A Melbourne to Sydney Road Trip Adventure

The scenic route from Melbourne to Sydney is a well trodden path but it can be explored in endless ways. There are so many diverse landscapes and charming towns along the way, it can sometimes get overwhelming!

This comprehensive guide covers essential stops, activities, and accommodations for a memorable journey through Victoria and New South Wales.

Before You Set Off

Total Distance & Estimated Time: The journey spans approximately 1,100km, with an estimated driving time of 13-15 hours, not including stops.

Preparation Tips: Ensure your vehicle is road-ready, pack an emergency kit, and secure accommodations in advance, especially during peak travel seasons. Also check the weather in before you go

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Day 1: Melbourne to Walhalla – Exploring Gippsland’s Heart

  • Distance & Time: 185km, around 2.5 hours.
  • Route Character: Begin with pastoral landscapes, transitioning into dense forests near Walhalla.
  • Itinerary: Depart from Melbourne, pausing in Warragul for a heritage walk and a meal at Hogget Kitchen. In the afternoon, visit Yarragon’s antique shops and delve into Walhalla’s gold mining history. Stay overnight in a cosy Walhalla cottage, nestled in a serene forested valley.

Day 2: Walhalla to Carrajung Estate – Slow down to enjoy the tranquillity

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  • Travel Route: Use local roads from Walhalla through Gippsland to Carrajung.
  • Route Character: Experience Gippsland’s verdant farmlands and rolling hills along with the brutalist architecture of Victoria’s energy hub.
  • Itinerary: Depart Walhalla and head deeper into Gippsland towards Carrajung Estate. Spend the afternoon enjoying wine tasting and estate tour to meet the animals. Dine and stay overnight at the estate, and enjoy the region’s culinary delights.

Day 3: Carrajung Estate to Bairnsdale – Gateway to the Lakes


  • Distance & Time: Around 100km, approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Route Character: Traverse scenic rural roads leading to the expansive Gippsland Plains.
  • Itinerary: Leave Carrajung Estate and travel to Bairnsdale, the eastern gateway to the Gippsland Lakes. Explore Paynesville and take a ferry to Raymond Island for wildlife spotting. Return to Bairnsdale for the night.

Day 4: Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance and Beyond – Coastal Discoveries

Lakes Entrance

  • Distance & Time: Flexible, depending on chosen stops.
  • Route Character: Transition from inland to the coastal beauty of Lakes Entrance.
  • Itinerary: Head from Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance for water activities or a cruise. Continue to Cape Conran and potentially Mallacoota for overnight, enjoying the region’s coastal splendour.

Continuing Towards Sydney: Coastal Towns to the Sapphire Coast

Travel through picturesque coastal towns and serene national parks in New South Wales, each offering unique landscapes and experiences. Notable visits include Eden for whale watching, Narooma for its stunning coastlines, and Jervis Bay’s pristine beaches, before crossing the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge en route to Sydney.

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This Melbourne to Sydney road trip is an exploration of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and culinary excellence, providing a captivating experience between these two dynamic cities.

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