Day 1 - Melbourne to Phillip Island (140 kms)
Pick up your Avis intermediate automatic sedan rental car at the Melbourne City Depot or Airport and commence your drive to Phillip Island – Victoria’s nature haven and home to the famous resident fairy penguins which come ashore each night with the tide.
Spend the day exploring this picturesque paradise – visit the seal colony perched on Seal Rocks, the Koala Conservation Centre or the Phillip Island Grand Prix track.
Hotel: Kaloha Resort Phillip Island (Standard) or Glen Isla House (Deluxe)
Day 2 - Phillip Island to Lakes Entrance (330 kms)
Today make your way from Wilsons Promontory to Foster, and then join the South Gippsland Highway to reach Sale. Continue on the Princes Highway via Bairnsdale to reach Lakes Entrance. Lakes Entrance is a unique area with rivers, lakes and lagoons joining 90 Mile Beach. Take a cruise or a sail around Australia’s largest inland waterway. Explore the nearby village of Metung also located on the beautiful lakes.
Hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites Emmanuel (Standard) or Lakes Entrance Waverley House Cottages (Deluxe).
Day 3 - Lakes Entrance to Eden (243 kms)
Depart Lakes Entrance and travel to Orbost, situated on the banks of the Snowy River. This is a Gippsland timber village which is surrounded by spectacular coastal and mountain territory. A further 75 kilometres is Cann River, excellent for its fishing and bush walking in the rugged hinterland. Continue driving along the Princes Highway crossing the Victorian and New South Wales border and onto the quaint fishing port of Eden.
Hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites Emmanuel (Standard) or Lakes Entrance Waverley House Cottages (Deluxe)
Day 4 - Eden to Canberra (280 kms)
Depart Eden and travel north on the Monaro Highway and Snowy Mountains Highway before arriving in the national capital of Canberra. The city is filled with insightful attractions which provide a glimpse into the history, culture and daily life of Australia.
The national museums are certainly worth a visit, amongst them are the National War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia and the impressive Parliament House where you can see the daily political battles from the viewing gallery.
Hotel: Mercure Canberra (Standard) or Hotel Kurrajong Canberra (Deluxe)
Day 5 - Canberra to Sydney (300 kms)
Today you journey from one city to another as you drive from Canberra to Sydney through the Great Dividing Range.
Hotel: Oaks on Castlereagh (Standard) or Sebel Quay West (Deluxe), 3 nights
Day 6 & 7 - Sydney
Spend today and tomorrow exploring the sights and sounds of Sydney for yourself. Make the most of having your car to journey beyond the city for a day and relax on one of the nearby beaches – choose from iconic Bondi, Manly or quieter Coogee.
There are many attractions to consider to make the most of your time in Sydney. Ask your consultant to book any of our excellent Sydney day tours. From the lofty heights of a Harbour Bridge Climb to an evening performance at the Sydney Opera House, there is something for everyone.
Day 8 - Sydney to Hunter Valley (215 kms)
Depart Sydney and drive over the famous Harbour Bridge as you travel north through Newcastle and onto the famous wine producing region of the Hunter Valley. Discover small boutique wineries and restaurants nestled amongst the scenic lush green landscapes of the valley.
Hotel: Hunter Valley Resort (Standard) or Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (Deluxe)
Day 9 - Hunter Valley to Port Stephens (160 kms)
Drive through the towering forests and fertile farming country of New South Wales to the beautiful bays and beaches of Port Stephens. The sheltered waters around this popular resort town are perfect for dolphin spotting and there are over 26 beaches in the region to explore.
Hotel: Ramada Resort Shoal Bay (Standard) or Hotel Nelson (Deluxe)
Day 10 - Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour (175 kms)
Your self drive adventure continues as you travel north along the Lakes Way, a scenic route through rainforest and spectacular views of the inland lakes and ocean beaches of New South Wales.
After a leisurely scenic drive, enjoy an overnight stay amongst the mountains, national parks, beaches and banana plantations that surround the year round holiday hot spot of Coffs Habour.
Hotel: Best Western Zebra Motel (Standard) or Comfort Inn Premier (Deluxe)
Day 11 - Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay (240 kms)
From Coffs Harbour, the northern stretch of New South Wales contains some of the most beautiful landscape scenery in Australia.
Reach the laid back holiday resort town of Byron Bay for a two night stay. In the evening you could start exploring the coastal paths, lookout points and its famous sweeping surf beach.
Hotel: Lord Byron Resort (Standard) or Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments (Deluxe), 2 nights
Day 12 - Bryon Bay
Enjoy a full day at your leisure in Bryon Bay. Perhaps walk to the iconic lighthouse or venture to Australia’s most easterly point. Sunsets from here are breathtaking.
Day 13 - Byron Bay to Brisbane (195 kms)
Cross the border into Queensland choosing to travel inland through the Lamington National Park on route to Brisbane or opt for the coastal route through the bright lights and lively atmosphere of the Gold Coast.
Return your car to the city depot if you plan to extend your stay in Brisbane or the Airport if your travels take you onwards.
13 day Self Drive Holiday - from £1299
With flights from £2149
- Upgrade to deluxe hotels from £368
- Pre-book a Phillip Island Penguin Parade day tour from £111
- Add extra nights in Melbourne, Sydney or any location en route
- Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class
- Add a stopover in Singapore, Dubai or other destination
All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room, and include pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited kilometres. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Seasonal supplements may apply.