Melborne to Sydney
START: MELBOURNE END: SYDNEY DISTANCE: 620 MILES
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.