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Wilsons Promontory to Merimbula Coastal Drive

Our Melbourne to Sydney road trip continues from Wilsons Promontory to Merimbula. First there are the Ninety Mile Beach and Lakes Entrance, the town of Gippsland lakes. After that we will spend some time in the pretty coastal village of  Mallacoota.

Mallacoota was our last stop in Victoria before entering New South Wales and the tourist resorts of the Sapphire Coast.

Sand dunes in New South Wales, Wilsons Promontory to Merimbula

Wilsons Promontory to Merimbula Drive on the Map

 

This is the driving route of the second part of our Melbourne to Sydney campervan road trip description. You can read more about our Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive in my other blog posts:

Ninety Mile Beach

Seagulls at ninety-mile beach, Australia

Ninety-mile beach, AustraliaNinety Miles Beach is one of the longest stretches of sand in the world.

The beach begins near Port Albert, Victoria and continues all the way to the channel at Lakes Entrance. The beach is huge, it is 150 kilometres long.

The Ninety Mile Beach is backed by sandy dunes that separate Gippsland lakes and lagoons from the ocean.

The area is a popular summer holiday destination for Australians.

Lakes Entrance

Dunes at Lakes Entrance, Australia

A view of Lakes Entrance, AustraliaThe town of Lakes Entrance is located at the east end of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the ocean. Lakes Entrance is a pretty beach holiday destination. The Gippsland Lakes is the largest inland network of waterways in Australia. In fact the lakes are low inland lagoons.

There is a 5 kilometre long marked walking track along the sand dunes separating the lakes from the ocean and a white walking bridge connects the dunes with the town.

We walked the walking track and saw a lot of wildlife: many big jellyfish, pelicans, black swans and other birds, but despite warnings we didn’t see any A walking-bridge to the dunes, Lakes Entrance, Australiavenomous snakes that live on the dunes.

The currents at the end of the dune are very strong but the sea birds were swimming without any trouble in the water.

If you have time you can hire a speed boat at Lakes Entrance, or you can make a nature or dinner cruise on the lakes. The lakes are big, one of the cruises  takes you 70 kilometres away.

We didn’t take any cruises or other water-based activities but enjoyed instead views of the waterways from a lookout at Kalimna.  Then it was time to continue our drive towards the next stop, Mallacoota.

Mallacoota

Betka Beach, Mallacoota

 

Mallacoota is another pretty village on the Wilsons Promontory to Merimbula coastal drive. The village has access both to the Tasman Sea coast and inland lakes and there are sandy dunes between these waters. Mallacoota is right on the edge of Croajingolong National Park with fine walking paths.

Betka Beach lies between the village and the national park. In Betka Beach area you can see almost 300 different kinds of birds. North of Mallacoota we took a nice rainforest walk in a marked rainforest area and we also saw a lyrebird crossing the road in front of our car.

Wilsons Promontory to Merimbula Roadside Views

Countryside of southern New South Wales, Melbourne to Sydney

 

Here are some views from the roadside. There had been heavy rains in the days before and roads were flooding in some places but it didn’t cause us any problems. The nature here is very green compared to the dry nature and brown colours that we saw earlier on the coastal route.

 

 

Bridges and Rivers

A bridge in New South Wales, Melbourne to Sydney

 

We saw many old narrow bridges and stopped and walked in this kind of pretty beaches with inland lagoons. Lagoon water is normally brown in colour and that brownish water gets a very special colour when it melts with the blue ocean water.

 

Merimbula

Sapphire Coast has many pretty towns and villages that are worth a stop. Some of the prettiest we waw were Eden and Merimbula. Also the town of Narooma further north was very beautiful. All these towns have beaches on both sides, both ocean front and lakeside beaches, and in between turquoise lagoons.

 

Driving from Merimbula to Sydney

In my next post you can read how our coastal journey from Melbourne to Sydney continued and what we liked most between Merimbula and Sydney.

 

 

The beginning of the Melbourne to Sydney journey was described in the first post of the series:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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