Sydney to Melbourne, Coastline

12 days - from £1,380

This holiday is ideal for those wanting to experience the magic of two of Australia’s finest cities, while discovering the breathtaking landscapes of the South-East coastline. You’ll uncover glorious white sand beaches, stop through quaint country towns, get close to nature and wildlife while also living-up the vibrant city life.

Highlights:

  • Marvel at the world-famous Sydney Opera House
  • Experience the pristine coastal bush landscapes in Jervis Bay
  • Admire colonial timber cottages in Tilba Tilba
  • See Australia’s largest inland network of waterways in Lakes Entrance
  • Explore Walhalla’s golden history
  • Visit Melbourne, the world’s most livable city

Please remember that this is a sample itinerary; we specialise in creating tailor-made holidays that are unique to you and your style.

Sydney – Jervis Bay – Tilba Tilba – Gipsy Point – Lakes Entrance – Walhalla – Melbourne.

Welcome to Australia

Day 1 - G'Day Sydney

Upon arrival at Sydney International Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. We have nothing planned for you today, so you can relax after the long flight. If you have some energy left, we recommend to take a stroll to Circular Quay to watch the sun set behind the famous Sydney Opera House. There are plenty of pubs in walking distance from your hotel where you can sample some of Australia’s fine ales as well. (Harbour Rocks Hotel, Heritage Room incl. breakfast)

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Day 2 - Sydney at leisure

We have nothing planned for you in Sydney so you can pick what you like best. Public transport is fantastic and it is easy to get around. You may choose to make your way to the Sydney Harbour Bridge – impressive hey? If you feel energetic, climb the 200 stairs up to the Pylon Lookout (entry fee: around £10), where you can learn about the history of the Bridge and enjoy panoramic views. Taking the lift up Sydney Tower Eye is well worth it on a sunny day (entry fee: £17), or visit the National Museum to learn about the country’s intriguing history.

Day 3 - Discover Sydney's beaches

What makes Sydney so exceptional is its wide range of stunning beaches which can easily be reached by public transport. Take a ferry to Manly today and walk through the Corso to get to the main beach. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy Manly life if you don’t feel like a swim. Or, book a surf lesson at Bondi Beach.

Day 4 - Heading south

Pick up your rental car this morning and head south. You will be treated to stunning views and peaceful coastline. It is worth it to spend the majority of the route on the Grand Pacific Drive, a stretch of highway that begins just south of Sydney and terminates in Nowra (2-3 hours’ drive). Upon arrival in Jervis Bay, check into your luxury tent at the Paperbark Camp, a peaceful bush retreat (Original Safari Tent incl. breakfast and dinner).

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Day 5 - Jervis Bay at leisure

Jervis Bay boats calm, clear waters, amazing white sand beaches and pristine coastal bush landscapes. No wonder it is one of Sydneysiders’ most popular weekend getaway. There are three national parks which together include many kilometres of walking trails and deserted beaches as well as providing sanctuary to a wide variety of wildlife and underwater creatures.

Tilba Tilba

Day 6 - The heritage village of Tilba Tilba

Drive back onto the Princess Highway and make your way down south to Tilba Tilba, a lovingly preserved heritage village in the foothills of Mount Gulaga, a sacred mountain for Yuin Aboriginal people. Admire colonial timber cottages as you browse delightful shops and galleries, savour local produce and amble in splendid gardens. (The Bryn at Tilba, Gulaga Room incl. breakfast).

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Gipsy Point

Day 7 - From Tilba Tilba to Gipsy Point

Drive back onto the Princess Highways and head down south to Gipsy Point. Having access to a remarkable diversity of environments – forests, rivers, lakes and coastline – the area is still as nature designed it: unspoiled and famous for its beauty and serenity. Check into your boutique resort on the banks of the Mallacoota Inlet in the heart of the majestic Croajingolong National Park. (Gipsy Point Lakeside, One Bedroom Apartment incl. breakfast).

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Day 8 - Seaside Charm at Lakes Entrance

Drive for 2.5 hours today until you reach Lakes Entrance. Boasting Australia’s largest inland network of waterways, Lakes Entrance has long been a popular Gippsland holiday spot. Cross the footbridge to the popular Ninety Mile Beach to enjoy the pristine surf beach. Explore the lakes in a kayak, join a boat cruise or hire a paddleboat and hit the sparkling waters. (Waverley Cottage House, One Bedroom Cottage incl. breakfast)

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Walhalla

Day 9 - Walhalla's golden history

Today’s drive from Lakes Entrance to Walhalla will take you 2-3 hours. Experience life as it was in historic Walhalla, once one of Australia’s richest towns and home to over 4000 gold seekers. This sleepy mountainside town is now frozen in time and is home to only 20 residents. (Walhalla Star Hotel, Deluxe Room incl. breakfast)

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Highlights of Australia

Day 10 - Welcome to Melbourne

The drive from Walhalla to Melbourne will take another 2-3 hours. Return your rental car, check into your hotel and start your explorations of this bustling city which is constantly voted the world’s most liveable city. To get a first impression, you might want to take the free Circle Tram, trundling along a loop around the city. We are happy to provide you with recommendations on many more things to do in Melbourne. (Alto Hotel on Bourke, Petite Queen incl. breakfast).

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Day 11 - Melbourne at leisure

Explore Melbourne at your own pace today. Meander the city’s many markets, hit the shopping malls, visit the countless art galleries, enjoy a picnic in the Royal Botanical Gardens or, if you haven’t seen enough beaches, take a tram to St. Kilda and wander along the sea front promenade down St Kilda pier. Melbourne is famous for its coffee culture, so make sure to try out one of Melbourne’s top roasters.

Day 12 - Bid farewell to Australia

It is time to sip a last coffee and bid farewell to Australia. Check out of your hotel and make your own way to the airport to catch your international flight. Safe travels!

DETAILS

This itinerary costs from £1,378 per person based on 2 sharing and includes all services and accommodation. Flights are not included.

We recommend booking international and domestic flights together in advance. Please ask us for advice. Alternately, we can book flights on your behalf but a booking fee may apply.

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INCLUDED

  • Prices start from £1,378 per person
  • Accommodation as per itinerary including breakfast
  • Transfers as stated
  • Rental car including unlimited kilometres, damage cover (DC) for the vehicle and third party property, vehicle registration recovery (VRR), administration recovery, GST, Location Fee, Max Cover (which reduces excess to NIL) & GPS (tolls and petrol are not included)
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered