6 beautiful places to see between Melbourne and Sydney

Everyone loves a good road trip. Did you know there are so many beautiful things to do between Melbourne and Sydney that for us, it rivalled our road trip along The Great Ocean Road? Don’t believe us? From it’s spectacular golden beaches to its Mountainous views once you cross into New South Wales, this route could possibly be our most favourite one yet. Here are just some of our favourite places to see between Melbourne and Sydney that we think you’ll love just as much as we did!

Over the past year we’ve travelled around the entire east coast and down the Red Centre. You’ll find a full list of our road trip itneraries here

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Phillip Island

Not far from Melbourne is your first stop of the week. Before you even cross over the bridge and onto the island you’ll be greeted with its vast beauty. Aside from the touristy things to do here like the Penguin hike and the Penguin Parade, Phillip Island offers some fantastic coastal walks but if you’re not up for that, don’t worry; the beaches are stunning so slip off your flip-flops and hang out on one for a while.

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Wilson’s Prom

A haven for wildlife, Wilson’s Prom is a must do for nature lovers. If, like us, you’ve yet to see a wild Wombat yet; head over to the Wildlife walk. Not only is this your perfect opportunity to spot one but it’s also a beautiful walk and possibly one of our favourite things to do between Melbourne and Sydney. Other wildlife here includes all the other Aussie classics such as Emu, Snakes and Roos.

Once you’ve finished animal spotting, drive a little further to Squeaky Beach and be catapulted back into childhood. As its name would suggest, Squeaky Beach is a beach that comes alive when you step onto it (although better enjoyed with wet feet). This isn’t a quiet beach when it comes to tourists either, popular with children and adults alike expect it to be a little crowded.

If you have plenty of time to spare, book yourself onto one of their campsites and explore Wilsons to its fullest. There are plenty of trails to hike and beaches to relax on as well as Australias most Southern Point, you could spend a good few days here easily!

Australia is so set up for camping that it makes long road trips even more possible. Check out these amazing beach camping spots that’ll have you on the road this weekend!!

90 Mile Beach (Flamingo Beach)

This was our favourite stop of the entire trip. Hidden along this 90 mile stretch of beach is a section called Flamingo Beach. If you’re lucky enough, here you’ll be able to enjoy this slice of paradise completely to yourself. We spent 2 hours here and didn’t see a single person the entire time. You’re unable to see the end of the beach in both directions, the sand is pure and the sea is clear; it was easy to imagine we were on a tropical island somewhere all alone.

One of our favourite things to do between Melbourne and Sydney

The Great Alpine Road/Princes Highway

If you want to get the best views on route to Sydney, take The Great Alpine Road, then Princes Highway. You’ll get amazing views almost the entire time, and the small towns and villages it’ll take you through have a little western vibe to offer. It might not be the coastal beauty that the Great Ocean Road is, but it is definitely it’s inland counterpart and certainly a must when it comes to things to do between Melbourne and Sydney!


Narooma took my breath away. As you drive off of Princes Highway, and down into this little fishing town, the view you are greeted with is worth the small detour. Its little harbour filled with boats and mountain backdrop makes it look straight off a postcard. We had to stop and admire it’d beauty as well as the locals just going about their daily lives, almost unaware that they live in such a picturesque town.

Not got your own car? That’s fine! Check out this alternative way to road trip Australia!

Sea Cliff Bridge

Possibly the most Iconic of the things to do between Melbourne and Sydney, The Sea Cliff Bridge is a popular destination for drone owners. For a unique view of this popular spot drive over the bridge, park up in the little town and have a walk down onto the rocks at low tide. Once the sea’s gone out it leaves the perfect walkway right out to get a different angle of this popular ‘gramable’ spot. Be careful on the slippery surface and watch out for hidden rock pools!


A week didn’t feel long enough to fully explore all these places and we can’t wait to do the trip in reverse! There are so many beautiful places to see between Melbourne to Sydney, New South Wales itself holds so many beautiful places you’d be crazy not to go experience them for yourself!! Have you taken a road trip from Melbourne to Sydney? If you’re looking for other awesome road trips check out this East Coast Itinerary! Have you done the drive from Melbourne to Sydney? Where were your favourite stop-offs we’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Alexine 05/08/2018 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Knowing that it’s a road trip I’m very happy to see this wonderful place between Melbourne and Sydney. My friends are telling that these two cities are must-visit places. I love to see them and the place in between. The beach really looks good I just want to dive in and stay there for weeks.

  2. Lauren 03/08/2018 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I would have loved to drive from Sydney to Melbourne when I was living there! Took a flight instead and clearly missed out on some gem 🙂 The sea cliff bridge looks super cool

  3. Janine Thomas 03/08/2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I am planning a trip to Aus next year and was thinking about doing a road trip. I like the idea of driving the Great Alpine road. The scenery looks amazing! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Simone 03/08/2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Stunning, I mean road trip are simply my kind of thing (traveling across Europe at the moment on a Van), and i’ve never been to Australia so i’ll make sure to check back this article and search for these spots!

  5. Alex Trembath 03/08/2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    We spent five weeks in Australia a few months ago, but sadly we chose to fly from Melbourne to Sydney. It looks like we really missed out by not driving it and going to some of these places! Will make sure we explore more next time 🙂

  6. Amy Dodd 03/08/2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Great post and I love the pictures! I am planning an Australian road trip and this will be very beneficial because I do love beaches!

  7. Mark Wyld 28/05/2018 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Great to see Flamingo Beach mentioned. This is close to where we live and we often go to the 90-mile beach. That section between Golden Beach and Seaspray is amazing for having the whole beach to yourself

    • Leah 10/06/2018 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      We were blown away by how quiet it was! It’s high on the list of places we would like to return too, you’re lucky to live close!

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