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Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

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Sydney and Melbourne are two cities that often feature on the wish list for a visit to Australia. Whilst the cities can be linked with a flight or rail journey, if time allows we suggest driving between the two – taking time to explore the beautiful scenery along the way.

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Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Sydney and Melbourne are two cities that often feature on the wish list for a visit to Australia. Whilst the cities can be linked with a flight or rail journey, if time allows we suggest driving between the two – taking time to explore the beautiful scenery along the way.

There are two key routes to choose between – the Coastal Drive and the Heritage Drive. In description, we have suggested an itinerary for the Coastal Drive.

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Day 1: Sydney

With its compact city centre and efficient public transport, Sydney is an easily accessible city with many of the main attractions close by. Enjoy a morning harbour cruise, a concert at the Opera House and blow away the cobwebs doing the Bridge Climb. Visit Bondi Beach and watch the surfers on the waves, shop in Paddington’s markets, enjoy a stroll around the Rocks and Circular Quay, or head out to glamorous Double Bay for designer shopping.

Three nights Sydney

Day 4: Wollongong

Take the stunning Grand Pacific Drive down the coast today. Starting south of Sydney at the entrance of the Royal National Park, this drive passes through picturesque seaside villages, coastal rainforests and the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. With plenty of un-crowded beaches, a relaxed café culture and a plethora of activities on offer, Wollongong is a great place to stop along the way.

Two nights Wollongong 

Day 6: Jervis Bay

The Grand Pacific Drive continues south, through Shell harbour and Kiama before ending in Shoalhaven. Continue on to Jervis Bay – this is a beautiful marine park with stunning white sand beaches. Dolphin watching cruises are popular here, and you may be lucky enough to see migrating humpback and southern right whales (June/July and September to November).

Two nights Jervis Bay 

Day 8: Narooma

Continue down the coast to Narooma – from here explore Bateman’s Marine Park, or visit the Montague Island Nature Reserve and view the wildlife there – shearwaters, little penguins and fur seals.

One night Narooma

Day 9: Mallacoota

Crossing into Victoria today, for an overnight stay in the pretty coastal town of Mallacoota. Explore Croajingolong National Park and the many walking trails in the region. Gypsy Point is well worth a visit – a beautiful peninsula home to plenty of kangaroos.

One night Mallacoota 

Day 10: Lakes Entrance

Continue along the coast to Lakes Entrance. This is located on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach, where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean. Boating is a key activity of the area – take a cruise on the lakes, or enjoy some of the amazing fresh seafood that this region is known for. Explore the quaint seaside village of Metung and try your hand at fishing.

Two nights Lakes Entrance

Day 12: Wilsons Promontory

Drive towards Wilsons Promontory today. This park is a haven for native wildlife and has a plethora of walking trails. It’s the largest coastal wilderness area in Victoria, and is home to kangaroos, wombats, echidnas and emus amongst others.

Two nights Wilsons Prom 

Day 14: Phillip Island

Drive on to Phillip Island today. Here, see the little penguins as they come ashore at dusk, or explore some of the islands many cycle and walking trails. Phillip Island is also home to fur seals at certain times of the year, as well as koalas.

One night Phillip Island

Day 15: Melbourne

Complete the drive to Melbourne today. A free tram service circles around the edge of the Central Business District, enabling easy access to many attractions. Take in a sporting event at the Telstra Dome – a sliding roof here means there are no stoppages for rain. For an interesting dinner, try The Tram Car Restaurant, which tours the suburb of St Kilda with an excellent meal (remembering to hold onto your wine glass as the tram passes over the points)! Take a tour out to Pin Oak Court, the home of Neighbours’ Ramsey Street, or enjoy an adventurous city tour by Harley Davidson motorbike. Visit the Eureka Tower, which has a viewing platform 88 floors up, as well as The Edge – a cubed glass room which projects out from the building allowing you the view straight down.

Three nights Melbourne

Day 18: Depart Melbourne

Depart Melbourne today, for the onward or homeward journey.

Sydney Opera House Credit Tourism Australia

Sydney Opera House Credit Tourism Australia

 Jervis Bay, NSW, Credit Jarvis Bay Kayaks - Tourism Australia

Jervis Bay, NSW, Credit Jarvis Bay Kayaks – Tourism Australia

Beach at Wilsons Promontory, VIC Credit Hamish Ta-me, Tourism Australia

Beach at Wilsons Promontory, VIC Credit Hamish Ta-me, Tourism Australia

Kitty Miller Bay, Phillip Island, VIC Credit David Hannah - Tourism Australia

Kitty Miller Bay, Phillip Island, VIC Credit David Hannah – Tourism Australia

Koala Phillip Island, VIC Credit Ross Holmberg - Tourism Australia

Koala Phillip Island, VIC Credit Ross Holmberg – Tourism Australia

Wilsons Promontory; Coastlines Credit Jeff Drewitz - Tourism Australia

Wilsons Promontory; Coastlines Credit Jeff Drewitz – Tourism Australia

Phillip Island Credit Tourism Australia

Phillip Island Credit Tourism Australia

Australia's Coastal Wilderness Credit Sorrel Wilby - Tourism Australia

Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Credit Sorrel Wilby – Tourism Australia

Skyline, Melbourne, VIC Credit Cameron Ernst - Tourism Australia

Skyline, Melbourne, VIC Credit Cameron Ernst – Tourism Australia

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC Credit Roberto Seba - Tourism Australia

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC Credit Roberto Seba – Tourism Australia

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC Credit Roberto Seba - Tourism Australia

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC Credit Roberto Seba – Tourism Australia

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Why not experience the exhilaration of a helicopter flight.  See Sydney’s most famous landmarks bathed in the glow of the setting sun above the glistening waters of Maroubra Beach and tracking north over the water at 500 feet for approximately  25 min.

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Tailor Made Australia Holidays

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For many people, Australia is the number one place on their wish list when it comes to travel, but if you are looking for something a little bit different to the norm, why not consider a tailor made holiday?

With a bespoke holiday in Australia, you are free to indulge your own whims and you have the option of creating a unique experience that suits you.

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At Experience Holidays, we offer access to a wide range of destinations in Australia, which can be tailored to match your unique needs. Experience Holidays are the experts in providing tailor made Australia holidays. Our experience in the world of travel spans several decades, covers many thousands of miles travelled, hundreds of properties inspected and attractions and activities tried and tested. We are real people at the end of the phone (in Sussex) with a passion for travel. You are welcome to visit our offices to discuss your bespoke holiday arrangements with one of our team on a one-to-one basis.

Our packages include:

Queensland Spirit of the Outback train

The tour itinerary begins in Brisbane and finishes in Longreach. This nine-day trip offers a wealth of different experiences including the chance to sample the Brisbane nightlife, indulge in some shopping, visit some of Australia’s historic towns, go climbing, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the Australian culture.

Sydney, Rock and Reef

Sydney is one of the most popular cities in Australia to visit, and to make your visit that little bit more magical, we have created a special 15-day tour, which will begin in Sydney and end in Cairns. In between, you’ll have the opportunity to see Alice Springs, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation, and you’ll get to experience some of Australia’s best known landmarks including the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House. As always, the itineraries are truly bespoke, so you can tailor the holiday for your needs.

Queensland by Rail

An alternative way to see Queensland is via rail. Our special package takes you from Brisbane – Cairns over a fifteen-day period. Along the way you’ll have to chance to see Fraser Island, Heron Island, Gladstone and Airlie Beach, and many more attractions.

As always, our trips will be tailored so you can choose the places you want to go to the most. To find out more about holidays in Australia and how we can help you tailor a unique package, call Experience Holidays on 01323 446550 or info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Christmas Dinner Cruising Sydney Harbour, Australia

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If you are planning to be in Sydney for Christmas this year or next, then consider building in the following cruise to your tailor made holiday.

True North Luxury Adventure Cruises has their 4 night cruise over both Christmases. Spend the morning with your friends and family before joining their True North vessel in the harbour and settle down to your Christmas dinner as you tour the World famous harbour – considered one of the most beautiful.

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Next morning you will be alongside the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in a prime position to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race while you have a champagne breakfast! Following the excitement of this you have the chance to visit either the Sydney Opera House or Taronga Zoo. In the afternoon you will cruise past the Heads and then along the northern beaches of Sydney to your next destination at Pittwater.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

Start the day with a walk or beach combing in the Pittwater area before catching a helicopter to the Hunter Valley for wine tasting and lunch. Back to Maitland Bay where the vessel will be anchored up for a swim or bush walk and then hors d’ouvre on the beach. For those that need a golf fix, a game can be arranged for this afternoon before cruising to Jerusalem Bay.

 

In the morning you could go for a bush walk or have a swim from remote beaches. Lunch will be on the beach at Cowan Bay and there is the chance of a further helicopter trip around this stunning scenery. Cruise to Hawkesbury River and take the scenic ride in the expedition boats up the river to explore. For your last night on board a live band will join you.

Finally sail back to Sydney on the last morning. 

If you cannot make the Christmas break then True North has a similar cruise that ensures you are in the harbour to witness and join in the fun of New Year in Sydney! The cruise then goes on a similar itinerary as above.

 Why not let us build this into a bespoke, tailor made itinerary for you.  Please contact us for all ideas and info on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

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