A Brilliant Adventure Down the Great Ocean Drive
One of the best drives you can take from Melbourne to Sydney is the Great Ocean drive. There is much to see and experience in between both the cities in Australia. The drive is along the coast and covers a few extremely picturesque places in between. Take your camera along for some of the best experiences and expect to get to the destination city within a matter of 8 hours at a stretch or take a few days and stop along the way with camping and barbeque adventures.
First Stop: Kiama
Driving from Sydney the first place you can stop at is Kiama. Stanwell Tops is the highlight of Kiama and you can take some amazing pictures at the tops and watch the gorgeous ocean span in front of you. The Kiama blowhole is a must visit. Water shoots up from the ground up to a height of 200 feet here. The Stanwell park is also a great place to host a barbeque day at and hit the beach as well. Kite surfers and paragliders find the cliffs of Stanwell as a great place to jump off.
Second Stop: Jervis Bay
For the lushest green and whitest sands in Australia, Jervis bay is the place. Takes only about 15 mins to get there from Stanwell park and is awesome for those who love to experience the beach. The bakeries and mini cafes in the quaint little towns of Jervis bay is a lovely place to unwind and spend an evening at as well. You can also catch dolphins and breeching whales at Honeymoon Bay or at Huskisson. Hyams beach is a must to visit if you are stopping by as it has the whitest sands in the world as per the Guinness book of records.
Third Stop: Eden
Cross over to Batemans Bay to Eden and catch some beautiful boutiques for a shopping experience. Mogo is close by and the zoo here is a hit. The region is known for its 19th century history of mining gold here. If you are a fan of swimming and snorkelling, then head over to Middle Lagoon. Taste cheeses at Bega and try some food at Pambula and try some seafood too. Lookout for dolphins and seals while you are in the reason and spend the night at one of the many campsites or villas.
Fourth Stop: Bairnsdale
The town of Mallacoota is at the border of Victoria – the state where Melbourne is located. The lakes and water sports in the area is the best. You can get bikes on hire and ride around the place or kayak on the lakes. There are a few accommodation options in the region if you wish to stay the night and continue to venture into the inlands. Camping, Villas, hotels, etc are some of the options you can consider here.
Fifth Stop: Walhalla and Philip Island
Bird-lovers, this is a stop for you just about 50 minutes from Bairnsdale. You can stop over for a quick bird watching adventure and be on your way or stay on for some awesome food and wine. The serene forests and photogenic opportunities are awesome here. Sights and peaceful walks are what this place offers. You can head to Philip Island from here to watch the penguins that are local to this island. There are penguin shows that highlight the life and experience of the little birds that flood the island.
Sixth Stop: Melbourne
After you catch a nice fulfilling breakfast at Mornington, you can spend some time at the outdoor pools and head over to Melbourne. Melbourne is a gorgeous city and has very pleasant people and a laid-back lifestyle too. The climate is perfect for those who love a cool day.