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Melbourne to Sydney One Way Campervan Rental

Planning a motorhome road trip from Melbourne to Sydney? Explore Australia in a one-way campervan rental.

Use our comparison tool above to check prices and availability on campervan rentals from multiple suppliers.

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Melbourne to Sydney One Way Itinerary

This road trip is approximately 1,600 km and connects Victoria’s capital Melbourne with the capital of NSW, Sydney.

Part 1: Melbourne

Things to see:

  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • National Gallery of Victoria

Part 2: Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula

Distance: 75-100 km

Estimated driving time: 1-1.5h

Popular attractions:

  • Phillip Island
  • Peninsula Hot Springs
  • French Island
  • Mornington Peninsula National Park

Part 3: Mornington Peninsula to Wilsons Promontory

Part 3: Mornington Peninsula to Wilsons Promontory

Distance: 180-200 km

Estimated driving time: 2.5-3h

Attractions along the way:

  • Squeaky Beach
  • Mount Oberon
  • Wilsons Promontory National Park

Part 4: Wilsons Promontory to Ninety Mile Beach

Distance: 200-250 km

Estimated driving time: 3-3.5h

Attractions along the way:

  • Lake Wellington
  • Ninety Mile Beach

Part 5: Ninety Mile Beach to Mallacoota

Distance: 330-350 km

Estimated driving time: 4-4.5h

Popular attractions:

  • World War 2 Bunker Museum
  • Croajingolong National Park
  • Gabo Island

Part 6: Mallacoota to Canberra

Distance: 350 km

Estimated driving time: 4-4.5h

Popular attractions:

  • Australian War Memorial
  • National Museum of Australia
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Parliament House

Part 7: Canberra to Sydney

Distance: 280-300 km

Estimated driving time: 3-3.5h

Nearby attractions:

  • Bondi Beach
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge

Popular Attractions Along the Way

National Gallery of Victoria

Australia’s oldest and most visited art museum has its roots in the 1850’s independence of Victoria from New South Wales, in combination with the booming Victorian gold rush of the early 1850s. Upon becoming the richest colony at the time, the citizens of Melbourne began a movement in the late 1850s to establish a public art gallery.

Officially opened in 1861, today’s National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is housed within two buildings, a short walk apart, and boasts over 70,000 works, including European and international paintings, Asian and Pacific art, Mesoamerican art, Greek and Egyptian artefacts.

Phillip Island

Situated off the southern coast of Australia is Phillip Island, famous for its penguin parade. Every day at sunset, observers gather to watch the little penguins coming ashore. The island is also home to fur seals and other wildlife, making it a great stop on your road trip through the Victoria area.

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Located southeast of Melbourne, Victoria, Wilsons Promontory National Park is the southernmost point of mainland Australia. Here, you’ll find kangaroos, wombats and other wildlife. The park is a great place to see beaches, granite mountains and other natural scenery, so it’s a perfect stop while you’re on your road trip around the Melbourne area.

Sydney Harbour Cruise

A view of the famous Opera House, iconic Harbour Bridge, and majestic Sydney skyline is often the highlight of a stay in Sydney, and seeing the unique perspective from the water truly shows off the city’s charm. Several long-time cruise operators offer sailings of varying lengths: short narrated sightseeing trips, brunch and dinner cruises, and whale watching excursions.


A former industrial area, half a mile south of the CBD, trendy Southbank was transformed through urban renewal in the 1990’s, to become a collection of high rise residential towers and offices. Today, the district serves as the city’s main business centre, as well as a shopping and entertainment destination.

Included within is the Melbourne Arts Centre (formerly, the Victoria Arts Centre), a complex of performing arts venues, much of which is built underground. Southbank is also home to the 297-metre Eureka Tower, Melbourne’s tallest building and the world’s tallest residential tower at the time of construction.

Today, the building can still claim the most floors available for residential occupancy, and its 285-metre observation deck on the 88th floor is the country’s highest viewing platform.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any one-way rental fees?

Campervan rental companies may charge a one-way rental fee. If there is such a fee we will include it in the rental price listed in our comparison tool.

Can I travel in the opposite direction - from Sydney to Melbourne?

Yes - simply use the search tool at the top of this page to check availability.

What kind of licence do you need to hire a campervan in Melbourne?

An Australian resident must hold a valid class C (car) licence to rent a camper in Melbourne. Learners (L), provisional (P) and probationary licences won’t cut it.

Overseas arrivals need an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) or an approved English translation of a comparable foreign licence.

Generally speaking, drivers must be 21 years of age or older to rent a camper. If you’re under 25, expect to fork out for a young driver surcharge.

Where can I park overnight in Melbourne?

It’s recommended you stay in a holiday park, caravan park or designated campsite. Free camping is only allowed in designated areas, and overnight parking is generally prohibited. Most caravan parks are located just a short drive away from the city centre.

Some popular sites include: Discovery Parks Melbourne, Five Ways Caravan Park and the BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park.

If you wish to explore the city centre, it's best to avoid peak traffic hours and to plan where to park ahead of time, especially if you're in a large motorhome.

To kick off your motorhome holiday, you may also want to plan a road trip close to Melbourne and explore the Mornington Peninsula, Bells Beach and Dandenong National Park or experience rural Victoria, the Yarra Valley and Yarra River.

Do I have to pay a bond (security deposit) when renting my vehicle?

When renting a vehicle, it is standard to be charged a bond (security deposit), also known as ‘excess’, which is the amount the renter is liable to cover in the event of an accident or damage to the vehicle.

The bond amount fluctuates based on the insurance package selected at the time of rental and is charged and debited on the renters’ credit or debit card.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.