Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive
Day 4: Metung to Mallacoota
226 km/140 miles, about 2.75 hours
Greet the Metung morning with a bayside cup of tea before setting sail around Australia's largest group of inland waterways. Take a cruise through myriad lakes and rivers and get close to native birds and kangaroos grazing by the water, or throw down your anchor a while and feed the local pelicans.
If you have a bit of the old seadog in you or just enjoy a spot of fishing, hire one of the small powered boats and take it for a spin. Cast a line at Metung's excellent fishing opportunities and try your hand at hooking some of the local species like bream, tailor, flathead and King George whiting.
Heading 20 kilometres east brings you to the popular holiday destination of Lakes Entrance, where the mighty Gippsland Lakes enters the Southern Ocean. Greet the local fishing boats and take a stroll along the magnificent Ninety Mile Beach.
From here, it's an hour's drive to Cape Conran Coastal Park, an ideal camping and bushwalking area and home to kangaroos, koalas and emus. Stop off for a picnic lunch and immerse yourself in nature's bounty.
Continue on towards Mallacoota and stop into the expansive Croajingolong National Park. Explore the diversity of one of Australia's most spectacular national parks, featuring a world famous eco-system brimming with over 1,000 native plants and more than 300 bird species. Set down your binoculars to embrace the abundant outdoor activities on offer, including kayaking, boating, sailing, fishing and cycling.
Spend the night within the tranquil surrounds of this stunning landscape at Gipsy Point Lakeside resort, located on the banks of the Mallacoota Inlet. Sit back, relax and listen to the sounds of the Australian bush.