There are two ways to get from Sydney to Melbourne on four wheels. If time is one your side, you can cruise around the coastal road, lapping up some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery. Or you can make the more direct trip down the Hume Highway. Almost 900 kilometres of bitumen unfurling between the two cities, Hume isn’t the most beautiful highway to road trip down.
The drive doesn’t have to be hours of interrupted boredom, though; there are several quirky places to stop that will break up your trip and keep you amused. Check out these five places to stop along the Hume Highway.
1. The Big Merino, Goulburn
Because who doesn’t want a photo posing in front of a giant sheep? A few hours from Sydney, the Big Merino is a 97-tonne monument to the wool industry. Visitors can climb inside the 15-metre high sheep statue to find out more information on the history of wool farming in the area and pop into the souvenir shop. To top the visit off, peer out the eyes of the giant sheep.
2. Dog on the tucker box, Gundagai Carry on a couple of hours from Goulburn and you’ll come across a curious little statue. Hailed as an Australian icon, the dog on the tuckerbox is exactly what it says it is. A small dog seated quietly on a lunch box, the statue harks back to 1932, when it was erected as a tribute to pioneers. The inspiration for the monument came from ‘Bullocky Bill’, a bullock driver’s poem lauding the loyalty of a dog guarding a man’s tuckerbox. If you want to catch a glimpse of him, the dog is still there, steadfastly guarding the box and posing for visitors.Jan 16, 2017 at 7:48pm PST
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