Attractions on the Melbourne to Adelaide drive

Stormy Coast – Great Ocean Rd, VIC to Kangaroo Island, SA

To drive from Melbourne to Adelaide along the coast this will take about 15 hours of driving. Depending on how many places you want to stop at, this can easily turn into 3 to 10 days of traveling. We’ve listed the places worth stopping at in this list; do tell us what you thought about them!

Stop at Jan Juc and Bells Beach for surf beaches
Lorne – Erskine Falls 9km inland
Angahook National Park – lookouts on the way
Melba Gully: medium walk among blackwood and ferns (35mins return)
Maits Rest: 30 min of easy rainforest boardwalk loop in Otway Ranges
Otway lighthouse: (9am-4.45pm, ph: 5237-9240)
Otway Fly Tree Top walk: rainforest 25m up in the air (9am-4pm, ph: 5235-9200)
Triplet Falls: 1 hour easy loop among tall timber and rainforest areas.
12 Apostles, The Arch, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell
Bay of Islands
Warrnambool – old village reflecting life of 1900s, popular spot to see the whales (between July and early October) that frequent the area because it is a whale-nursery.
Taser Hill Games Reserve (situated in volcano)
Port Fairy
Bridgewater Bay – nice beach
Petrified forest near Portland – trees died as they were flooded by seawater
Princes Margaret Rose Cave
Limestone Coast – nice wineries, breweries
Port McDonnel – nice rocklobster to eat
Hindmarsh Island – from Goolwa, can see the mouth of Murry River (emus in wild)
Younghusband Peninsula –Little Sahara Desert
Kangaroo Island (can take car)
Penneshaw – penguin parade
Prospect Hill
Flinders Chase National Park – lots of animals, remarkable rocks
Admirals Arch – lighthouse, boardwalk to see seals in wild
Seal Bay Conservation Park – to see seals, sea lions in their natural environment

From Adelaide you can drive up to Coober Pedy and the red center. On the other hand if you are coming back towards Victoria, we highly recommend visiting the Grampians (a funky mountain range along a more inland route). Pick some walks from this list: .We really liked the walks to the Hollow mountain, any walk leading to the Pinnacles, the Balcony, and the Grand Canyon Loop.

Good luck traveling


  1. #1 by HW on June 4, 2011 - 9:04 PM

    I don’t ordinarily comment but I gotta tell thanks for the post on this special one : D.

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