Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive - Australian Tours
Travel at a leisurely pace on this self drive tour which includes 3 nights in both Sydney & Melbourne and four overnight stops enroute along the New South Wales and Victoria coast.
Begin with 3 night stay in Sydney, giving you ample time to explore this popular city. As you begin your self drive journey southwards, your drive takes you along some of southern Australia’s stunning coastline. Take the time to explore the bays and beaches before arriving in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, for a 3 night stay.
Day 1 Sydney to Huskisson (120 miles)
Collect your car from the Hertz office and drive south on Highway 1 before taking the turnoff to Jervis Bay in time for a late afternoon swim or surf. Jervis Bay is famed for its white sand, its clear water and its friendly dolphins; it has tranquil waters and great beaches.
Hotel: Dolphin Sands B&B.
Day 2 Huskisson to Tilba Tilba (125 miles)
Continue south to arrive at the wonderfully preserved villages of Central Tilba Tilba, an area renowned for its clean uncrowded beaches and beautiful forested mountains. (B)
Hotel: The Bryn at Tilba
Day 3 Tilba Tilba to Gipsy Point (125 miles)
Leave Tilba Tilba behind and continue to Mallacoota and Gipsy Point. Nestled in the heart of Croajingalong National Park, this amazing getaway is located on the water’s edge of Mallacoota Lakes near to the junction of the beautiful Genoa and Wallagaraugh rivers. (B)
Hotel: Gipsy Point Lakeside Resort
Day 4 Gipsy Point to Metung (140 miles)
Continue on the Princess Highway towards Lakes Entrance and the stylish village of Metung. Set in the heart of the picturesque village of Metung, The Moorings is the only waterfront resort on Australia’s largest inland lake system, the Gippsland Lakes. (B)
Hotel: The Moorings at Metung
Day 5 Metung to Phillip Island (187 miles)
You’ll take an inland route today, passing through the country towns of Sale and Moe before heading south towards the coast and pretty Phillip Island. The first inhabitants of Phillip Island were the aboriginal Bunurong tribe, followed by a succession of ranchers all who faced tough times with the climate. Chicory farmers did best and for over 100 years it was the main product of the area; the remaining chicory kilns with their pyramid shaped roofs are a Phillip Island icon. Nowadays tourists come to see the daily penguin parade at Summerland beach. Be sure to get there before the sun sets and see the penguins waddle up the beach after a days fishing; it’s a truly amazing sight.
Hotel: Comfort Resort Kaloha
Day 6 Phillip Island to Melbourne
This morning make your way to Melbourne, perhaps making a detour to explore the Mornington Peninsula with its vineyards, olive groves and historic country house hotels. Melbourne was at one time the nations’ capital and still lays claim to being Australia’s most livable city, rich in culture and with a 175 year heritage. After checking into your hotel the rest of the day is free to explore on your own. Melbourne is an exciting, creative, ever-changing city with extraordinary surprises to be discovered in every basement, alleyway and rooftop. Experience the essence of Melbourne’s cultural heritage, with its historic architecture and meandering lanes; its vast open market, resplendent gardens and vibrant riverbank. Explore the historic arcades, seek out the hidden bars, and enjoy the amazing cuisine and incredibly European café and restaurant culture for which the city is so famous.
Hotel for 2 nights: Vibe Savoy
Day 7 Melbourne
You have your car until 5pm today. Perhaps head for the Yarra Valley and explore the vineyards, head south to Geelong for the day or maybe take the car back early and explore some more of Melbourne.
Day 8 Melbourne Departure
Take a shuttle transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
- Private transfer on arrival in Sydney
- 10 nights accommodation as shown
- Breakfast daily. - Sydney Opera House Guided tour
- Half Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour
- Hertz Standard Sedan Car Rental
- 5 days including: Unlimited kilometres, standard insurance (excess applies - see below)
- Half Day Melbourne City Sightseeing Tour
- Airport shuttle transfer in Melbourne
- Airfare to/from Australia - We can arrange this for you, please ask for an airfare when making your enquiry.
- Optional touring
- Meals other than specified above
- Car fuel or parking fees - Optional car insurance (see below*)
* Car Rental - Optional insurance
Child prices available on request
Tour not available during festival or sporting events, or at Christmas & New Year.
Holiday Name : Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive
Reference : 1CH