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Self-Drive Suggested Itinerary
Sydney → Wollongong → Jervis Bay → Canberra → Albury → Bendigo → Phillip Island → Melbourne
Upon arriving into Sydney International Airport, pick-up your car at the airport and enjoy what Sydney has to offer; head straight to Sydney Harbour. It's one of the most photographed locations in the world, nothing compares with seeing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House with your own eyes. Take a stroll along Circular Quay; being a main transport hub, Circular Quay has some of restaurants. In the heart of Sydney’s CBD is the Queen Victoria Building, another must-see attraction. Dating back to the 1890s, this grand and beautiful building is one of the city's premier shopping destinations. Only a 10-minute stroll from the Sydney Town Hall, Darling Harbour is the perfect place to entertain the whole family, enjoy a delicious harbourside meal, It is also where you’ll find the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE S Sydney Zoo.
Overnight: Sydney (Breakfree on George or similar)
Continue with a pleasant coaster drive this morning to Wollongong along the Pacific Ocean. Wollongong is third largest city in NSW, with a glorious natural setting, Wollongong is fringed by superb beaches, with alfresco dining and a brewery by the beach, you may also visit the Nan Tien Temple also known as “Southern Paradise” is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere.
Overnight: Wollongong (Quality Suite Pioneer Sands or similar)
The morning drive down to Jevis Bay for a dolphin watch cruise, with a pod of resident dolphins numbering over 80 at the bay, there is always something for everyone to see all year round. Afternoon drive to the capital city of Australia, Canberra is the largest inland city with a population of around 400K. One of the highlight is the amazing dining experiences, Canberra is a hidden gem for food lovers. Relax in modern cafes, hip eateries and pop up dining venues. Experience hatted restaurants with innovative cuisine. Dine with mountain views or taste award-winning wines and fresh food among gorgeous rural surrounds, you will definitely find something that suits your taste bud.
Overnight: Canberra (Novotel Canberra or similar)
Home to an array of national attractions that hold and share the essence of Australia, you’ll find experiences showcasing Australia’s history, culture and lifestyle. Canberra has the largest collection of Australian Indigenous art at the National Gallery of Australia, and also houses the country’s national art collection. Commemorate, reflect and remember at the moving Australian War Memorial and discover the characters and stories that have shaped the nation at the National Museum of Australia. There are also arrays of attractions well suited for families, places like the interactive Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre where you may find yourself on a 360 degree swing or watching a lightning bolt. Cockington Green Gardens’ miniature world and gardens will definitively delight you. Continue your journey to Albury, there are plenty of things to see and do in and around the city. Albury is renowned for its magnificent heritage buildings. Find a fascinating collection of stories and objects at the award-winning Library Museum or drop into one of the country's best regional art galleries. The wider Albury area has good shopping as well as many fine restaurants. Kids will love Oddies Creek Playspace and the magic of the Children's Garden at the city's Botanic Gardens.
Overnight: Albury (Comfort Inn & Suites Georgian or similar)
Today, continue your Journey to Bendigo. Bendigo was discovered gold during the 1850s made it one of the most significant Victorian era boomtowns in Australia, 25 million ounces of gold (777 tonnes) have been extracted from Bendigo, making it the highest producing goldfield in Australia in the 19th century and making it one of the richest city in Australia. In the vibrant contemporary regional centre, boasting beautiful streets created from one of the world’s greatest gold rushes. Every visit will reveal new surprises and experiences. With the gusto of a gold-seeking miner, the people who live here are creating fascinating products, services and stories that add to the richness of the region’s boom time past. It is an ever-changing feast to be explored. Nearby Heathcote has not missed the beat with artisans of food, wine and art flocking to be part of the action. Hop on a Fossicking Trial to discover a new wealth “Food Gold”, enjoy a culinary experience by foot, engaging with connoisseurs of Bendigo’s local produce.
Overnight: Bendigo (Comfort Inn Bendigo Central Deborah or similar)
Changing of feel from the historic city of Bendigo, to nature and scenic Phillip Island, teeming with wildlife and adventure home to the Little Penguins that parade up Summerland Beach each night and view the large population of koalas at close range from treetop boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre, to add to a dash of adventure, one can enjoy a go-kart ride around the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit or take to the air in an exhilarating helicopter ride over the island. Not to be missed is the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, a tempting treat that everyone finds hard to resist! For the young at heart, a trip to A Maze'N Things will stimulate their minds through interactive optical illusions, puzzles and mazes.
Overnight: Phillip Island (Ramada Resort Phillip Island or similar)
Bid farewell to the adorable little penguin, and continue your journey to Melbourne - a city that knows how to live. Choose from high-end cuisine to low brow rock gigs, plays, festivals and blockbuster sporting events, all taking place across a city full of parks, gardens and historic architecture or try your luck at the renowned Crown Casino. At night, enjoy the myriad of delights that romantic Melbourne has to offer.
Overnight: Melbourne (Mercure Welcome or similar)
This morning proceed to the airport for your flight back home.
- Dolphin Watch: 10:30am or 1:30pm daily. (12:30pm for lunch followed by 1:30pm cruise)
- 4WD Tour: There is a departure every 30 minutes between 10am and 3:30pm.
- Nocturnal Rainforest & Glowworm night tour pick-up approximately 7pm daily (minimum 4-to-go).
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