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New South Wales, Melbourne, Sydney

Best natural parks between Sydney and Melbourne?

This December I'm going to travel from Sydney to Melbourne by car. I'm thinking to spend 5 to 7 days.

Which are the best natural parks worth the visit?
Me and my girlfriend really like animals and would love to live the nature although we are not so used to camp freely in the wild.

6 Answers

answered by
Rebecca from Manchester

Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney are incredible! There are some great walks in the area the nature is fantastic!

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answered by
Belinda from Melbourne

Hi Augusto, I have lived in Melbourne and New South Wales before and I'm familar with the roads.  If you are spending 5-7 days, you might want to allow 1-2 free days to also explore Melbourne and Sydney city (both beautiful cities!!).  Michelle's answer below mentioned the Hume Highway, that is the quickest route.  You will also see some beautiful scenery along the way and some cute quaint country towns.  It's a very easy drive too.  

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answered first by
Michelle from Melbourne

The coast road is much more scenic than the Hume Highway (the most direct driving route from Sydney to Melbourne, taking around 10 hours "door to door") but it's a much longer drive. The Royal National Park is probably less than an hour south of Sydney and that would be your most likely first target. Another spot heading down that way I'd recommend is Jervis Bay which again is very natural and incredibly scenic. There are lots of small towns for you to pass through and find reasonably comfortable accommodation if you don't want to camp out every night as well. Heading towards Victoria, you could easily find some great areas around Batemans Bay, Eden, Merimbula. That gives you the bet of both worlds - some forested areas/parks and the coast. In Victoria, the stretch of highway over the state border goes through a very heavily forested area and is more inland. You can take diversions off the highway to head to areas like Mallacoota. This is a pretty long drive without a lot of towns or facilities. If you wanted to head up into the mountains, you could divert to Omeo, or keep heading towards Melbourne via places like Lakes Entrance.

It's a lot of territory to cover and you should keep in the back of your mind that, weather wise, you need to be prepared for anything - intense heat, really cool/rainy weather, bushfires.

In terms of seeing Australian wildlife? Well, you'd need to keep your eyes peeled. You'd probably see a few kangaroos (if you're driving at night, be very careful!) and lots of birds. Other native animals, like koalas, can be very hard to spot. If you are camping out, be wary of snakes. Park rangers can tell you whether there have been snake sightings in the areas where you can camp. Good luck and safe travels!

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  6. Mallacoota (city)
  7. Omeo (city)
  8. Lakes Entrance (city)
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answered by
Lok from Melbourne

Most of all, just avoid travelling up the Hume Highway It's a boring drive, and you have plenty of time. You could travel along the cost, down through South Gippsland Highway and Lakes Entrance South area. Beautiful island inlet area. Or I went to Apsley Falls once, which was nice and a very historic and spiritual place to the aboriginal population, but not worth going out of your way for. There are many camp-sites, with different levels of facilities (some have toilets and electric BBQs) so don't be afraid to camp in the "wild". You might wake up and find your campground is surrounded by kangaroos or wallabies grazing on the grass with their baby joeys in their pouch. Great experience.

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You can check out Healesville Sanctuary if you really like animals. You can feed them and get really up and close to them. 

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answered by
Luke from Melbourne, Australia

Hi Augusto,

I to am a nature lover!  So from Melbourne to Sydney you have two options - quick way inland via Canberra (our nations capital and not much more) or the coast that will take forever but with that many days I think you can do it justice, as long as you have a long driving day at that end from Lakes Entrance to Melbourne.  

So there are lots of really nice costal places between Sydney and the board of New South Wales and Victoria (Australia) (these are two States in Australia).  I'm sure lots of people could help you with that but a place that I love to bits is about 25 KM into NSW called Pambula Beach  (it shares a beach with Merimbula) and there is great beautiful long surf  beach, some rocks and a little beach that turns into a beautiful salt tidal river.

On the other side of the river is a place called Ben Boyd National Park, with is pristine and untouched.  I've eaten some beautiful oysters growing fresh on the rocks there before.  But I believe you can camp there, but I've always camped at the Pambula Beach Holiday Hub.

A bit further south there are a couple of other towns worth a pop into  Mallacoota and Lakes Entrance.  North of Lakes Entrance there are some interesting caves called Buchan Caves Reserve.

Hope that helps!



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  6. Victoria (Australia) (attraction)
  7. Pambula Beach (attraction)
  8. Merimbula (city)
  9. Ben Boyd National Park (attraction)
  10. Mallacoota (city)
  11. Buchan Caves Reserve (attraction)

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