The route from Melbourne and Adelaide lets you explore Australia’s hidden corners. Covering over a 700-kilometre distance, it takes at least 12 hours of drive from end to end. But if you want to have some stops at the best scenic spots along the way, it takes a few days.
Here are some of the suggested stops you might consider when travelling along the route.
The Otways and the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is arguably Victoria’s most spectacular coastal drive. In this route, you can drop by the Otways to explore its ancient rainforest and native wildlife. Included in this route are the scenic attractions of the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and wonderful ocean views. Also, the quaint towns of Lorne and Anglesea, the surfing centre of Torquay, and Apollo Bay. Don’t miss the Australian native wildlife in their natural habitat in the Otways.
Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
The open-air museum in Golden Point, Sovereign Hill in the town of Ballarat, is another stop you can make. Recreating the mid-19th century Victoria, there’s a lot of history you can glean from there. Learn about the past that’s frozen in the present. The golden era’s life and culture were depicted so people understand Ballarat’s history. You can pan some real gold or simply interact with the locals. The stop would be more fun.
The Grampians National Park
Another Victorian big-ticket tourist attraction is the Grampians National Park. Head straight to Halls Gap. Make this town your base when exploring the wilds and the rugged terrains of the Grampians. Scenic spots to visit are the waterfalls and the lookouts such as the Boroka Lookout and the Jaws of Death. Enjoy the panoramic landscapes and get up close to the native wildlife. Get some insights into the heritage, history, and culture of the Aboriginal people.
Mount Gambier, South Australia
About 17 kilometres off the Victorian border lay Mount Gambier. It is a volcanic and limestone city, and one of the tourist stops in South Australia. Check out the Blue Lake, the Valley Lake, and the Umpherston Sink Hole. Or you may also visit the Leg of Mutton Lake, Engelbrecht Cave, and Cave Gardens.
The Wine Region of Coonawarra
Stop by the historic town of Penola, one of South Australia’s famous wine regions. Coonawarra has become synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon, producing this wine variety to perfection. The region also produces other wines including the best Shiraz in the hemisphere. Explore the region’s local culture through their cuisine and cellar doors.
Naracoorte Caves National Park
The World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves National Park treasures the priced underground caves. Located on South Australian limestone coast, it harbours 26 caves. The caves hid an extensive record of fossils dating back to over 200 million years ago. Learn more about palaeontology as you visit the Wonambi Fossil Centre. Never miss the Victoria Fossil Cave, Alexandra Cave, Blanche Caven, Stick-Tomato Cave, and Bat Cave.
Victor Harbour and the Granite Island
Victor Harbour sits along the coasts of Fleurieu Peninsula, around 80km south of Adelaide. Make a stop and take a ride on the horse-drawn tram. The tram takes you to the Granite Island where little penguins made a colony. Enjoy the beaches and spot the furry little penguins, dolphins, seals, and whales on a cruise ship.
Kangaroo Island, Lake Alexandrina, and Lake Albert
Kangaroo Island is another top sightseeing destinations in South Australia. You can explore the sand dunes of Little Sahara or enjoy the views of seals at the Seal Bay Conservation Park. You may also explore the lakes in the Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island, and Murray Mallee regions. Visit the estuarine lagoon on Lake Alexandrina or the adjoining Lake Albert. These lakes host a range of estuarine biodiversity.
Autopia Tours designed tour packages departing Melbourne to Adelaide. There’s a 2 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour Overnight you may want to choose. If you wished for a longer trip, try the 4 Day Kangaroo Island Tours, the Grampians, and the Great Ocean Road Adventurer. This package lets you explore the corners of Victoria and South Australia. The tour concludes in Adelaide.