Melbourne and Sydney are two world-famous locations within the island nation of Australia. Millions fly to these cities yearly to enjoy the metropolitan lifestyle, fantastic weather, and famous tourist spots littered throughout each destination. Sydney is a Harbour City filled with glitz and glamour. With endless golden sand beaches lining the city outskirts, from Bondi Beach to Palm Beach, there’s simply no end to the beauty here. Melbourne is filled with culture and vibrancy, with an events calendar that is never-ending, with fantastic galleries, museums, restaurants, and more.
Many visitors to Australia choose to road trip between the cities, heading directly up the Hume Highway and visiting the inland country towns along the way. However, you may wish to choose the alternative route, following the Princes Highway and exploring the coast. Hire a car from Melbourne and read on to learn more about the Princes Highway route, and the beautiful coastal destinations along the way.
Located 136 kilometres from Melbourne, Phillip Island is your first stop off - though you need to detour from the Princes Highway, it is a must-visit, particularly if you’re visiting from overseas. Head down the highway towards Pakenham, then take the C422 exit and you’ll be well on your way. Phillip Island is a place filled with natural beauty: from the sandy beaches to the stunning wetlands. You’ll experience plenty of unique, natural wonders while visiting here. We recommend visiting the mighty Cape Woolamai, as it is home to one of the most popular walks on the island, the Cape Woolamai Circuit Walk. It’s also where you’ll see beautiful wild animals, from fur seals to penguins, and you can even spot a koala in the world - a rare sight. We recommend at least staying the night on Phillip Island so that you can witness the penguins begin their nightly trek back to their homes in the sand dunes from the water - it’s magical.