Best Stops from Melbourne to Cairns

East Coast Australia is a classic road trip destination, but making the drive all the way from Melbourne in the south to Cairns in the far north is an epic overland journey!

There are vast distances to cover and hundreds of potential stops along the way. Stop off in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, and many more destinations before seeing the best sites in Queensland.

The capital of Victoria. Enjoy the coffee culture in the city, visit Philip Island to see the penguin parade, or chill out on the beaches of St. Kilda.


This is one of the most iconic and scenic drives in all of Oceania, so if you have the time, you do not want to miss it.

Drive the Great Ocean Road

Wilson’s Promontory

This beautiful area of wilderness is home to some lovely hiking trails and plenty of wildlife, as well as spectacular views out over the ocean.

Visit the local museum, where you can learn about the town’s whaling history, before heading to the beach to admire the spectacular coastline.



This purpose-built city is often overlooked by travelers, but it’s well worth a stop, especially as it’s halfway between Melbourne and Sydney.

This beautiful seaside community is home to what the locals claim is one of Australia’s best beaches. Spend your day relaxing on the soft sand.

Jervis Bay

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