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Sydney to Melbourne, Coastline

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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)

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).

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).

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).

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)


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)

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).

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!


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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What's 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
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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.


  • 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.

The capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Explore the famous coastal beaches like Bondi, Bronte, Coogee and Palm Beach. Explore the jungles of Sydney Harbor National Park, dine in world-class restaurants, visit Blue Mountai
Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. Explore the hidden halls and rooftops of Melbourne, Federation Square cultural hubs, bars, boutiques and restaurants, as well as the iconic MCG. Visit St Kilda, Royal Botanic Garden, Brunswick Street bohemian style, and the Spring Horse Carnival.
Located in the tropical Far North Queensland, Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Stunning beaches, spectacular hinterland, local and organic produce, delightful cafes and bars, a hustle and bustle market and its friendly and relaxed community make Cairns a favorite holiday destination.
The capital of Western Australia, Perth, is known for its exquisite beaches. However it also has bustling city areas filled with amazing shopping, nightlife and dining. Discover stylish bars in Northbridge or visit theater along streets of Subiaco.
Brisbane is Queensland's vibrant and elegant capital and gateway to major tourist destinations. It's a large city on the Brisbane River and is a blend of cultural institutions and South Bank restaurants with riverside parks and lagoons.
Uluru/ The Red Centre
The Red Centre is an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia's most sacred sites, including Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa. The only town of sizable population is Alice Springs.
Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums and culture. It's known as the city of the Australian festival. Spacious boulevards and lush gardens in Adelaide are becoming an event of endless excitement.
Great Barrier Reef
Explore the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, stretching over 2,000 kilometers along the Queensland coastline. Snorkel, dive, or cross-reef flight. Sail to Whitsundays, trekking the Daintree Forest or relax on tropical islands like Hayman and Lizard.
The 74 Whitsunday Islands lie between the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, a massive stretch of coral teeming with marine life. Most of the islands are uninhabited.
Byron Bay
Byron Bay is a lovely coastal town in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales. It’s a popular holiday destination, known for its beaches, surfing and scuba diving.
Fraser Island
Fraser Island, off Australia’s eastern Queensland coast, is the world's largest sand island, stretching over 120km. Panoramic viewpoints include Indian Head, a rocky outcrop on the island's easternmost tip, and the Cathedrals, a cliff famous for sculpted ribbons of coloured sand.
Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is a renowned wine-producing region northeast of Adelaide, in South Australia. The area encompasses towns such as Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa, and an array of high-profile wineries offering tours and cellar-door tastings.
Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves, home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species.
Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach, an Australian resort town on Queensland's Whitsunday Coast, is a gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
Port Douglas
Port Douglas is a town on the Coral Sea in the tropical far north of Queensland, Australia. It's known for its beach resorts and as a base for visits to both the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system, and Daintree National Park, home to biodiverse rainforest.
Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and the gateway to famous Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park.
Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef is a World Heritage Site located in the north west coastal region of Western Australia along the East Indian Ocean. It's Australia's largest fringing coral reef and the only large reef positioned very close to a landmass.
Alice Springs
Alice Springs is a remote town in Australia’s Northern Territory, halfway between Darwin and Adelaide. It’s a popular gateway for exploring the Red Centre, the country's interior desert region.

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