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Victoria - New South Wales, Melbourne to Sydney 
 12 days
A 12 day self-drive tour from Melbourne, the fashion capital of Australia with its well planned avenues and tranquil graciousness, to Sydney, focal point of Australia's lively tourism industry with its magnificent harbour and famous Harbour Bridge. Explore historic rural centres scattered across the vastness of the nation and visit to the capital city, Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory.
 Day 1     Arrive Melbourne.

winnabagoTake delivery of a self-drive car (or motor home) on arrival.
Day 2     Melbourne.  

At leisure in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, Australia's Garden State. A city of nearly 3 million people, Melbourne is the fashion capital of Australia. It is an elegant city with well planned avenues and a tranquil graciousness. The restaurants are the finest in Australia and the Arts Centre houses the nation's finest Concert Hall.


South Yarra
Theatre and music abound in Melbourne. Sightseeing includes some beautiful parks including the Royal Botanic Gardens on the banks of the Yarra River, the Fitzroy Gardens which contain the reconstructed English cottage of Captain James Cook who discovered Australia in 1770, and historic Chinatown.

Day 3     Melbourne to Ballarat

Depart Melbourne for Ballarat, a famous gold-mining town of the 1850's. Be sure to visit Sovereign Hill and try panning for gold. Finders keepers! Before leaving Ballarat, drive through the Botanic Gardens beside Lake Wendouree. Continue via the attractive towns of Creswick, Daylesford and Castlemaine to Malden, "the best preserved town in Australia, of the gold mining era".            
Continue to Bendigo for overnight.

Day 4      Bendigo to Beechworth

ballart memorial
A city proud of its mining past, Bendigo has many interesting sights. These include a working goldmine, a Chinese Joss House (there were many thousands of Chinese on the Victorian gold fields) and the beautiful old Shamrock Hotel. Continue via Rochester, where stately red gums line the river and the roads, to Echuca, once the largest inland port in Australia. Visit the historic wharf area and relive the colourful river paddleboat era. Continue via Shepparton and Benalla to the tiny township of Glenrowan made famous by Australia's most notorious bushranger, Ned Kelly. Visit the Kelly Gang Exhibition at the Glenrowan Tourist Centre. Proceed via Wangaratta to Beechworth for overnight.

Day 5       Beechworth to Thredbo.

In the foothills of the Australian Alps, the old township of Beechworth has thirty-two of its buildings classified by the National Trust of Australia. Continue via the precipitous Alpine Way to the beautiful skiing village of Thredbo in the Mount Kosiosko National Park. Care should be taken when undertaking this route during the winter months.

Day 6       Thredbo to Canberra

vic thredboDepart Thredbo and travel through the Australian Alps via Jindabyne and Cooma, to the national capital, Canberra, for overnight. Canberra was designed by Walter Burley Griffin, a Chicago architect and town planner. He worked with contemporary notables, such as Frank Lloyd Wright. Canberra represented an architectural dream whereby one man was placed with control over the whole project. 


Day 7       Canberra.

A day at leisure in Canberra with the opportunity for a scenic drive around Lake Burley Griffin and a panoramic view of the capital from Black Mountain Tower. Highlights include the National Art Gallery and the Australian War Memorial with its Japanese midget submarines, sunk in Sydney Harbour during World War II.

Day 8       Canberra to Sydney

wineryTravel past Lake George to Goulburn and continue via the Hume Highway to the historic village of Berrima. Many of the original buildings, constructed with local sandstone, have been preserved. These include the Berrima Court House and the Surveyor-General Inn, the oldest continuously licensed inn in Australia.


Continue on to Sydney, travelling through the beautiful countryside surrounding Kangaroo Valley and from Kangaroo Valley continue to the Pacific Ocean coastline at Kiama, where a visit can be made to the interesting "Blowhole".
From Kiama drive inland to Jambaroo, before proceeding north to Bulli on the coast. At Bulli be sure to stop at the Bulli Pass Lookout for a spectacular view of the coastline.
Day 9 to Day 11     Sydney.


Sydney is Australia's largest and most exciting city. It is superbly located on one of the world's finest natural harbours. Enjoy a harbour cruise past the famous Harbour Bridge and the dramatic Sydney Opera House. Visit Dixon Street, Sydney's Chinatown, and explore some of the magnificent beaches, perhaps Bondi or Manly.

Day 12                                              
Surrender the self-drive car or motor home.   

                     Depart Sydney



This suggested itinerary can be tailored to suit your own requirements. It can also include other destinations in Victoria, New South Wales or elsewhere in Australia. Accommodation in atmospheric and historically interesting properties can be pre-arranged by Concorde Travel.