Mel­borne to Syd­ney

START: MEL­BOURNE END: SYD­NEY DIS­TANCE: 620 MILES

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The Great Ocean Road is an un­for­get­table start to the 620-mile coastal drive between Mel­bourne and Ade­laide, Aus­tralia, but there is a sim­i­larly scenic route between Mel­bourne and Syd­ney in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. Es­chew the straight-asan-ar­row Hume High­way and take the longer route around the east­ern edge of Vic­to­ria and up the Sap­phire Coast of south­ern New South Wales. Take a few days for the jour­ney and you can overnight in low-key beach com­mu­ni­ties and ar­rive in Syd­ney re­laxed rather than with a 620- mile stare. There are sev­eral ways of reach­ing the east coast from Mel­bourne. A fa­vorite is to head through Gipp­s­land’s green hills be­fore skirt­ing re­mote Croa­jin­go­long Na­tional Park, home to wild beaches. If you’ve got the gear, camp­ing overnight here is a mag­i­cal experience. Cross­ing the bor­der into New South Wales brings you to the Sap­phire

Coast and its calm bays, se­cluded surf spots, beach towns and whale­watch­ing vantage points. Overnight op­tions range from mo­tels to B&Bs and up­scale re­sorts.

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