- Find a high vantage point or take a cruise out from Jervis Bay to spot dolphins and whales (whales migrate through Jervis Bay late May to late November)
- Visit charming unspoiled seaside towns en-route such as Batemans Bay, Narooma and Lakes Entrance
- Follow one of the national parks hiking trails through lush forests, along secluded beaches while trying to spot native wildlife such as echidnas and emus
- Watch Phillip Island's little penguins return to their burrows at night
- Best time to travel DEC - APR
- Accommodation Throughout
- Car Hire
- International Flights
This is a less travelled route than the more popular northbound Pacific Highway, which links Sydney with Brisbane, yet none the less beautiful and exciting. Our 12-night tailor-made fly-drive takes you on a journey through National Parks and along spectacular coastal drives.
Stop at quaint, sleepy seaside towns where you can stroll along deserted pristine beaches or kayak on peaceful lagoons and lakes. Spot dolphins off-shore or on a boat cruise and enjoy fresh oysters plucked straight out of the water.
Enjoy nature walks or head underground and explore Buchan Caves, listen to the sound of the sand, as you walk along Squeaky Beach at Wilsons Promontory. Watch playful Australian fur seals at Seal Rocks and little penguins return from a day at sea as they gingerly run up the beach to their burrows at Summerfield Beach on Phillip Island.
Complete your Coastal Fly-Drive in cosmopolitan Melbourne, with its skyscrapers interspersed with Victorian architecture, a city with a vibrant dining and art scene.
Day 1 UK to Sydney
Day 2 Arrive Sydney
Day 3 Sydney
A full day for you to see Sydney at your own pace, or we can arrange a variety of excursions for you in and around Sydney, its beaches and impressive harbour. Sydney is easily explored on foot with many attractions close by your hotel including Darling Harbour, the historic Rocks district, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Circular Quay, from where you can take a ferry ride around the harbour.
Day 4 Sydney
There is plenty to keep you entertained in Sydney for several days, you may wish to follow the Bondi to Coogee walk, following the cliff top from Bondi’s famous beach, passing through seaside neighbourhoods and past secluded coves such as Tamarama and Clovelly. Or take a tour or train up to the Blue Mountains and take in the spectacular vistas over Jamison Valley and the Three Sisters rock formations.
Day 5 Sydney to Jervis Bay (123 miles)
After collecting your rental car this morning, drive south past Botany Bay, where James Cook first landed on the shores of Australia on HMS Endeavour in 1770. Leave the Princes Highway at Royal National Park and follow the Grand Pacific Drive for spectacular coastal scenery. Stop at Hyams Beach, claimed to have the whitest sand in the world, and make sure you take a dolphin cruise on arrival in Jervis Bay.
Hotel – Dolphin Sands
Day 6 Jervis Bay to Batemans Bay (88 miles)
Continue your voyage south to Batemans Bay. You will enjoy mountain views to the west and coastline views to the east for much of today’s drive. Batemans Bay is a sleepy seaside town with magnificent unspoilt beaches and popular for watersports including kayaking, surfing and following the Batemans Bay Snorkelling Trail. Enjoy waterfront dining and succulent oysters plucked straight out of the Clyde River.
Hotel – Best Western Sunseeker
Day 7 Batemans Bay to Gipsy Point (167 miles)
The Princes Highway continues south towards New South Wales and Victoria’s state border. You will pass through many beautiful seaside towns and through thick forests. Stop at Narooma or Merimbula where you can take a kayak out and paddle on one of the lagoons or lakes and find a secluded spot for a waterfront picnic. After passing over the border into Victoria you will arrive Gipsy Point on the Wallagaraugh River.
Hotel – Gipsy Point Lakeside
Day 8 Gipsy Point to Lakes Entrance (117 miles)
Wake early to witness the peace and tranquillity on the banks of the Mallacoota Inlet in the UNESCO listed Croajingolong World Biosphere Reserve. There are some wonderful walks and pristine beaches for you to explore before continuing your drive to Lakes Entrance, we recommend taking a diversion to Buchan Caves. Lakes Entrance is known for the vast system of inland waterways of Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park.
Hotel – Waverley House Cottages
Day 9 Lakes Entrance to Wilsons Promontory (170 miles)
Explore the scenic inland waterways and marshes of Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park on a boat cruise. These wetlands, waters and islands are a haven for an abundance of wildlife such as kangaroos, seals, dolphins and migratory birds such as black spoonbills and egrets. Drive further southwest to Wilsons Promontory where you will spend two nights in a safari style tent.
Hotel – Wilderness Retreats
Day 10 Wilsons Promontory
Enjoy a full day in Victoria’s largest coastal wilderness, a national park offering a labyrinth of hiking trails, secluded beaches, lush forested valleys and an array of native wildlife such as wombats, echidnas and emus. Follow stunning coastal walks, stroll along Squeaky Beach or just find a secluded riverside spot for an afternoon picnic.
Hotel – Wilderness Retreats
Day 11 Wilsons Promontory to Phillip Island (82 miles)
Spend a leisurely day driving to Phillip Island and taking in Victoria’s spectacular southern coastal vistas. Phillip Island is most famous for the sunset Penguin Parade, when little penguins come ashore at Summerland Beach to return to their burrows at night. Make sure you also visit The Nobbies outcrop where you can view a large colony of Australian fur seals at Seal Rocks.
Hotel – Glen Isla House
Day 12 Phillip Island to Melbourne (88 miles)
Leave Phillip Island today for your drive up through the Mornington Peninsula to the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, home of the Melbourne Cup horse racing, and Australian Open tennis tournament. The city has an impressive cityscape of modern glass skyscrapers juxtaposed with wonderfully preserved Victorian architecture. Take in the city views on a walk along the Yarra River from Crown Casino to the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Hotel – Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Day 13 Melbourne
Drop your car at the rental office then explore this beautiful city by foot or make use to the comprehensive tram network. Head further out to some of the unique and trendy suburbs such as bohemian St Kilda, an edgy seaside town famous for its bars, eateries and cake shops along Acland Street. Fitzroy is Melbourne’s oldest suburb, dating back to 1839 and the heart of the city’s thriving art scene.
Hotel – Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Day 14 Melbourne to UK
1/18 - uk to sydney
2/18 - arrive sydney
3/18 - Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
4/18 - Atrium Room at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, Australia
5/18 - Suite bathroom at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, Australia
6/18 - Suite at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, Australia
7/18 - sydney
8/18 - sydney
9/18 - sydney to jervis bay
10/18 - jervis bay to batemans bay
11/18 - batemans bay to gipsy point
12/18 - gipsy point to lakes entrance
13/18 - lakes entrance to wilsons promontory
14/18 - wilsons promontory
15/18 - wilsons promontory to phillip island
16/18 - phillip island to melbourne
17/18 - melbourne
18/18 - melbourne to uk