Journey Three / Chapter 5

Melbourne To Sydney

October 2018

Melbourne and Sydney and Canberra - two largest and most influentail Australian cities, and the comparably tiny federal capital sitting just between them like a buffer.

After few days of resting in Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia, we hit our reliable campervan and hit the Australian highways once again. After brief stop of exploring southern Melbourne, we head off to Wilson's Promontory, a fascinating peninsula on the southern end of the continent. It was a far trip but well wort it, not just for spectacular views and nature walks, but mainly for meeting the most photogenic kanagroo on the whole trip - right on the most beautiful beach.

From the promontory we head off the coastal highway up north, towards Sydney. We take time to spend few last days on the route and enjoy last bits of Australian nature in places like Croajingolong National Park or Mimosa Rocks. We explore historic villiages of Tilba Tilba and witness some sick surfing moves at Narooma. And then we decide for only significant unplanned detour on our trip - why not get off the coastal road and pay the visit to often overlooked capital of Australia - the Canberra?

And boy what a good decision it was! Absolutely stunning planned city built in the heights of functionalism, taking in a lot from principles of Garden City Movement, was surprisingly different from everything else in Australia. After enjoying this gem of a city just enough, we hit the Federal Higway to our final destination - Sydney!