Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive – coastal route
1384 km/859 miles, about 19 hours
Take the coastal route for fine food and wine, fabulous beaches and charming beachside towns.
Sample the region's finest at the wineries dotted along the Mornington Peninsula. Drive on to Phillip Island to spot koalas in the trees, watch seals at play and see the little penguins come in after a day in the ocean.
Travel east, taking in dramatic landscapes, deserted surf beaches and the pristine waterways of the Gippsland Lakes along the way. Go slow and spend some quality time unwinding amid the stunning natural surrounds of the Wilsons Promontory and Croajingolong national parks, and stop off in Narooma for a day of whale watching out on the Tasman Sea.
Soak up the coastal vibe, enjoy a variety of watersports, and dine on ocean fresh seafood at resort towns like Merimbula, Batemans Bay and Lakes Entrance as well as smaller, quieter communities in Metung, Mallacoota and Paynesville.
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.
123 km/76 miles, about 1.75 hours
Wander the boardwalks spotting koalas, take a helicopter ride over the island and head on to the vast wilderness and rugged coast of Wilsons Promontory.
264 km/164 miles, about 3.5 hours
Discover the granite outcrops, eucalypt forests and secluded coves of The Prom and then drive on 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.
One of Australia's most spectacular parks, Croajingolong's landscapes are so valuable that UNESCO has nominated it a World Biosphere Reserve.
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.
Wilsons Promontory National Park sits at the southernmost tip of the Australian mainland, offering visitors stunning scenery and wildlife.
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.
One of Gippsland's highlights, Ninety Mile Beach is one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of sand in the world offering a wealth of activities.