MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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.