Many travelers driving around Australia will have had the same problem: which route to take when there's so much to see in every direction imaginable?
Well, we were in the same situation when we were in Melbourne and trying to figure out which itinerary would be the best to get to Adelaide.
Here's the route we took from Melbourne to Adelaide:
Part 1: The Great Ocean Road
Of course, no self-respecting traveler would want to miss this! This road was built to be cruised on. Plenty of curves, nice towns along the way, great viewpoints (don't miss Teddy's Lookout in Lorne), and perfect opportunities to spot wildlife (easy-to-spot koalas in Kennett River, and if you're lucky you can see dolphins and whales playing around in the crystal-blue ocean!).
Part 2: The Twelve Apostles
Probably one of Australia's most photographed rock formations but nevertheless a not to miss stopover on your itinerary! Also check out nearby London Bridge, The Grotto and Bay of Islands Coastal Park if you’re into spectacular coastal vistas, we’re guessing that’s the case.
Part 3: Halls Gap and The Grampians
Once you pass Warrnambool on the Great Ocean Road, switch direction and take the inland route heading north towards Halls Gap. This cosy little town is perfectly situated to explore the stunning Grampians National Park.
Part 4: Halls Gap to Mildura
Follow the winding road through the Grampians National Park and keep heading north through the grainfields of The Mallee region. You’re bound to spot some kangaroos along the way! In Mildura you can rent a houseboat to cruise the majestic Murray river.
Part 5: Riverland to Barossa Valley
From Mildura, take the A20 (Sturt Highway) towards Renmark, Berri, Barmera and other river towns. Take the turnoff at Nuriootpa towards Tanunda, the heart of the Barossa Valley wine region. Time to sip some of Australia’s best Shiraz wines!
Part 6: Barossa Valley to Adelaide Hills
For the final part of the journey, keep cruising southwards through the Barossa Valley until you enter the gorgeous Adelaide Hills. End your trip at the Mount Lofty scenic lookout to get an astonishing view of Adelaide and surroundings (preferably around sunset for the romantics).
Congrats mate, you made it!
Travel Tip shared by Cape Coconut