A holiday scenic drive from Sydney in New South Wales to Melbourne, Victoria is an excellent way to see the southeast coast of Australia as well as tour the two largest cities in Australia. Australia.com maps out the trip itinerary in 7 days. Of course, you can make your own travel plans when you hire a car and can stay as long as you like in the places that you find the most interesting. Along the way you can take in the quaint charm of the seaside villages, enjoy the ocean, relax on the beaches, and gain access to fun things to do in the ports. There are over 30 national parks along the route from Sydney to Melbourne and plenty of good eats with the rich dairy farms, vineyards, and fresh seafood available. There is another website: Sydney Melbourne Touring that offers itinerary on two different routes one called the coastal drive and the other called the heritage drive. We will highlight some points along the way shared by all of these sites.
Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive Itinerary Photo Credit: sydneymelbournetouring.com
Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive Itinerary Photo Credit: sydneymelbournetouring.com
Sydney to Melbourne Coast Drive Map Photo Credit: Australia.com
Hiring a Car for the Scenic Coastal Drive from Sydney to Melbourne
Sydney to Melbourne Coast Drive Map Photo Credit: Google Maps
Sydney to Melbourne Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au
Sydney Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au
When planning the scenic drive from Sydney to Melbourne, you can hire a car in Sydney before heading down the coast. If you fly into Sydney you can always hire a car at the Sydney Airport. Other car rental locations in Sydney include Sydney east location in Alexandria, or the Sydney southwest location in Ravensby. Be sure to let your car rental agent know that you are headed to Melourne and which route you are planning to travel so that they can recommend the best type of vehicle for your journey. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information.
Starting out in Sydney
Sydney Skyline Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Bondi Beach in Sydney Photo Credit: Surf911.blogspot.com
Sydney is the largest city in Australia. There is plenty to see and do in Sydney and it is our starting point for the scenic coastal drive southward to Melbourne. You can read our blog for places to see in and around Sydney, or visit Sydney’s beaches. We also wrote about 5 Day Trips from Sydney. Sydney offers an urban escape with plenty to do including touring the Sydney Harbour, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visiting Darling Harbour, or playing on some of the most popular beaches in Australia.
The Grand Pacific Scenic Drive
Grand Pacific Drive Photo Credit: Sydney.com
Sea Cliff Bridge Photo Credit: grandpacificdrive.com.au/
The first part of the journey to Nowra is also known as the Grand Pacific Scenic Drive, and that could definitely be a holiday all by itself. We told you about that in a previous blog post; click the link to read all about it. The highlights include Royal National Park, the Sea Cliff Bridge, surfing The Farm, the Minnamurra Rainforest Reserve, and the Kiama Blowhole. If you head inland, you can explore the Kangaroo Valley with its antique shops, galleries, and some historic towns.
Nowra to Bateman’s Bay
Jervis Bay Photo Credit: JervisBayTourism.asn.au
Jervis Bay Wildlife Photo Credit: JervisBayTourism.asn.au
Jervis Bay Dolphin Watching Photo Credit: JervisBayTourism.asn.au
The town of Nowra is a place where you can find historic pubs, antique shops, and a thriving farming community. One of the highlights of this leg of the scenic road trip is Jervis Bay. Jervis Bay is a sheltered ocean bay where you can partake in water sports, relax on the beach, or go boating. Dolphin and whale watching charters are very popular. Dolphins can be seen in the bay all year long; but whale watching can only be done during the annual migrations of the humpback and southern right whales from June to November. During this stretch of the trip, you can visit Booderee National Park or Murramarang National Park. Some of the activities you can plan include kayaking, bushwalking, birdwatching, camping, cruise the Clyde River, or swim with kangaroos at Pebbly Beach.
Batemans Bay to Eden
Eurobodalla National Park 1080 Beach Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Congo Campgrounds in Eurobodalla National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Bateman’s Bay down to Eden is in the southern most section of the New South Wales coastline. The shire that governs Batemans Bay is called Eurobodalla and this area is known as the Nature Coast as well as the Oyster Coast. There are 3 oyster farms here where you can find some of the best and freshest oyster meals. Batemans Bay is known as a great holiday destination for families. There are some pretty amazing adventures, like swimming with the seals off of Montague Island. Eurobodalla National Park is also a must see stop if you are on holiday here. The national park includes coastline beaches and inland rivers and campgrounds. The backdrop of the mountains off to the west is so scenic and breathtakingly beautiful. It is great to be able to see so many different landscapes in one place. There is also plenty to do while here. You can camp in the park or just take in the sights, go boating, bushwalking, cycling, kayaking, fishing, or relax in the surf and sand of the beaches. Further south along your coastal journey is Mimosa Rocks National Park and Bournda National Park. If you are a birdwatcher, you will want to make a stop here to see the Swift Parrots and many more native and migrating birds as you make your way down to Eden.
Eden to Bairnsdale
Whale Watching in Eden Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com
View from North Haycock Point in Ben Boyd National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Eden is one of the last stops in the South Coast region of New South Wales. It is one of the premier spots for whale watching during season. Fishing and boating are very popular. While in town, check out the Eden Killer Whale Museum. One of the highlights of this leg of the Sydney to Melbourne coastal scenic drive is Ben Boyd National Park. The national park harbours national history and Aboriginal heritage. The rugged coastline features a lighthouse that adds to the picturesque views at the southern tip of the east coast of Australia.
End Part One Sydney to Melbourne
This ends part one of our scenic drive holiday from Sydney to Melbourne. In the next blog, we will cover the Victoria portion of the drive as we turn westward at the end of the east coast of Australia and begin to journey along the southern coast of Australia in Victoria on our way to Melbourne.