When you’re road trippin’, each curve, hill and straight guides you to new and familiar places. As you journey from A to B, do you ever make notes of spots to visit next time?
The Melbourne to Sydney coastal route is an epic destination for holiday-makers, adventurers and locals alike. When we’re exploring three hours from home, we often go to Orbost and branch off to the Snowy River, Errinundra or Croajingolong National Parks.
When we spot a place for the #bucketlist, it’s recorded in a smart phone note for manyana. These places along the Princes Highway are worth exploring when you’re taking the Melbourne to Sydney coastal route.
#3hrstip: give yourself an extra day of travel. Take your time, explore hamlets, go off-the-beaten-track.
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Take in the view at the lookout atop Mt Raymond Regional Park. Mt Raymond Lookout is approximately 15km east of Orbost, and best viewed on a clear day.
Meander through the great forests of East Gippsland via the Murrangowner Forest Drive, approximately 17km east of Orbost.
Turn off the Princes Highway to discover a rare forest of Cabbage Fan Palms. The Cabbage Palms Walk is 25km east of Orbost.
Catch your dinner in the bream capital of East Gippsland, Bemm River. The turn-off to Bemm River is approximately 34km east of Orbost. Make sure you have plenty of fuel as there is no petrol at Bemm River.
Now it’s time to work up an appetite before you hit Cann River! Experience the magic of a rainforest forest on the McKenzie River Rainforest Walk. Nestled within the Bemm River Scenic Reserve, the walk is approximately 45km east of Orbost.
Find some bakery treats at Wild Rye’s Artisan Bakery in Cann River and enjoy a picnic further up the road. The coffee and food is amazing, especially the Chunky Beef Pie and Portuguese Custard Tarts.
11km east of Cann River you will find the perfect picnic spot at Drummer Rainforest Walk. Refuel with your Wild Rye’s treats, then take a walk in a temperate rainforest. Keep an eye out for a Gippsland Water Dragon which may be sunning itself on a rock.
A popular camping spot about an hour east of Cann River, Wingan Inlet is nestled in the Croajingolong National Park. Experience one of the many walks or simply enjoy the serenity of off-grid camping.
Genoa Peak offers magnificent views of the Wilderness Coast, the Thurra Dunes and Mallacoota Inlet. To access the walk, take the gravel track from the Princes Highway and access the summit by foot.
Have you started a bucket list? Let us know where you’re heading in the comments below.