Driving down the highway, tall gum trees rise above me on either side. The sunlight shines through, creating streaks of brightness. Signs on the side of the road warn of kangaroos but I don’t see any. It’s a peaceful drive – easy and relaxing for mile after mile. During one stretch, I catch glimpses of the coast out to my right.
Behind the wheel of my Maui campervan, I enjoy these quiet moments on the road. I am taking a week to drive from Melbourne to Sydney and there is plenty to see along the way. It means lots of stops and lots of activity at each of the places. You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do in Australia. I treat the driving – something that might seem like a hassle in other countries – as part of the sightseeing, as the landscapes change along the journey.
There are several ways to get from Melbourne to Sydney by road. I’ve chosen to take the coastal route, although with a few diversions inland to see some extra places that interest me. In total, the distance will be about 1000 miles and I’ve spread it out over almost a week, meaning an average of 3 hours driving each day. It’s a good balance, I feel, of making progress but still seeing the best on offer between the two cities.
And there is certainly plenty on offer. From the beaches to the bush, from big cities to small country towns, from history to nature, there is amazing diversity along the way. Here are my favourite moments of the coastal drive from Melbourne to Sydney.