Sydney to Melbourne

Sydney to Melbourne Drive via the Coast

This drive is part of the famous East Coast of Australia road trip and can be done via the coast or over the mountains and the Australian Alps.

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Driving over the mountains from Melbourne to Sydney and then returning along the coast on Highway One is a great Australian road trip.

The coast drive is beautiful with so many beaches, bush forest walks, seaside towns and dairy farming country.

This is another road trip that deserves plenty of time. A couple of weeks could easily be spent cruising the coast from Sydney down to Melbourne. Loads of free camping areas can be found as well as budget accommodation options.

The drive out of Sydney and down through the Royal National Park is a must. Make sure to stop and gather information and maps of all the areas along the coast.

Driving Times and Distances between Sydney & Melbourne via the Coast

Sydney to Melbourne

Days 1 to 2 – Sydney -> Kiama

We spent 2 nights in Kiama, great surf beaches and walks around the area as well as the famous blowhole. One day was spent at the Jamberoo Water Park, the kids went non-stop from opening to closing time on all the rides.

Kiama is a pretty little town with loads of accommodation options. The Kiama Harbour View was a good place to stay with a family.

Jamberoo Water Theme Park, Kiama, NSW
Jamberoo Water Theme Park, Kiama, NSW


Days 3 to 4 – Kiama-> Ulladulla -> Merimbula

Visit Hyams Beach on the way – it is said to have the whitest sand in Australia, even whiter than the Famous Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands of the East Coast. So many sweet little towns, bays and plenty of beaches.

Merimbula is extremely popular and has a theme park as well as loads of family activities.

Blue Pool - Bermagui, NSW
Blue Pool – Bermagui, NSW
Towards Narooma, NSW South Coast.
Towards Narooma, NSW South Coast.
Tilba Tilba
Tilba Tilba, pretty little town…

Tilba Tilba is one of our favourite little towns. Beautifully restored historic buildings and lovely countryside.

Day 5 – Merimbula -> Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance Victoria
Lakes Entrance, Victoria

Lakes Entrance is a super town to spend some time in. Nearby 90 mile beach, boat cruises, surf beaches and access to mountain scenery. Explore the lakes and waterways as well as Buchan Caves, McKillops Bridge and Victoria’s most dangerous public road…

Day 6 – Lakes Entrance -> Melbourne

It is a reasonably long drive to Melbourne from Lakes Entrance, 4 hours / 319 km. Following Highway One through Gippsland and a number of large country towns.

or Days 6 to 7 – Lakes Entrance -> Wilsons Prom -> Melbourne

A deviation down to Wilson’s Prom would be perfect if time allows. One of Victoria’s favourite family destinations, ‘The Prom’ has fabulous beaches, wildlife and incredible walks.

From the Prom, it is an easy drive to Phillip Island – home to the Little Penguins and seaside towns that are really popular with families.

What to do in Melbourne

Where to now? Spend time in Melbourne as there is plenty to see and do, then cruise on down the Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles.

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Sydney to Melbourne Road Trip

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