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Sydney via Goulburn Valley & Riverina
Melbourne to Sydney

Great DrivesTaking you from the heart of Victoria through the Goulburn Valley to the Riverina region from Albury / Wodonga to Wagga Wagga, on the banks of the Murray River. This journey encompasses a great variety of attractions - everything from art galleries to river cruises.

From Melbourne, the Hume Freeway leads to Seymour, located on the Goulburn River and in a rich agricultural and winery region. This area was the domain of Ned Kelly during the 1870s, when the Kelly gang robbed the town’s bank. Nearby Benalla, the 'City of Roses', is also linked to the Kelly story - visit the Barbers Shop and Old Court House to discover why!

Benalla is also Australia's largest gliding centre, so why not treat yourself to a joyride. From here, it's worth taking a short detour to Shepparton, a fruit growing and dairying town and the home of SPC (the Shepparton Preserving Company), which you can tour.

Back on the highway, stop off at the small village of Glenrowan, the setting of Ned Kelly's 'last stand' in 1880 and the location of several excellent wineries, before arriving into Wangaratta, where a visit to Air World and its forty or so historic aircraft is recommended. From here either continue to Wodonga or visit National Trust listed Beechworth, an 1850s goldrush town that is packed with history.

From Beechworth there's a particularly enjoyable drive along the Great Alpine Road to Bright, the gateway to Mount Buffalo National Park and the Victorian Alps. The park is renowned for its cross-country skiing, as well as trout fishing, bushwalking and horse riding in summer. You can then head back to Melbourne via the freeway or continue to Mount Beauty, from where the Omeo Highway will take you through the mountains and on to Bairnsdale.

Together with its Victorian neighbour, Wodonga, Albury forms one of the state’s largest inland centres. In a pleasant setting on the Murray River, the city offers a Regional Museum and Art Centre, peaceful botanic gardens, the Hume Weir Trout Farm and the entertaining Frog Hollow leisure park - the perfect place for children.

Follow the Hume Highway from Albury to Holbrook, a popular ultra light aircraft centre, or meander through tranquil farmland along the Olympic Highway. The highway then leads to Wagga Wagga, the ‘Cultural Centre of the Riverina’. This large settlement offers galleries, museums, botanic gardens, wineries and an RAAF Museum.

Then there’s a pleasant detour to Tumut - a charming town that’s famous for its deciduous trees and excellent trout fishing - and Yarrangobilly Caves in the Snowy Mountains region.

Back on the highway be sure to stop in at the nation’s capital, Canberra, or continue on to Goulburn, the home of the Big Merino. From here it is an easy drive back to Sydney.

From Melbourne, the Hume Freeway leads to Seymour, located on the Goulburn River and in a rich agricultural and winery region. This area was the domain of Ned Kelly during the 1870s, when the Kelly gang robbed the town’s bank. Nearby Benalla, the 'City of Roses', is also linked to the Kelly story - visit the Barbers Shop and Old Court House to discover why!

Benalla is also Australia's largest gliding centre, so why not treat yourself to a joyride. From here, it's worth taking a short detour to Shepparton, a fruit growing and dairying town and the home of SPC (the Shepparton Preserving Company), which you can tour.

Back on the highway, stop off at the small village of Glenrowan, the setting of Ned Kelly's 'last stand' in 1880 and the location of several excellent wineries, before arriving into Wangaratta, where a visit to Air World and its forty or so historic aircraft is recommended. From here either continue to Wodonga or visit National Trust listed Beechworth, an 1850s goldrush town that is packed with history.

From Beechworth there's a particularly enjoyable drive along the Great Alpine Road to Bright, the gateway to Mount Buffalo National Park and the Victorian Alps. The park is renowned for its cross-country skiing, as well as trout fishing, bushwalking and horse riding in summer. You can then head back to Melbourne via the freeway or continue to Mount Beauty, from where the Omeo Highway will take you through the mountains and on to Bairnsdale.

Together with its Victorian neighbour, Wodonga, Albury forms one of the state’s largest inland centres. In a pleasant setting on the Murray River, the city offers a Regional Museum and Art Centre, peaceful botanic gardens, the Hume Weir Trout Farm and the entertaining Frog Hollow leisure park - the perfect place for children.

Follow the Hume Highway from Albury to Holbrook, a popular ultra light aircraft centre, or meander through tranquil farmland along the Olympic Highway. The highway then leads to Wagga Wagga, the ‘Cultural Centre of the Riverina’. This large settlement offers galleries, museums, botanic gardens, wineries and an RAAF Museum.

Then there’s a pleasant detour to Tumut - a charming town that’s famous for its deciduous trees and excellent trout fishing - and Yarrangobilly Caves in the Snowy Mountains region.

Back on the highway be sure to stop in at the nation’s capital, Canberra, or continue on to Goulburn, the home of the Big Merino. From here it is an easy drive back to Sydney.

Where to Stay

Victoria

ACT and NSW



Time required: 5 -7 days recommended.


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