This coastal drive between two big cities is full of natural beauty, with dramatic headlands, white sands, pristine lakes and bushland home to native wildlife.


Suggested route & duration

Suggested duration: 6 nights Sydney to Melbourne

• Jervis Bay 1 night

• Batemans Bay 1 night

• Merimbula 1 night

• Lakes Entrance 1 night

• Wilsons Promontory 1 night

• Phillip Island 1 night

About this independent tour


Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive is a recommended self-drive itinerary including 7 days car hire with co-pilot kit and accommodation for 6 nights in mainly 4 star hotels.

Recommended highlights

JERVIS BAY Travel south of Sydney and onto the Grand Pacific Drive with its spectacular coastal scenery. Drive through rainforests and quaint coastal villages to reach the Jervis Bay. Classified as marine park, the bay’s waters teem with wildlife including seals, sea eagles, penguins and dolphins. And on the shores of the bay, dazzling Hyams Beach is said to have the whitest sand in the world.

LAKES ENTRANCE Lakes Entrance is the gateway to Australia’s largest inland network of waterways, with rivers, lakes and lagoons joining Ninety Mile Beach. It’s one of Victoria’s best-loved holiday spots.

WILSONS PROMONTORY Affectionately known as ‘The Prom’, the 50,000-hectare Wilsons Promontory is a refuge for native wildlife including kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Spending the night in this coastal wilderness will allow you to make the most of its secluded beaches and bush walking tracks.

PHILLIP ISLAND The drive from Wilsons Promontory to Phillip Island offers stunning views of Victoria’s southern coast and is dotted with quaint small towns. Phillip Island is best known for its Penguin Parade. Every evening, tens, hundreds or even thousands of little fairy penguins return from a day at sea and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrows. Visitors can watch from the seating area, where special lighting is used to avoid disturbing the penguins, as they make their way home.

Tailor your tour

This itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights and accommodation, add excursions – you might like to book a ticket to the Penguin Parade in Phillip Island or join a guided discovery of Wilsons Promontory – and extend your holiday. If you can extend your trip, we recommend stopping inn cosmopolitan Melbourne for a few nights before travelling along the famous Great Ocean Road to Adelaide.