Pier at Mallacoota, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive

1380 km/857 miles, about 18 hours

Kick off your Australian holiday in cosmopolitan Melbourne and then hit the highway to experience one of the best road trips the country has to offer. Sail through pristine waterways and get up close to iconic wildlife. Stretch out in the sun on endless sandy beaches, sample fresh local seafood and enjoy a tipple at world-renowned wineries. Finish your journey with a scenic drive up the coast towards the bright lights of Sydney, Australia's biggest city.

Make the most of your trip by travelling at your own pace and choosing what suits you best from our seven-day itinerary. Venture inland on the second leg of your journey and roll along the green hills of West Gippsland, or mix it up and return on the Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive.

Wilsons Promontory, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive – coastal route

Make your way from Melbourne to Sydney, taking in dramatic landscapes, deserted surf beaches and the pristine waterways of the Gippsland Lakes.

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Aerial view of Walhalla, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive – inland route

Take the inland route, joining up with the coast after you've had your fill of farm-fresh produce, crisp mountain air, and local gold rush history.

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Croajingolong National Park, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Croajingolong National Park

One of Australia's most spectacular parks, Croajingolong's landscapes are so valuable that UNESCO has nominated it a World Biosphere Reserve.

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Penguin Tour, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

Penguins

Meet the island's famous penguin and experience that electrifying moment as you spot the first one emerge from the sea and waddle along the beach.

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Wilsons Promontory, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory National Park sits at the southernmost tip of the Australian mainland, offering visitors stunning scenery and wildlife.

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Kayaking on Gippsland Lakes, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Gippsland Lakes

Experience the largest inland network of waterways in Australia, the Gippsland Lakes. Go on board a cruiser or enjoy a range of water-based activities.

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Walhalla, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Walhalla

Discover Walhalla, once a busy gold mining centre and one of Australia's richest towns, and today an historic township in Gippsland's alpine wilderness.

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