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11 September, 2017 - Updated Last updated on
22 July, 2022

Posted by Spaceships Crew

Sydney to Melbourne is one of the most iconic drives in Oz. If you’re planning a journey down under with one of our super sturdy and spacious Spaceship campers, you simply have to check out this famous coastal route which takes you all the way from the region of New South Wales to Victoria along the southeastern corner of the island nation. You’ll experience everything from rugged coastline to surfer beaches, quaint little seaside towns to waterfall walks, and we promise you that there’ll be some pretty awesome food and some ice cold beers waiting for you along the way too

Planning your trip: from Sydney to Melbourne

The journey will begin in the illustrious city of Sydney, a sprawling and cosmopolitan city set at the foothills of the Blue Mountains and set along the coast of the South Pacific. Everybody knows Sydney and anyone who comes here loves it so we would definitely recommend spending some quality time here checking out the sights.

Your route will then take you along the coast past Wollongong down through the Australian Capital Territory (home to the capital of Canberra located further inland and a great diversion if you wish) then down through Batemans Bay, Dalmeny, Wallaga Lake, Eden and Green Cape where the journey will be an awe-inspiring mix of secluded beaches, rugged rocks and lush green hills.

When you drive through Ben Boyd National Park in particular (at the edge of the Capital Territory), the coastline will be complemented by the verdant vegetation. The next bit of the journey will curve down to face the south approaching the Bass Strait and will take you through a number of small national park zones as well as some pretty towns and villages set along the seafront such as Golden Beach, The Honeysuckles and the iconic Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park

The furthest south you will go is Corner Inlet Marine & Coastal Park before choosing a suitable route to head up to Melbourne, another city that is definitely worth a few days of exploring. 

Driving from Sydney to Melbourne (itinerary)

If you’ve got the luxury of time, this iconic coastal drive could easily be a 14-day adventure, giving you ample time at your starting destination and your final destination to really get into the swing of Aussie city life and to rub shoulders with the local crowds. But if you don’t have two weeks, we think a 7 night / 8-day adventure is sufficient to get a real taste of the Aussie coast. Here’s a rough 8-day itinerary

Day 1: Sydney to Nowra

Take the first stretch of road from Sydney to Nowra along the M1 highway and embark on the famous Grand Pacific Drive. Go over the dramatic Sea Cliff Bridge, which spans hundreds of metres over the ocean, stop off in Wollongong before passing Seven Mile Beach and the famous wine estate of Coolangatta before finishing the day in Nowra.

Day 2: Nowra to Batemans Bay

On the route to Batemans Bay, you will be spoiled for choice with beautiful beaches, seafront picnic spots and plenty of chances to get close to nature such as bird spotting or even dolphin spotting. Some notable areas along this coastal drive include the beautiful Jervis Bay, Hyams Beach, Booderee National Park and the popular stop-off point at Ulladulla before finding a place to park up for the night in Batemans Bay. 

Day 3: Batemans Bay to Eden

Take the A1 highway to Eden, stopping off at Mogo, Central Tilba, Wallaga Lake, Mimosa Rocks, Bega and Pambula.

Day 4: Eden to Bairnsdale

From Eden, continue on the A1 highway which takes you further inland from the coastline and past Wingan River, Tonghi Creek, Lind National Park and Cabbage Tree Creek before winding up at the city of Bairnsdale. There’s also an opportunity to take a diversion if you want to explore Errinundra National Park along the C616.

Day 5: Bairnsdale to Walhalla

On day 5, take the A1, C105, C481 then C461 heading away from the coast all the way to Walhalla which is perched on the edge of Baw Baw National Park. This area is filled with lush greenery and there are a number of campervan and camping sites located in the area.

Day 6: Walhalla to Foster

Hit the C481 before following the B460, C455 and A440 all the way down to Foster. This 2-hour journey can be extended with a few stops along the way such as the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.

Day 7: Foster to Phillip Island

Make tracks for the small town of Fish Creek and then drive through the fishing paradise of San Remo before ending your day at Phillip Island where you can explore the wineries.

Day 8: Phillip Island to Melbourne

Spend your final day exploring the beaches before taking the Mornington Peninsula route to hit the road to your final destination of Melbourne! A great place to stop off on the way in Mornington and once you arrive in Melbourne, you can drop off your Spaceship at our pick-up/drop-off point. If you’ve got a few days to spare after your driving tour is over, don’t forget to spend them enjoying this marvellous city.

Things not to miss on this iconic route

Itineraries, like rules, are made to be broken. If you fancy taking a detour, take a detour! That’s the real beauty of our Spaceship campers – you are in full control of your journey and you can do as much or as little as you like. The rough driving itinerary provided above gives you an outline view of what you can get up to and where you could go during your trip but ultimately, the world is your oyster when it comes to Spaceshipping around Oz…

To give you a little further inspiration, here are some things that we just love about the Sydney-Melbourne coastal drive.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

There are so many sights and attractions in Sydney so you’ll really be spoiled for choice and even though you’ll be encountering so many beaches along the coast, we still think Bondi is worth a visit. It’s the atmosphere that makes it such a great place and it’s awesome for surfing too.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

This is one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks so don’t miss it before you hit the highway! 

Stanwell Tops, Stanwell Park

Not too far out of the city is Stanwell Tops, a great place for a picnic if you ask us. So pack up a sarnie, some Anzac Biscuits and heat up some billy tea then sit back to soak up the views.

Seven Mile Beach, Berry

The historic town of Berry makes a great stopping point for lunch if you didn’t stop for a picnic back at Stanwell. It’s also located close to the beautiful Seven Mile Beach.

Clyde River, Batemans Bay

Park up at Batemans Bay and take a river cruise along the Clyde River with the local boat hire and then feast on freshly caught oysters at the bay’s oyster bars.

Lilly Pilly Gully Nature Walk, Wilsons Promontory

There are numerous walks at Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park, but we particularly love this one which takes you through heathland and rainforest. 

Mogo Zoo, Mogo

The historic town of Mogo is worth checking out if you love boutique shopping and as a 19th Century gold mining village, Mogo has a fantastic old-world feel. Animal lovers should also pop into Mogo Zoo, where guests can enjoy the most amazing animal encounters with lions, tigers, lemurs, Bolivian squirrel monkeys and rhinos.

Whale Watching at Twofold Bay, Eden

This is one of the few places in the world where you can see Humpback Whales feeding during their southern migration in springtime. The calm waters provide perfect viewing opportunities and cruises operate from late September through to late November.

Koala Conservation Centre, Phillip Island

The Phillip Island conservation centre for koalas is such an awesome place to stop off and we definitely recommend it to anyone who loves animals. You can come face to face with these cute, furry creatures in their own habitat and the centre has been designed to offer maximum accessibility for wheelchairs and prams too.  

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

If you’re in the mood to shop, make sure you hit up Queen Victoria Market located at Elizabeth Street. This market has a long history and is recognised as an important historic landmark in the city. Pop in to check out the various stalls selling food, clothing, gifts and more.

Melbourne Star, Melbourne

For great views of the city, go up high in the sky in this iconic city Ferris wheel. If you’ve got time to stick around Melbourne for a few nights and to experience its buzzing nightlife, be sure to go up for sunset in the evening – this is when the city skyline really looks its finest. The wheel is open daily from 11 am in the morning to 7:30 pm at night.

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