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Day 1 - UK to Sydney

Fly from London to Sydney, arriving the next day.

Days 2-4 - Sydney

On arrival make your way to your chosen hotel, for a three night stay - we have a range of hotels to choose from, and your length of stay in Sydney is flexible. Spend the next few days exploring Sydney - the city centre is fairly compact so getting around is easy, and the Sydney Eye is a great place to start with spectacular views across the city.

Day 5 - Sydney to Canberra

Collect your rental car from the Sydney depot, and head towards Canberra. Travelling the long way round via the Blue Mountains (approx 450 km / 5 hours, plus stops) will add to your journey time but adds some truly spectacular scenery to your journey. On arrival in to Canberra check in to your hotel for a two night stay.

Day 6 - Canberra

Spend today in the nation’s capital Canberra - sights such as the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia should be on any itinerary, while Parliament House can also be explored.

Day 7 - Canberra to Merimbula

We’d suggest travelling from Canberra to Merimbula via the Eurobodalla Coast (approx 325 km / 4 hours 15 mins, plus stops). As you hit the coast Bateman’s Bay offers good beaches and clear waters, while pretty villages such as Mogo and Moruya dot the area. As the Eurobodalla Coast becomes the Sapphire Coast, keep an eye out for Tibla Tilba and Central Tilba with their well-preserved buildings, while national parks such as Mimosa Rocks and Bournda offer quiet beaches and surfing. Merimbula makes a great overnight stop - on arrival check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 8 - Merimbula to Lakes Entrance

Today drive in to Victoria and we’d suggest hugging the coast via Eden and Croajingolong on the way to Lakes Entrance (approx 350 km / 4 hours 30 mins, plus stops). Eden is said to be one of the best places in Australia for whale-spotting (best October & November), while nearby Ben Boyd National Park is dotted with lighthouses, towers and follies. Cross the Victoria border and pop in to Croajingolong National Park, one of the countries best coastal wilderness parks - Mallacoota is a bit of a gem. On arrival in to Lakes Entrance check in to your hotel for a two night stay.

Day 9 - Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance marks the start of the Gippsland Lakes, the largest inland waterway system in Australia with three main interconnecting lakes. Spend today exploring Lakes Entrance itself or enjoying a cruise in the Lake District

Day 10 - Lakes Entrance to Traralgon

Today drive west towards Traralgon, and we’d really recommend a detour to the famous Ninety Mile Beach (approx 250 km / 3 hours 15 mins, plus stops), an isolated and spectacular beach that’s pretty much unbroken for 90 miles - come off the highway at Sale and head to Golden Beach, follow the beach to Seaspray and head back inland to Sale and onwards to Traralgon. Traralgon itself is a handy stopover point through Gippsland. On arrival check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 11 - Traralgon to Phillip Island

Today we’d recommend heading to the most southerly point of mainland Australia at Wilson's Promontory (approx 300 km / 4 hours, plus stops). This is a spectacular national park of hiking trails, coastal scenery and white sand beaches, and well worth the detour. Continue to Phillip Island in time for sunset, when tiny penguins come ashore at the Penguin Parade - take a seat in the amphitheatre for the spectacle, and keep an eye out for stragglers at the end. On arrival check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 12 - Phillip Island to Melbourne

Today is an easy drive to Melbourne, but it’s well worth considering a detour to the Mornington Peninsula (approx 255 km / 3 hours 20 mins, plus stops), with its historic towns such as Portsea and Sorrento, and its stunning coastal walks. On arrival in to Melbourne drop off your car at the depot and check in to your hotel for a three night stay.

Days 13-14 - Melbourne

Spend a few days exploring cosmopolitan Melbourne - getting around is easy with the free tram network in the city centre, while the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus will take you a little further afield, including to historic St Kilda.

Day 15 - Melbourne to Lorne

Collect your rental car from the Melbourne depot, and head towards the Great Ocean Road. Today is an easy run to Lorne (approx 140 km / 2 hours, plus stops) - it’s all about surfing on this stretch of coast, so pop in to Torquay, home of surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver, and iconic Bells Beach, one of the most famous surf beaches in the world. On arrival in to Lorne check in to your hotel for a two night stay.

Day 16 - Lorne

Lorne is one of the most beautiful spots on the Great Ocean Road, and makes a great base to spend a day - head out of town to explore the coastline, or take in the beachside swimming pool or the nearby Erskine Falls.

Day 17 - Lorne to Warrnambool

Today is a spectacular drive along the Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool (approx 230 km / 3 hours 45 mins, plus stops). Take your time to take in the sheer beauty of this region, and make plenty of stops - the Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park are the most iconic landmark but there are a host of vistas - Cape Otway offers a dramatic, rugged shoreline, while Apollo Bay has a community feel and superb beach. Warrnambool is an important stop on the Great Ocean Road. On arrival check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 18 - Warrnambool to Grampians National Park

Today travel from the coast at Warrnambool to Dunkeld and on through the Grampians - we’d suggest going a little out of your way to take in Port Fairy and Cape Bridgewater (approx 325 km / 4 hours, plus stops). Head along the Great Ocean Road via Port Fairy’s whitewashed cottages, and Portland with its historic waterfront. Cape Bridgewater offers a stunning 4 km long beach, while nearby Cape Duquesne has a spectacular blowhole and a seal colony an hours walk away. On arrival in to Halls Gap check in to your hotel for a two night stay.

Day 19 - Grampians National Park

The Grampians rise above to plains of Victoria and are amongst the most beautiful landscapes in the state - criss-crossed by hiking trails and with unique rock formations, aboriginal art and a plethora of fauna & flora, spend the day taking in this wonderful region.

Day 20 - Grampians National Park to Robe

Head back through the park and Dunkeld before heading across in to South Australia, travelling via Mount Gambier to Robe, on the coast (approx 345 km / 3 hours 50 mins, plus stops). Mount Gambier is home to Blue Lake, a 75-metre deep lake that turns the most amazing shade of blue in the summer. Caves run under the town and many can be explored on tours. Rode itself is dotted with heritage-listed buildings and has a relaxed atmosphere, with great beaches and excellent dining. On arrival check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 21 - Robe to Adelaide

Hug the coastline through the Coorong National Park - take the Coorong Scenic Drive just before Meningie to get in to the heart of this unusual landscape (approx 375 km / 4 hours, plus stops). On arrival in to Adelaide drop off your car at the depot and check in to your hotel for a three night stay.

Days 22-23 - Adelaide

Adelaide is a very likeable city, with classic architecture, fabulous restaurants and a multicultural mix - spend a few days visiting key sites such as the Central Market and the Art Gallery of South Australia. The National Wine Centre of Australia gets our thumbs up, or head in to the winelands that surround the city. Cheers!

Day 24 - Return

Make your way to Adelaide airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the next day.

Sydney to Adelaide Fly-Drive Holiday

Allow three weeks or more to take in some of southern Australia’s highlights, from the stunning coastal scenery of the Great Ocean Road and Gippland to the bustling cities of Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.

Fly drive holidays in Australia - Sydney to Adelaide fly-drive


from £2449 per person

3 nights The Grace Sydney

2 nights Pavilion N’bourne Canberra

1 nights Fairway Motel Merimbula

2 nights Comfort Inn Lakes Entrance

1 nights Comfort Inn Traralgon

1 nights Phillip Island Apartments

3 nights City Tempo Melbourne

2 nights Mantra Lorne Gt Ocean Rd

1 nights Olde Maritime Gt Ocean Rd

2 nights Country Plaza Grampians

1 nights Robe House SA

3 nights Adelaide Rockford Hotel

17 days Car Hire

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