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.

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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Phillip Island Nature Park, Victoria, Australia

Day 2: Phillip Island to Wilsons Promontory

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.

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Pillar Point, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Day 3: Wilsons Promontory to Metung

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.

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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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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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Penguin Tour, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia


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.

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Wilsons Promontory, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory National Park sits at the southernmost tip of the Australian mainland, offering visitors stunning scenery and wildlife.

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Kayaking on Gippsland Lakes, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Gippsland Lakes

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.

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Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Ninety Mile Beach

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.

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