I first decided to walk, cycle and paddle from Sydney to Melbourne, via the coast, when I realized that not working would curtail my overseas trips.  It was May 2008 and we were at Murramarang National Park with our friends Judy and Jim looking at a series of perfect little bays and a sparkling blue sea.  I was waxing lyrical on how our Aussie beaches are even better than the pretty coves on the Greek islands when Jim suggested that if I was so enthralled with the coastline I should follow it from Sydney to Melbourne.  He doesn’t remember his throw-away line but the gauntlet had been thrown down.

Rather than research the whole route, a very daunting task, I decided to plan as I go.  Wilf Hilder commented that there was no point in organizing the whole trip at the start “in case the grim reaper intervenes”.  Wise, if not rather macabre words.

 So, the challenge began on a cloudy day when 16 people from Sydney Bushwalkers Club and the Bush Club joined me at Macquarie Place in Sydney, where all the distances in the early colony were measured from.  Only four people declared at the start that they would like to walk the whole way – Jan Roberts, Wilf Hilder, Eric Easterbrook and Gary Brown.  I hope David will be by my side all the way too.

 I am not overwhelmed by the task I have set myself, only by the organization involved when putting walks on Club programs several months ahead.

To go to a particular Stage just click on the appropriate hyperlink below or to view the route on Google Earth or Maps, click on the map hyperlink.


Stage 1         Sydney to Watsons Bay        Map 1

Stage 2         Watsons Bay to Maroubra     Map 2

Stage 3          Maroubra to La Perouse       Map 3

Stage 3a        La Perouse to Wolli Creek     Map 3a

Stage 4         Wolli Creek to Cronulla        Map 4

Stage 5             Kurnell to Cronulla          Map 5

Stage 6             Bundeena to Otford         Map 6

Stage  7           Otford to Coalcliff           Map 7

Stage 8             Coalcliff to Bulli            Map 8

Stage 9              Bulli to Pt Kembla         Map 9

Stage 10   Pt Kembla to Shellharbour    Map 10

Stage 11   Shellharbour to Minnamurra  Map 11

Stage 12    Minnamurra to Shoalhaven Heads  Map 12

Stage 12a    Beecroft Peninsula

Stage 13   Crookhaven Heads to Myola    Map 13a    Map 13b

Stage 14 Huskisson to Sussex Inlet   Map 14a    Map 14b

Stage 15    Sussex Inlet to Burrill Lake  Map 15a   Map 15b   Map 15c

Stage 16    Burrill Lake to Batemans Bay

Stage 17         Batemans Bay to Moruya       Map 17

Stage 18    Moruya to Narooma     Map 18

Stage 19   Narooma to Merimbula  Map 19a  Map 19b  Map 19c  Map 19d  Map 19e

Stage 19a Mimosa Rocks National Park Map 19f  Map 19g Map 19h Map 19i Map 19j

Stage 20 Merimbula to Boyd Tower  Map 20a Map 20b

Stage 21    Merrica River to Boyd Tower (Eden)       Map 21

Stage 22    Howe-Nadgee Wilderness     Map 22

Stage 23   Point Hicks to Mallacoota

Stage 24   Bairnsdale to Sydenham Inlet   Map24a Map24b Map24c Map24d Map24e

Stage 25 Bairnsdale to Melbourne Map25a Map25b Map 25c Map25d Map25e

Map 25f Map25g Map25h Map25i Map25j

Total Walking   754km

            Cycling   902km

         Overall      1656km



I would like to thank those who helped me put this ‘meander’ together and they include The Shoalhaven Bushwalkers’ Club, Batemans Bay Bushwalkers, staff from NPWS at various south coast offices and the blog that David Briese set up when he and his wife did the walk as far as Mallacoota, even though our routes were often different.  His current link is I also relied heavily on the following books: 

     Beaches of Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven

     Beaches of Batemans Bay and the Eurobodalla Coast

     Beaches of Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast, all by Peter and Manuela Henry, published by Hyams Publishing, Huskisson

     Walking the Wilderness Coast, by Peter Cook and Chris Dowd, Wildcoast Publications (1995) was also useful.

Copyright 2016 - David and Maureen Carter

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