10 Day Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

10 Day Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

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Between Australia's two biggest cities you'll find relaxed seaside towns, national parks teeming with wildlife and long beaches where your feet are the only ones on the sand.

Drive from Sydney to Melbourne, and along the way stop to swim the white sand beaches of Jervis Bay, eat fresh oysters in Pambula and spot whales in Eden. Paddle up tranquil Gippsland rivers and hike to the southernmost tip of mainland Australia in Wilsons Promontory National Park. See seals, penguins and koalas on Phillip Island then round out this bucket-list road trip with award-winning Mornington Peninsula wine.

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10 Day Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Start: Sydney
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Stanwell Tops
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
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Coalcliff
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kiama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Berry
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Milton
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
East Lynne
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Batemans Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Central Tilba
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
10
Bermagui
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
11
Pambula
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
12
Eden
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Mallacoota
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Bairnsdale
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Sale
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Walhalla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
17
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
18
Foster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
19
Cowes
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
20
Main Ridge
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
21
Fingal
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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Stanwell Tops

Stanwell Tops
Stanwell Tops is a residential suburb in the north of Wollongong, named for being situated atop the start of the Illawarra Escarpment, above Stanwell Park.
To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Stanwell Tops online attractions planner .

Sydney to Stanwell Tops is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coalcliff.

Things to do in Stanwell Tops

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Coalcliff

Coalcliff ©
Coalcliff is a suburb of northern Wollongong at the base of the Illawarra escarpment, founded in 1797 when survivors of a wreck set out to find Sydney and found coal here, which they used to make a fire for warmth.
Sea Cliff Bridge has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Coalcliff trip planner .

Coalcliff is very close to Stanwell Tops. January in Coalcliff sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F at night. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kiama.
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Sea Cliff Bridge ©
Sea Cliff Bridge

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Kiama

Kiama ©
The name Kiama comes from the Aboriginal word Kiaram-a, which allegedly means 'where the sea makes a noise'.
To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kiama day trip planner.

You can drive from Coalcliff to Kiama in an hour. In January in Kiama, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Berry.
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Berry

Berry
With its historic buildings and leafy surrounds, Berry is a delightful village to visit year-round.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Berry day trip planner.

Berry is just a stone's throw from Kiama. In January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Berry

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphin Watch Cruises as well as White Sands Walk. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with Dolphin Watch Cruises and then kick back and relax at Hyams Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jervis Bay online trip planner .

Drive from Berry to Jervis Bay in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for Milton.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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White Sands Walk ©
White Sands Walk
Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Dolphin Watch Cruises ©
Dolphin Watch Cruises

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Milton

Milton ©
Set in lush farmland, Milton is a delightful heritage town famous for delicious food (including hatted restaurant St Isidore), boutique shops and a stunning farmland backdrop just a short drive from the coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pigeon House Mountain as well as Cupitt's. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pigeon House Mountain and then do a tasting at Cupitt's.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Milton travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Jervis Bay to Milton takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Milton are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to East Lynne.

Things to do in Milton

Nature Parks Breweries

Side Trips

Cupitt's, Pigeon House Mountain
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Pigeon House Mountain ©
Pigeon House Mountain
Cupitt's ©
Cupitt's

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East Lynne

East Lynne ©
Turn off the road at East Lynne and head down to Pebbly Beach, renowned for its resident kangaroos.
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Pebbly Beach ©
Pebbly Beach

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Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay ©
A happy mix of seaside village and cosmopolitan town, Batemans Bay has an easy and relaxed charm that reminds you life is to be enjoyed.
Mogo Zoo has been added to your itinerary.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Batemans Bay route planner .

Batemans Bay is very close to East Lynne. In January, daytime highs in Batemans Bay are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Central Tilba.

Things to do in Batemans Bay

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Mogo Zoo
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Mogo Zoo ©
Mogo Zoo

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Central Tilba

Central Tilba ©
The village of Central Tilba is as beautiful as it is unique.
You've now added Central Tilba Historic Village to your itinerary.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Central Tilba trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Batemans Bay to Central Tilba takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Batemans Bay, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Central Tilba, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 60°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bermagui.
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
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Central Tilba Historic Village ©
Central Tilba Historic Village

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Bermagui

Bermagui ©
Bermagui is a small and vibrant coastal town that offers boutique services and attractions, many unique to this area.
Mimosa Rocks National Park has been added to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bermagui travel itinerary planner.

Bermagui is just a stone's throw from Central Tilba. In January, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pambula.

Things to do in Bermagui

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mimosa Rocks National Park
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Mimosa Rocks National Park ©
Mimosa Rocks National Park

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Pambula

Pambula
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.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pambula trip planner.

Getting from Bermagui to Pambula by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Pambula are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Eden.

Things to do in Pambula

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Eden

Eden ©
Eden is a seaside holiday township and home to the whale-watching cruise.
Cat Balou Cruises has been added to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Eden trip itinerary planner .

Eden is just a stone's throw from Pambula. January in Eden sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 60°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Mallacoota.

Things to do in Eden

Outdoors Tours
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Cat Balou Cruises ©
Cat Balou Cruises

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Mallacoota

Mallacoota
Tucked away on a beautiful inlet in far-east Gippsland is Mallacoota, a popular year-round coastal destination that enjoys Victoria's warmest winter temperatures and cool ocean breezes in summer, with the bonus of its proximity to the magnificent Croajingolong National Park.
To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mallacoota day trip app .

Traveling by car from Eden to Mallacoota takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mallacoota can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bairnsdale.

Things to do in Mallacoota

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale ©
Head to Bairnsdale at any time of year to discover a busy regional centre from which to explore the vast Gippsland Lakes and spectacular Ninety Mile Beach, or the alpine highlights of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes East Gippsland Rail Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bairnsdale online travel route planner .

You can drive from Mallacoota to Bairnsdale in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Bairnsdale can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sale.

Things to do in Bairnsdale

Outdoors Trails Parks
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East Gippsland Rail Trail ©
East Gippsland Rail Trail

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Sale

Sale ©
Set sail from Sale to explore the entire Gippsland Lakes and their invigorating fresh air and outdoor activities before heading back to the Port of Sale for the café culture of a major regional hub.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sale Common State Game Refuge.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sale trip planner .

Drive from Bairnsdale to Sale in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Sale can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Walhalla.

Things to do in Sale

Parks Wildlife
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Sale Common State Game Refuge ©
Sale Common State Game Refuge

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Walhalla

Walhalla ©
Once one of Australia's richest towns and home to over 4000 gold seekers, the sleepy mountainside township of Walhalla is now frozen in time and is home to only 20 residents.
You've now added Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine to your itinerary.

Discover how to plan a Walhalla trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Sale to Walhalla by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Walhalla sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Walhalla

Historic Sites
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Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine ©
Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine

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Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Fondly known as ‘The Prom’, Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s best loved national parks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Squeaky Beach as well as Lilly Pilly Gully. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lilly Pilly Gully and then stroll through Squeaky Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilsons Promontory National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Walhalla to Wilsons Promontory National Park in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Foster.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Squeaky Beach ©
Squeaky Beach
Lilly Pilly Gully ©
Lilly Pilly Gully

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Foster

Foster
Once a bustling gold mining town, Foster is the gateway to Gippsland's spectacular natural attractions.
To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Foster online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Foster takes an hour. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Cowes.

Things to do in Foster

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
You've added Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Wildlife Coast Cruises, Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the galleries of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, get up close to creatures of the deep with Wildlife Coast Cruises, and then identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cowes day trip app .

Traveling by car from Foster to Cowes takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in January, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Main Ridge.

Things to do in Cowes

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Penguin Parade
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Penguin Parade ©
Penguin Parade
Wildlife Coast Cruises ©
Wildlife Coast Cruises

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Main Ridge

Main Ridge ©
Main Ridge is a rural locality south of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, south of and inland from Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, originally known as Main Creek. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Red Hill Estate, Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm and Main Ridge Dairy. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): learn the secrets of production at Main Ridge Dairy, experience rural life at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, and then learn about winemaking at Red Hill Estate.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Main Ridge trip planner .

You can drive from Cowes to Main Ridge in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for Fingal.

Things to do in Main Ridge

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Hill Estate
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Main Ridge Dairy ©
Main Ridge Dairy
Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm ©
Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm
Red Hill Estate ©
Red Hill Estate

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Fingal

Fingal ©
Fingal's rural setting is the ideal home to Victorias first geothermal thermal mineral springs and day spa. After a morning of relaxation and pampering, sample Morning Peninsula's epicurean delights.
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Peninsula Hot Springs ©
Peninsula Hot Springs
Polperro Winery ©
Polperro Winery

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