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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore gold rush history by scenic railway, wander through restored boom-time architecture, or take a trip down the famous Long Tunnel Mine.
A popular holiday spot, Lakes Entrance is located on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean.
Get moving with a range of snow sports in winter or visit during the warmer months to enjoy bushwalking, hiking, cycling, rafting and abseiling.
One of Australia's most spectacular parks, Croajingolong's landscapes are so valuable that UNESCO has nominated it a World Biosphere Reserve.