Quaint and Quirky Stop Offs Between Sydney and Melbourne

Check out these funky little towns and their surrounds next time you’re driving from Sydney to Melbourne or vice versa.

Beechworth

Travel time: 3 hour drive from Melbourne 
Play time: A day trip
Things to do:
       A tour around Old Beechworth Gaol (make sure you check tour times in advance or you might miss out).

       Learn about the history of bushranger Ned Kelly at the historic court house
       Have a beer and get your haircut by a barber at Murray Brewery
       Take selfies next to the Woolshed waterfall

Mt Beauty

Travel time: 4 hours from Melbourne OR Canberra (smack bang in the middle)
Play time: A full day or overnight stay
Things to do:

       Go mountain biking on Big Hill

       Take in the fresh air while hiking up Mt Bogong

       Have a picnic in the car up at Sullivan’s Lookout

       Have a drink with the locals at Settler’s Tavern


Mt Hotham

Travel time: 4.5 hour drive from Melbourne
Play time: 1 hour without snow sports, 1-2 days including snow sports.
Things to do:

       Drive along the ridge of the mountain on the Great Alpine Road (free entry for those not stopping)

       Have a snowball fight

       Go tobogganing
–    Go skiing or boarding (der!) 


Lake Wellington

Travel time: 2 hours and 45 minutes’ drive from Melbourne
Play time: Either sunrise or sunset
Things to do:

       Watch the spectacular sunset and/or rise over the lake

       Do some bird spotting. We saw loads of Pelicans, ibises and other water dwellers.
–    Camp in your car or tent for free next door to the yacht club. Toilets are on-site. 



Warburton

Travel time: 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne
Play time: A day trip
Things to do:
       Marvel at the nest like structures build by visitors to Redwood Forest

       Shop for trinkets and vintage wares along the main shopping strip

       Eyeball tree canopies as you walk through the rainforest on a metal platform 

Crossover

Travel time: 1 hour drive from Melbourne
Play time: A day trip
Things to do:

       Take photos walking across and under the ginormous Noojee Trestle Bridge

       View the ruins of Crossover Bridge from the ground up after strolling through 1km of park land.

       Play a game of animal bingo. The first one to spot a lama, alpaca, Shetland pony and camel wins (surprisingly it’s not that difficult!)


Words by Casey Hawkins. Photos by Nate Polta

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