MEL­BOURNE TO SYD­NEY, AUSTRALIA

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Take the “her­itage route” and get a taste of Australia’s rich his­tory. From Mel­bourne, make your way to Bendigo, about 150km north­west, or just over two hours’ drive. Bendigo was a fa­mous gold-min­ing town, but to­day it’s bet­ter known for its food and cul­ture. Among its many fam­ily at­trac­tions are Bendigo Wa­ter World (www.bendigowa­ter­world. com.au), The Zone Fam­ily En­ter­tain­ment Com­plex (www.the­zone.com.au), and Bendigo Tramways (www. bendig­o­tramways.com).

From Bendigo, head north­east to Yar­ra­won­gaMul­wala, about a three-anda-half-hours’ drive away. Pick fruits, sam­ple ar­ti­san cheeses and more in this quaint town, which boasts nu­mer­ous farms that are open to the public. From here, it’s a more-than-five-hour drive to Can­berra. The Aus­tralian cap­i­tal has a lot to of­fer be­sides cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal hotspots (think Par­lia­ment House and the Na­tional Gallery of Australia).

Other at­trac­tions in­clude the Na­tional Zoo & Aquar­ium (www.na­tion­alzoo.com. au), The Bird Walk (www. can­ber­rawalki­naviary.com. au), a walk-in aviary, and Fun Fac­tory. Lo­cated in Fysh­wick, this in­door play cen­tre fea­tures a jump­ing cas­tle, a ball pit and climb­ing struc­tures. The last leg of the drive will take you to Syd­ney, via the Fed­eral High­way and the West­ern High­way. The ride should take about three and a half hours.

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