Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls

Heritage towns, beautiful beaches, whales, lighthouses and wineries - not much to dislike about the coastal route between New South Wales and Victoria. We set out with just 3.5 days for the trip, first checking off the Kiama light house / blowhole, the cute town of Berry with lovely old storefronts, and Kangaroo Valley including Fitzroy Falls at sunset. The twisty roads in and around Kangaroo Valley made for amazing views. 

Kiama  

Kiama  

Day two started off with a whale watching cruise around Jervis Bay - which has some of the whitest sand in the world. The whales pass through this stretch of coastline en route to Antarctica each year, and we were lucky enough to see meet many curious and playful humpback whales off of Beecroft Penninsula. Carrying on through national parks and cute heritage towns, we stopped at Pebbly Beach - known well for wild kangaroos. We didn't catch a look at them unfortunately, but the beautiful, tall trees and parrots in the area made the beach memorable. Merimbula was a quiet stop during off season, but we did find some kangaroos grazing around there.

With lots of driving to do on day 3, we just made quick stops at the Eden Killer Whale Museum, and a winery in Victoria. Victoria got very windy and we even had to clear a fallen tree on the path to the winery. We'd been the only visitors over a few days, so things are very quiet before summer I guess. We stayed the night in a great Air Bnb find in Gyppsland - a renovated trailer with BBQ and bonfire. Alpacas were in the field next to us, and the view over rolling hills was very nice. We really enjoyed other than a massive huntsman spider in the 'long drop'. 

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Now, off to Melbourne - we're missing the city life!  

Sydney

Sydney Opera House  

Sydney Opera House  

Spent Day 1 on the tourist track in rainy Sydney, and quite enjoyed despite the jet lag. The inner city green spaces are full of exotic birds and palm trees, and every street seems to have a different style of architecture. The galleries are interesting and I'd love to come back once the Art Gallery of New South Wales expansion (Sydney Modern Project) has been completed - the selected proposal by Japanese studio SANAA looks really impressive.  The food is great and wish I'd had more time to explore the different areas of the city. We randomly opted for a half hour harbour cruise over to Cockatoo Island which has an eerily deserted industrial shipyard area which played a part in war defence and has an interesting history of holding convicts. Obvious stops at the Opera House (which I didn't expect to be ceramic tile) and the bridge were really cool to see in person as well. 

Cockatoo Island  

Cockatoo Island  

Sculpture Gallery - Museum of Contemporary Art  

Sculpture Gallery - Museum of Contemporary Art