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Melbourne to Sydney Itinerary

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Melbourne to Sydney Campervan road trip

Explore inland Australia and wander through some of Australia's most delicious regions. This itinerary will tug at the heart strings foodies and explorers alike. Discover heritage listed buildings, architectural wonders, beautiful scenery and some of the best vineyards in Australia.

 

Travel

5 days


Route

Melbourne to Sydney

1157km


Best Time of the Year

Any time of year

Highlights

  • Alexandra Fountain
  • Bendigo's Art Precinct
  • Wine Regions of Alpine and King Valley
  • Southern Highlands of NSW

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4 5

Day 1
Melbourne to Bendigo

Distance 154km - Driving Time 2 hours

An elegant, regional city in central Victoria, Bendigo's magnificent heritage listed buildings, trams, vineyards and art will captivate you within seconds of arriving.

Take a walk around the city to explore Alexandra Fountain, the former post office and law courts. Don't stop there, continue down to Rosalind Park and take in the open air fernery, cascade waterfall and conservatory;The perfect place for a picnic lunch. If you have time, including a tour of the town hall is a must.

Bendigo's art precinct contains Australian art dating back to the 1850's, the Performing Arts Centre opened in 1873 and has since been home to a number of small art galleries and antique stores.

Take a step back in time and learn about the prosperous Gold Rush days, which have helped to shape this vibrant community.  You can even fossick for gold yourself near the historic Maldoon.

Day 2
Bendigo to Rutherglen

Distance 280km - Driving Time 2 hours

Drink in the history and beautiful views of Rutherglen. Fringed by the Victorian Alps and Murray River, this historic wine growing region boasts foundations of a gold mining past and a passion for some of the best wine and food in Australia.

With a range of boutique family-owned wineries, quality restaurants and local regional produce it's impossible to go hungry when visiting Rutherglen.

If you have time to explore further afield, this entire region is awash with incredible places to explore. The wine Regions of Alpine Valley and King Valley are home to many unique vineyards and scenic vistas. You can even enjoy spending a night amongst the vines at a number of our maui Winery Havens.

Swap four wheels for two and hire a bike for the day to explore one of the many bike trails, do some bird-spotting, enjoy a round of golf or grab something for lunch at the local market. A great place to relax and unwind.

Day 3
Rutherglen to Tumut

Distance 243km - Driving Time 2.75 hours

The beautiful Tumut is not only surrounded by state forest, but it is also nestled at the base of mountains, making it picturesque in every season. Whether you're after an adventure, wanting to connect with nature, or just wander and explore - there is something in Tumut for you to do.

For the more adventurous you can get your adrenalin pumping with some hang-gliding. If a relaxed pace is more your style, go for a bush walk through one of the many nearby National Parks or explore the museums or arts and crafts shops. 

For those wanting to recharge their batteries and reconnect with nature, bird watching or visiting the African Violet Farm should definitely be added to your list.

Pick up some local produce and cook up a delicious dinner, sure to be the envy of the entire camp ground! Stew up some famous Tumut apples and make an apple crumble to share with your neighbours.    

Day 4
Tumut to Canberra

Distance 194km - Driving Time 2.25 hours

Welcome to Australia's Capital City and the home of Australian politics, Canberra. With lots of treasures to explore both in the city and the surrounding region you'll get to explore historic townships, natural wonders, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains.

Make sure you take some time to visit Parliament House, both old and new, the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia or go on an interactive science and technology journey at Questacon.

Allow enough time to take in all the wonders Canberra has to offer, if you have the time take an extra day or two to really take in the world-renowned architecture and urban landscape, or find out more about the Australian Story from the local indigenous peoples.

Day 5
Canberra to Sydney

Distance 286km - Driving Time 3.25 hours

Hume Highway and you'll pass by Goulburn, home to the Big Merino – a 15 metre high life like model called Rambo, a monument to the districts surrounding wool industry. You'll also pass through the Southern Highlands of NSW, home to antiques, national parks, wineries and Tulip Time, a festival that brings thousands of visitors each year in Spring.

All signs then point to Sydney, which is only a short 1 and a half hour drive from here.

Take in some local Sydney culture and enjoy 25% off at the Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour. The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and led by Aboriginal guides. The two-hour tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape; and how the billion-year old harbour, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna continue to influence how Aboriginal people live today.

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