Budget Road Trip from Melbourne to Sydney

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Dive into the mind of a traveler and you are bound to see at least one recollection of a road trip. It has a certain lasting taste, set to last for a lifetime. One such budget road trip that GAFFL strongly recommends is the Melbourne to Sydney road trip.

As Autumn arrives and the weather delves into a temperature of a less harsh tone, road trips along the East Coast can be one of the top things to do this March. So get your music ready and prepare yourself for one of your best adventures.

One of the top things to realize before you embark on this road trip is that Australia is no small country. In fact, it is the sixth largest one. Getting ready for long drive hours and less than frequent stops is what we suggest.

A route planner might suggest the Hume highway. We however believe, taking this 10-hour drive to Sydney will not let you admire the East Coast Australia, for its raw natural beauty. Instead, we suggest taking the coastal route, through the Princes Highway.

To start off from Melbourne, we believe spending at least a day in this artistic city is the absolute best thing to do.

Read more about exploring Melbourne city.

Drive from Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory Park

Road Trip - Promontory Park
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Ideally, we hope that you rent a campervan for this trip as it decreases a lot of living expenditures. Throughout the journey and your only hassle would be to find a good parking spot for the night. You can look up Travelocity in this case, to find the car that you want to rent. There are a lot of ways you may breakdown your drive however we have designed a specific itinerary for you to follow.

Driving your rental from Melbourne to Wilson Promontory Park you will be driving for a stretch of 374 kilometers. The drive can be exhausting and can take a toll on you. Take frequent breaks so that you don’t fall asleep on the wheels. Some places along the drive that you can stop and explore are Yarragon, Walhalla, and Meeniyan. It should be understood that there are no petrol stations from Meeniyan to Wilsons Prom. Hence, fuel up and buy all the necessities.

Some of the places that we think you should absolutely visit are the Goldsfield Railway and the Long Tunnel Extended Goldmine of Walhalla. If you are willing to take a tour of these places, however, it might cost you a little more. Walhalla is generally a town with strong historical background hence making an effort to go to the Walhalla historic area would not be the worst thing to do.

If you are up for the adventure, camping around the Tidal River is a great place for an overnight stay with minimal costs. If you have a campervan with you, you can stay at the overnight Hiker’s Car Park.

Wilsons Promontory Park to Metung

Road Trip - Metung
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Starting at Tidal River, if you get back on the Princes Hwy and keep on till Tambo River Tourist Park. The upcoming right turn will take you on the Metung road within 8 minutes. Metung has Nyerimilang Heritage Park of you are up for a walk along the past and witness the Aussie living in the past A good camping ground here is the Chinaman’s Creek which also has a camping ground for you to stay overnight.

Metung to Gipsy Point

Road Trip - Gipsy Point
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One of the must-see in East Gippsland is the Coajingolong National Park, which has been identified by Unesco as a Biosphere Reserve and is recognized by BirdLife International as it houses a lot of migratory birds. So make sure you visit this nature reserve and climb over the Genoa Peak to watch the sunset over Coajingolong feeling like Mufasa watching over his empire. There aren’t a lot of overnight car parks close to Gipsy point, we could suggest the Gipsy Point Lakeside accommodations, however, if you are looking for inexpensive lodging a short 30 minutes drive through Genoa road can take you to

Gipsy point to Narooma

Road Trip - Narooma
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At this point, you can straight drive through Bega to Narooma on a 2 and a half hour journey or you can continue north and drive till Canberra. Some of the popular places to see in this drive are the Montague Islands, however, it is suggested that you take a cruise to go whale watching. If spending money is not your cup of tea, we recommend you skip it.

Canberra to Sydney

Road Trip - Sydney
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After the road trip from Narooma to Canberra, you can stay the night in the 3 ‘Secure Car Parkings’ around the city and set out early to discover Canberra, the nation’s capital.

You can find travel buddies who are also going on a road trip in Australia.

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