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Melbourne to sydney via hume hwy

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Melbourne to sydney via hume hwy

Hey Guys,

I am currently looking at driving from Melbourne to Sydney in June and I was just looking for suggestions on where to stay or what to stop and see on the way.

I plan on stopping for two nights, the second night in Canberra so more so about suggestion for the first night. I have been looking at Beechworth or Wodonga area, so any small towns that are worth a visit would be very helpful. Not interested in the coastal drive.

Thankyou in advance :)

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1. Re: Melbourne to sydney via hume hwy

It's a little of the hwy, but I just spent a week before New Years in the King Valley, about 45 minute drive from Wangaratta, or about 3 1/2 hours from Melbourne. Amazing scenery and wineries, but you probably want a full day there to appreciate it. Otherwise beach worth is lovely, Wodonga is just a large country Center, nothing too interesting happening there.

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2. Re: Melbourne to sydney via hume hwy

Beechworth is an old gold mining town and is a pleasant place to stay. Another good stop in that area is Rutherglen, a wine-making area with a specialisation in rich dessert wines.

But I should warn you that the Hume Highway is a 4-lane divided highway (2 lanes each way), and is possibly the most boring drive in eastern Australia.

Edited: 09 January 2014, 09:15
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3. Re: Melbourne to sydney via hume hwy

The actual driving time between Sydney and Melbourne on the Hume is about 9 and a half hours.

There's a LOT to do and see in Canberra. Have you considered doing the drive in 2 legs - Melbourne to Canberra - about 8 hours, and then Canberra to Sydney - about 3 hours. That way you could spend two nights in Canberra and see what our National Capital has to offer. There's plenty to keep you amused, enthralled and and interested for at least two days, no matter what the 'Canberra-is-boring-' crowd say.

BTW, the Hume Highway doesn't actually go through any towns. Everything is a detour off what, in essence, is a 800km freeway. Great for getting from A to B quickly. Nothing to see here folks.

Edited: 09 January 2014, 09:18
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4. Re: Melbourne to sydney via hume hwy

Take a detour into Holbrook to see the submarine (Otway, I think) in the main street.

Gundagai is also worth a look. Take the first exit and meander around the old railway trestle bridge into the main street.

If you wanted to go a bit further than Beechworth, it's also a good overnight stop. I highly recommend the Garden Motor Inn which is straight out of a 1950s time warp. They even do meat and three veg for dinner. http://www.gardenmotorinn.com.au/


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5. Re: Melbourne to sydney via hume hwy

Corowa, Rutherglen, Beechworth, bright, yarrawonga are all diversions off the freeway which are worth a look depending on your interests. Further up the road if you are looking for a nice lunch stop try the long pantry at Jugiong. Better than boring road house food

Edited: 09 January 2014, 09:47
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