Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive
Melbourne to Sydney via Canberra
1117 km/694 miles, about 13.25 hours
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.
154 km/95 miles, about 2 hours
Visit antique shops overflowing with treasures in villages and towns along the road to Bendigo.
92 km/57 miles, about 1.25 hours
Visit the town that outstripped Melbourne in size when gold was first discovered there in the mid-1800s.
244 km/152 miles, about 3 hours
Relax in one of Echuca-Moama's B&Bs or cruise the calm waters of the mighty Murray River in a houseboat.
627 km/390 miles, about 7 hours
Head for the twin towns of Albury Wodonga and on to Yass, a centre for rural and adventure activities.
Replenish the soul, reconnect with nature and share the best of the outdoor life amid the sunny climes of the vibrant Murray River 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.
Re-energise in the natural mineral waters, sample gourmet food and wine and stay in luxurious accommodation in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.
Unearth the riches of today's Goldfields in impressive art galleries, specialty shops, fascinating museums, boutique wineries and esteemed eateries.