Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive

Melbourne to Sydney via Canberra
1117 km / 694 miles, about 13.25 hr

Chart a course from Melbourne to Sydney on The Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive via the nation's capital, Canberra. Travel through historic gold rush towns, hit the greens on local golf courses and sample varietals at award-winning wineries. Drive across the Goldfields region and continue on to the mighty Murray River, home to the world's largest fleet of paddle steamers. The galleries and gardens of Canberra are next, and then it's on to New South Wales and Sydney, with its iconic landmarks the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and famous Bondi Beach.

Bendigo Town Hall, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

Leg 1: Melbourne to Bendigo

154 km / 95 miles, about 2 hr

Visit antique shops overflowing with treasures in villages and towns along the road to Bendigo.

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Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

Leg 2: Bendigo to Echuca-Moama

92 km / 57 miles, about 1.25 hr

Visit the town that outstripped Melbourne in size when gold was first discovered there in the mid-1800s.

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Albury Railway Station, The Murray, Victoria, Australia

Leg 3: Echuca-Moama to Albury Wondonga

244 km / 152 miles, about 3 hr

Relax in one of Echuca-Moama's B&Bs or cruise the calm waters of the mighty Murray River in a houseboat.

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Albury Railway Station, The Murray, Victoria, Australia

Leg 4: Albury Wodonga to Sydney

627 km / 390 miles, about 7 hr

Head for the twin towns of Albury Wodonga and on to Yass, a centre for rural and adventure activities.

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Murray River, Mildura, Victoria, Australia

The Murray

Unwind along the mighty Murray River and enjoy the region's balmy weather, renowned slow food, wine, golf courses, sandy beaches and red gum forests.

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Rutherglen, High Country, Victoria, Australia

Rutherglen wine region

Spend a few days in and around Rutherglen exploring the 21 cellar doors in close proximity. Sample the iconic fortifieds and a new breed of wines.

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Craig's Royal Hotel, Ballarat, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia


Unearth the riches of today's Goldfields in impressive art galleries, specialty shops, fascinating museums, boutique wineries and esteemed eateries.

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Peppers Springs Retreat & Spa, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges

Take to the rejuvenating waters of Daylesford in a mineral spa, indulge in a delicious meal of local produce, or unwind in a luxury room by the lake.

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Victoria's history