Two of Australia’s most famous and most populated cities, Sydney and Melbourne are linked by a scenic coastal route that is perfect for road-tripping. Filled with natural attractions that are sure to delight, you’ll find exciting adventures along the way – so be sure to leave some time free for spontaneous day-trips!
Check out five awesome spots worth visiting the Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive below and get some inspiration for your big Aussie road trip.
Sea Cliff Bridge
The first stop along the way is the Sea Cliff Bridge. An architectural wonder, the coastal bridge is one of seven offshore parallel to coast bridges in the world. Located in northern Illawarra, the bridge links the two coastal villages of Coalcliff and Clifton. Enjoy unrivaled ocean views as you drive around the cliffs 455 metres above the clear ocean below. The dramatic clifftop background will also give you the opportunity to spot migrating whales during the season.
Famous for its pure white sand beaches and abundance of natural splendour, stop off at Jervis Bay to unplug and unwind. Situated a little further down the south coast of New South Wales, the area is known for its beautiful beaches and national parks. Take a trip to Hyams Beach to relax on the whitest sands in the world, or head to the Jervis Bay Marine Park for spectacular snorkelling adventures and a chance to get up close to some amazing native marine life including sea dragons and dolphins.
Further along the south coast is the beautiful seaside town of Kiama. Stop off here to explore the Kiama Blowhole, the largest blowhole in the world. Discover gorgeous coastal walks, lush beaches, and serene ocean pools. Walk around the striking headlands past Bombo Beach to see the martian-like rock formations along the cliffs of Bombo Quarry and Cathedral Rocks.
Located at the entrance of the Clyde River, Batemans Bay is a popular destination for divers, with its famed snorkelling trails and colourful native marine life. Filled with nautical adventures, the town is also known for its fresh seafood and sits in the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast. Spend the day enjoying water sports at Surf Beach, go bushwalking in Clyde River National Park or try kayaking on the Clyde River.
The final stop before you reach Melbourne, take a trip to Phillip Island, a small island reserve just off Australia’s south coast. A must for animal lovers, the island is famed for its fairy penguin colonies and daily penguin parades. Catch the parade on Summerland Beach, or explore the island’s sheltered swimming beaches and fishing spots. Keep an eye out for cheeky koalas and look to the seas to catch a glimpse of the island’s fur seal colonies.