20 January 2017
Beginning in Sydney and ending in Melbourne, this great tour of all the highlights of the South East Coast of Australia is a real winner. On the way you will see scenic waterfalls, historic villages, beautiful bays, pristine national parks, serene lakes, rain forests and miles of stunning golden beaches. There will be the chance to go exploring and try a whole range of activity sports and you also have plenty of time to relax. And from the moment you leave Sydney to the time you reach Melbourne the ocean is never far away.
Pick up your rental car in downtown Sydney or at the airport and travel south on the Princes Highway through the city of Wollongong to reach the pretty coastal town of Kiama. A stop here is worthwhile to view the Blow Hole. The delightful little town of Berry is also worth a visit. Then drive through the town of Nowra to the coast to visit beautiful Jervis Bay. Then travel on to Bateman's Bay at the mouth of the Clyde River for your first overnight stay.
Leave Batemans Bay and continue south along the Princes Highway, passing through the picturesque coastal resort town of Narooma. At the town of Tilba Tilba take a short detour to the holiday and fishing township of Bermagui. Returning to the Princes Highway, pass through the town of Bega before arriving at Merimbula, the most popular holiday resort of the Sapphire. Coast Clean tidal lakes provide the perfect site for the town.
Leave today and drive through the towns of Bellbird Creek, Orbost and Nowa Nowa to arrive at your overnight accommodation in Lakes Entrance. Orboost is a timber town which sits high in the forested mountains and the nearby Snowy River National Park offers excellent walking tracks and the river is popular with rafters and canoeists. Errinundra National Park further east is a plateau that is home to a magnificent cool temperate rain forest which features raised walking platforms
A full day to explore Gippsland Lakes, Australia's largest inland water system. In Lakes Entrance itself, the information centre is a good starting point for an investigation of the town and the general area. There are free tourist drive brochures, arts and crafts, maps, souvenirs and national park information. Wildlife in the area includes dolphins, water birds, kangaroos, wombats and koalas. A short walk across a footbridge brings you to the Entrance and Bass Strait, with Ninety Mile Beach stretching away into the distance.
Leave Lakes Entrance today and travel through the interesting towns of Bairnsdale, Sale, Traralgon, Morwell, Leongatha, and Tooradin. Bairnsdale is the gateway to Victoria 's Gippsland Lakes District, a popular holiday resort for fishing and water sport enthusiasts. The town features galleries, craft shops and museums. Mornington Peninsula is arguably Melbourne 's best kept secret. Some of the highlights of the area include art and craft markets, coastal and bush walks and koala and penguin reserves. The region has much of Victoria 's earliest history, excellent golf courses, and great restaurants
Plenty of time this morning to explore the many fascinating attractions that abound on this scenic peninsula before heading to Melbourne. There are lots of bush and coastal walks and you can visit one of the eighty vineyards and wineries here or enjoy a day on one of the beautiful surfing beaches at nearby Portsea and Sorrento. At the end of the day drive to Melbourne, return your car and head for the airport for your onward flight or journey home.
Standard Rate fr £511pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated