My Ride Through Australia, the Land Down Under

A picture of Australia taken from Earth orbit.
Australia is the only continent that lies fully in the southern hemisphere. It is also the only continent that is controlled by a single nation.

One of the nicest holidays I ever did was a tour of the Australian coast between Sydney and Melbourne. Not only was the scenery fantastic, the Australian poeple were friendly and accommodating. There were also a heap of things to do.

Hiring a car is definitely the most convenient means to experience the coast. There are plenty of car rental sydney and car rental Melbourne choices. Car hire companies are more than willing to assist you plan your trip and pin point the main attractions along the way. Car companies are always extending promotions and deals. I managed to get a fantastic one way special to Melbourne at a car rental in Sydney.

After organising my car hire, I headed south from Sydney through Royal National Park. The Grand Pacific Drive is exhilarating. There are plenty of coastal villages on the way and I enjoyed exploring and spending some time there. I also spent a a few hours soaking up the busy city of Wollongong before heading to Jervis Bay.

Jervis Bay is famous for their dolphin population, I boarded a cruise the next break of day to experience seeing the dolphins swimming just meters away from the boat, truly awesome. The lovely white sand beaches made it difficult to leave. Continuing my journey further south, I was able to buy some authentic craft items in Tilba Tilba.

Mimosa Rocks National Park was gorgeous, I even got a chance to swim in the lagoon. I drove a little further to watch surfers at Tathra Beach. That evening I stayed in the trendy village of Metung and had a wonderful seafood platter in one of the lakeside eateries.

Wilsons Promontory National Park is home to amazing scenery and an abundance of wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas and wombats. The place is filled with activities to keep you busy, I spent an entire day hiking through forests, exploring beaches and climbing on granite mountains.

Next destination was Fish Creek, a small, eccentric and thriving town with arts and crafts, books and cafes. I took the bridge over to Phillip Island, a popular family stop. At Nobbies Centre you can watch the penquins strutting up and down the beach and see one of Australia’s most remarkable fur seal colonies.

As initially planned, I ended my trip in Melbourne making my last stop at the heritage farm on Churchill Island. Hiring a car gave me the flexibility and convenience during my trip from Sydney to Melbourne. Next time I may get a car rental in Melbourne and do this trip the other direction!