Coastal Highlights

from £1050
excluding flights *
10 nights Year round

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Search for wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, koalas and penguins
  • Browse markets, farm shops and wineries on the Mornington Peninsula
  • Enjoy fresh seafood at Batemans Bay
  • Relax at the beach, hike through forests or take to the water at Gippsland Lakes
  • Explore the iconic cities of Melbourne and Sydney

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental

Full description

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 Melbourne and Sydney.

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Prices & Dates *

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.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price (pp)
Year round 10 nights Toyota Corolla (or similar) £1050

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (mix of hotels and B&B's)
  • Car rental (standard vehicle, Toyota Corolla or similar)
  • Shuttle transfer on arrival in Melbourne
  • Full itinerary, vouchers and atlas
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Melbourne

On arrival in Melbourne you will be transferred by shuttle to your hotel. Spend the rest of today at leisure.

Day 2: Melbourne

Today you have a free day to explore 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.

Day 3: Melbourne – Mornington Peninsula (80kms)

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.

Day 4: Mornington Peninsula – Lakes Entrance (364kms)

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.

Day 5: Lakes Entrance

A full day to explore Lakes Entrance and the many nearby attractions.

Day 6: Lakes Entrance – Merimbula (270kms)

Travel via the towns of Bellbird Creek, Orbost and Nowa Nowa to arrive at your overnight accommodation in Merimbula. Merimbula is situated around the beautiful coastal waterways of Merimbula, Top and Back Lakes. These clean tidal lakes are ideal for watersports.

Day 7: Merimbula – Batemans Bay (180kms)

Depart Merimbula 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.

Day 8: Batemans Bay – Sydney (274kms)

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

Day 9: Sydney

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. Your day is at leisure to explore these iconic sights.

Day 10: Sydney

Another full day to 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.

Day 11: Sydney

Make your way to the airport for your flight home.
This itinerary also operates in reverse

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