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Melbourne to Sydney: Merimbula to Sydney Coastal Drive

The last 500 km of our Melbourne to Sydney coastal drive were very scenic so we were happy for having reserved a couple of days to explore this area, the South Coast of New South Wales. The Merimbula to Sydney highway winds between green hills and turquoise ocean waters. And in addition there were well marked tourist routes that led us to small villages and remote beaches. 

Bermagui, New South Wales, Melbourne to SydneyOn our road trip through the south coast of New South Wales we stopped at Bermagui, Tilba Tilba, Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley and Kiama. These places are marked on the map below.

We wanted to make more stops in national parks along the road but our timetable didn’t allow that. And driving on gravel roads of national parks is not allowed for rental campervans.

At the end we had to rush and return the camper before the office closed so we had to take the M1 motorway from Wollongong to Sydney.

Between Wollongong and Sydney there are places you should see like the Sea Cliff Bridge and the Royal National Park with its amazing Wattamolla Lagoon. But we had seen these sights before and we hope to be able to return and see the rest of them one day from Sydney.

Merimbula to Sydney Road Trip on the Map


On the map you can see the driving-route of the third and last section of our road trip from Melbourne to Sydney. You can follow the beginning of the trip on my two previous blog posts:



Bermagui, New South Wales

Merimbula we took a small road following the coast to Tathra Beach and on to Tanja and after some driving in the national park we reached Bermagui. Bermagui is a pretty village between the ocean and a large lake. It’s a popular fishing destination and there are nice walks along the shore.

There are nice beaches and lagoons, and right behind the camping where we stayed the night we found a beautiful sea water pool, called the Blue Pool. Bermagui Tourist Park was one of the best campsites on the route, it was in the village and there was a great sea view.


Sunset at Bermagui

Bermagui harbour, New South Wales

The evening was warm so we walked around in the village and the harbour and admired the sunset.



Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba

General Store at Central Tilba

The pretty villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba are only a short distance from Bermagui, on the way from Melbourne to Sydney. These villages are popular tour destinations and no wonder why.

Particularly Tilba Tilba has many old houses and it offers a nice setting to have a lunch or coffee. And the green hills in the area are beautiful.


Jervis Bay and Huskisson Beach

Huskisson beach, New South Wales

Jervis Bay further north is famous for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. We wanted to see if it’s true that the sand is so white and it really was! The waters were calm and nice to swim, and at distance we could see some dolphins.

Huskisson is the biggest tourist resort with different accommodation, and a short drive south is a smaller beach, Hyams Beach.

Hyams Beach

Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, Australia

Here are some pictures of Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay.

South of Hyams beach is the Booderee National Park that also has beautiful  beaches and walking paths.

Kangaroo Valley

Suspension bridge, Kangaroo Valley

From Nowra north of Jervis Bay we took a detour from the road Melbourne to Sydney, we went to Kangaroo Valley. The road leading to Kangaroo Valley was very winding and steep. We thought about turning back with the camper, but there was no place to turn at. Then finally we reached the valley and it really was worth the effort!

There was a nice village with old houses and Australia’s oldest suspension bridge above the steep gorge of Kangaroo River!



Easts Beach Camping, Kiama

Kiama was our next destination, returning from Kangaroo Valley. The town is two hours south from Sydney and very pretty so we decided to stay the night there. We knew the place after having been there before.

Kiama is a small town, or a village, in a picturesque setting between rolling green hills and the ocean. There are excellent walking paths along the coast and many sandy beaches.

The camping was at Easts beach with direct access to the beach and the paths, and also the Little Blowhole was at walking-distance.

Saddleback Mountain Road, Kiama

Countryside outside Kiama, Australia

We made a trip towards the Saddleback Mountain lookout.  The road climbed quickly and there were soon great views of the whole area.

From Kiama you can also make a trip to the country village of Jamberoo and the nearby Minnamurra Rainforest with the famous Minnamurra Falls, or you can drive to Carrington Falls farther away. You can also try the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk.


Kiama Blowholes

The Little Blowhole, Kiama

Kiama has unusual rock formations that make sea water spout high in the air with a whoosh. This can be seen in two places. There is the Kiama Blowhole in the village, and the Little Blowhole which is a little bit harder to find.

On the day we visited Kiama the Little Blowhole was more impressive than the big one since the seas ran from the right direction for it.


Minnamurra Heads and Minnamurra River

Minnamurra River, New South Wales

In a brochure we found we happened to see a picture of the lagoon of Minnamurra River. The picture looked so special that we had to go and check the place.

The place was a bit difficult to find and there were exceptionally low railway bridges. So we parked the camper and walked a bit, to see that the place was just as beautiful as in the pictures we had seen.



Minnamurra became our last stop before Sydney. We were running short of time and had to rush to Sydney. The campervan rental office at Sydney airport closed 16:30 and we got there just in time exactly one minute before closing time, after our navigator had guided us to a wrong campervan company next door. We had to succeed in turning back the camper in a minimal space in this wrong garage.

A view of Sydney, Australia

Finally we were in Sydney, after totally 1600 kilometres of experiences to remember!  All these were fantastic kilometres, and the whole route from Melbourne to Sydney is magnific. After all this experience the taxi ride through Sydney to our rental apartment appeared a very short way.

I hope you enjoyed following us drive all the way from Melbourne to Sydney, New South Wales. We enjoyed it so much, and of course this way of travelling gave us so much more than flying Melbourne to Sydney in an hour and a half!

Please feel free to share your own experiences of the driving-route from Melbourne to Sydney.


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