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

Day 5: Mallacoota to Narooma
214 km/133 miles, about 3 hours

In the morning, take your last swim in Victorian waters at Mallacoota's popular Betka Beach or peaceful Secret Beach. Prepare for the next leg of your journey by stretching your legs on the one-and-a-half-hour Narrows Walk along the stunning Mallacoota Inlet shoreline, or venture further out to Gabo Island, a 13-kilometre boat trip. Spy rare plants and animals and climb up for the views from the island's distinct pink granite lighthouse.

Back on land and on the road, it's a short drive north until you cross the border into New South Wales. Wind your way along the spectacular Sapphire Coast, taking a gourmet pit stop at Pambula to sample award-winning fresh oysters, or pressing on to surf some serious waves at Tathra Beach.

Once refreshed, sit back for the awe-inspiring coastal strip of rocky coves, bluffs and inlets as you head into Mimosa Rocks National Park, just a few miles down the road. Take the opportunity to stop for another swim in the pure lagoons and then relax with a picnic in the early afternoon.

Continue along the coast for roughly an hour, heading into tiny Tilba Tilba, a heritage town that retains much of its character from 1890s gold rush era. Wander the town and its beaches to absorb the relaxed vibe and historical surrounds, and satisfy your taste buds with some of the region's delicious cheeses.

Head further north to the town of Narooma, which is perfect for an overnight stopover. Just 11 kilometres off-shore is Montague Island, a haven for wildlife and home to the state's only known colony of Australian fur seals. Take a cruise to the island for the chance to spot seals, sea eagles, little penguins, mutton birds, hawks, terns, silver gulls, harriers and peregrine falcons.

Once you've had your fill of wildlife viewing, cruise back into Narooma for the night. Check in at the hilltop Whale Motor Inn for four-star accommodation that will delight with panoramic views of the coast from your balcony.

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Mallacoota, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Mallacoota

Mallacoota is one of Gippsland's great escapes, surrounded by the wilderness of Croajingolong National Park and set on the beautiful Mallacoota Inlet.

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Swimming at Wilsons Promontory, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Beaches

Gippsland boasts some of the state's most beautiful beaches, perfect for all types of visitors be they families, anglers or surfers.

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Gipsy Pont, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Gipsy Point

Unwind amid the natural beauty of Gypsy Point and head out to explore the diverse landscapes and rugged coastline of Croajingalong National Park.

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Narooma, New South Wales, Australia

Montague Island

Take a cruise around the pristine marine environment of Montague Island, home to native birds, little penguins, fur seals and abundant marine life.

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Tilba Tilba, New South Wales, Australia

Tilba Tilba

Pull up at this picturesque farming town and spend an afternoon tackling the walking trail to the top of Mount Dromedary, a sacred Aboriginal site.

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