Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive
Melbourne to Sydney via Canberra
1117 km / 694 miles, about 13.25 hr
Chart a course from Melbourne to Sydney on The Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive via the nation's capital, Canberra. Travel through historic gold rush towns, hit the greens on local golf courses and sample varietals at award-winning wineries. Drive across the Goldfields region and continue on to the mighty Murray River, home to the world's largest fleet of paddle steamers. The galleries and gardens of Canberra are next, and then it's on to New South Wales and Sydney, with its iconic landmarks the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and famous Bondi Beach.
154 km / 95 miles, about 2 hr
Visit antique shops overflowing with treasures in villages and towns along the road to Bendigo.
92 km / 57 miles, about 1.25 hr
Visit the town that outstripped Melbourne in size when gold was first discovered there in the mid-1800s.
244 km / 152 miles, about 3 hr
Relax in one of Echuca-Moama's B&Bs or cruise the calm waters of the mighty Murray River in a houseboat.
627 km / 390 miles, about 7 hr
Head for the twin towns of Albury Wodonga and on to Yass, a centre for rural and adventure activities.
Unwind along the mighty Murray River and enjoy the region's balmy weather, renowned slow food, wine, golf courses, sandy beaches and red gum forests.
Spend a few days in and around Rutherglen exploring the 21 cellar doors in close proximity. Sample the iconic fortifieds and a new breed of wines.
Unearth the riches of today's Goldfields in impressive art galleries, specialty shops, fascinating museums, boutique wineries and esteemed eateries.
Take to the relaxing waters of Daylesford in a mineral spa, indulge in a decadent meal of local produce, or unwind in a luxury room by the lake.