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Fun road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide

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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.

Best Attractions from Melbourne to Adelaide

Melbourne to Adelaide | Wildlife Tours Australia

Melbourne to Adelaide cover a distance of over 700 kilometres or about 8 to 12 hours of drive. But in between the Victorian and South Australian cities are the best tourist attractions the continent can offer.

The following are the must-visit places when you’re in the southern regions of Australia.


The Great Ocean Road and the Otways

Experience one of the world’s spectacular coastal drives at the Great Ocean Road, and along this route you can stop at the Otways for a scenic getaway with nature. Stop by the Kennett River to take some pictures of the native wildlife and birds.

At Lorne, you can drop by the Erskine Falls or stroll down the beaches. You could also make a stop in the beautiful coastal town of Anglesea. And from the resort town of Apollo Bay, you can drive to Cape Otway and have a stop at the highest point of the Great Ocean Road.

The ultimate destination on the Great Ocean Road is the limestone coast where the 12 Apostles stand. Experience the stunning views of panoramic landscape and seascape. Capture the images of rugged surfs, towering cliffs, and the scenery’s changing colours.

Just 3 kilometres from there you can also visit the picturesque Loch Ard Gorge and hit the beach and cool off in the shallows.

Probably, the Great Ocean Road ranks first of the scenic attractions from Melbourne to Adelaide.


Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill

In a Victorian town of Ballarat, another best attraction you will be interested visiting is Sovereign Hill, an open-air museum in Golden Point. The museum displays the years when gold was first discovered in the area.

It’s like history frozen so we can peek into the past. The town was recreated to depict the life and culture of the mid-19th century Victoria.

There are many tourist activities you can do in Sovereign Hill such as panning some real gold, learn about the Victorian Golden Era, interact with the locals, or take photos of the time capsule. It sure is a lot of fun out there.


The Grampians

A detour to the Grampians would be a great choice. Drive straight to the heart of the Grampians, to the scenic town of Halls Gap.

From there you can visit the impressive waterfalls of the Grampians one by one — Mackenzie Falls, Wannon Falls, Nigretta Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Silverband Falls, Beehive Falls, Clematis Falls, and Fish Falls.

Or you could head to the Mt Difficult Road and reach the Boroka Lookout where you can have a 180-degree view of western Victoria. Overlooking the Boroka Lookout are Halls Gap, Lake Bellfield, Fyans Valley, Mt William Range, and Wonderland Range.

Also in the Grampians, you can have a closer look at the diverse wildlife and lush flora of the region. Learn more about the history, culture, and heritage of the Aboriginal people.

There are more things you can do and more place you can go if you’re with the Grampians National Park.


Mount Gambier

The volcanic and limestone city of Mount Gambier would be the next attractive stop, 17 kilometres from the Victorian border and about 450 kilometres from Adelaide. There you can check out the lakes, caves, sinkholes, parks, and gardens.

Most notably, don’t miss the Blue Lake and Umpherston Sink Hole.

The Blue Lake is an extinct volcanic lake, a crater lagoon that’s 72 meters deep and the city’s source of fresh drinking water. Take some photos of the beautiful lake and simply enjoy the views.

From there you can drive to Umpherston Sink Hole, a lush beautifully designed sunken garden that used to be a cave.

There are also some other lakes, caves, and sinkholes you can visit such as the Valley Lake, the Leg of Mutton Lake, Cave Gardens, and Engelbrecht Cave.


Coonawarra Wine Region

From Mount Gambier stop by and take a pause at the historic town of Penola and explore the wineries of Coonawarra Wine Region. Coonawarra, a famous wine-producing region of South Australia, is synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon. But they also produce the best Shiraz.

Relax in a comfortable ambience, great food, and the best wines in the region. Learn the local history and culture through their food and wines.

Visit some of Coonawarra’s cellar doors and sample their best wines. View the amazing landscape of vineyards and farms, and strike a hearty conversation with some local folks.


Naracoorte Caves

Also in the limestone coast of South Australia is the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves National Park where you can explore the underground caves. The park housed 26 caves that are protected. The caves contained extensive fossil records formed over 200 million years ago.

So, refresh your knowledge in palaeontology by visiting the caves of Naracoorte.

The recommended caves to visit are Victoria Fossil Cave, Alexandra Cave, Bat Cave, Blanche Cave, and Stick-Tomato Cave. You can also learn more about the caves and its history at the Wonambi Fossil Centre.


Victor Harbour

On the southern coast of Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80 kilometres south of Adelaide, hides the quaint coastal city of Victor Harbour. The city has been a popular summer holiday destination in South Australia.

One of the main attractions is the horse-drawn tram on the causeway to Granite Island, a large colony of little penguins.

At Victor Harbour, you can hit and enjoy the beaches, spot some whales, penguins, dolphins, seals, and wildlife.


Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert

Located in the Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island, and Murray Mallee regions of South Australia, the estuarine lagoon Lake Alexandrina hosts a rich biodiversity.

Adjoined the smaller Lake Albert, the freshwater habitat is a government-protected area also known as Lower Lakes with most of its water coming from the Murray River.

You can do a lot of activities especially when you’re in Milang, the only lakeshore town in Lake Alexandrina. You can hike, bike, hit the beach, or paddle in the lake to fish.

You can also go bird watching in the wetlands of Lake Alexandrina which is habitat for various waterbirds such as migratory waders, geese, cormorants, sandpipers, and Australian shelducks.

Wildlife Tours Australia has designed tour packages that let you explore the corners and scenic attractions of southern Australia. Book any of our 2 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour or the reverse 2 Day Adelaide to Melbourne Tour.


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