Best Sydney to Melbourne Road Trip 4 Stops

Dog on the Tucker Box in Gundagai NSW Australia
Last updated Jun 13, 2024
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Sydney to Melbourne Inland RoadTrip Best 4 Things to Do

Best 4 Places to Visit between Sydney and Melbourne

Visit the best four places on a Sydney to Melbourne road trip inland. You can stop at these four things to do on the drive between Melbourne and Sydney, too.

Where Should I Stop on a Road Trip from Sydney to Melbourne?

On the Sydney to Melbourne inland drive on the Hume Highway, I found four places to make rest stops to break up the trip. My daughter and I shared the driving. So that, she and I could drive down along the Hume Highway in one day. And, she and I could visit the sightseeing activities, too.

My daughter and I made rest stops at:

  1. Big Merino
  2. Dog on the Tuckerbox
  3. Submarine HMAS Otway
  4. Big Ned Kelly

You'll find the details below.

Sydney to Melbourne Inland Roadtrip

Each of the four stops my daughter and I visited is a short drive off the Hume Highway. Therefore, it became an interesting one-day drive for us.

Take time out on your road trip. And, find these four things to do and create memories.

How long does it take to road trip from Sydney to Melbourne?

Without stopping it would have taken about nine hours by car. The distance between Sydney and Melbourne is about 880 km.

So you'll want to add, a few more hours for the four stops, petrol, food, toilet breaks, stretching your legs, and getting some fresh air.

Doing this, helped to break the kilometers traveled into smaller chunks. And it helps if you can share the driving with other drivers.

Where to stop on a Sydney to Melbourne road trip?

Find four things to do on a road trip between Sydney and Melbourne. In the below map, you'll find the Big Merino, the Dog on the Tuckerbox, the submarine HMAS Otway, and the Big Ned Kelly.

Sydney to Melbourne Road Trip Map

Sydney to Melbourne Road Trip

Sydney Melbourne Roadtrip Infographic

1 The Big Merino


I visited the Big Merino in Goulburn. Goulburn is known for wool farming. You'll find it on the corner of Hume and Sowerby Street in Goulburn.

And, you'll find the history of wool farming in Australia and a shop. You can travel to the top of the Merino to see the surrounding area of Goulburn.

Where is the Big Merino

In the back of the car park, at the petrol station, you'll find the Big Merino. So it's close by for you to get petrol, food, drinks, and toilets.

The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.
~ Osho

'Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously'

Big Merino, Goulburn
Big Merino, Goulburn on the Sydney Melbourne Road Trip

Where is the Big Merino, Goulburn?

You'll find the Big Merino at Goulburn in New South Wales. It's situated on the corner of Hume Highway and Sowerby Street.

And, I found the map with the location of the Big Merino in Goulburn.

2 Dog on the Tucker Box


It's not the first time on a road trip to Sydney from Melbourne along the Hume Highway. I've seen The Dog on the Tucker Box.

Gundagai is the home of the Wiradjuri people and the river red gums.

Where is the Dog on the Tuckerbox

You'll find the Dog on the Tucker Box at 37 Annie Pyers Drive, Gundagai.

Story of the Dog on the Tuckerbox

According to the sign at the monument. The Dog on the Tucker Box was unveiled in 1932 at Nine Mile Creek. Its story is found in Australian folklore of the pioneers and the bullock teams. In those days, the rough tracks, crossing rivers, floods, and adverse weather saw the dogs looking after the tuckerbox of their masters.

'Along the Road to Gundagai'

Traveling through the town of Gundagai reminds me of the song 'Along the Road to Gundagai'. My grandfather would play it on the piano. And, we'd sing along.

There's a track winding back
To an old-fashioned shack
Along the road to Gundagai. ~ Jack O'Hagan 'Along the Road to Gundagai'

'Waltzing Matilda'

Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson is known for 'Waltzing Matilda'. He wrote the poem 'The Road to Gundagai'.

The mountain road goes up and down,

From Gundagai to Tumut Town.

And branching off there runs a track,

Across the foothills grim and black,

Across the plains and ranges grey

To Sydney city far away.

~ Banjo Paterson

'The Road to Gundagai'

'The Man from Snow River and other verses'

'Where the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox'

And Jack O'Hagan penned 'Where the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox'

I've done my share of shearing sheep,

Of droving and all that;

And bogged a bullock team as well,

On a Murrumbidgee flat.

I've seen the bullock stretch and strain

And blink his bleary eye,

And the dog sit on the tuckerbox

Nine miles from Gundagai

~ Jack Moses 1938

'Nine Miles from Gundagai'

Bullock Droves

My great-grandfather drove a bullock-drawn cart between Hay and Balranald in New South Wales.

Big Koala

You can also visit the Big Koala. It's down the road from the Dog on the Tucker Box in Gundagai.

Jennifer Empey at the Dog on the Tucker Box
Dog on the Tuckerbox Story

Story of the Dog on the Tuckerbox

Dog on the Tuckerbox
Dog on the Tuckerbox
Dog on the Tuckerbox
Nine Miles from Gundagai

Nine Miles from Gundagai

Bill the Bullocky

Bill the Bullocky

Where is the Dog on the Tucker Box, Gundagai?

You'll find the Dog on the Tucker Box at Gundagai in New South Wales.

And, I found the map with the location of the Dog on the Tucker Box in Gundagai.

3 HMAS Otway Submarine


Plaque at the HMAS Otway Submarine

Holbrook Shire Council


Dedicated as a tribute to all submarines past, present and future

Unveiled by Mrs Gundula Holbrook

Widow of Commander N.D. Holbrook V.C. R.N.

After who the town is named

Saturday 7th June 1997

Mayor Joan I Parker


Where is HMAS Otway Submarine

You visit the HMAS Otway Submarine on the corner of Albury Street and Wallace Street in Holbrook.

You can walk around and climb aboard the submarine. At the submarine in Holbrook, there's a museum, cafe, and visitor centre nearby.


A short walk on the other side of the submarine, you'll find a monument. It's a monument to the pioneers of Holbrook Shire in Germanton Park.

Specifically, it honors Commander N.D. Holbrook, V.C., John Purtell, an Irishman, and Johann Pabst, a German. Holbrook is previously known as 'Ten Mile Creek' (attributed to Purtell) and 'Germanton' (attributed to Pabst) before 1915.

HMAS Otway Submarine at Holbrook

HMAS Otway Submarine, Holbrook NSW
Submarine Plague Holbrook NSW
Submarine at Holbrook NSW
Submarine at Holbrook NSW
Submarine at Holbrook NSW
HMAS Otway Submarine at Holbrook

Monument at Holbrook

Monument in Holbrook NSW
Monument in Holbrook NSW
Monument in Holbrook NSW
Monument in Holbrook NSW
Monument in Holbrook NSW

Where is the HMAS Otway Submarine, Holbrook?

You'll find the location of the HMAS Otway Submarine in Holbrook, New South Wales.

I found the map of the location of the submarine in Holbrook NSW.

4 Big Ned Kelly


 Such is Life! ~ Ned Kelly

The Big Ned Kelly

Next, you can drive to Glenrowan. And, visit the Big Ned Kelly.

Go to the corner of Gladstone Street and Kate Street in Glenrowan to find the Big Ned Kelly.

The bushranger, Ned Kelly was notorious. He and his gang robbed stagecoaches.

He wore an armoured suit. Like the one seen in the below pictures.

After a series of events, he and his gang had a shoot-out with the police and some were killed.

Ned Kelly in Melbourne

In 1880 he was hung for his crimes at the Old Melbourne Gaol.

You can visit the Old Melbourne Gaol in Russell Street Melbourne. The gaol is built of bluestone.

Ned Kelly's armour is displayed at the State Library of Victoria until 31 December 2024. You'll find it in the Redmond Barry Reading Room and you can see it for free. And, learn more about Ned Kelly story.

Ned Kelly in Lego

Sidney Nolan's painting of Ned Kelly is in Lego by Brickman.

And, in the third episode of Lego Masters, two contestants build a Lego Ned Kelly in a snow globe.

Big Ned Kelly in Glenrowan
Big Ned Kelly in Glenrowan on the Sydney Melbourne Road Trip

Where is the Big Ned Kelly, Glenrowan?

In Glenrowan, Victoria, I found the map of the location of the Big New Kelly.

Stop and Stay in Canberra

My daughter and I stayed in Canberra, ACT on our road trip between Melbourne and Sydney. And, I stayed with her at Rydges Canberra.

I was only there for three nights so I wanted to see as much as I could with my daughter. And I found it is close to Parliament House and Manuka Oval. The drive to the Australian War Memorial, and National Art Gallery didn't take my daughter and me long to get there by car.    Get Details Rydges Canberra

And, if you stay in Canberra, read my post with things to do in Canberra.

Find Things To Do In New South Wales on a Road Trip

Illawarra TreeTops Adventure

On the way from Sydney to the Big Merino, you can make a side trip to the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures. You can go on a treetop walk or zipline among the treetops.

Where to go on a NSW RoadTrip?

If you are looking for some other places to visit in New South Wales

Then, you'll find more places to see on the NSW Road trip for places on the south coast.

Along the south coast, you can visit towns like

And, you can travel to the Blue Mountains by car. There, you can see the Three Sisters, the rock formations.

If you are going to extend your road trip away to other places from Hume Highway, you'll need to look into staying overnight or more nights and book accommodation.

Pin It For Later!

See the Big Merino in Goulburn
Visit the Submarine in Holbrook

Road Trip Thoughts

Where would you stop on the Sydney to Melbourne Inland Roadtrip?

Can you recommend any places to stop on this road trip?

Where do your road trips take you? Leave a Comment!

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  1. You put so many valuable details and photos, I am far from Australia but I wish someday I can visit and use your map and stories as a guide. Thank you

    • Thank you, Fatemeh. You’re welcome. Hope you get to visit Australia.

  2. I would very much like to explore Australia. It’s mysteries seem very deep and intriguing.

    • Thank you, Barbara. Hope you get the opportunity to travel here.

  3. Those look like cool places. That’s weird seeing submarine on land. Those are the kind of places i would see.

    • Thank you, Shayne. Yes, it’s lots of fun finding places to visit on a road trip.

  4. Australia is in my top 5 places I want to travel to. Hope to make it there soon!

    • Hope it’s not too long before you get to travel to Australia, Meghan. Enjoy when you do.

  5. This is fantastic! My husband is from Melbourne, but we live in Canada, and we’re missing our annual family trip this year dearly! We’ve talked extensively about making our next trip a road trip from Sydney to Melbourne, so your post has sparked so much excitement in me. Thankyou for all of your tips and details, I can’t wait to start exploring again!

    • Thank you, Debbie. Hope it’s not too long before you get to do your family trip here. You’re welcome. Enjoy when you do the Sydney Melbourne road trip.

  6. I was expecting hotels and then restaurants so you totally surprised me with these stops! You can probably tell that I am not from Australia, but would love to visit there one day. I want to hit the coasts and check out the city life.

    • Thank you, Robyn. I updated my post, so I hope it’s not as confusing. There are definitely many places to see along the coasts. Enjoy when you do.

  7. I have done the great ocean road and Melbourne. I have yet to see Sydney. This is a fun idea to do a road trip from Sydney to Melbourne. thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Maggie. You’re welcome. That’s cool you have been here and been on the Great Ocean Road. Hope it’s not too long before you get to Sydney.

  8. I have family friends in Melbourne and have wanted to visit for a long time. I love that your road trip includes quirky, fun stops. It sounds like a great trip to take kids on.

    • Thank you, Silva. Hope you have the opportunity to visit family friends in Melbourne. Enjoy when your visit.

  9. It looks like a very cool place for a road trip! I am far from Australia but maybe someday I’ll get there.

    • Thank you, Cathy. Yes, maybe you’ll get the opportunity to experience Australia.

  10. So many memories of family road trips in the 80s. Kind of glad they haven’t changed.

    • Thank you, Bernie & Jess. Yes, stops are fun on road trips.

      • We did the Sydney to Melbourne Inland RoadTrip trip once and it was a fantastic alternative to our usual coastal drive.
        Your post makes me want to do it again!

        • Thank you for reading. Cool, hope you get to do it again soon!

  11. I would LOVE to go anywhere in Australia, but this Sydney to Melbourne road trip looks awesome!

    • Thank you, Alexis. Hope you get the opportunity.

  12. These look like some great stops from Sydney to Melbourne! I wish I could visit!

    • Thank you, Lisa. Hope you get the chance.

  13. I would love to take this Sydney-Melbourne road trip! All four places look like amazing places to check out!

    • Thank you, kmf. Hope you’ll visit Australia.

  14. We love roadside stops, so these are awesome! I can’t wait til we can make it to Australia. It was originally slated for 2022, but I’m thinking it will have to be pushed back… like all our others plans, unfortunately.

    • Thank you, Marianne. Yes, 2022 is unlikely. Hopefully, it’s not too long away to visit here. Enjoy when you do!

  15. So many fun stops on your Sydney-Melbourne road trip! HMAS Otway Submarine at Holbrook looks awesome!

    • Thank you, Kendra. Yes, you don’t expect to see a submarine inland.

  16. I love the submarine. These all seem like fun stops along your road trip from Sydney to Melbourne.

    • Thank you, Leeanne. Yes, the submarine a long way from the ocean is different.

  17. What an epic road trip. So great to see lots of neat things along the way.

    • Thank you Julie. Yes it’s good to stop to see things on between Sydney Melbourne on a road trip.

  18. Great way to break-up a long road trip. I love discovering new areas and things in my country. Sounds like you did get a bit off the beaten path while on a discovery.

    • Thank you, Alison. Yes, it’s a great way to break up a Sydney Melbourne RoadTrip.

  19. Would like to take this Sydney-Melbourne road trip. Appreciate the fun stops!

    • Thank you, Karen. Hope you get to do the road trip

  20. I love the map you have at the beginning to show all the fun stops on the Sydney Melbourne Road Trip. I really hope I get to visit there someday. It looks like there’s so much to do.

    • Thank you, Kristen. Hope you do.


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