Take the family on a coastal journey from Melbourne to Sydney. This touring route guarantees lots of fun for the whole family, the kids are bound to be wowed by the incredible natural wildlife, at the same time you are gob-smacked by the beautifully rugged landscapes. Enjoy spending time at the beach, or check out some of the local craft markets and pick up some souvenirs to take home with you.
1. Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory National Park
Affectionately referred to as ‘the prom’, Wilsons Promontory is the southernmost point of mainland Australia.
With some of the most spectacular scenery on offer of granite mountains, forest, beaches and beautiful coastlines, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to stay for a few days and explore as much of this magnificent region as possible. Tidal River Campground is the perfect place to anchor yourself in the region with lots of fun activities like bushwalking to participate in without having to take the camper out for the day
Wilsons Promontory light station is located on a small peninsula, jutting into the incredible Bass Strait. Once you’ve finished photographing the sunrise from the light-station, you can spend the morning snorkeling or diving at the protected marine national park where you can spot Red Velvet-fish, Eastern Blue Groper and wrasse as well as Leafy Sea-dragons and schools of Barber Perch as well as limpets, snails, anemones, brittle-stars and sea-stars.
2. Wilsons Promontory National Park to Lakes Entrance
3hrs 41mins (287kms)
A popular Gippsland holiday spot with loads of seaside charm, water-based activities and some of the most delicious seafood Australia has to offer. You can even take a day trip to the famous Snowy River or go on a dolphin spotting eco-tour!
Lakes Entrance, located where the Gippsland Lakes meet the Southern Ocean, is renowned as a seafood capital. You can either spend the day trying to catch your own or enjoy dinner made for you at the exceptional Floating Dragon Dockside Restaurant. The Floating Dragon boasts flawless views, impeccable food and great service. It is well worth spoiling yourself for the evening and trying one of their whole steamed fish!
3. Lakes Entrance to Eden
2hr 45mins (238kms)
Wake up and watch the sunrise on 90 Mile Beach before heading along the coast to the Gateway of New South Wales - Eden. A historical port nestled within a striking coastal wilderness identified by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve.
Set on magnificent Twofold Bay – the third deepest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere – marine life benefits enormously from the meeting of several major currents that bring with them nutrients and life from the north, south and east. Eden is a great place to indulge in a little bit of whale watching!
The Nearby Nadgee Nature Reserve is one of a handful of truly natural world wilderness areas. While you’re walking around, don’t forget to keep your eyes up as well as down with so much Australian wildlife in its natural environment you can see Koalas, lizards or goannas, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, sugar-gliders, bandicoots and possums.
4. Eden to Narooma
1hr 37mins (129kms)
We’re pretty sure the song ‘we’re all going on a summer holiday’ was written about Narooma. A winding river snaking its way around the town with lots of activities on offer indicate this town was made for summer holidays.
With one of the highest rated golf courses in Australia, Narooma Golf Course is offers breathtaking views above the raging sea below.
A day trip to Montague Island has New South Wales only known colony of Australian fur seals, sea eagles, little penguins, mutton birds, hawks, terns, silver gulls, harriers and peregrine falcons.
If you visit in May, seafood lovers will be spoiled for choice at the Narooma Oyster Festival. The Festival has something for everyone from fine foodies to families, combining a cosmopolitan quality food experience with family entertainment.
5. Narooma to Jervis Bay
2hrs 44mins (194kms)
Famous for its wildlife, beautiful white sand beaches and natural attractions - Jervis Bay is a favourite holiday stop for all of the family. You’ll have trouble dragging yourself home at the end of the day from Hyams Beach, where you can spend the day relaxing on the white sand or participate in a range of water sports on offer.
One of the star attractions of the region would have to be a visit to see the hump-back whales migrating up the coast. Classified as a marine park, whales aren’t the only attraction the bay is host to abundant wildlife, including seals, sea eagles, penguins, gannets and resident dolphins.
Visit the monthly craft markets and pick up something locally made, enjoy cooking up a dinner sure to make the other campers in the park envious when you pick up some local produce from the produce markets and freshly caught fish from one of the many bay and ocean beaches, lagoons, secret coves and hidden creeks.
Your visit to Jervis Bay isn’t complete without a visit to Bidjigal Arts and Crafts shop, which has Aboriginal creations by Laddie Timbery and his family as well as boomerang throwing demonstrations.
6. Jervis Bay to Sydney
2hrs 45mins (185kms)
Take the scenic route to Sydney and make a stop at Kiama to check out the impressive blowhole. Continue winding your way along the coast through Wollongong, the iconic sea cliff bridge, stunning vistas at Bald Hill, and the Royal National Park – the second oldest national park in Australia.
Take in some local Sydney culture and enjoy 25% off at the
Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour . The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and led by Aboriginal guides. The two-hour tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape; and how the billion-year old harbour, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna continue to influence how Aboriginal people live today.