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Sydney to Melbourne road trip

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Sydney to Melbourne road trip

Hi All,

My boyfriend and I (in our mid-20’s) are thinking about doing a road trip from Sydney to Melbourne via the coastal road this January. We know it’s a busy time, but unfortunately, this is the only time we both get our holidays. For NYE we will be in the central coast of NSW so we decided to start our trip on the 2nd of Jan. This is our basic itinerary (based on the numerous suggestions posted on TA):

2nd Jan (Thursday)- Drive from Toukley to Kiama. Have an overnight stop here.

3rd Jan- Kiama to Batemans Bay.

4th Jan- Batemans Bay

5th Jan- Lakes Entrance, Victoria

6th Jan- Lakes Entrance Victoria

7th Jan- Leave Lakes Entrance and go to Phillip island. Spend overnight here.

8th Jan- Start the Great Ocean Road. Spend overnight in Lorne

9th Jan- Continue GOR and spend overnight in Port Campbell.

10th Jan- Melbourne

11th Jan- Melbourne

12th Jan- Melbourne

13th Jan- Visit Wilson’s Promontory National Park, stay at Yanakie overnight

14th Jan- Visit Wilson’s Promontory National Park, stay at Yanakie overnight

15th Jan- Merimbula

16th Jan- Merimbula

17th Jan- Jervis Bay

18th Jan-Sydney (Home).

I have a few questions- Does this itinerary look doable? Secondly, I was torn on whether I should spend an extra day in Melbourne and do one night in Yanakie instead. Or leave it as it is? The things we want to do in Melbourne are to visit St Kilda, Botanical gardens, Crown Casino, hop on and off on a tram, and just enjoy the shopping/bars and eateries in the city. Museums and art galleries are not our thing.

My other question is whether I should spend 2 nights in Merimbula and one night in Jervis Bay or do one night in Merimbula and 2 nights in Jervis Bay?

The things we want to do on this trip are to relax at the beach, fishing and do some light bush walks. We really want a mix of outdoors, but also city life (which is why we want to spend some time in Melbourne).

Any suggestions would be much appreciated,


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1. Re: Sydney to Melbourne road trip

4th Jan- Batemans Bay

5th Jan- Lakes Entrance, Victoria

That is a fair drive. If it is hot I'd be stopping at a few beaches for a dip on the way.

Maybe do BB to Eden. You follow the coast for a lot of this and you want to make the most of it, not just sit in the car and drive.

The GOR is also one not to rush take at least 2 days to see it all including the Otways. Head back inland to Melbourne in a day.

Lots of good day walks or overnighters at the Prom. Also Sandy Point/Shallow inlet is THE windsurfing speed circuit. If down there it is worth a look. You may even spot the koalas in the local gum trees. The beach is also nice. Been a few years but that caravan park was pretty good to stay in.

I'd also look at heading back inland on the way home, Turn left at Omeo/ Orbost and go the mountains via the Snowy river and Thredbo, come back to the coast at Braidwood. That would make a great round trip

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2. Re: Sydney to Melbourne road trip

Settle on your plans and get bookings in early, availability might affect some locations so have options available eg Warrnambool rather than Port Campbell.

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3. Re: Sydney to Melbourne road trip

I own accommodation in Yanakie and advise you to definitely sort out your itinerary sooner rather than later as this is peak season and many places are filling up quickly. I also highly doubt you will find any accommodation in Yanakie who will do a single night stay in January. Most have min stays between 2/3 to 7 nights. You MIGHT get a single night a bit further out like in Fish Creek or Foster. Accommodation within Wilsons Prom National Park in January is drawn on a raffle style system which is drawn in August with a minimum 7 nights,

I think you will also have a very hard time getting a single night stay on Phillip Island in January too.

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4. Re: Sydney to Melbourne road trip

I'd be inclined to take longer driving down the coast, then returning to Sydney via the Hume. The day you drive from Phillip Island to Lorne will be a long day also as you will need to either drive through Melbourne or take the ferry across from Sorrento to Queenscliff. If you take the ferry, you will be driving through the Mornington & Belleraine Peninsula's, both of which are worth more than just a drive through. Both will be quite busy with holidaymakers though.

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5. Re: Sydney to Melbourne road trip

As mentioned book ahead to avoid any disappointment. For additional info on this road trip -


Your itinerary is doable - for another option.

I would do the first day in Jervis Bay - Hyams Beach. - approx. 4hrs. from Toukley to JB.

JB - to Narooma - approx. 2.5hrs or to Tathra - 3.5hrs

Tathra to Lake Entrance - approx. 3.5hrs ( gives you time to stop off at other places for a swim etc)..

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6. Re: Sydney to Melbourne road trip

It's January.

It will be take what you can get

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