If you choose to drive directly from Canberra to Melbourne without stopping, it should not take you much more than 8 hours. However, if you want to make the most of the journey, there are places to stop off along the way.
You can find Canberra car rentals and choose a vehicle for your journey. Then you can plan ahead and make sure you have enough time to stay over at one or two places and have a relaxing experience. Here is a suggested journey that should give you some inspiration.
Canberra to Cooma
Setting off from Canberra, on the way to Cooma, you have a couple of options. You can take the Monaro Highway which is the quickest route. Alternatively, you can take the scenic route through the towns of Bungendore and Braidwood.
Once you reach the town of Cooma, you will find that it prides itself on being welcoming to tourists and there is a range of different activities to enjoy. One of the biggest positives of this town is how attractive it is. There are several parks to enjoy which are home to an array of impressive trees. There are also many hiking and biking opportunities in the surrounding area.
If you decide to stop off from your road trip and spend some time in Cooma, there is no shortage of amenities for you to enjoy. You can spend time exploring the giftware and craft shops in the town. It’s a shopper’s delight, especially if you are looking for something a little unusual. After you have finished shopping you can try out one of the local cafes. The town has a visitor’s centre where you can find out about any events that are taking place while you are there.
Cooma to Lakes Entrance
The next scenic stop on your journey to Melbourne is the town of Lakes Entrance. The town has been a popular holiday destination for many years. This is mainly because of its proximity to the Gippsland Lakes. These lakes are some of the most beautiful in the country. They cover a total area of 600 square kilometers. The lakes are home to river dolphins and pelicans, amongst an array of other wildlife. This is the perfect place to spend time relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
Between the lakes and the Southern Ocean is an area of coastal dunes which is known as Ninety Mile Beach. If you decide to make a stop at Lakes Entrance, you can spend some time strolling along the sand.
There is also a lot to do in the town itself. There is a selection of accommodation and places to eat and drink. This makes Lakes Entrance an ideal place to stop off overnight.
Leaving Lakes Entrance, it’s time to head to Melbourne. You can do so by taking the scenic route which includes towns such as Bairnsdale, Traralgon, and Sassafras. Doing this means that you can end a picturesque journey with some amazing scenery before you reach the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne.