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Driving Distances: Melbourne - Sydney 1160 km
  If you like quiet, relaxed holidays: fishing, beach walking, exploring costal villages, eating the 'best' fish & chips, and simply taking in the natural beauty; this trip between Melbourne and Sydney is for you. Even better from the comfort and convenience of an RV, Campervan or Motorhome.
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    Melbourne is Australia's second largest capital city. There has always been a rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne as to which is the best. It's a bit like comparing apples with oranges; they are that different. There is a level of sophistication, style, and appreciation of the arts and culture, that defines Melbourne. This is evident in its world class art galleries, museums, theatres, fashion boutiques and restaurants. On the less refined side, Melbournites love their sport. Each year Melbourne hoasts the Australian Tennis Open and Formula 1 Grand Prix. Like Sydney, there is so much to see and do that we could devote a whole website on Melbourne alone. We recommend that you spend a couple of days exploring Melbourne, staying in or close to the City before taking delivery of your vehicle to start your touring holiday.  
   
 
Phillip Island .


There is probably no other place in Australia where nature 'shows-off' as much as on Phillip Island. It's like the natural inhabitants are well rehearsed in performing for the visitors. Guaranteed to bring a smile to every visitor's face, the Penguin Parade is by far the cutest. Every day at dusk, a large colony of little penguins, looking like they are dressed in tuxedos, waddle up the beach from the ocean to the safety of their burrows, much to the delight of the 500,000 visitors, enthralled by this spectacle each a year. And the 'oohs & aahs' don't end there. The Koalas, at the Koala Conservation Centre, although considerably less in numbers than the penguins, attract similar attention from adoring visitors. These small bear-like, gum-tree-dwelling, herbivorous (means that they eat lots of gum leaves) marsupials, can be viewed from the treetop boardwalks in the Conservation Centre. Back in the 'wild', a colony of up to 16,000 Fur Seals, treat the south-western tip of Phillip Island as home. What a life! Sunning themselves on the rocks, feeding their young, wrestling, and flopping into the cool water, seemingly oblivious to the onlookers from the shore. Not so oblivious, but more assertive, are the Pelicans at feeding time at San Remo, at the entrance to Phillip Islands. These beautiful birds with their slender necks and oversized bills make great subjects for photographers. After the 11:30am feeding, it's time for the visitors to be fed. There are many options, from buying a fresh lobster from the local fishing co-op and having a picnic on the beach, to dining in one of the excellent restaurants along the Cowes Esplanade. Cowes is the main settlement of Phillip Island and is a bustling hub of cultural, artistic and recreational life. Cowes has beautiful beaches with fine sand that face north, perfect for a swim in the warmer months. If its 'hot' action you're after, Phillip Island is home to the World Superbike Championship held in April and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix held in October. Four-wheel enthusiasts can get their fix when the V8 Supercar Championship roars into town during November.
 
   
  Wilsons Promontory to Lakes Entrance.

Occupying Victoria's eastern corner, Gippsland covers a vast and diverse landscape, from unspoilt beaches to enormous lakes and mountain ranges. From Phillip Island you take the coast road to the popular seaside destination of Inverloch. The main attraction here is the beautiful Anderson Inlet. Its protected waters make it ideal for summer holidays. From here, the road heads inland through rolling hills and dairy farms to Leongatha before turning and heading south-east to Koonwarra. The Koonwarra Store has a reputation for serving "Fine Food & Wine". No longer hungry, you head down to the World Heritage listed Wilsons Promontory at the southernmost point of mainland Australia. Renowned for its spectacular scenery, the 50,000 hectare national park features magnificent and secluded beaches, cool fern gullies, great views, spectacular rock formations and an abundance of wildlife. Of the many excellent walking tracks in the park, perhaps the one that leads to the most breathtaking views, is the one up to the summit of Mt Oberon. Form here get a bird's-eye-view of the Promontory, looking down over moon shaped beaches and rugged headlands. There are so many beautiful aspects to this park, you will want to stay for, at least, a day or two. On the road again, the leisurely drive back through the 'Prom' around to Port Albert is a great opportunity to spot some native animals such as emus, kangaroos and wallabies, and visit Agnes Falls near Toora. They are the highest single span waterfalls in Victoria. Port Albert today is a quaint little fishing village and it's hard to imagine it as Victoria's first established port. Gone is the 'hustle-and-bustle' of the mid-1800's port; but the history is retold in the exhibits of the Maritime Museum and many of the heritage buildings are preserved. From Port Albert you drive past the small townships of Tarraville, Alberton and Yarram, which are among the oldest settlements in Victoria and feature some striking original architecture. Sale is a major centre servicing East Victoria and is centrally located to the Gippsland Lakes, 90 Mile Beach, mountains and many other exciting tourist destinations. The focal point of holiday- makers in the area and one of the most popular destinations in Victoria is Lakes Entrance. Located on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach, where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean, this very pretty place is perfect for a relaxed holiday. You may end up staying longer than you planned, swimming, fishing, boating, eating the 'best' seafood and having an afternoon 'snooze'.
 
  Mallacoota is about a 2:30 hours drive on from Lakes Entrance. Located on the beautiful Mallacoota Inlet, this pretty little coastal town is a popular holiday destination; the major attraction being the spectacular Croajingolong National Park. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve, Croajingolong supports a diverse range of flora and fauna, with more than 1,000 native plants and over 300 bird species. The best way to experience this pristine natural beauty is by the various walking trails.  
   
  New South Wales South Coast Towns .

Eden is a very special fishing town on the beautiful far south coast of New South Wales. It's special, because it has an amazing story to tell about the Killer Whales of Twofold Bay. Eden is the site of Australia’s first mainland whaling station, established in 1828. A century later, Eden became famous for its killer whale pod. Led by a whale known as 'Old Tom', the pod would alert local whalers when other whales were in the vicinity, and whalers and killer whales would unite to herd their victims into the shallow waters of Twofold Bay. Today 'Old Tom's' skeleton, along with other excellent exhibits, are on display in the Killer Whale Museum. Fortunately Australia ceased whaling in 1978 and whale watching has become the favourite tourist activity in Eden

When you say the word Bega to an Australian, they immediately think of cheese. Bega is one of the most famous cheese making areas in Australia. Located just in from the coast, in the beautiful rolling hills and fertile pastures of the Bega Valley, is a pretty place to stop for a picnic lunch on the banks of the Bega River. But first you will have to taste and buy some cheese from the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre. After lunch, explore the town and historic buildings, and visit the Bega Valley Regional Gallery.

Tilba Tilba is one of those quaint places that you can miss if you blink. It's a tiny town with a ton of character. Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba feature an intriguing range of shops and galleries. From antiques and traditional crafts to contemporary art and jewellery - there is something interesting and distinctly original for all visitors to enjoy. It's worth stopping for a coffee and to stock up on some treats like 'humbugs' from The Tilba Sweet Spot, and 'Mrs Jamieson's Tilba Fudge' from the Bates Emporium.

Narooma is another great example of South Coast towns. Although they all vary to some degree in scenery and character, they all appeal to those wanting a nice and relaxed holiday. The most challenging thing you are likely to do all day, is chucking fresh local oysters for dinner. 11 km off Narooma, Montague Island teems with marine life and is a haven for sea birds and seals. A charter-boat tour out to the island is a great experience, escorted by dolphins and spotting migrating whales in the season.

Batemans Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Canberra residents wanting to escape the Capital. It really comes to life on weekends with breakfasts and long lunches keeping the cafes and restaurants busy. For others, it's the simple pleasure of eating fish'n'chips out of a paper wrapper, sitting on the grass overlooking one of the nearby picturesque coves, beaches or the Clyde River. If you miss seeing kangaroos on the beach, Birdland Animal Park has a huge collection of Australian native birds and animals. There are also local art and craft galleries to explore.

Jarvis Bay & The Shoalhaven. You could easily spend weeks exploring the stretch of coastline between Batemans Bay and Kiama. Tourism NSW sum this area up very well: "The Shoalhaven region is a majestic stretch of coast endowed with beaches, bays,interesting country towns and natural wonders. Here the beaches are famed for their white sands and wildlife, the towns for their cafés and old pubs, and the crystal clear waters for their fish, dolphins and migrating whales."
 
   
  Kiama to Sydney .

The 'South Coast' has a unique, special ambience about it. Driving along on a sunny day, through lush-green dairy farms and hills, gently rolling down to pristine beaches and sparkling ocean.... the feeling is bliss! Kiama & Shellharbour are great examples of south coast village towns with glorious beaches, laid-back holiday lifestyle, and friendly and hospitable people. Kiama is famous for its 'Blowhole', where waves crash onto nearby rocks and the water is then channeled up through a large cavity, exploding in a burst of water, high above the spectators' heads. Heading north, Wollongong is undeniably and industrial city; however it is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with beautiful beaches, botanical gardens and harbour, and a growing reputation as a city that appreciates fine food and wine. There are many wonderful coastal views around Australia. Just north of Woolongong, the view from the Lawrence Hargrave Lookout, over Stanwell Park beach and Wollongong in the distance, is considered amongst the most spectacular in Australia. This lookout is of great significance to the history of aviation and the inscription on the monument reads: 'Lawrence Hargrave - 1850-1915 whose pioneering research in aeronautics with engines, monoplanes and box-kites, much of which was carried out at Stanwell Park, played a vital part in the development of the aeroplane'. This place is an inspiration to the hang-glider pilots who, like Hargrave, find the thermals excellent for flying. The Royal National Park is the world's second oldest national park - after Yellowstone in the USA, and is World Heritage listed. The park covers an area of 16,000 hectares and contains pretty picnic areas, beautiful beaches, rivers, creeks, bushwalking trails and rainforests. Being so close to Sydney, it is very popular on the weekends; however it less crowded and more relaxed during the week. You can drive all the way through the park from the Lawrence Hargrave Lookout and come out at Sutherland, a southern suburb of Sydney, less than an hour from the CBD.
 
   
  Sydney is Australia's largest capital city and best known internationally for: its World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, its magnificent harbour, and Bondi Beach. Of course there is much, much, more to this fabulous city. So-much-so, that we could devote a whole website on Sydney alone. Because of Sydney's congested traffic, we recommend that you spend a couple of days in or close to the City, after dropping off your vehicle or staying a couple of nights on Sydney's northern beaches and catching public transport into the City.

Manly to Palm Beach. Although Bondi Beach is Sydney's most famous, the northern beaches from Manly to Palm Beach are more beautiful. Manly is a great place to start. From Manly you can take a short drive up to North Head and look out over, what many people describe as: "the most magnificent harbour in the world". From Manly you can catch a ferry into the city. This is a wonderful and most relaxing way to experience Sydney Harbour and to view the Opera House and the City. Manly has two beaches: a protected harbour beach and the ocean beach, separated by great cafes and restaurants, AND the best fish'n'chip shops. There are 13, beautiful, golden, sandy beaches within 28 kilometres between Manly and Palm Beach; a beach lover's paradise in summer. Palm Beach is also the filming location for the popular television series: "Home and Away". Apart from the beach, it's a beautiful drive around the peninsula and into the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The West Head Lookout has superb views out over the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater; and Bobbin Head is a popular place for picnickers. Holiday Parks are scarce in Sydney; however there is an excellent 4 star park nestled between the Narrabeen lake and beach.
 
   
 
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