An Adelaide to Melbourne Road trip is one of the best Australian Road trips you can do.

Here’s why:

The route is full of amazing scenery, and takes you to lesser-known parts of Australia, that you otherwise might not see, this is one road trip that you have to do!

An Adelaide to Melbourne drive or vice versa is an extension of the Great Ocean Road trip, which is a coastal road in Victoria. This is a scenic route, and worth doing, but including this as part of a longer trip from or to Adelaide is better.


Depart:    Melbourne, travel along Great Ocean Road

O/night:    Lady Bay Resort, Warrnambool

Distance:    353 kilometres, allow 6 hours

Start your bucket-list drive west towards Werribee’s open plains. Join an Echidna Walkabout nature tour to see koalas and kangaroos in natural habitats then road trip the Surf Coast, through Torquay, Anglesea and onto lovely Lorne for lunch. Detour to Cape Otway Light station for brilliant ocean views, before continuing on to Bay of Islands, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, London Bridge, Gibsons Steps, The Grotto, Childers Cove. If you’re feeling fit & adventurous, the Great Ocean Road Walk, is an incredible must-do if time permits. You may need a pick me up half way through you Great Ocean Road Adventure and chocolate is a great answer! The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie is a chocolate lovers heaven for all ages where you can sample and purchase delicious goods and even arrange a tour or chocolate making lessons. As you head closer to Warrnambool you will come across Cheese World in Allansford where once again you can sample and puchase award winning cheese and gourmet goods from our local region. After you have ticked off all you must see’s along the Great Ocean Road, you will head to Warrnambool along the highway and head down Pertobe Rd off Banyan Street to check in to the Lady Bay Resort.

After a big day along the Great Ocean Road, Wake up by the ocean feeling rested and ready to start your day exploring Warrnambool and surrounds. We are surrounded by the ocean with an abundance of nature and wildlife, a scenic walk along the ocean bays of Warrnambool to Thunder Point or all the way our to Shelley Beach. Continue your beach escpae by walking along the Foreshore Promenade and Point Ritchie (Moyjil) Beach and River Walk a must for locals and tourists alike. Head to ther breakweater where seals and stingrays can be seen feeding on fish in the water, and if you look to Middle Island, a colony of Fairy Penguins waddle around their minders, the famed Maremma dogs, which live at Flagstaff Hill during winter.The Botanic gardens, Fletcher Jones Gardens, Cannon Hill and Lake Pertobe Adventure Playgrounds are a must especially if you are travelling with kids! Have a break from our beautiful surrounds and do a spot of shopping down Liebig St or visit our Warrnambool Art Gallery and Flagstaff Hill Martitime Village. For more information and things to do in Warrnambool click here.

Head West for a day trip to Tower Hill State Nature Reserve, a dormant volcano with an abundance of wildlife, flora & walks. Tower Hill would have to be one of our favourite natural destination in our region. Declared Victoria’s first National Park in 1892, Tower Hill is the ideal place for visitors to experience the Australian bush, enjoy magnificent scenery and landscapes while getting up close & personal with some of Australia’s most iconic native birds and animals including emus, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, black swans, wedge-tail eagles, magpie geese and seasonal reptiles. Travel through Koroit Township and along to Killarney Beach, a spectacular and rather secluded volcanic beach. Continue on to Port Fairy Historical fisherman Township, visit the Wharf & fishing fleet and Griffith Island Lighthouse Walk. Make your way back to Warrnambool to enjoy your final night in Victoria.

Depart:    Warrnambool

O/night:    Robe, SA

Distance:    310 kilometres, allow 5hrs

From Warrnambool travel through to Portland, visit the petrified forrest and take a  the 10-minute drive to photogenic Cape Nelson Lighthouse. Here you can take a tour to delve into the maritime history of the region.  And maybe take up the Cape Bridgewater Seal Walk. Continue your journey to South Australia through the Mt Gambier where you will be nearing the Coonawarra Region. Continue another hour to Robe, a beautiful sea-side township.

Depart:    Robe, SA

O/night:    Adelaide, SA

Distance:    336 kilometres, allow 4hrs

From Robe travel to the Coorong National Park, where there is something for all ages and interests. The serenity, the sheer diversity, and the proximity to Adelaide make it an immensely popular park. Visitors come for bird watching, boating, kayaking, fishing, camping, walking, four-wheel driving and European and cultural history. Victor Harbor and Cape Jervies are amongst the must sees on this road trip as you continue on to Adelaide SA and your amazing coastal journey has come to an end.