Fun road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide

A 7-day journey from Melbourne to Adelaide leads you to many different paradises. It feels like you're in a totally different world.

Spending a day on the Great Ocean Road route, you can surf or enjoy the sunset at the 12 Apostles. For more adventures within this route, try exploring the Otways. You can enjoy whale watching at Warrnambool. Or learn about the maritime history of Port Fairy and Portland.

At Mt Gambier, see the fossils at the Naracoorte Caves, and drop by Coonawarra later for wine tasting. Then travel to Coorong for its beaches. On your way to Adelaide, have a stop at Fleurieu Peninsula for some wine tasting.

On the first day of the trip, you can only do so much. Actually, one day is not enough to explore the Great Ocean Road route from Melbourne to Lorne which takes you at least two hours of scenic drive. Choose to stay in the quaint town of Lorne. The friendly cockatoos will welcome you and even knock on your hotel window.

From there, there will be a lot of activities to do and plenty of scenic sights to see. Explore the Great Ocean Road and the wildlife of the Otways. Get up close with the koalas and other native wild animals at Kennett River and Cape Otway. You can also visit the beautiful resort towns of Anglesea and Apollo Bay. Check out some waterfalls and trek the trails into the Otways rainforest. Then spend the sunset at the limestone coast of Port Campbell, at the 12 Apostles or at Loch Ard Gorge.

Begin your second day by hitting the road from Lorne to Port Fairy via the Great Ocean Road and have a short stop at Cape Otway Lighthouse. The scenic drive takes a little longer. You need to spend at least three and a half hours on the road. Explore Warrnambool and watch the whales at Logan Beach. And in Port Fairy, learn about the maritime history of the area and check out the Georgian-style homes. You can also view the dolphins, whales, and sharks aboard a cruise ship.

On the third day of your Melbourne to Adelaide tour, head to Mt Gambier from Port Fairy. It takes only a little over an hour and a half to get into Mt Gambier. You can also take a less than an hour drive and have a short excursion to the Coonawarra wine region.

Proceed to Portland and see the first European settlement in Victoria. Yes, the heritage buildings in the town, and at the waterfront, you can see the fishermen unloading their catch.

Then take a scenic drive through Cape Nelson State Park to reach Cape Bridgewater. You may choose to drop by and catch the views of the towering cliffs, the sandy forest, and the fur seals.

Get back to the road toward Mt Gambier via Nelson. Upon reaching Mt Gambier, visit the Blue Lake, a volcano crater that changes colour. Then head to Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park where you can snorkel at the Chasm.

Then continue to drive to the Coonawarra, South Australia’s premier wine region. Check out their cellar doors and have some samples of their wines. Stay the night at Coonawarra. Enjoy their wagyu beef and of course the wine. You may also visit the nearby Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park.

On day four, get back to the road toward the Naracoorte Caves National Park. Check out the fossils of giant animals in the caves, and learn about palaeontology.

And take a one and a half-hour drive west to the beach town of Robe. Snap some photos of the Robe Obelisk, a 12-meter tall local icon. It is visible 20 kilometres offshore from the open sea. Spend the rest of the day at Robe’s Long Beach.

The fifth day would be a longer one. It takes a duration of four hours to get to Victor Harbor from Robe.

As you hit back the road, head north to Wellington via the Coorong. At Wellington, get into the ferry that will carry you and your car on board crossing Murray River. Then drive west to Langhorne Creek and sample their red wine. Stop at the historic town of Goolwa, and you may cruise the Murray River before you drive to Victor Harbor. Stay at Victor Harbor for the night.

The next day, day six of your Melbourne to Adelaide tour, spend more time at the picturesque Victor Harbour. On board a boat, check out the seals, dolphins, whales, and seabirds. Also, you can visit the Granite Island Causeway. You may want to ride the horse-drawn tram, too.

From Victor Harbour head towards McLaren Vale for the wines. Travel time only takes at least forty minutes. After sampling the wines, catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island at Cape Jarvis. It takes over three hours to get to Kangaroo Island from McLaren Vale. Spend the rest of the day and the night at Kangaroo Island.

On your last day of the Melbourne to Adelaide trip, travel for more than three and a half hours to Adelaide from Kangaroo Island. But the journey will take a little longer because you will have stops along the way.

You can first check out the Seal Bay Conservation Park and catch a glimpse of the sea lions at the Kangaroo Island. Or explore the sand dunes of Little Sahara. From there, take the direction towards Flinders National Park to view the Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. From Flinders, head to Adelaide.

The trip is going to be full of fun and adventure.

To start your adventure along this route, Wildlife Tours Australia offers a 3 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour package. This tour is designed to let you experience a unique and memorable adventure.


By Kelvene Requiroso, content writer and member of the SEO team of the Melbourne-based Get Lost Travel Group.

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