Melbourne to Adelaide Drive – 727 kms / 8 hours
The road trip directly from Melbourne to Adelaide can easily be driven in a day, though breaking it up into two days or even longer is a good idea as there is plenty to see along the way.
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Diverting down along the Great Ocean Road is definitely worth considering, it would take about 12 hours and cover just under 1000kms although a side trip up through the Grampian Mountains could be thrown in too.
Suggested Driving Route – 2 Days
DAY 1: Melbourne to Horsham – 300 kms/3.5 hours
Along the way:
- Kids will love to spend time at Kryal Castle, lots of fun to be had watching jousting and joining in with some wizardry, they have some funky accommodation too.
- Ballarat – Stop in at this historic gold mining town with beautiful buildings, Sovereign Hill Museum & Gold Mining Town
- Grampian Mountains National Park – Lots of fabulous walks and waterfalls. A couple of nights here would be ideal to explore the area.
- The Giant Koala – A little bit ‘Kitsch’? Perhaps, but it is a good laugh and a welcome stop, especially for kids. Located midway between Stawell and Horsham in the tiny community of Dadswell Bridge, the giant koala was built in 1988 by a sculptor named Ben van Zetten who was commissioned to design and construct it. The Koala dominates the car park and is 14 m high, weighs about 12 tonnes.
Horsham has a good range of accommodation options and is a pretty country town.
Day 2: Horsham to Adelaide – 427 km / 4 hours 40 mins
Along the way:
- Painted Silo Trail – This drive would require an extra day as it is not on the most direct route. It is well worth including if you have time though. A drive along the Silo Trail and up to Lake Tyrrell is a great road trip.
- Hahndorf – The oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, Hahndorf is certainly worth stopping to visit.
Known as the City of Churches, Adelaide has lovely beaches and the nearby Adelaide Hills is a pretty drive. The city has plenty of great accommodation choices and is large enough to be a city, but still has the feel of a large country town in some ways.
Another fabulous place to visit when exploring South Australia is Kangaroo Island and a particularly lovely accommodation option on the island is Lathami Lodge, with stunning views it is ideal for anyone including families.
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