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Coastal Highlights

from £1,087 excluding flights

  • 10 nights
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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

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Melbourne

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.

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.

Day 2 Melbourne

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.

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.

Day 3 Melbourne - Mornington Peninsula (80 kms)

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.

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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Day 4 Mornington Peninsula - Lakes Entrance (364 kms)

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.

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 exploring Lakes Entrance

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

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

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Day 6 Lakes Entrance - Merimbula (270 kms)

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

Travel via the towns of Bellbird Creek, Orbost and Nowa Nowa to arrive at your overnight accommodation in Merimbula. The town 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 (180 kms)

Depart Merimbula 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.

Depart Merimbula 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.

Day 8 Batemans Bay - Sydney (274 kms)

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

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

Days 9-10 exploring 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. 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.

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.

Day 11 depart Sydney

Make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Make your way to the airport for your flight home.

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.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £1,087 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.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental (standard vehicle, Toyota Corolla or similar) including GPS
  • 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 £1,087 per person, based on 2 sharing a room in standard accommodation, and vehicle rental with GPS.

Prices may vary depending on departure date, or should you prefer alternative categories of accommodation or vehicle size. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

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