Cooma has the main Visitor Information Centre for the Snowy Mountains region, and is a good place to stop while you decide what to do next. It has a good shopping centre, with camping supplies and good clothing and second hand shops
One of our favourite city escapes, Beaufort, a town about two hours drive 158km northwest of Melbourne.
It is an easy drive along the Western Highway which runs between Adelaide and Melbourne and Beaufort is just 30 minutes from either Ballarat or Ararat.
It really is a “breath of fresh air” escape for a few days to explore the attractions of this authentic Victorian country area, as well as to have a relaxing break.
When travelling with dogs stop every two hours and exercise them. It will be good for you too and help you arrive safely. Make sure you have fresh water; it is best if it comes from the home supply and can be carried in sealed plastic containers.
Do not feed your animal on the day you leave and restrain them in the vehicle. If there is too much enthusiasm from the pet while it is in the vehicle it should be restrained on the floor behind the front passenger seat.
Make sure all shots are up to date and off you go.
It has to be consider one of the greatest drives in Australia. Starting in Wollongong you travel via the Shoalhaven, Jervis Bay National Park, St Georges Basin, Ulladulla, Durras, Batemans Bay, Tuross Head, Narooma, Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula, Eden, Lakes Entrance, Metung, Bairnsdale, Sale. The overall distance varies depending on route taken after you have passed through Sale, but a good estimate is about 1050 km and a good solid 14 hours behind the wheel driving. There are many good stops along the way, like Bundanoon, it’s the Arthur Boyd property on the Shoalhaven River and is open on Sundays for visitors. The famous white sands of Hyams Beach on the southern shores of Jervis Bay are said to be among the...
What could be more fun and adventurous than taking to the skies in a chopper, seaplane or even an old Tiger Moth for a bird's-eye view of a stunning coastline or country side.
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