The Majestic Coastal Drive From Sydney to Melbourne

Emily Smart By Emily Smart, 3rd Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Hi! I don´t know, if anybody read my previous article about navigation for a car. In this short post I want to share with you, that I found out, that this GPS app is available also for smartphones (I don´t know if for all kinds but for my HTC surely) and even you can get the app under certain circumstances for free. If you are interested, continue reading this article
My previous article here: http://travel.wikinut.com/Navigating-Through-the-World-of-Navigation-Systems-For-Your-Car/1nw9c93n/

My experiences from roadtrip

Australia is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. There are a large number of national parks, bustling cities, indigenous wildlife and clear water beaches spread out across the entire country. Tourism is a major revenue driver for the Australian economy and domestic tourism is also pretty significant.

I have been on a number of road trips across the country and recently, I managed to go out on the famous coastal drive between the cities of Sydney and Melbourne. I am from Sydney and have also been to Melbourne a number of occasions, but I had never done the coastal drive and this was something that I was really looking forward to doing.

Considered to be a long drive, this drive along the coast is brilliant and dramatic, offering the sights of the waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea. The route along the cliffs overlooking the clear water beaches is one of the most beautiful sights that a tourist can expect. Over the years, a large number of the more adventurous tourists settled around the coast, giving birth to a number of small sized towns and sleepy fishing villages. All of these attractions along the coastal drive make it one of the best road trip experiences in Australia.

The attractions of the drive are not only limited to the sights and sounds of the beaches or the majestic views from the cliffs. One of the major attractions of the region includes the large number of water sports and outdoor adventure activities that take place. Kayaking, hiking trailing, swimming, marine life watching and surfing are only some of the activities that take place around the area.

For the nature lover or the wildlife enthusiast, this road trip has everything to offer. Across the stretch from Sydney to Melbourne lie a number of national parks and forests. These are home to the indigenous wildlife of Australia and koalas, pelicans, little penguins, fairy penguins, sea eagles and many other creatures can be found in abundance here. The delicate ecosystem of the area is also protected by the government.

Across this trip, one will come across a large number of towns and most of these are worth staying the night over. While some of the sleepy and solitary towns offer the best in relaxation, some of the other colorful and vibrant towns feature a number of activities and attractions. En route from Sydney to Melbourne are the towns of Nowra, Eden, Batesmans Bay, Bairnsdale, Wilsons Promontory and Philip Island. It is generally recommended that this coastal road trip be completed over a course of 7 days or more, making stops at each of these mentioned towns. All of these towns have their own distinct features and attractions and each of these also reflects the regional culture and heritage.

There may be a number of different routes of getting to Melbourne from Sydney, but the variety of sights and sounds that are offered along the coastal route are unmatched. Many tourists travel this route. In case people fear navigation around the area, modern day GPS systems can come of good use. In fact, GPS systems can even recommend a large number of points of interest, based on traveler’s ratings and reviews. The maps of the region are also well laid out, detailed and very accurate and GPS can be completely relied on. I have personally made use of a GPS navigation app for my HTC smartphone during my road trip and have not been a part of any navigational problem. GPS is a great technology and it is something which I make use of across every trip that I make.

One of the best uses of the GPS system that I made during the road trip was to locate the best restaurants and cafes across the different towns that we visited. While cafes, pubs and restaurants are plentiful in all of these towns, we made good use of the suggestions based on the points of interest and indulged in some authentic and delicious cuisine, available only in this part of the world. Oyster dishes and different seafood dishes are regional delicacies in these towns of Australia.

While the journey between Sydney to Melbourne is scenic and beautiful all throughout, the best part of the journey proves to be towards the end, when one reaches Wilson Promontory National Park. This area is the southernmost region in Australia and features wildlife that cannot be seen elsewhere. There are a large number of hidden areas, including bays, beaches and wildlife, waiting to be explored around this area. The wildlife here is completely in its natural habitat and there is only a slight balance to the sensitive ecosystem here. As such, the area is protected by the national government.

This road trip is not solely about rural towns and this comes to light when the drive reaches the City of Philip Island. Philip Island is home to a grand prix circuit and motorsport activities and events keep happening here time and again. Philip Island lies northwest of Wilsons Promontory and is the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula and the Western Port Bay. Once the drive goes past these areas, the coastal road trip draws to a close, with Melbourne separated by the vineries and galleries of Red Hill. Mosrnington is a cosmopolitan town, the lanes of which open up to the city of Melbourne.

This road trip between the two coastal cities is an ideal road trip for all types of tourists, be it a couple honeymooning or a family out on a yearly vacation. With a plethora of attractions and landmarks to boast of, it is no wonder that the drive is so famous and so many people opt for this road trip every year. While I can also count myself to have completed this road trip, I am far from having explored the region properly. As such, I am planning on taking up this road trip once again in the future, covering all of the points of interest.

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Gps, Holiday, Htc, Melbourne, Smartphone, Sydney

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I am senior logistics specialist and my hobbies are traveling and cooking

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author avatar jayaram
3rd Jun 2015 (#)

you have explained in a very good way , but I wanted photos!

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author avatar Emily Smart
4th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you :) In fact, I dont really like to share my personal photos, but I will try to share some in my next stories ;)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Jun 2015 (#)

Lovely share, thanks Emily. I feel lucky to have been driven by my friend from Sydney to Canberra with Bowral on the way and that was special for me as it was where a special man spent his early years! siva

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author avatar Emily Smart
4th Jun 2015 (#)

I am happy for you Siva :)

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