Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive
It was whilst we were visiting Squeaky Beach that we saw a mother wombat and her baby in the car park.
UK visitor, Pamela Fleet
Weedy seadragons vs beaches that squeak. What’s the best part of taking the incredible Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive?
Is it the endless sandy beaches? The amazing and unique wildlife to be met? Or the ocean-to-plate seafood to be devoured? Let’s take a closer look at all three before deciding.
Rye Beach, [Mornington Peninsula] April this year.
Alan Sives, UK visitor/photographer
The trip truly includes a who’s-who of Australian wildlife meetings. Start in the Mornington Peninsula and don a snorkel for an intimate encounter with the region’s weedy seadragons – an amazing creature of vibrant colours and leafy limbs. Then head to Phillip Island and say g’day to the local population of koalas, Australia’s largest colony of fur seals, and of course, the “awww”-inspiring little penguins who parade up the beach at dusk every night. A few hours down the road you’ll find Wilsons Promontory, a 50,000 hectare coastal national park and home to vast array of wildlife. A hike in “the prom” is sure to provide meetings with wombats, wallabies, emus and more.
Further up the Victorian coast visitors will discover Croajingolong National Park, home to an extraordinary diversity of landscapes from pure white sandy beaches, rocky coastal headlands and granite peaks to rambling heathland, lush rainforests and towering eucalypts. It’s also home to 300 bird species.
Great day spent on Phillip Island.
Kevin Gatrell, UK visitor/photographer
There’s something magical about watching [the penguins] come out of the ocean… whilst being under the stars… in the elements.
UK visitor, Jacky Crewe
Every part of this road trip puts on show some of Australia’s best beaches. Picking your favourite will be challenge and a half. But finalists are likely to include Wilsons Promontory’s Squeaky Beach, where the rounded grains of white quartz “squeak” as you walk along the dry sand as well as 90 Mile Beach in the Gippsland Lakes region. This the long stretch of pristine golden sand separates the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait and is the ideal place for swimming, fishing, walking or simply whale and dolphin watching in the sunshine.
Been there, and the sand really squeaked!!
UK visitor, Maureen Riddex
But there’s one more important thing to note for anyone who takes on this journey. And that’s the incredible taste of the road trip’s ocean-to-plate seafood, local wines and boutique beers. Of course, this is all best served at a sunset picnic on the beach of your choice.
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