Top 4 Places to Visit between Sydney and Melbourne

Visit the top 4 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.

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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.

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1 The Big Merino


In Goulburn, I visited the Big Merino. 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'

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Big Merino on the 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, the location is found on the map click here.

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 on the Sydney Melbourne Road Trip
Dog on the Tuckerbox

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 on 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, the location is on the map click here.

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. And, you'll find 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) prior to 1915.

HMAS Otway Submarine at Holbrook

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Submarine Plague
Submarine at Holbrook
Submarine at Holbrook
Submarine at Holbrook
HMAS Otway Submarine at Holbrook

Monument at Holbrook

Monument in Holbrook
Monument in Holbrook
Monument in Holbrook
Monument in Holbrook
Monument in Holbrook

Where is the HMAS Otway Submarine, Holbrook?

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

The location you can find on the map click here.

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.

Ned Kelly was a notorious bushranger. 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 on display 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 his story.


Ned Kelly in Lego

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

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

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Big Ned Kelly on the Sydney Melbourne Road Trip

Where is the Big Ned Kelly, Glenrowan?

In Glenrowan, Victoria, you'll find the Big Ned Kelly on the map click here.

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 Rydes 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 Read Reviews

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 Roadtrip for places on the south coast. Along the coast, you can visit towns like Kiama, Bermagui, Batemans Bay, and Eden.

And, you can travel to the Blue Mountains by car. At the Blue Mountains, 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.

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