The Monaro Highway (B23) takes one from Canberra to the South Coast of Victoria along the Cann River, a 285 kilometre journey. On the east side of the Great Australian Divide, the third longest mountain range in the world, the road takes you through deep forests, fertile plains, mountains, historical villages and towns.
In Victoria, it ends at the town of Cann River in East Gippsland. Nestled between the Lind National Park and Alfred National Park, Cann River is a rest stop, to the east are the waterways and national parks of the Gippsland, while to the west is the city of Melbourne.
To the North East from Cann River, Croajingolong National Park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve (World Heritage Site) has lakes, waterways, islands, beaches, surrounding green forests and hinterlands to explore including Thurra River, Tamboon Inlet and Wingan Inlet.
The region surrounding Canberra, ACT:
An interesting alternative if heading from Melbourne in Victoria to Sydney in New South Wales, is to head east at Cooma via the Snowy Mountains Highway to the Sapphire Coast, then north through the Eurobodalla and Shoalhaven regions. Only time will limit the many enjoyable places you will find along the way.
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Enquire at the Cooma Visitors Information Centre about the many national parks, activities, things to do, camp sites and picnic areas, lakes, unique flora and fauna in the Snowy Mountains and on the South Coast. 119 Sharp Street, Cooma. Phone +061 2 6450 1742.
Namadgi National Park covers half of the Australian Capital Territory. There are numerous Aboriginal artefacts here, forests cover the many valleys and mountains found in the park. Popular with bushwalkers, there are also limited camping facilities available.
National Parks on the Sapphire Coast and the Snowy Mountains provide ample opportunities for fun filled adventure discovery. Majestic mountain ranges with grand views. Rugged coastline interspersed with long idyllic beaches. Cool wet rainforests. Wild rivers. Peaceful lakes. Wildflower meadows.
Snowy Mountains resorts set in stunning locations, hotels, bed & breakfasts, caravan parks, serviced apartments, homesteads and other holiday lettings - just some of the many types of accommodation available here.
Main Photo: Capital Country: View of the Great Australian Divide on the Monaro Highway.
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