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Embark on an extraordinary journey from Sydney to Melbourne and experience wildlife, conservation, culture, coast & nature all in one spectacular overland touring adventure.
This tour has been designed to capture the very essence of one of Australia's most iconic road trips - the Sydney Melbourne Touring Route. The accommodation we stay in has been carefully chosen due to their unique locations and experiences. The places we visit are packed full of wildlife and nature and the cultural immersion experience at Yambulla is truly remarkable.
During this tour, we present an exclusive opportunity to stay at the beautifully remote off-grid Yambulla Lodge. Yambulla is a stunning 1,500 hectare property in southeastern NSW, Australia, surrounded by 200,000 hectares of National Park. It lies within country that holds great cultural significance to the indigenous Yuin and Bidhawal peoples who cared for it for thousands of years before colonial settlement. Jim Osborne, the current title holder of this property, comes from six generations of colonial farmers in the region. Concerned by the ways in which current models for land management are failing on important issues such as climate change, biodiversity decline and inclusive relationships with First Nations people, Jim is reevaluating what it means to be a landholder in Australia. By managing land through new models of co-custodianship that bring together Indigenous Knowledge, technology and science, Yambulla is producing better outcomes for land, environment and people. Proceeds from the lodge stays are reinvested into making this land the best it can be and supporting research and knowledge sharing for a better future of land management in Australia. Join us on this transformative journey, where the ethos of preservation and cultural appreciation merge, leaving a positive imprint on both the environment and the human spirit. As we traverse through breathtaking landscapes, we celebrate the beauty of Australia's natural treasures and the profound legacy of its indigenous custodians.
Sydney to Jervis Bay, Paperbark Camp (4 hr drive)
Our tour begins with our guide picking you up from your hotel in Sydney (between 8 and 9 am) before embarking on the journey south. Our first stop is the renowned Royal National Park, Australia's oldest national park, and a treasure trove of biodiversity. Just a 45 min drive south of the city and you’ll feel like you are in the wilderness. Here we’ll enjoy a morning tea and a short walk before continuing the drive south, stopping at the famous Bald Hill Lookout. It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Illawarra Escarpment, and the vast coastal landscape. Next, we'll continue our journey along the picturesque coastline to Kiama, famous for its awe-inspiring blowhole. Witness the raw power of nature as water surges through the rocks, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. After the Kiama adventure, we'll head to Berry for a well-deserved rest and picnic lunch. This charming country town offers a delightful array of boutiques, and galleries. Stroll through its quaint streets and savor local treats. As we arrive at our final destination, Jervis Bay, we'll check into the extraordinary PaperBark Camp. Nestled amidst the pristine bushland, Paper Bark Camp offers a truly immersive eco-luxury experience. Each tent is elegantly designed, blending seamlessly with the environment, allowing you to connect with nature without compromising on comfort. The highlight of our day awaits as we partake in an indigenous Welcome to Country ceremony, a beautiful way to pay respect to the traditional custodians of this land. Join an enlightening bush tucker walk led by knowledgeable indigenous guides, where you'll learn about the diverse flora and its cultural significance. During the walk, we'll also have the privilege of visiting sacred sites, where the stories and legends of the land come alive. This experience promises to be both enriching and deeply moving, offering insights into Australia's ancient heritage. Tonight, our culinary journey takes us to the heart of the PaperBark Camp, where we'll dine at their tree-top restaurant. Enjoy a hearty meal crafted from the freshest local produce, served against the backdrop of a stunning natural setting. The delectable cuisine and the gentle symphony of nature will undoubtedly create a truly magical evening. After an exhilarating day of exploration, it's time to rest and recharge in the comfort of your luxurious tent at PaperBark Camp. Drift off to sleep with the soothing sounds of the Australian bush, knowing that tomorrow holds even more unforgettable experiences. Accommodation: Paperbark Camp
Paperbark Camp to Hillcrest Merimbula (4.5 hr drive)
Merimbula to Yambulla (2 hr drive)
Yambulla to Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance to Melbourne (4.5 hrs drive)