Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive
Ben Boyd National Park is located in two sections, both north and south of Eden on the far South Coast. Don't miss Green Cape Lightstation, the spectacular Light to Light Walk and camping at Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay in the south. Breathtaking views from Haycock Point also provide fantastic highlights in the north.
Meandering drive from Sydney to Melbourne
A beautiful, rolling stretch of seaside towns, historic villages, pristine beaches and lush national parks; the South Coast of NSW offers a wealth of natural beauty to experience and explore. Follow the Princes Highway as the Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive winds along Australia's eastern coastline and through rolling hills and bushland, revealing some of NSW coastline’s prime assets along the way.
As you travel you can also tantalise your taste buds with fresh local produce while you explore the great outdoors and breathtaking scenery between Sydney and Eden.
Sydney to Wollongong: Head south of Sydney on the Princes Highway through the Royal National Park, taking in the beauty of the ancient bushland along the way. Continue on the Grand Pacific Drive past pristine beaches before enjoying spectacular ocean views from Stanwell Park’s Bald Hill Lookout. Make your way along the Sea Cliff Bridge as it hugs the coastline between Coalcliff and Clifton, extending out over the water at times. Once you’ve reached Wollongong, settle in for coffee at one of the city’s beachside cafes.
Wollongong to Kiama: After departing Wollongong, make your way inland to Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, near Knights Hill. Savour panoramic views of lush rainforest, coastal towns and the Pacific Ocean from high above the forest floor on the park’s steel walkway, central tower and zip lines. Rejoin the coastal route and continue onwards to Kiama. Visit the iconic Kiama Blowhole and see plumes of water erupt from the natural formation or take a walk to the nearby lighthouse. Wander into the town centre and grab a bite to eat at one of Kiama’s eateries such as Amaki Cottage Cafe, The Brooding Italian or Milkandhoney Cafe.
Kiama to Nowra: Drive south of Kiama alongside golden beaches and through rolling hills to Shoalhaven Heads. Spend the afternoon swimming, surfing, beach fishing or simply lazing on the area’s pristine sands, or travel to the nearby town of Berry for a spot of boutique shopping. Continue on south to Nowra and unwind for the evening in comfortable accommodation.
Nowra to Jervis Bay: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at one of Nowra’s cozy cafes before continuing the journey. Drive on to Jervis Bay and spend time bushwalking through the Jervis Bay National Park, fishing in clear blue waters or spotting dolphins on a chartered cruise. Stop by Hyams Beach to feel some of the world’s whitest sands between your toes.
Jervis Bay to Ulladulla: After exploring Jervis Bay’s natural beauty, get back on the road and take the leisurely drive towards Ulladulla. Travel past national parks and state forests and through small townships before reaching the coastal town. Stop by the Fishermen’s Co-op at Ulladulla Harbour for a serve of fresh fish and chips before finding a spot to watch the waves roll in.
Ulladulla to Batemans Bay: Head 40 minutes south of Ulladulla to Batemans Bay. Here you can stop to encounter Pebbly Beach’s resident kangaroos, explore the Murramarang National Park or take a quick swim in the ocean. Discover why the region is known as Australia’s ‘Oyster Coast’ by sampling fresh oysters grown in the Clyde River. After indulging in Batemans Bay’s fine produce, rest up for the night in one of the area’s hotels, motels or other stays.
Batemans Bay to Tilba Tilba: Start your morning with the 10 minute drive from Batemans Bay to Mogo, taking time to browse eclectic boutiques filled with homewares, clothing and giftware, or see the menagerie of rare and exotic animals housed in Mogo Zoo. Journey on to Tilba Tilba. Wander by the village’s preserved heritage buildings or please your palate with locally crafted cheeses.
Tilba Tilba to Bega: Embark on a further 60 km trip from Tilba Tilba to Bega, passing by quaint towns and villages abundant in old world charm, such as Cobargo and Quaama. Enjoy the flavours of local wines and cheeses produced in the Bega region or get active while swimming, snorkelling, surfing or bushwalking in the Mimosa Rocks National Park.
Bega to Eden: Travel 35 km south of Bega to the coastal village of Pambula and enjoy more of the South Coast’s plump oysters, a round of golf or views of the Pambula River. Drive on for another 19 km and visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum to discover the long history of whales in the area and relics of human interaction with the giant sea creatures. During the annual migration of southern right and humpback whales, find a coastal vantage point to watch the mammals meander by. From here, you can continue the scenic drive across the Victorian border to Melbourne.
Sea Cliff Bridge
Kiama Blowhole, South Coast
Minnamurra Headland, Kiama Coast Walk, South Coast
Montague Island Nature Reserve lighthouse. Image Andrew Brown
Moored fishing boats in Eden Harbour. Image Hamilton Lund
Murrays beach at Jervis Bay, South Coast. Image Adam Taylor
Whale watching in Merimbula
Bald Hill Lookout
Jervis Bay National Park, South Coast
Family at Mogo Zoo
Bega Valley, South Coast
Ben Boyd National Park, Eden
Avoid driving tired and reach your destination.
When driving, always consider how tired you are – fatigue is one of the top three contributors to Australia’s road toll.
Ensure you have had enough sleep before your trip and share the driving wherever possible. When driving on Australian roads take advantage of the many ‘rest areas’ available, regardless of whether it’s a long-distance or short-distance trip.
Easily locate rest areas and plan your rest breaks for your next journey by visiting www.rms.nsw.gov.au