Melbourne to Adelaide

Last Updated on July 26, 2019

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.

Diverting down along the Great Ocean Road is definitely worth considering, it will take longer but is defiintely recommeded if you have time and haven’t seen that part of Australia. A side trip up through the Grampian Mountains could be included in an itinerary too.

Driving from Sydney to Melbourne via the coast or over the mountains is a great road trip to add to an adventure too.

Suggested Driving Route – 2 Days

Melbourne to Horsham Driving Route

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.

Horsham to Adelaide Driving Route

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.
Horsham to Adelaide Drive - What to see and do


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.

Kangaroo Island

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.

Flinders Ranges & Uluru

Driving north of Adelaide the trip to the Flinders Ranges or further afield to Uluru/Ayers Rock are both ‘must-do’ Australian Road Trips.

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