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8 Days: Sydney to Melbourne

 

Day 1 – Sydney to Jervis Bay (222Km / 2.5hrs)

Depart Sydney and hit the road to the bustling coastal city of Wollongong. Continue on to beautiful Kiama where the famous Blowhole awaits. Follow the coastline through lush rolling hills to Gerringong and Gerroa, perched on the cliffs above the ocean, overlooking Seven Mile Beach. Follow the tourist drive alongside the Crookhaven River, stopping at Coolangatta Estate to pick up some award-winning wines. Continue to Jervis Bay. Jervis Bay is well known for its dolphin population. The local beaches along the bay are famous for their white sand and turquoise waters – Hyams Beach is reputed to have the whitest sand in the world. Explore the beaches of Huskisson and Booderee National Park.

Accommodation: Dolphin Sands - Queen/Twin Room - Including Breakfast


Day 2 - Day at leisure in Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay beckons as a perfect place to relax and enjoy the ever-changing natural beauty of the NSW South Coastal region. The expansive coastal bay area is surrounded by charming seaside villages, with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, all bounded by national parks. Jervis Bay is famous for the outstanding snorkeling and scuba diving conditions. Whale, seal and dolphin watching, scenic cruises, picnic facilities and walking tracks are all abundantly available in the surrounding Jervis Bay National Park. Jervis Bay on the South Coast offers the perfect holiday destination for families or couples to enjoy that beach holiday with a difference. Quality boutique shopping, restaurant, cafes, bistros, clubs and pubs are plentiful in the various townships around the bay.

Accommodation: Dolphin Sands - Queen/Twin Room - Including Breakfast


Day 3 – Jervis Bay to Tilba Tilba (205Km / 2.5hrs)

Travel south stopping for lunch at Ulladulla Harbour where you can enjoy take away fish and chips, sitting on the dock of the bay. Passing through Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma. Further on visit the well preserved villages of Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba, where you can shop for high quality local arts and crafts, food and wine.
Central Tilba is the larger of the two villages in Tilba and no trip to the South Coast is complete without at least dropping in for a look around the various cafes, shops and galleries, many featuring traditional crafts, like leatherwork and woodwork, with the whole village retaining a unique historical look and feel. Central Tilba is also the home of the ABC Cheese Factory and Tilba Cheese.
Tilba Tilba is the smaller village to the south of Central Tilba. It features the magical gardens of Foxglove Spires and the nursery, cafe and shops associated with it.

Accommodation: Green Gables B&B at Tilba - Standard Guest Room - Including Breakfast


Day 4 - Tilba Tilba to Lakes Entrance / Metung (360km / 4.5hrs)

After breakfast at your guesthouses continue south via Bermagui to the Tathra coastal road. Take a morning tour of Mimosa Rocks National Park and stop in at Ivy Hill and Narek galleries. Sample local produce at the Tathra Pickle Factory before heading back to the highway at Merimbula. Visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum then continue on across the border into Victoria, to Mallacoota & Gipsy Point. Explore the turquoise waters of the Mallacoota inlet and the shimmering lakes and rivers of Croajingolong National Park.
Water based activities are a must when visiting Lakes Entrance. Lakes Entrance Township is situated on a strip of land surrounded by the beautiful Gippsland Lake System. Cunningham Arm stretches the length of the township on the southern side and North Arm on the Northern side. Whether it be sightseeing, fishing, a quiet stroll or getting out on the water by boat, charter, paddle boat or swimming, enjoying the waterways is highly recommended.

Accommodation: The Moorings at Metung – 1 bedroom apartment – room only


Day 5 - Day at leisure around Lakes Entrance

The best known destination, the Gippsland Lakes, is the biggest and most beautiful expanse of inland waterways in the southern hemisphere. Walk across the sand dunes and you're right on the famous Ninety Mile Beach. With eight magnificent National Parks on the coast and in the high country, that's more than any other region of Australia. The roll call includes the Alpine National Park (Victoria's biggest), the Snowy River National Park and the UNESCO- listed Croajingalong National Park that embraces 100 kilometres of coastline.

Accommodation: The Moorings at Metung – 1 bedroom apartment – room only


Day 6 - Lakes Entrance / Metung to Walhalla (200km / 3hrs)
Travel west to Walhalla. Walhalla is a small, picturesque and historic mountain township in the northern Gippsland district's Baw Baw Ranges in Victoria, in the south-eastern corner of mainland Australia. At its peak, some 5,000 people lived in and around Walhalla, the centre of a pioneer goldfield that extended to the nearby towns of Aberfeldy, Toombon, Donnelly's Creek, Red Jacket and Jericho to the north and west, and Cooper's Creek, Happy Go Lucky and Jubilee to the south and east. Only a handful of permanent residents live there today, but in the last decades of the 19th century, it was the heart of one of the most vibrant gold mining districts in the world, and a major influence in shaping the prosperity of a newly founded state.

Accommodation: Walhalla's Star Hotel - Deluxe Room - Including Breakfast


Day 7 - Walhalla to Philipp Island (200km / 3hrs)

Travel west to Phillip Island. We would recommend taking the coastal route and to visit the Wilsons Promontory, one of the most diverse national parks you will find. Continue to Phillip Island, situated in Western Port, is a place of natural beauty, sandy beaches, tranquil wetlands and unique wildlife experiences. The Penguin Parade experience is sure to be the highlight of your visit! As the sun fades in the sky, the little penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes. Witness this magical procession – it is a treat never forgotten!
Stroll the Nobbies boardwalk to view the majestic rugged south coast and blowhole. Seal tours are also available Wildlife Coast Cruises. Towering gums at the Koala Conservation Centre and woodlands of the Oswin Roberts Reserve provide a safe home for the island’s koala population. Koalas can be viewed at the close viewing area and treetop boardwalk at the visitor centre, or a gentle stroll can be taken through the woodlands of the Oswin Roberts Reserve. Churchill Island, accessed by bridge from Phillip Island, is steeped in history. Deliciously fragrant gardens surround the historical homestead amidst a variety of bird life. The island is a working farm with Highland cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens and Clydesdale horses. Ranger talks, machinery demonstrations and festivals bring the island to life throughout the year.

Accommodation: Holmwood Guesthouse – Hotel Room – Including Breakfast


Day 8 - Phillip Island to Melbourne

Either take a ferry from Phillip Island over to the Mornington Peninsula for a 2.5 hour trip to Melbourne or take the Bass/South Gippsland Highway for a 1.45 hour journey.
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and a cultural hub, is known for the good things in life - fashion, food, entertainment and sport. This is a city of style, architecture, trams, theatres and art. Spend time in some of Melbourne's diverse precincts and explore the hidden treasures in Melbourne’s famous lanes and historic arcades and experience the many different ways of enjoying life along the Yarra River. Known as a style-setter, Melbourne is home to some of the best shopping and nightlife in Australia, a non-stop program of film and food festivals, cutting edge design and architecture, and major art exhibitions and musical extravaganzas.





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