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Driving to South Australia

Driving from Melbourne to Adelaide

Journey through lush wine country, discover crater lakes, drive on the beach and step back in time in the Naracoorte Caves on a road trip to Adelaide.

Melbourne to adelaide self-drive
There are so many great reasons to drive to your holiday destination - especially from Melbourne to Adelaide. Leave early in the morning and by evening, you could be checked into your Adelaide city hotel and be heading out to dinner.

Or take the scenic route along the Great Ocean Road and through famous wine regions like the Coonawarra; along gorgeous seaside towns like Robe or take a detour and discover why Kangaroo Island is known as our zoo without fences. 

Choose your own adventure whether you’re with the family, want to immerse yourself in nature or in search of premium food and wine. Download the Melbourne to Adelaide map


Trip highlights

1) Mount Gambier

Marking halfway into the journey, Mount Gambier welcomes you to South Australia. Here you’ll discover some natural wonders such as the Blue Lake which turns a vivid blue colour during the summer months or marvel at the Umpherston Sinkhole. For the adventurous, snorkel the crystal clear waters of the Piccaninnie Ponds which have been filtering through the limestone over thousands of years, or scuba dive deeper into the large underwater cavern known as The Cathedral. Nearby, Ewens Ponds Conservation Park is renowned for its incredible underwater visibility of up to 80 metres.


Must Do's: Blue Lake, Umpherston Sinkhole, Naracoorte Caves National Park (1 hour drive from Mount Gambier), Piccaninnie Ponds, Ewens Ponds.

Stay: The Barn Accommodation, Luxe Glamping, The Arches of Allendale.


View more information on Mount Gambier here and accommodation options here.


From Mount Gambier head north-west to Robe or to the Coonawarra

Umpherston Sinkhole, Limestone Coast

The Umpherston Sinkhole in Mount Gambier.


2) Robe
Just 90 minutes from Mount Gambier, Robe is a South Australian family hot spot for year-round holidays. This historic seaside resort town offers sumptuous seafood, local wines, coastal walks and watersports, pubs, cafes, trendy art galleries, fashion boutiques and a 14-hole golf course. Let down the air in your tyres and drive on to Long Beach and watch the sun go down. Visit the small, independent family-run Robe Town Brewery for slow-brewed, handmade, all natural craft beer. For those with Instagram, you’ll want to check out the Cape Dombey Obelisk which is a red and white landmark on the beautiful, rugged coastline.  


View more information on Robe here and accommodation options here.

Long Beach, Robe on the Limestone Coast

Stop at Robe, in South Australia's Limestone Coast - about half-way between Melbourne and Adelaide.


A trip along the Limestone Coast will quickly become a gastronomic adventure. The region produces everything from succulent seafood to grass-fed lamb and Wagyu beef. This part of South Australia is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon. Its secret lies in a magical marriage of rich terra rossa soil, limestone, pure underground water and a long, cool ripening season for the grapes. 


The Tasting Room at Mayura Station offers dining room or Chef’s Table dining options showcasing Mayura’s famous Wagyu beef. Immerse yourself in the Limestone Coast’s thriving food market scene. Held at various locations throughout the region, the markets offer an opportunity to fill your basket with the best, fresh seasonal produce and locally-made gourmet foods. 



View more information on the Coonawarra here and accommodation options here.
The Cottage, Highbank - Coonawarra

Explore the Coonawarra which is famous for its red wines.


A favourite holiday spot on the Fleurieu Peninsula, here you'll find spectacular surf beaches, beautiful diving spots and secluded, white sandy beaches. Enjoy views from The Bluff (including whale watching during the winter months) and take the horse drawn tram across to Granite Island, home to a colony of penguins, Enjoy wine and beer tasting or bi-plane acrobatics in nearby towns. Explore the Goolwa Wharf Precinct, take a boat cruise around the peninsula or along the Coorong, or venture further inland to the famous wine region of McLaren Vale. 

StayAnchorage Seafront Hotel, McCracken Country ClubThe Australasian Circa 1858, A Seascape RetreatBirks River Retreats, Links Lady Bay Golf Resort at Normanville.


View more information about the Fleurieu Peninsula and accommodation options here.

Port Elliot, Fleurieu Peninsula

Enjoy fish and chips overlooking the bay at Port Elliot.

 

5) Kangaroo Island

Follow the Southern Ocean Drive road trip to discover this region further, or from Victor Harbor, follow the signs to Cape Jervis and board the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island. You can also take your car with you and you'll want at least three days on the island to experience its raw beauty, wildlife and amazing eating and drinking (think fresh oysters and locally distilled gin.)


View more information about Kangaroo Island here and accommodation options here.

Kangaroo Island Spirits

Escape to another world on Kangaroo Island.


6) McLaren Vale

From Victor Harbor, head to McLaren Vale - your final stop before reaching Adelaide, which is just another 45 minutes drive away. Home to some 70 cellar doors, you'll be spoiled for choice. McLaren Vale is also one of the regions that make up the Epicurean Way road trip - a four-day food and wine drive which is perfect for those who travel for their taste buds. Try the McLaren Vale Cheese and Wine Trail.


Must Do's: Keep an eye out for the impressive, five-storey d'Arenberg Cube which is opening in late October this year. Blessed Cheese, Coriole Vineyards, Fox Creek Wines, Penny’s Hill, Wirra Wirra, Serafino Wines, Red Poles Cafe and Restaurant, Goodieson Brewery, Ekhidna Wines, McMurtrie Mile.

Stay: The Vineyard McLaren ValeChapel Hill Winery Guest House, McLaren Eye.


View more information about McLaren Vale here and accommodation options here.

Southern Ocean Drive road trip

Melbourne to Adelaide self drive

5-day itinerary via the Great Ocean Road into South Australia and Adelaide.

Piccaninnie Ponds

Limestone Coast on Instagram

Discover more amazing photos of the #LimestoneCoast on Instagram.

Southern Ocean Drive road trip map

Southern Ocean Drive road trip map

Download the Southern Ocean Drive road trip map with suggested stops and experiences.

Easy does it
There are so many great reasons to drive to your holiday destination - especially from Melbourne to Adelaide. Leave early in the morning and by evening, you could be checked into your Adelaide city hotel and be heading out to dinner.

Or take the scenic route...through famous wine regions like the Coonawarra; along gorgeous seaside towns like Robe or take a detour and discover why Kangaroo Island is known as our zoo without fences. 

Melbourne to Adelaide self-drive

About five hours drive into your drive from Melbourne, you'll find yourself in Mount Gambier - home to the Blue Lake, which turns a vivid blue colour during the summer months. This is a great place to spend the night, allowing for an early start the next morning to either the beachside town of Robe, or the Coonawarra wine region. If you're driving directly from Melbourne to Adelaide, the Coonawarra is about  half-way. 


Famous for its red wines, there's about 24 cellar doors to visit along a short stretch of the main highway. Stay for lunch or grab a bottle (or a dozen) to enjoy when you reach your final destination. Read more about the Coonwarra.


Love seafood? Make a booking at Gathered Restaurant in Robe and treat yourself to a luscious feast, before an evening stroll at Long Beach. (You can even drive your car along it too).


Next stop is Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula - where you'll find spectacular surf beaches, beautiful diving spots and secluded, white sandy beaches.


Follow the signs to Cape Jervis and board the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island - South Australia's very own island paradise. You can also take your car with you and you'll want at least 3 days on the island to experience it's raw beauty, wildlife and amazing eating and drinking (think fresh oysters, locally distilled gin and xxx) read more about Kangaroo Island here.


Or from Victor Harbor, head to McLaren Vale and d


Melbourne to Adelaide self-drive

About five hours drive into your drive from Melbourne, you'll find yourself in Mount Gambier - home to the Blue Lake, which turns a vivid blue colour during the summer months. This is a great place to spend the night, allowing for an early start the next morning to either the beachside town of Robe, or the Coonawarra wine region. If you're driving directly from Melbourne to Adelaide, the Coonawarra is about  half-way. 


Famous for its red wines, there's about 24 cellar doors to visit along a short stretch of the main highway. Stay for lunch or grab a bottle (or a dozen) to enjoy when you reach your final destination. Read more about the Coonwarra.


Love seafood? Make a booking at Gathered Restaurant in Robe and treat yourself to a luscious feast, before an evening stroll at Long Beach. (You can even drive your car along it too).


Next stop is Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula - where you'll find spectacular surf beaches, beautiful diving spots and secluded, white sandy beaches.


Follow the signs to Cape Jervis and board the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island - South Australia's very own island paradise. You can also take your car with you and you'll want at least 3 days on the island to experience it's raw beauty, wildlife and amazing eating and drinking (think fresh oysters, locally distilled gin and xxx) read more about Kangaroo Island here.


Or from Victor Harbor, head to McLaren Vale and d

Melbourne to Adelaide self-drive

About five hours drive into your drive from Melbourne, you'll find yourself in Mount Gambier - home to the Blue Lake, which turns a vivid blue colour during the summer months. This is a great place to spend the night, allowing for an early start the next morning to either the beachside town of Robe, or the Coonawarra wine region. If you're driving directly from Melbourne to Adelaide, the Coonawarra is about  half-way. 


Famous for its red wines, there's about 24 cellar doors to visit along a short stretch of the main highway. Stay for lunch or grab a bottle (or a dozen) to enjoy when you reach your final destination. Read more about the Coonwarra.


Love seafood? Make a booking at Gathered Restaurant in Robe and treat yourself to a luscious feast, before an evening stroll at Long Beach. (You can even drive your car along it too).


Next stop is Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula - where you'll find spectacular surf beaches, beautiful diving spots and secluded, white sandy beaches.


Follow the signs to Cape Jervis and board the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island - South Australia's very own island paradise. You can also take your car with you and you'll want at least 3 days on the island to experience it's raw beauty, wildlife and amazing eating and drinking (think fresh oysters, locally distilled gin and xxx) read more about Kangaroo Island here.


Or from Victor Harbor, head to McLaren Vale and d

Easy does it
There are so many great reasons to drive to your holiday destination - especially from Melbourne to Adelaide. Leave early in the morning and by evening, you could be checked into your Adelaide city hotel and be heading out to dinner.

Or take the scenic route...through famous wine regions like the Coonawarra; along gorgeous seaside towns like Robe or take a detour and discover why Kangaroo Island is known as our zoo without fences. 

Melbourne to Adelaide self-drive

About five hours drive into your drive from Melbourne, you'll find yourself in Mount Gambier - home to the Blue Lake, which turns a vivid blue colour during the summer months. This is a great place to spend the night, allowing for an early start the next morning to either the beachside town of Robe, or the Coonawarra wine region. If you're driving directly from Melbourne to Adelaide, the Coonawarra is about  half-way. 


Famous for its red wines, there's about 24 cellar doors to visit along a short stretch of the main highway. Stay for lunch or grab a bottle (or a dozen) to enjoy when you reach your final destination. Read more about the Coonwarra.


Love seafood? Make a booking at Gathered Restaurant in Robe and treat yourself to a luscious feast, before an evening stroll at Long Beach. (You can even drive your car along it too).


Next stop is Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula - where you'll find spectacular surf beaches, beautiful diving spots and secluded, white sandy beaches.


Follow the signs to Cape Jervis and board the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island - South Australia's very own island paradise. You can also take your car with you and you'll want at least 3 days on the island to experience it's raw beauty, wildlife and amazing eating and drinking (think fresh oysters, locally distilled gin and xxx) read more about Kangaroo Island here.


Or from Victor Harbor, head to McLaren Vale and d


Melbourne to Adelaide self-drive

About five hours drive into your drive from Melbourne, you'll find yourself in Mount Gambier - home to the Blue Lake, which turns a vivid blue colour during the summer months. This is a great place to spend the night, allowing for an early start the next morning to either the beachside town of Robe, or the Coonawarra wine region. If you're driving directly from Melbourne to Adelaide, the Coonawarra is about  half-way. 


Famous for its red wines, there's about 24 cellar doors to visit along a short stretch of the main highway. Stay for lunch or grab a bottle (or a dozen) to enjoy when you reach your final destination. Read more about the Coonwarra.


Love seafood? Make a booking at Gathered Restaurant in Robe and treat yourself to a luscious feast, before an evening stroll at Long Beach. (You can even drive your car along it too).


Next stop is Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula - where you'll find spectacular surf beaches, beautiful diving spots and secluded, white sandy beaches.


Follow the signs to Cape Jervis and board the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island - South Australia's very own island paradise. You can also take your car with you and you'll want at least 3 days on the island to experience it's raw beauty, wildlife and amazing eating and drinking (think fresh oysters, locally distilled gin and xxx) read more about Kangaroo Island here.


Or from Victor Harbor, head to McLaren Vale and d

Melbourne to Adelaide self-drive

About five hours drive into your drive from Melbourne, you'll find yourself in Mount Gambier - home to the Blue Lake, which turns a vivid blue colour during the summer months. This is a great place to spend the night, allowing for an early start the next morning to either the beachside town of Robe, or the Coonawarra wine region. If you're driving directly from Melbourne to Adelaide, the Coonawarra is about  half-way. 


Famous for its red wines, there's about 24 cellar doors to visit along a short stretch of the main highway. Stay for lunch or grab a bottle (or a dozen) to enjoy when you reach your final destination. Read more about the Coonwarra.


Love seafood? Make a booking at Gathered Restaurant in Robe and treat yourself to a luscious feast, before an evening stroll at Long Beach. (You can even drive your car along it too).


Next stop is Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula - where you'll find spectacular surf beaches, beautiful diving spots and secluded, white sandy beaches.


Follow the signs to Cape Jervis and board the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island - South Australia's very own island paradise. You can also take your car with you and you'll want at least 3 days on the island to experience it's raw beauty, wildlife and amazing eating and drinking (think fresh oysters, locally distilled gin and xxx) read more about Kangaroo Island here.


Or from Victor Harbor, head to McLaren Vale and d

Easy does it
There are so many great reasons to drive to your holiday destination - especially from Melbourne to Adelaide. Leave early in the morning and by evening, you could be checked into your Adelaide city hotel and be heading out to dinner.

Or take the scenic route...through famous wine regions like the Coonawarra; along gorgeous seaside towns like Robe or take a detour and discover why Kangaroo Island is known as our zoo without fences. 

Melbourne to Adelaide self-drive

About five hours drive into your drive from Melbourne, you'll find yourself in Mount Gambier - home to the Blue Lake, which turns a vivid blue colour during the summer months. This is a great place to spend the night, allowing for an early start the next morning to either the beachside town of Robe, or the Coonawarra wine region. If you're driving directly from Melbourne to Adelaide, the Coonawarra is about  half-way. 


Famous for its red wines, there's about 24 cellar doors to visit along a short stretch of the main highway. Stay for lunch or grab a bottle (or a dozen) to enjoy when you reach your final destination. Read more about the Coonwarra.


Love seafood? Make a booking at Gathered Restaurant in Robe and treat yourself to a luscious feast, before an evening stroll at Long Beach. (You can even drive your car along it too).


Next stop is Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula - where you'll find spectacular surf beaches, beautiful diving spots and secluded, white sandy beaches.


Follow the signs to Cape Jervis and board the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island - South Australia's very own island paradise. You can also take your car with you and you'll want at least 3 days on the island to experience it's raw beauty, wildlife and amazing eating and drinking (think fresh oysters, locally distilled gin and xxx) read more about Kangaroo Island here.


Or from Victor Harbor, head to McLaren Vale and d


Melbourne to Adelaide self-drive

About five hours drive into your drive from Melbourne, you'll find yourself in Mount Gambier - home to the Blue Lake, which turns a vivid blue colour during the summer months. This is a great place to spend the night, allowing for an early start the next morning to either the beachside town of Robe, or the Coonawarra wine region. If you're driving directly from Melbourne to Adelaide, the Coonawarra is about  half-way. 


Famous for its red wines, there's about 24 cellar doors to visit along a short stretch of the main highway. Stay for lunch or grab a bottle (or a dozen) to enjoy when you reach your final destination. Read more about the Coonwarra.


Love seafood? Make a booking at Gathered Restaurant in Robe and treat yourself to a luscious feast, before an evening stroll at Long Beach. (You can even drive your car along it too).


Next stop is Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula - where you'll find spectacular surf beaches, beautiful diving spots and secluded, white sandy beaches.


Follow the signs to Cape Jervis and board the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island - South Australia's very own island paradise. You can also take your car with you and you'll want at least 3 days on the island to experience it's raw beauty, wildlife and amazing eating and drinking (think fresh oysters, locally distilled gin and xxx) read more about Kangaroo Island here.


Or from Victor Harbor, head to McLaren Vale and d

Melbourne to Adelaide self-drive

About five hours drive into your drive from Melbourne, you'll find yourself in Mount Gambier - home to the Blue Lake, which turns a vivid blue colour during the summer months. This is a great place to spend the night, allowing for an early start the next morning to either the beachside town of Robe, or the Coonawarra wine region. If you're driving directly from Melbourne to Adelaide, the Coonawarra is about  half-way. 


Famous for its red wines, there's about 24 cellar doors to visit along a short stretch of the main highway. Stay for lunch or grab a bottle (or a dozen) to enjoy when you reach your final destination. Read more about the Coonwarra.


Love seafood? Make a booking at Gathered Restaurant in Robe and treat yourself to a luscious feast, before an evening stroll at Long Beach. (You can even drive your car along it too).


Next stop is Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula - where you'll find spectacular surf beaches, beautiful diving spots and secluded, white sandy beaches.


Follow the signs to Cape Jervis and board the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island - South Australia's very own island paradise. You can also take your car with you and you'll want at least 3 days on the island to experience it's raw beauty, wildlife and amazing eating and drinking (think fresh oysters, locally distilled gin and xxx) read more about Kangaroo Island here.


Or from Victor Harbor, head to McLaren Vale and d

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