Aerial view of Walhalla, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive – inland route

Take the inland route from Melbourne to Sydney, re-joining the coastal route after you've had your fill of crisp mountain air and local gold rush history.

Explore the snow gum forests and lush river valleys of the stunning alpine scenery around Mt Baw Baw.

Stop in Walhalla to get a glimpse of life as it was in the gold rush era. Wander through this town of less than 20 residents that's been lovingly preserved as it was in its 1860s gold-mining heyday.

Drive on through lush farmland to Metung, gateway to the expansive Gippsland Lakes. Bust out your hiking boots or hire a boat to explore the pristine waterways.

Next stop is the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Croajingolong National Park before the journey continues up the coast to Sydney.

Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Day 1: Melbourne to Phillip Island

197 km/122 miles, about 2.5 hours
Swim with dolphins and seals, spot koalas in the trees and get a taste of the good life at wineries and spas from the peninsula to Phillip Island.

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Rolling farmlands around Yarragon, Gippsland, Victoria

Day 2: Phillip Island to Walhalla

192 km/119 miles, about 3 hours
Get a bird's-eye view of Phillip Island, explore the stunning alpine scenery of Mt Baw Baw National Park and discover historic Walhalla.

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Metung, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Day 3: Walhalla to Metung

190 km/118 miles, about 2.75 hours
Depart historic Walhalla and head coastal to Metung, gateway to the aquatic wonderland of the Gippsland Lakes.

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Lakes Entrance, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Day 4: Metung to Mallacoota

226 km/140 miles, about 2.75 hours
Cruise around the myriad lakes, rivers and beaches, try a spot of fishing and take a walk through one of Australia's most spectacular national parks.

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Mallacoota, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Day 5: Mallacoota to Narooma

214 km/133 miles, about 3 hours
Enjoy an awe-inspiring drive up the coast past rocky coves, bluffs and inlets and then take a cruise out to the wildlife haven of Montague Island.

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Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Day 6: Narooma to Jervis Bay

175 km/109 miles, about 2.5 hours
Wake yourself up in the warm waters of Narooma's Surf Beach and then mingle with dolphins, penguins and humpback whales in the Jervis Bay Marine Park.

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Grand Pacific Drive Bridge, New South Wales, Australia

Day 7: Jervis Bay to Sydney

185 km/115 miles, about 2.75 hours
Take in stunning coastal views and seaside blowholes, walk through the trees in Kiama and then drive along the winding Sea Cliff Bridge to Sydney.

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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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Gold panning, Walhalla, Gippsland, Victoria

Gold rush history

Explore gold rush history by scenic railway, wander through restored boom-time architecture, or take a trip down the famous Long Tunnel Mine.

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Lakes Entrance, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Lakes Entrance

A popular holiday spot, Lakes Entrance is located on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean.

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Mt Baw Baw, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Mt Baw Baw

Get moving with a range of snow sports in winter or visit during the warmer months to enjoy bushwalking, hiking, cycling, rafting and abseiling.

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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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