Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive
Leg 4: Albury Wodonga to Sydney
627 km/390 miles, about 7 hours
Leave the Murray River and the twin towns of Albury Wodonga and head to the historic town of Yass. Settled in the 1800s by explorer Hamilton Hume and the poet Banjo Paterson, Yass is today a centre for many rural and adventure activities.
Canberra, the Australian capital, is home to national institutions and attractions, most of which are located near or around Lake Burley Griffin. Parliament House's 81-metre flagpole on top of Capital Hill is visible as you approach the city from all directions. Take a tour through the art collection and architecture of this magnificent building, and see Parliament sitting from the public galleries. Visit the Australian War Memorial, regarded as one of the most impressive war museums in the world, and see exhibitions and the collection of more than 100,000 artworks at the National Gallery of Australia.
And if you find yourself in Canberra in spring, make sure you join the month-long floral extravaganza, Floriade. Call in at Berrima to peruse the antique and craft stores before continuing to Sydney. Famous for iconic architecture, including the Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House, the city also offers great beaches, including the famous Bondi, fast-paced entertainment, shopping and a beautiful harbour.