Rough Draft: Two Week Itinerary Sydney to Melbourne Road Trip

June 2020

Rough Draft: Sydney to Melbourne Road Trip (or vice versa!)

Due to the COVID quarantine, I am creating rough draft, “off the shelf” travel itineraries for when travel resumes normal operations so we do not waste any time getting out and exploring!

My first impression for Post-COVID travel was leaning on National Parks. However, I grew more skeptical that US National Parks would be good for continued social distancing given that people will be running to nature after being inside for weeks. Since the US is not doing a country wide approach, even traveling within the country could be a risk for the rest of 2020.

New strategy – well there is not one. Ever since we did our planning to New Zealand where I foolishly thought we could also include Australia as well in two weeks, I knew a separate trip would be warranted. It is a 5-6 hour flight from New Zealand to Australia – not exactly  next door! I thought it would be really neat to road trip from Sydney to Melbourne (or vice versa) all up thee eastern coastline.

I accounted for three days in each of the cities to bookend the trip. They are by no means comprehensive – especially on the food front! I pointed out the highlights and “must see attractions” for first time visitors. As for the stops along the way, I took a page out of my Rough Draft for South Africa and mixed it up to have lots of nature experiences both on land and on sea, hiking locations including summits and waterfalls, and even sneaking in some wine tasting.

Based on the stops for this type of road trip, two weeks felt like enough time without rushing in Sydney and Melbourne. I allocated three days to each Sydney and Melbourne so if you are only into the drive, it really is only a week long trip to see the destinations in between. I decided to reverse the route, starting in Melbourne and working our way back up to Sydney. Flights will help dictate the route for me personally – whether we can fly into one or out of another, if round trip out of one city is cheaper, etc. Here I am assuming we got a round trip flight to Sydney and would take another flight to Melbourne to start. Then at the end of the trip, there is less travel stress as we are already in the city in which we will be departing.

Activity
Day 1 Morning  Travel
Afternoon Arrive in Melbourne 
Evening Explore Downtown
Day 2 Morning  Botanical Gardens

Eureka Skydeck

Afternoon State Library

Queen Victoria Market

Evening
Day 3 Morning  Bike ride to beaches – St Kilda
Afternoon Neighborhood exploration
Evening
*option to extend to Great Ocean Road
Day 4 Morning  Drive 1 hour to Mornington Peninsula 

Wine Tasting

Afternoon
Evening
Day 5 Morning  Drive 1.5 hours to Phillip Island

Cape Woolamai

Visit Koala Conservation Centre

Boat ride to Seal Rocks

Try surfing

Afternoon
Evening Summerland Beach for the penguin parade at dusk
Day 6 Morning  Drive 2 hours to Wilsons Promontory Marine

Wilsons Promontory Marine Park

  • Tidal River 
  • Mount Oberon Summit (6.8km, 2hrs)
  • Squeaky Beach
  • Whisky Bay
  • Try snorkeling 
Afternoon Drive 3 hours to 90 Mile Beach
Evening Sale
Day 7 Morning  Gippsland Lakes 

  • Try paddleboarding

Drive 5 hours 

  • Stop Mallacoota: Betka Beach, Narrow Walks
Afternoon Ben Boyd National Park

  • Tathra Beach
Evening Eden
Day 8 Morning  Drive 3 hours to Mt Kosciuszko (12.1 km, 5-6 hours, chair lift options)
Afternoon
Evening Drive 3 hours to Eden
Day 9 Morning  Oyster Tour

Drive 2 hours up Sapphire Coast

  • Stop at Bermagui Blue pool
Afternoon Narooma

  • Barunguba
  • Swim with seals
  • Surfing 
  • Glasshouse Rocks
Evening Drive 1 hour to Batemans Bay
Day 10 Morning  Batemans Bay

  • Murramarang National Park
  • Pebbly Beach
Afternoon Drive 1.5 hours to Jervis Bay
Evening Jervis Bay National Park
Day 11 Morning  Jervis Bay National Park

  • White Sands Walk from Greenfield Beach to Hyams Beach (birdwatching)
  • Booderee National Park
  • Dolphin Cruise 
Afternoon Blowhole Point
Evening Drive 4 hours to Katoomba 

(Stop at Sea Cliff Bridge)

Day 12 Morning  Blue Mountain (*can also take a train from Sydney)

  • Three Sisters at Echo Point Lookout
  • Katoomba Falls 
  • Three Sisters to Katoomba Falls (3.1km)
  • Gordon Falls
  • Empress Falls
  • Elysian Rock Lookout
  • Bridal Veil Lookout
  • Wentworth Falls (1.4km , 1 hour)
  • Jamison Lookout
  • Jenolan Caves
Afternoon
Evening Drive 1 hour to Sydney
Day 13 Morning  Royal Botanical Gardens
Afternoon Opera House

Harbour Bridge

Observation Deck

Evening Explore downtown
Day 14 Morning  Bondi Beach 

  • Trail to Coogee cliff top walk (6 km)
Afternoon Explore downtown
Evening Sunset at Mrs. Macquaries Point
Day 15 Morning Depart Sydney 

If you have been to Sydney, Melbourne, or anywhere in between, let me know what I missed and what your favorites are!

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