This scenic journey is one of the best road trips our continent has to offer. Make some time to sail through pristine waterways around Lakes Entrance, and get up close to iconic wildlife. Stretch out in the sun on endless sandy beaches, sample fresh local seafood and enjoy a tipple at world-renowned wineries.
Route options are plentiful including the coastal route, which takes in the highlights of Phillip Island, Wilsons Promontory, Metung and the last stop in Victoria, Mallacoota, before heading across the border. Touring in Melbourne and Victoria is easy and best done slowly so that you can enjoy the incredible sights and sounds around you. Thankfully, there are tremendous places on the route in which you can lay your head at night. Here are a few of our best recommendations!
One of the oldest homes on Phillip Island, Glen Isla offers luxurious accommodations, delicious Australian food and picturesque views. This small boutique retreat allows visitors to fully immerse themselves into Victoria’s most famous island. For nature lovers, the house features historic private gardens and direct access to the beach. Breakfast is a highlight, as the kitchen incorporates local seasonal ingredients including free range eggs, field mushrooms and garden-grown tomatoes.
From Phillip Island, meander down to Wilsons Promontory, one of Australia’s most picturesque national parks. There, you can immerse yourself in nature by staying in a high comfort, low impact safari style tent with Wilderness Retreats. The tents are all complete with large sundecks, high quality timber furniture and fridge, a comfortable queen size bed and two pull out single beds. They’re also weather and insect proof! Wilsons Promontory protects over 50,000 hectares of Victoria’s best beaches, cool shaded rainforest gullies, cloud soaked mountain peaks, rugged offshore islands and a remote lightstation. Wilderness Retreats offers a perfect escape inside the park.
If you want to explore the delights of Wilsons Promontory but prefer not to be in the park, then Basia Mille is a must. A vineyard, combined with boutique accommodation, Basia Mille will give you a taste of the good life. Book yourself into one of the three luxurious, self-contained double apartments. You can take advantage of barbecue facilities and the most beautiful view that includes Waratah Bay, The Prom and Corner Inlet along with the islands of Bass Strait. The vineyard’s pinot noir is an elegant, silky, spicy red and certainly worth a try.
Hit the road to Metung, where you can relax and unwind wandering the boardwalk, strolling the beaches and exploring the village restaurants and shops. The Moorings at Metung, a unique waterfront accommodation on the shores of Gippsland Lakes overlooks Bancroft Bay in the heart of the village. The resort offers a range of leisure facilities within the grounds including indoor and outdoor heated pools, jacuzzi spa, full sized tennis courts and a barbeque area.
Just miles inside the border of Victoria, Gipsy Point Lakeside is sure to make your stay one that you just don’t want to end. Located on Mallacoota Inlet with spectacular water views of Croajingolong National Park, Gipsy Point Lakeside offers tranquility and solitude at the doorstep of immaculate nature. Walk right out of your room to explore Croajingolong World Biosphere Reserve’s pristine trails, beaches, fishing spots and rainforest. When you’ve had your fill of discovering one of Victoria’s premier outdoors destination, head on down the road to New South Wales and the bustle of the big city.
Touring is one of the best ways to discover Melbourne and Victoria. Our website offers guided routes and itineraries to help UK travellers best experience Australia!