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How to Travel by Campervan – Melbourne to Sydney

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east coast campervan

“we highly recommend a road trip up the east coast in a campervan"

Campervan Melbourne to Sydney

While a flight from Melbourne to Sydney might be cheap and convenient, you miss many of Australia’s best local highlights. If travelling at your own pace and discovering the local side of Australia sounds like your kind of trip, then a camper van might be the right choice for you!

Travelling from Melbourne to Sydney there are plenty of spots your camper van can take you that bus tours or a flight can’t.

Coast or Inland?

The most direct route from Melbourne to Sydney is the Hume Highway, a 9-hour drive straight through – a bit boring for a road trip! On the other hand, driving up the coast is only an extra 4 hours and has many more sights to see. For this reason, we highly recommend a road trip up the east coast in your camper van.

The great thing about traveling by camper van is that it allows you the freedom to make the road trip choices you want to make! Want to spend some time inland and some on the coast? No problem! Want to take a half day detour to a national park? Do it! Camper vans allow you the freedom flying or tour buses don't allow you.

The great thing about traveling by campervan is that it allows you the freedom to make the road trip choices you want to make!


Mornington Peninsula

If traveling by coast to Sydney, your first stop should be the Mornington Peninsula, followed by Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory. Surf beaches, hiking trails, wineries, hot sprints and an enchanted maze are just some of the things you’ll experience along the way.

Caravan Parks and Campsites: Kangerong Holiday Park, Foreshore Camping

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is an absolute must on your road trip. The penguin parade is a unique experience where you can watch hundreds of small penguins return from the sea in the evening. It's a truly unforgettable experience.

Caravan Parks and Campsites: Big4 Phillip Island Caravan Park, a Maze ‘N Things Holiday Cabin Park

Wilsons Promontory

Once you’re on your way from Phillip Island, stay a night at Wilsons Promontory. There’s no lack of hiking tracks or wildlife to in the area. It also has plenty of accommodation for all budgets, so whether you want to spend the night camping under the stars, or prefer access to showers and bathrooms, Wilsons Prom has something for every traveller.

Caravan Parks and Campsites: Yanakie Caravan Park, Franklin River Reserve Campground

Lakes Entrance

Your next stop and last stop in Victoria is Lakes Entrance, VIC. A cute seaside town located on the edge of the 90 Mile Beach offers many fun coastal activities. You can hire a paddle boat, visit the Buchan Caves, take a winery cruise or have a picnic at the beach. For a more unique experience take a sunset camel ride along the beach!

Caravan Parks and Campsites:  Lakes Entrance Recreation & Camping Reserve, North Arm Tourist Park

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New South Wales


Make your way through the Coopracambra National Park to Merimbula, the heart of the Sapphire Coast. Merimbula is surrounded by stunning beaches and has plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you busy. Be sure to try out the seafood – locally grown oysters, mussels and crayfish. On your way to Merimbula, you can stop by Eden, a similarly beautiful beach town.

Caravan Parks and Campsites: Hobart Beach Campground, Gillards Campground

Batemans Bay

Up next is Batemans Bay – or really anywhere along the Sapphire Coast. You can’t go wrong with any of the small NSW towns along the Sapphire Coast. The beaches just get better and better the farther north you travel! There are also plenty of camping and campervan spots along this route.

Caravan Parks and Campsites: Batemans Bay Bowling Club Park, Currowan Creek Camp Area


If you’ve got an extra day to fill and want to visit the capital of Australia, head west to Canberra. Explore significant Australian sites such as Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. Canberra offers a variety of cultural and historical sites important Australia.

Caravan Parks and Campsites: Canberra South Motor Park, Woods Reserve

Jervis Bay

Back on the coast, your next stop should be Jervis Bay. White sand and turquoise blue waters are waiting for you here - so much so that Hyams Beach was recently voted the whitest sand beach in the world! We recommend spending more than one night here. With no shortage of gorgeous beaches there is plenty to do in the area. From scuba diving, whale and dolphin watching to wineries, and quaint cafes and shops you can easily fill a couple of days in the area.

Caravan Parks and Campsites: Warri Camping Reserve, Yass Soldiers Club

Detour before Sydney: Blue Mountains

Before arriving at Sydney, take a break from beautiful beaches and scenic ocean views and head to the Blue Mountains just west of Sydney. Dazzling views of deep cliffs and rainforests make for many picturesque views. Take a journey on the Scenic Skyline for an aerial view of the Three Sisters and if you're feeling adventurous you can abseil down waterfalls!

Caravan Parks and Campsites: Army Camp, Yalwal Campground, Bummaroo Ford campground

Campervans allow you to explore a side of Australia you wouldn't get to see when flying or on an organised bus trip.


You’ve made it! And with no shortage of possible activities, you won't run out of things to do in Sydney.

When traveling between Melbourne and Sydney by campervan there are plenty of scenic places to see and campsites to stay for free or cheap. Campervans allow you to explore a side of Australia you wouldn't get to see when flying or on an organised bus trip.


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