Batemans Bay,Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Route.
This drive to Melbourne is one of Australia’s best; it captures the essence and personality of Australia’s beauty. It is famous for gorgeous fishing villages, wonderful pristine beaches, natural rainforests and National Parks all scattered down this astounding coastline.
This drive is really a MUST do if visiting Australia, not just because of the beauty but also for the diversity of wonderful seafood, cheeses and wines on offer. So if you love fresh prawns, oysters, lobsters or even love catching them, well this coastline has it all.
Sydney to Wollongong – 1hr 30mins
Wollongong to Bateman’s Bay – 2hrs 40mins
Bateman Bay to Eden – 2hrs 30 mins
Eden to Lakes Entrance – 2hrs 30mins
Lakes Entrance to Traralgon – 2hours
Traralgon to Melbourne – 2 hours.
Places of Interest.
- Sydney National Park coast road to Wollongong : http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g25... for details on this route.
- Wollongong : Historically the area was first settled by the wodi wodi aboriginal tribe, and the aboriginal name means " hard water near ground". It is said that Captain Cook attempted to land here in April of 1770 but was unable to land due to tough and unstable conditions at sea. Wollongong has beautiful beaches and lagoons, and is nestled beside some very interesting areas. It used to be a very Industrial city but now has become a modern and vibrant city offering great restaurants, accommodation and attractions. www.novotelnorthbeach.com.au for accommodation
Kiama: Is a little gem of a village, discovered by George Bass in 1797, the Aboriginal name means" place where sea makes noise".It is surrounded by beautiful beaches, harbour and two rivers. Kiama is famous for the “Blow Hole”, which spouts water high into the air. You could spend a whole day in this area exploring the Minnamurra rainforest, Seven Mile Beach, Jamberoo action Park, Bombo Headland and the Carrington Falls and Cathedral Rocks.
- Kiama has plenty of accommodation available for all types of budgets and needs. The best kept secret is the East Beach Holiday Park which sits on 35 acres on absolute beachfront. Choose from waterfront units, villas and cabins. www.eastvanparks.com.au or www.kiama.com.au or www.southcoastholidays.com.au for info on other accommodation available.
- From Kiama you can either take a detour via Gerringong and Gerroa to Nowra. Look for the sign post on your left saying "Gerringong Tourist Drive", which crosses a railway line. It hooks back onto the highway at the beginning of the bridge at Nowra.
- Alternatively, you can continue on the highway and visit the cute historical town of Berry and then to Kangaroo Valley a beautiful enclosed valley with lush green mountains and opportunities to see kangaroos and wombats which graze naturally at Bendeela – 5 minutes from the village. The village has quaint shops, an excellent Australian woodcraft shop, galleries, restaurants and Australia’s last surviving wooden suspension bridge. For adventure there is canoeing, horse trekking or 25 bush walks. The valley’s community is very eco conscious and friendly, private cottages at award winning www.crystalcreekmeadows.com.au aim to be gentle on the planet. 50 minutes from Kiama and 2 hours from Batemans Bay.
Nowra: The highway by passes this town, if you are into Aviation or Naval history, then take a look at the Australian Naval Aviation Museum at HMAS Albatross. The Aboriginal name of Nowra has two meanings " camping place or black cockatoo". www.shoalhavenholidays.com.au
Jervis Bay: Jervis Bay is famous for the whitest sand in the world, and its crystal clear waters. Discover the tranquil bush settings within the National Parks. The centre of the Jervis Bay tourist haven is Huskisson, and one must stop and have a beer at this icon, basic accommodation is also available. Jervis Bay is a naturalist delight, bounded with pristine beaches within the Booderee National Park, it is ideal for all activities, hiking, rock climbing, diving, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing. The bay is 15km long and 10kim wide with little villages scattered around like Vincentia, Hyams Beach, Calla Bay, Myola, and Currarong.
- There are bay beaches such as Green Patch, Murray’s Beach, Hole in the Wall and surf beaches like Caves, Wreck Bay and Bherewerre. This area is a MUST to do and one really needs two to three days to explore this amazing destination. If time is limited at least do a bay cruise at Huskisson www.dolphincruises.com.au to see the resident blue nose dolphins.
- Tourist Information at www.tourismjervisbay.com.au - for accommodation www.dolphinsands.com , www.bluepointhouse.com.au , www.wvr.com.au , www.thehuskypub.com.au , www.hyamsbeachsesidecottages.com.au , www.dolphinshores.com.au , www.paperbarkcamp.com.au.
Milton Stylish country town full of interesting historic buildings. Browse the shops, antiques and galleries. Enjoy great food and coffee at the many restaurants, cafes and gourmet delis. The Milton Theatre has live acts from local and overseas artists. There are several boutique accommodation options in and around Milton, including self contained cottages and bed and breakfasts. National Parks close by with Pigeon House Mountain in
the Budawang ranges forming a spectacular backdrop to the town. Gateway to some of Australia's most beautiful landscapes, surfing
beaches, vineyards and wineries. Easterly views to the coast and minutes to pristine south coast beaches such as Mollymook, with spectacular 2kms of golden sand facing due east into the Pacific Ocean.
- Milton is a three hour scenic drive south of Sydney (60kms south of Nowra and 6kms north of Ulladulla)
- Discover more on Milton
- www.beachhaven.com.au caravan park.
- Ulladulla: Is a famous holiday destination for many
Australians, it offers excellent accommodation and plenty of activities
and attractions for families. Drenched with wonderful beaches, it oozes
with personality and character and is a favourite place for many
families. The Aboriginal meaning of this town means " safe harbour
", which most sailors will agree, Ulladulla is one of the safest ports
and one most welcomed in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. www.ulladulla.info
Every Easter, Ulladulla celebrates the annual Blessing of the Fleet, the festival has one of the largest Street parades in NSW. www.blessingofthefleet.info
Murramarang National Park
the main features of this park are the kangaroos at Pebbly and Durras Beach. With wonderful beaches, stunning headlands, is wonderful for swimming and fishing and more fishing.
Located 10km north of Bateman’s Bay. Camping areas are available at Durras North (1800 387727), Pebbly Beach, South Durras and Merry Beach. Bookings :-( 044) 239 800. Pebbly Beach is already known widely as the home of the "surfing kangaroos”. Although they will not be surfing, they will be happy enough to pose for a photo but please no not feed them. www.murramarang.com www.durrasnorthpark.com.au - for accommodation
- Durras North
- Totally surrounded by the Murramarang National Park and Batemans Marine Park, Durras North is a small village nestled in between Durras Beach and Durras Lake - the most pristine in NSW. Durras North is the starting point for many beach and bushwalks including the Discovery Trail, Bobs Rock, the Burrawang Walk, Durras Lake Walk and more. Fishing is very popular both on the beach and on the Lake. Durras North is one village where Kangaroos do hop down the main street. Catching prawns in Durras Lake at night is also possible on Durras Lake between October and March each year. Kayaking on Durras Lake is possible by hiring sit on top kayaks. The village of Durras North consists of holiday houses and caravan parks. Accommodation for cottages, cabins or camping is available at www.durrasnorthpark.com.au
Batemans Bay: This area is blessed with the local lakes of Durras, Coila and Tuross which are popular for water sports and fishing. Lake Coila is also famous for its prawns. During your visit to Batemans Bay, take a drive out to the lovely village of Mogo. Batemans Bay is a great place to stay overnight; there are plenty of restaurants serving fresh seafood and pubs for entertainment. Don’t forget to take a cruise up the Clyde River and drop into the historic village of Nelligen www. bayinfo.com.au www.beachresort.com.au - caravan park. Batemans Bay Manor - Bed and Breakfast for fully hosted accommodation www.batemansbaymanor.com.au; want to stay right on the beach, try www.edgewatergardens.com.au
- Broulee/Mossy Point Take a diversion along the coast road from Batemans Bay to see some magnificent beaches and headland lookouts. Broulee Island is worth circumnavigating by foot and don't miss the Mogo Zoo who specialize in protecting critically endangered species. For Local Attractions RegionX Sea Kayaking & Total Eco-Adventures provide excellent Eco-Tours within the Batemans Marine Park .
- Tourist Information at Broulee, Mossy Point
Narooma: Narooma's name comes from an aboriginal word meaning " clear, blue water". Whale watching, fishing, swimming, and boat cruises and charters can be readily obtained. Don’t forget to do a trip to Montague Island is a must do on your list. The island has a large colony of Little Penguins and many other seabirds use it as a breeding ground and migratory resting place. www.naroomaonline.com/- http://www.islandview.com.au/ http://www.easts.com.au/ - caravan park. www.mysterybaycottages.com.au - for accommodation.
Tilba Tilba: Originally inhabited by the Yuin Aboriginal tribe, their word Tilba means wind, so Tilba Tilba means windy, windy. This little gem of a village is really a must do and see. Situated below the foothills, the villages are steeped in history and has to be one of Australians most loveliest. Take a walk along the streets, and be surrounded by its history. Don’t forget to have lunch at the town pub, famed for its warmth and hospitality. The area was settled over 160 years ago, but the discovery of gold in 1850 saw people flock to the district. After the gold rush it became a diary area, it is now famous for its architecture and National Trust Heritage site. http://www.couriacreekcottages.com.au/ - for accommodation . http://www.turossbeachholidaypark.com... - caravan park.
- Bermagui: Bermagui is a gorgeous small coastal village with an abundance of natural beauty. While well known originally for it's fishing, it is also known as the Northern Gateway to the Coastal Wilderness. Surrounded by National Parks and stunning seascapes, Bermagui offers travellers a wonderful and unique stay with spectacular scenery and boutique services. Bermagui has has its own commercial fishing fleet and the Fishermens Wharf complex which overlooks the harbour, offers a amall selection of restaurants, cafes and fresh seafood. Wander along quiet beaches, learn the history and mystery of Montreal Goldfield, explore the national parks or watch the latest catch come in. Bermagui offers a little something for everyone and is a photographers dream. Bermagui is home to a number of talented artists and musicians and is also well recognised for it's major events such as Sculpture on the Edge, Four Winds Festival and the annual Seaside Fair. There are plenty of beautiful beaches for swimming, or enjoy an ocean kayak tour. Surfing beaches including Beares Beach, Moreheads Beach, Haywards Beach and Cuttagee Beach to catch a wave. Camel Rock Beach with it's unique rock formation is a must as is The Blue Pool. A large saltwater pool which provides a wonderful swimming experience and is a natural attraction, a must do whilst in Bermagui. The Aboriginal meaning is " canoe with paddles". For accommodation: http://www.bellbirdcottage-bnb.com/ http://www.oceanlakecaravanpark.com.au/ Dine at: http://bermaguifishermenswharf.com.au/
- Tourist information at: www.visitbermagui.com.au
- Cobargo and Quaama : Along the highway between Tilba and Bega are the country villages of Cobargo & Quaama. Traditionally Quaama means meeting grounds for tribal elders to come together in view of the sacred mountains Gulaga - the womens mountain (Dromedary) and Biamanga - the mens mountain (Mumbulla) The area is abound with rivers, waterfalls, wilderness and National Parks. Try canoeing or fishing for Bass at the Brogo Dam or get back to nature at Mumbulla Falls. Cobargo, Tilba and Bermagui are referred to as the Triangle due to the angle formed by their geographic points on the map. Discover the charming shops in the heritage town of Cobarg and quaint coffee shops. For Accommodation see www.mumbullaview.com.au
Bega It is prime dairy country, very famous for Bega Cheese and home to many wineries. It is also a large diary farming area surrounded by gorgeous green rolling hills. www.begadowns.bestwestern.com.au for accommodation. The Aboriginal meaning which suits this village is " big camping ground". www.begacaravanpark.com.au
Merimbula: Victorians migrate to Merimbula for their annual holidays. It is a boaties paradise with water sports for everyone. It is also famous for its oysters and prawns; this town is a great stopover and is well worth a visit. http://www.sapphirecoast.com.au/regio... . The Aboriginal term for Merimbula is " big snake". www.merimbulabeachholidaypark.com.au
Eden : This wonderful village was founded as a whaling station in the early 1800s; it is now an important fishing area on the South Coast. Take a stroll through the Eden Killer Whale Museum and learn this history of this area. Naturally, Eden has become an important area for watching the migrating whales venture up the coast. www.sapphirecoast.com.au/eden.htm www.coachmaneden.bestwestern.com.au - for accommodation
Lakes Entrance: Is a large fishing town and is a paradise for keen boaties and fishermen. Many Victorians use this area for their annual holidays, so there is plenty of accommodation available here including caravan parks. The Lakes Entrance can be accessed from Melbourne via Bairnsdale, but this town can be extremely busy especially during the summer season where a reservation is essential for a guaranteed accommodation. This will apply to caravan parks and other regular accommodations.
Traralgon: Traralgon is a lively and busy town with excellent accommodation, restaurants and bars. It also houses the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre which one can enjoy catching up on a bit of lively entertainment. The region is blessed with an abundance of National Parks and Rainforests. www.traralgon.com.au