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Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive

From the unparalleled grandeur of the coast to the spectacular vistas of the Australian Alps, Sydney-Melbourne Touring’s three distinctive travel routes – Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive, Sydney-Melbourne Heritage Drive and the Great Alpine Road, all offer experiences to remember.

Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive

The coastline between Sydney and Melbourne is some of the most spectacular in Australia, with tranquil coves, long, golden beaches and wild, rocky shorelines carved by the mighty Pacific and Southern oceans. Here, there’s no end to the fun that can be had on the water – from surfing, sailing and snorkeling to seeing dolphins, penguins and whales in the wild.

Vast stretches of the coastline have been preserved as national parks, teeming with native flora and fauna, including kangaroos, koalas, emus and native parrots. Walk on pure white beaches at Jervis Bay, learn about Aboriginal bushfoods on a guided tour, or cruise, waterski or kayak around the Gippsland Lakes.

The route also offers many opportunities to explore the coastal hinterland, including historic hamlets such as Walhalla and Central Tilba, or the Mornington Peninsula’s fabulous food, wine, golf and spa offerings. At the Illawarra Fly visitors can literally walk through the treetops, while at Buchan Caves they can enter a 400 million-year-old limestone wonderland. With so much to see and do, the Coastal Drive is an essential Australian touring experience.

Sydney-Melbourne Heritage Drive

The inland route between Melbourne and Sydney is a journey through Australian history. Discover timeless indigenous culture, the relics of colonial times, and an ancient river that is the perfect place to soak up the sun.

From Melbourne, the Heritage Drive travels to the gold rush region around Bendigo. Visitors can plunge down old goldmines, see Chinese Dragons and dine in ornate civic buildings now refashioned as cool bars and restaurants. Then it’s on to the mighty Murray River, where paddlesteamers offer a fun way to get downstream and the many farmgates offer fresh produce for sale. Barmah National Park is the place to see giant river redgums, native wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos, and Aboriginal scar trees. Then it’s on to Rutherglen, famous for its fortified wines, where family vineyards have been handed down through the generations.

The nation’s capital, Canberra, is an architect-designed political hub that is home to some of the country’s most important institutions. From here, the Southern Highlands of New South Wales offer lush green vistas and quaint villages, including Bowral, the birthplace of cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman.

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