(South East) Australia is beautiful in a thousand ways
It spans over 7 million square kilometers, so it can be difficult deciding where to begin. Whether you love the surf, dense forests, natural streams, or buzzing metropolises, the South East coast can satisfy all your desires.
It is possible to travel by train ( www.nswtrainlink.info ) or by coach, but in all honesty, the best way to see Australia’s South East coast is in your on vehicle. Be it a tiny two-seater, a 4WD , or a van, there is nothing like owning your own freedom when it comes to endless natural beauty, and when deciding where looks good to camp for the night.
Sydney acts as a perfect starting point for any trip down south.
The city itself is very big, with hundreds of suburbs offering diverse food, night life, beautiful beaches and parks. The Northern Beaches is an amazing area to explore, with lakes, dams, park land and of course beaches, it’s a great way to experience life near the city, without really being in the city. The Sydney Harbour is of course a must see, the bridge really is impressive and excellent for long walks, across, under and near it… I really enjoy strolling through Luna Park and through The Rocks.
If you’re interested in more alternative ways of living, Newtown is the place for you. At all hours of the day, there are buskers playing, street art to see, beautiful architecture, quirky locals, and cafes and pubs for miles.
About 3 hours south of Sydney lies Mimosa Rocks National Park,
It is HUGE, the park has beautiful roads that spiral down to immaculate beaches. You can set up camp right in the car park, with the overhanging native trees and friendly wallabies, it’s the perfect way to spend a star filled night. Be sure to check out Nelson Lagoon too. Malacoota is another worthy area, having rocky headlands, soft sand and a walking track that laces along a constant line of beaches, about 30 meters high, tracking in and out of bush land.
If you’re heading South, Ninety mile beach is the perfect spot if you want to camp free! About half an hour east of Princes highway, down Corringle road lies a massive untouched beach. Swimming in its fresh waves feels that much better after climbing up the impressive sand mountains that hides the beach away.
little green nomad shot
Continue south for another couple of hours and you’ll hit Melbourne:
The mecca of culture, art, music and food. Activities to tickle your taste buds include the St Kilda Festival (February), strolling the cafe and graffiti dense lanes in the city’s centre, perusing the fresh goods at the Fitzroy Markets, and, my favourite, taking a trip to Half Moon Bay (especially at sunset!)
The South East Coast of Australia has so much to offer
And with the right mindset it’s not hard to live cheap and sleep for free! Sometimes it takes a little drive by searching, but I’ve found that the best spots pop up when you least expect them to – no map can direct you, only your instincts can win!
If you’re interested in a 2 – 4 week trip, driving from Sydney to Melbourne is perfect for this amount of time. You’ll have more sun tanning time than you could ever imagine, hundreds of bush walks to choose from, dozens of quaint little towns to service your coffee and pie needs, and endless choices of relaxing, fun or romantic spots to set up for the night 😉
Handy Tips For Travelling The South East Coast of Australia
All tap water is drinkable, weather in summer is about 26 – 40 degrees, you DEFINITELY need sunscreen and I’d recommend a visit to Bunning’s Warehouse to buy things like eski coolers and mosquito coils.
Also worth checking out –
Murrumbidgee National Park (near Durras)
jervis bay green patch
Have any questions?