Don’t have time for a long break from work? Only wanting to take a mini break? Well a trip along the coast is just what you need to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The trip along the Coastal Drive, Sydney to Melbourne will take you through beautiful lush greenery, solitary beaches and seaside towns.
We begin our trip leaving Sydney, and heading down through the Royal National Park playing spot the kangaroo. Making our way out onto the Grand Pacific Drive and up to Stanwells Park’s Bald Hill Lookout, you will not see a more pristine view. Heading south down through Wollongong to Kiama, stop off at the iconic Kiama Blowhole and Lighthouse. After a beautiful lunch at the beachside eateries, drive alongside the white sandy beaches of Shoalhaven Heads and the quaint little village town of Berry. Stopping in Nowra to set up camp at the various caravan parks and campgrounds in Nowra, for a relaxing evening before the next leg of the journey.
Leaving Nowra and heading for Jervis Bay to take a walk through the National Park, or go for a swim at Hymans Brach. Drive down to Ulladulla and travel through the small coastal towns before reaching Ulladulla Harbour to enjoy beachside fish and chips. 40 minutes out of Ulladulla we reach our destination for the day, Batemans Bay. Head on over to Mogo Zoo, situated in the historic gold mining town of Mogo, even get up close and personal with many of the animals, including playing with the Meerkats, spending the day as a keeper and taking the Primate Island Cruise.
After a restful sleep, we depart Batemans Bay and head on down to Tilba Tilba to enjoy some locally crafted cheeses before hitting the road again for the Bega region to enjoy snorkelling, surfing and bushwalking in the Mimosa Rocks National Park. When arriving in Eden, head onto the Eden Killer Whale Museum to learn of their history and the relics of their interactions with humans. If you are lucky enough to come during May and November, you will get to see the humpback whales in their annual migration.
Heading across the Victorian border we come to Mallacoota with a beautiful unspoilt coast, surrounded by the magnificent Croajingolong National Park. Mallacoota is perfect for a nice relaxing swim or snorkel. Coming up to Lakes Entrance, you can wander the legendary Ninety Mile Brach, take a hike to ‘the entrance’ of the Gippsland Lakes, enjoy a boat cruise or even hire a paddleboat and take a trip on your own. Finishing the day in Bairnsdale, take a bike ride along the East Gippsland Rail Trail, visit the Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place home to a vast collection of artefacts, art and information where you can learn about the culture of the Aboriginal people of East Gippsland. Why not also take a Bairnsdale Air Charter to see the Gippsland Lakes and Ninety Mile Beach from the air.
We leave Bairnsdale to head on down to Foster, which is only a short drive. We stop over in Port Albert to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. Take a sailing tour on a luxury catamaran with Nooramunga Sailing Tours, visit the Regional Maritime Museum, or simply enjoy the Marine and Coastal Park. Head on over to Port Welshpool and enjoy the Snowy River National Park with its magnificent river scenery, deep gorges and forests. Finishing in Foster, maybe head off on a Kraken Tour which is a 45 minute high speed boat ride. Looking for something a little more laid back? Visit the lovely picnic spot of Pearl Park and enjoy a relaxing, laid back afternoon.
Leaving Foster we head into Phillip Island to explore its breathtaking beauty or rugged coastlines and idyllic beaches. Here you can have wildlife encounters, such as watching hundreds of little penguins waddle from the sea at dusk and into their nests into the dunes. Spot koalas dozing in the eucalyptus or the wallabies grazing at sunset. Head over to the Maru Koala and Animal Park in Grantville and explore the out-of-this-world adventures including mini golf, interacting with dingoes, hand feeding kangaroos and cuddling baby joeys. Visit the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm to learn how to reel in a fish in the indoor rainforest pool. There is so much to do here that you will be lost at where to start first.
After a busy day at Phillip Island, hit the final leg of the journey up to Melbourne, and experience beautiful restaurants, bustling shopping malls, and gorgeous historical buildings. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and take the City Circle Tram to see all this city has to offer. Take to the skies in a Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise, or go back in history on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour of Melbourne. No matter what, there is an endless amount of activities to experience.