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Coastal Highlights

from £1243 excluding flights

  • 10 nights
  • Year round
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Highlights

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Soak up the alfresco lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula

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Stroll on beaches and hike in forests at Gippsland Lakes

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Encounter wildlife including kangaroos, wombats and koalas

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Explore the iconic sights of Sydney

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Sample fresh seafood in picturesque Batemans Bay

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Enjoy time at leisure to discover cosmopolitan Melbourne

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

Overview

Drive the coastal road between Melbourne and Sydney enjoying spectacular scenery, delightful seafood and encountering local wildlife. This scenic driving route is the perfect way to travel between Melbourne and Sydney, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the numerous lakes, rivers and beaches that form this attractive area.

Explore the boutique stores and galleries of the Mornington Peninsula before heading east to the Gippsland Lakes. Here you can enjoy numerous watersports and hiking trails, search for a variety of endemic wildlife species or simply relax and enjoy the beaches and mountain scenery for which the region is famous.

Excellent seafood is widely available along the coast and this itinerary offers the chance to relax and indulge in true Australian style. You’ll also have time to explore the cities of contrasting cities of Melbourne and Sydney taking in parks, gardens and iconic landmarks including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Itinerary

On arrival in Melbourne you will be transferred by shuttle to your hotel. Spend the rest of today at leisure exploring this vibrant and arty city.

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Spend more time exploring the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne offering some great boutique shopping, numerous cafes and a thriving atmosphere that is balanced by the relaxing surrounds of Fitzroy Gardens and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Some of the world’s greatest sporting events are held here every year and the city is a real multicultural destination.

Collect your rental car and explore the Mornington Peninsula, arguably Melbourne’s best kept secret. Some of the highlights of the area include Art and craft markets, antique stores, bush walks, Millionaire’s Walk, and koala and penguin reserves. The Peninsula is also one of Australia’s finest wine producing regions.

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Travel through the Gippsland Lakes district, Australia’s largest inland water system. It is a popular holiday destination with wonderful beaches as well as a spectacular hinterland with mountains, rivers and forests. Wildlife in the area includes dolphins, water birds, kangaroos, wombats and koalas.

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Enjoy a day of leisurely exploration taking in the scenic sights of Lakes Entrance and its many attractions.

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Travel via the towns of Nowa Nowa, Bellbird Creek and Orbost to arrive at your overnight accommodation in Eden. The town is situated on the edge of beautiful Twofold Bay, a deep natural harbour frequented in spring by migrating humpback whales. Beowa National Park fringes the southern edge of the bay, offering some excellent hiking trails as well as spectacular ocean views from the Green Cape Lighthouse.

Depart Eden and continue travelling north through the pretty coastal resort towns of Bermagui, Tilba Tilba and Narooma. Batemans Bay is situated on the mouth of the Clyde River and the area is renowned for fresh oysters and prawns.

Arrive in Sydney and drop off your rental vehicle. Spend the rest of your day at leisure in this amazing city.

Sydney is a city full of life and is home to some of Australia’s most world renowned landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Enjoy two days at leisure to explore its iconic sights, wander among the countless cafes, bars, markets and boutiques or make your way to one of the city’s 70 gorgeous sandy beaches. You may like to take visit the various historical sites of Sydney including the Australian Maritime Museum which is home to a replica of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour which landed at Sydney’s Botany Bay in April 1770. Alternatively you could visit the many art galleries or enjoy a harbour cruise at twilight.

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Make your way to the airport for your flight home.

This itinerary can also be taken in reverse from Sydney to Melbourne.

Accommodation Options

We will recommend accommodation for this holiday, but with a wide choice available in Australia, we can adapt to suit your personal preference mixing different grades and styles.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1243 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • Private transfer on arrival in Melbourne
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from around £1,243 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, and rental of an intermediate vehicle.

Prices may vary depending on departure date and booking date, as well as any changes to the included components. The final cost of a tailored holiday will be based on the level of accommodation, size of vehicle, included activities, travel season, and how far in advance it is booked. We will confirm the exact price for your holiday in your individual quotation, based on your chosen travel dates and inclusions.

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To mark our 40th anniversary, we've launched our Education Bursary Fund to help disadvantaged school children experience the wonders of travel. A percentage of revenue from every holiday booked will go into the bursary fund to pay for at least 40 students to join one of our school trips abroad.