Even though the southeast coast is heavily frequented by tourists during the summer holidays, backpackers should not miss this part of Australia. It offers beautiful and diverse landscapes, gorgeous beaches and a great biodiversity. There is one attraction after another. We show you 7 spots that you should not miss on the drive from Sydney to Melbourne!
#1 Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay is one of the wonders of the East Coast! Hyams Beach is the whitest sand beach in the world! But Jervis is special not only because of this beach. You can also spot kangaroos that live in the park and relax on the beautiful Steamers Beach. A gem in Booderee National Park. No road leads there, only a 2-km long path, of which 500 m go uphill. But once you get to the top, you’ll find that it was worth it. There is nobody out there but you and the ocean.
A charming fishing village in which you can not only eat good fish and chips, but also watch the stingrays in the bay and, above all, the delightful seals in the port. Narooma is our 2nd favourite.
#3 Ninety Mile Beach & Snowy River
Welcome to the Gippsland, where you will find an incredible number of beaches and lakes. After taking beautiful roads through the forest across the Victoria border, take the Marlo Cabbage Tree Road Tourist Drive. Then you will arrive in Marlo Bay and the Snowy River, the beginning of Ninety Mile Beach. When you see this beach, a feeling of infinity will come over you.
#4 Raymond Island
Take the free ferry (you don’t need a car on this tiny island) and do the Koala Walk across the island. A refreshing detour to the beach is a must before you walk through the eucalyptus forest … where koalas live. They’re such cute little animals that will surely melt your heart. In total, 23 koalas said G’day to us that time. What a treat!
#5 Wilson Promontory
The Wilson Promontory National Park is another jewel of the southeast coast. After walking on the squeaky sand beach and watching kangaroos (and even wombats if you’re lucky) on the Wildlife Track, head to the Lilly Pilly Gully Circuit Walk. This path is the perfect entry into the park. In a deafening silence you wander surrounded by ferns and eucalyptus trees. The boardwalk midway will immerse you in the mystical mood of the rainforest.
More information: Visit Wilson Promontory National Park
#6 Phillip Island
Just 150 km away from the heart of Melbourne, Phillip Island is a popular destination in Victoria. In this true nature reserve you can observe the popular little penguins as well as many sea lions, koalas, and other animals. Paradoxically, this little island is also the venue for a Grand Prix track for spectacular motorcycle championships.
Drive to the top of Port Phillip Bay before taking the ferry to Queenscliff. Sorrento is located on a promontory and surrounded by the sea. Therefore, there are beautiful beaches. However, Sorrento is particularly interesting because it lies in the heart of the little-known “Great Barrier Reef of the South“. A trip out to sea is mandatory. The program includes watching dolphins, snorkelling and swimming with seals. The seals live on artificial islands created specifically for them. They will be entertaining you the whole time and will remain an unforgettable memory. WaterMaarq offers eco-conscious tours with a limited number (maximum 12) of people.
#Bonus: Great Ocean Road
The ultimate Australian dream for any decent backpacker is to drive on this beautiful road along the ocean. All you have to do is put on your Road Trip Playlist and drive! It is difficult to pick out just a few out of all the sights of this legendary road. The lookout point Castle Cove has a particularly magical vibe to it. On the Great Ocean Road you have an incredible view.
Written by Ronan Pezzini