Melbourne to Sydney by Camper
Time frame 7+ days
The road between Melbourne and Sydney is perfect to travel by motorhome rental in Australia – so much to see and do!
We’re sharing information on the coastal route, however the inland route is also a worthy trip, with many people doing a round trip to experience both stunning, yet different landscapes. This travel route will be cold in winter, with summer the most popular time to experience. Seven days is a good amount of time, however if you have a few more days, it will allow you to appreciate the numerous walks and national parks that are found throughout this route.
- north east of Melbourne is the Yarra Valley wine region. It’s only about an hour out of Melbourne, and a pleasant drive. Entering the region it doesn’t take long for dry looking farmland to be replaced with lush farms and of course plenty of vineyards. Enjoy time at the cellar doors, and indulge in the local produce. The great thing about having a fridge on board your motorhome rental in Australia, is you can purchase cheeses for ‘happy hour’ direct from the diary for later on in the day! If you’re a chocolate fan, you’ll also enjoy the chokies made locally.
- Phillip Island is a beautiful detour and famous for the Little Penguins and their nightly parade.
- Wilsons Promontory – It’s another beautiful drive south to Wilsons Promontory. You can camp in the National Park (busy over holidays and summer weekends) or there are camping areas outside of the National Park, including a freedom camp at Yanakie if you are travelling in a self contained motorhome rental in Australia. If you camp inside the national park, there is a reasonable chance of seeing a wombat around sunrise or sunset. You should also see plenty of other wildlife like kangaroos, emus and other birdlife. Enjoy the stunning scenery which includes beaches, headland and mountains inside the park too. There are plenty of scenic lookouts and walks to really appreciate the park.
- Enjoy the scenic South Gippsland Highway; however there is also plenty to see on the Princes Highway.
- If time permits, we’d suggest a detour to Tarra Bulga National Park, which is a beautiful rainforest retreat with some nice walks, waterfalls and spectacular scenery. It’s a great drive in, and a good place to stop for a lunch break – a good opportunity to relax in your motorhome rental in Australia to enjoy the local produce you may have purchased in the Gippsland region.
- Enjoy the side roads out to the coast to experience the wetlands and watch the local birdlife. An easy way to lose an hour or two!
- Paynesville is up next, which is south off the highway from Bairnsdale. This is a popular holiday spot for many, and it’s not surprising why. Known as the boating capital of Victoria, it is set on the biggest inland waterway in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s the perfect spot to relax and people watch, although if you’re keen, it’s pretty easy to be out on the water in one of the many hire boats that are available. Eagle Point is also nice, although much quieter with its tranquil lake side setting.
- Lakes Entrance which is another boating paradise – the scenic lookout as you’re entering town, gives a good appreciation of the area. Having both beach and lakeside activities, makes this another popular holiday destination for locals. There are some lovely walks and you’ll find that this is one of the warmest places in Victoria, which may be good to know if you’re travelling in your motorhome rental in Australia during winter.
- At Orbost enjoy a beautiful lookout over lush farmland and on towards the Snowy River. At Orbost you can head back out to the coast along the banks of the Snowy River. There are a number of free camping areas for self-contained motorhome rental in Australia along the banks of the Snowy River. It was a beautiful way to end the day, watching the sun set on the hills around the river.
- Laid back Marlo is a good place to chat with the locals – they just love their fishing and boating. You’ll see plenty of people trying their luck at catching salmon or one of the other prized species. Meander along the coast to be rewarded with plenty more stunning scenery on your way to Cape Conran. There is a national park campground here, with plenty of remote beaches to relax. It’s a popular dive spot, and also the opportunity to see seals.
- Eden is where you’ll get your first glimpse at the ‘sapphire coast’ and with the sun shining brilliantly; it is easy to see how it got its name. Seafood is sold everywhere, with mussels being a local delicacy. Eden still has a working port, so enjoyed parking up and watching the trawlers unloading their catches while indulging in some local fish and chips, or some tasty treats you’ve prepared in your motorhome rental.
- Bega is well known with the Aussies for producing cheese, of the same name as the town. The Bega Heritage Centre gives you the opportunity to taste the product and of course purchase some of those cheeses you don’t see in the supermarket. The area around Bega is very lush and you can tell why the cheese tastes so good!
- Tathra is well known for its old steamer wharf, it is also arguably one of the best places to get oysters in Australia. At Tathra you can also join another ‘tourist drive’ up the coast, rather than taking the Princes Highway.
- There’s plenty of camping all along the Sapphire coast both in National Parks and commercial camps. If you have time and are interested, you’ll also find plenty of bays that offer great snorkelling and fishing.
Central Tilba is a Historic Village. This beautiful 19th century town has been preserved in the most magnificent setting, overlooking farmland in the surrounding hills and a stunning escarpment; it’s easy to lose time here. There’s excellent coffee, two cheese shops including a 100 year old factory, fudge tasting, galleries, boutiques and much more. The feel of the place is very welcoming and well worth spending some time.
- Batemans Bay – another delightful place, situated at the mouth of the Clyde River. There’s plenty to do and of course seafood to enjoy.
- Jervis Bay Village is in the Booderee National Park, which we highly recommend visiting and perhaps enjoying for at least one night, camping. There are numerous walks and beaches to explore. If you need some ‘café time’, there couldn’t be a nicer location to visit than Huskisson, overlooking a stunning waterway. Think white sand and turquoise blue water.
- Getting closer to Sydney detour just north of Nowra to Kangaroo Valley. It was a stunning drive up a mountain which offers spectacular views of the farmland and the coast in the distance. The drive into Kangaroo Valley is definitely a worthy detour, and it was fun to wander around the craft shops and galleries on offer. Returning to the highway at Berry, you’ll be rewarded with a picturesque town which is a good break to stretch the legs.
If you’re planning on doing this route, we’d recommend popping into an information centre after you’ve picked up your motorhome rental in Australia. You’ll find they’ll have plenty of local maps and updated information so you can plan your holiday to your personal tastes.
Travelling along the coast you’ll also find plenty of opportunities for some fishing – if you enjoy this you might like to pack a collapsible rod in your luggage. Check with the local information centres and/or local bait and tackle shops for up to date information on what is biting where and local regulations and exclusion zones/closures.
Please note while great care has been taken putting together this information to assist with your travel plans, sometimes local tourist attractions do change because of weather, conditions or another adverse reason which we are not aware of. We do suggest checking with local information centres as you travel to receive the most up to date information.