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I am planning a trip around Australia for a couple of months.
I am seeking advice for the options to get from Sydney to Melbourne. I will be on a DR650, so happy to do on or off road or a mixture of both.
This wlll be the firt part of my jorney so will have a lot of opportunties for outback etc. later in the trip.
What I am really after is the best Sydney to Melbourne experience . Unique roads, unique sights.
Number 1 tip-avoid the Hume Highway at all costs.
You could just do the coastal trip all the way. Lots of great little beach towns.
Or come down the coast then cut into the snowy mountains in either NSW or victoria then go through the old gold field areas and wine country of the North east.
Can give you some must see places depending on your route.
If you take the coastal route all the way in Victoria at the very least don't miss Mallacoota, wilsons promontory national park (for wildlife,awesome beaches, great walks) and maybe Phillip island.
I agree 100% with James, the Hume is only for if you are in a hurry. It's BORING.
The coast road through Eden and Orbost etc is my favourite route and Mallacoota is one of my favourite spots to camp. It's far enough off the main roads to deter large-scale development, so it's a relatively untouched and sleepy little place.
Another alternative is to go west through the Blue Mountains and head down any number of routes south via Cowra way. It depends how much time you have really.
If you come down the coast road, we have a place inland from Bega. Can offer you a bedroom and own bathroom plus food for a night or 2. Have hosted British and Aussie bikers and last week a couple of French guys. The latter were thrilled to see their first wombats.
From Bega you can then head inland and do a loop through the Snowy Mountains and Victorian Alps back down to the coast again or you can head straight down the coast via Merimbula etc. Hard choice between those two but personally I would do the mountain route.
You might want to avoid the Snowy Mountains at this time of the year (winter) - they're not called the Snowies for nothing! You might find some roads closed, many campsites will be closed and it will be pretty darn cold!
Plus there's the hazards of city-dwellers in their huge 4x4s actually getting into conditions where they really need a 4x4 - and having NO idea how to drive in snow.
At this time of year, the coast road is much better!
This is the route I planned to get from the HU meeting to Melbourne last week.
Central Coast - Weismans Ferry - Bells Line of Road - Oberon - Crookwell - Yass - Wee Jasper - Adelong (good pub) - Batlow - Tumbarumba - Jingellic - Hume Dam - Yackandanda - Beechworth - Oxley - Whitfield - Mansfield - Jameison - Eildon - Healesville - Melbourne.
Wee Jasper Road has about 30kms of dirt which has been damaged by storms and trucks so I was recommended to give it a miss. Also the weather will determine if you go via Batlow as it gets very cold up there in winter. Lots of nice quiet roads with plenty of twisties.
Adding to the previous two posts if you're going inland...
There are caves at Wee Jasper too and a good campsite by the river. The pub is OK but the nearby roads and scenery as you come into the town are amazing.
If you want more of an offroad challenge and have some time up your sleeve you could divert south and cut across the fire trails to Tumut, maybe for the awesome views at the top of Mt Coree on the border of NSW/ACT (not the town of Coree). The Mt Coree diversion is steepish, rocky and rutted in places but not too hard. But only if it's not been recently wet as it gets very slippery. The rest of it is easy on a DR650.
On the coast, the others are right in that the area around Orbost is fantastic to ride on. The miles just disappear because you're enjoying yourself so much!
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