk as far or as little as you feel like.
The Ben Boyd National Park is where beach camping, awesome fishing and hiking all come together for an epic experience. Eden is an awesome place for whale watching in spring.
Who doesn't love cheese, right? Well, lucky for you, the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre can be found on your road trip. Stop by, taste some delicious cheese and learn about how it is made.
Day 7: Visit Mallacoota, Croajingolong National Park and Lakes Entrance
Mallacoota and Croajingolong National Park and Lakes Entrance highlights
Located on the coast, Mallacoota has the best of both worlds - beautiful weather year round and the setting of the Croajingolong National Park. This national park is even a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve because of its range of plant species and animals.
You can also check out The Narrows Walk that stretches along the Mallacoota Inlet for water views.
Lakes Entrance is a popular holiday spot due to the Gippsland Lakes, Ninety Mile Beach and the plethora of things to do from surfing, boating and swimming. What's more is the range of restaurants and shops to check out. Because Lakes Entrance is one of the biggest inland water networks, it is known as a seafood capital.
Day 8 & 9: Continue south to Wilsons Promontory National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park highlights
Wilsons Promontory National Park is one of the most loved parks in Victoria. The juxtaposition between the stark granite mountains, rainforests and pristine coastline makes 'The Prom' one of a kind.
Check out the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse at the southernmost tip of Australia. While you're here, make sure to visit Norman Beach and Squeaky Beach. The great thing is there are a ton of places to camp in and around the area.
Climb Mount Bishop, check out Tidal River and go on the Prom Wildlife Walk for an awesome day.
Day 10: Chill out in the Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula highlights
The Mornington Peninsula - it's where you can check out lavender farms and botanic gardens one day and go diving and sailing the next.
It gets better… the peninsula is home to gourmet food and wine. From its farmers markets to its breweries and distilleries, and lovely cafes, any craving you have will be satisfied right here.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, there is a bustling arts scene, golf course, a range of shopping and chic spas to spend your time exploring.
Day 11: Welcome to Melbourne
After an amazing holiday jam-packed with nature, beaches, food, wine and hikes, you'll find yourself in Melbourne.
Melbourne is famous for its street art, world class food, culture and vibrant lane ways - the city is like no other in Australia.
After your scenic road trip from Sydney to Melbourne, you might like to stay in the city and explore all that is on offer. Check out the Queen Victoria Market, cafe hop through the cosy lane ways and stroll around the range of art galleries. If you don't want to stay in the city, you can drive to the Yarra Valley instead and tour wineries and relax.
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Travel time and distance: 8 hours 50 minutes / 878 km