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Australia: the best tips between Sydney and Melbourne

The nicest detour to Melbourne meanders along the coast from Sydney. Instead of taking the direct route, our author drove through tropical forests, which smell like a herb garden, to white beaches and made a detour to the mountains. We present the best tips between Australian cities

The best route between Melbourne and Sydney

There are two main routes from Sydney to Melbourne: the Coastal Drive, about 1400 kilometers along the coast, and the one about 1100 kilometers longHeritage Drive through the inland. You should definitely not plan less than eight days for the trip on the coast. If you even take two weeks, you won't regret it, experience more and enjoy more. Rental cars are often cheaper from Melbourne to Sydney, otherwise nothing speaks for or against a certain direction.

Rental vehicles

Those who travel in a motorhome are more flexible. And: the rolling bed helps to save costs. Small motorhomes offer z. B. Maui or Britz from € 75 per day (one way, rental period two weeks, plus disclaimer, for example via Since wild camping is almost not allowed anywhere in Victoria or New South Wales, there is an additional € 30 campsite fee or € 15 per night on the simple, often idyllic campsites in the national parks (, parkweb. Many rental companies try to rent large vehicles hardly more expensive than smaller models. But be careful: although they offer a lot of comfort, parking spaces are difficult to find, maneuvering is more difficult and they use more fuel. Especially in the warm months, the smallest camper is almost always big enough. A mid-range rental car costs (one way, rental period two weeks) at Apex from € 32, or at Thrifty from € 35 per day. For the € 70 per day saved compared to the camper, nice accommodations can be found on the route. Your own meals don't have to be limited to picnics, even when you are driving: many cabins and cottages have well-equipped kitchens. So car or camper is not just a question of finances. Need for comfort, a thirst for adventure and spontaneity also play a role.

You can experience this between Melbourne and Sydney

Canoeing, hiking, cycling

Paddle in a canoe over rays, squid and crabs through the lagoon and mangroves. In addition to really good canoe tours, Josh Waterson and his RegionX team also offer guided bike tours, hikes and ocean kayaking trips.

Region X, 7 Clyde St, Batemans Bay, Tel. 13-00001060,, from € 40

Animals guaranteed

At Pebbly and Depot Beach, kangaroos come all the way to the beach. Koalas can be seen at the Conservation Center on Phillip Island ( A ferry crosses from Paynesville to Raymond Island. Dozens of koalas can be discovered in the wild on a one-hour tour. Seahorses can be seen in the Gippsland Lakes or on the edge of the Mornington Peninsula, wombats on Wilsons Promontory. Dolphins can be seen from a boat or beach in Jervis Bay. Whales roam the coast from May to November. Daily boat tours depart from Huskisson (Jervis Bay). Phillip Island's famous penguin parade begins before sunset. An expensive spectacle (, but well organized and an experience despite the crowds.

Wild Oceans Ecoboat Adventure

More than 30,000 animals make a rocky plateau off Phillip Island one of the largest colonies of fur seals in Australia. The ear seals can be spotted with binoculars from land, the impression from the speedboat is much more intense. With the engine throttled, the boat bobs around Seal Rocks, the rocks on which the colossi sleep, bark loudly or play.
Cowes Jetty, Phillip Island, 11/13 The Esplanade, Victoria, Tel. 03-59512800, € 55,

Food & Drink: The best restaurants along the route

In all coastal towns there are small restaurants, cafés and pubs that offer bistro cuisine for lunch and dinner until around 8.30 p.m.

On the coastal stretch there is a lot of fish, scampi and oysters - and of course fish ’n’ chips, the region’s classic snack. Particularly good:

  • World Famous Fish and Chips (2/54 Owen St, Huskisson): huge portions, super fresh.
  • Blue Wave Seafood (Fisherman’s Wharf, 73–79 Lamont St, Bermagui) overlooking the fishing port.
  • San Remo Fisherman’s Cooperative (170 Marine Parade, San Remo / Phillip Island): large selection, 12 p.m. pelican feeding.

Berths along the route between Sydney and Melbourne

Pebbly and Pretty Beach Cabins

King parrots and marsupials in front of the hut door: The simple cottages are located in the national park, between a forest with tall eucalyptus trees and palm trees, only steps away from sheltered bathing bays. Pebbly Beach is the most visited thanks to the "surfing kangaroos".

Depot Beach Rd 1, Murramarang National Park, Tel. 02-44786582,, from € 80 / cottage / night

Tanja Lagoon Camp

Comfortable safari tents on separate decks with a view through eucalyptus trees of the lagoon in Mimosa Rocks National Park. The quarters have elegant bathrooms and well-equipped kitchens. Bring food for dinner. Kayaks and canoes included, a 20 minute walk to the secluded beach.

142 Haighs Rd, Tanja, NSW, Tel. 02-64940123,, from 135 € / tent / night including breakfast

Jetty Road Retreat

Bright holiday apartments on the slope above the Gippsland lakes between Lakes Entrance and Metung. Partly furniture with a 50s look, terraces with barbecue and guaranteed visits by parrots. If you are lucky you will see dolphins in the lake. The retreat has its own landing stage.

230 Nungurner Jetty Rd, Nungurner, VIC, Tel. 03-51563224,, from € 95 / apartment / night

AdoBe Abodes

Mud brick apartments, cottages and a multi-storey holiday home with terraces, balconies and a dream view of the lake landscape on a large property with koalas, possums and parrots. Peter Kurz, who emigrated from Germany decades ago, built the quarters himself and furnished them in an original way with recycled materials and furniture.

17 Karbeethong Ave, Mallacoota Inlet, VIC, Tel. 04-99777968,, and Tel. 04-09580329,, from € 70 / apartment / night

The Star Walhalla

Charming hotel in the center of the long forgotten gold rush town in the style of the turn of the century with a cozy library, chimneys, lounge and wrought iron balconies. The twelve spacious rooms behind the pale yellow wooden facade are as fresh and modern as the menu in the restaurant.

130 Main Rd, Walhalla, VIC, Tel. 03-51656262,, double room including breakfast from 110 €