ADELAIDE TO MELBOURNE ROADTRIP
Melbourne is approximately 736km from Adelaide an 8-9 hours drive if you’re driving non-stop. But of course, it is recommended to take regular breaks – you should stop for at least 15 minutes every two hours or share the driving if you can, use rest areas, tourist spots stop and rest as soon as you feel tired. I recall my first road trip to Melbourne I was both excited and nervous. It was only my 6th month since arriving in Australia as a Skilled Migrant and already on to my first longest drive. I needed to get used to driving on the left side of the road and obey Australian road rules and signs. To be honest it wasn’t easy adjusting to driving on the left-side of the road and with the steering wheel on the right side of the car. As of writing, it’s now been 3 years and I have adjusted well enough that I’m now scared to drive back to the right 🙂
For those who have not taken this road trip, maybe my experience could help you picture out what to expect of the trip. And for those who have done this several times already maybe you could share some insights by commenting below. Cheers!
We planned this road trip with the aim to stop at the Blue Lake in Mount Gambier , Port Campbell, the Twelve Apostles (and nearby attractions) and then finally to Melbourne.
REACHING MELBOURNE CBD
It is important that you check your car before the trip: Check brakes, tyre pressure, spare tyre and possibly tighten lug nuts, Check car battery, fluid levels, lights, wiper blades and make sure you bring some tools and equip yourself with a reliable GPS system (I’m using Tom-tom). I wouldn’t recommend you use your smartphone as your GPS because there are some areas where there are no 3G/4G signal and even if you use offline maps I still wouldn’t recommend. And if you are like me who is frequently hungry then by all means bring some food and drinks.
Here’s a suggested itinerary for this journey.
Day 1: First stop: the Blue Lake in Mount Gambier
Adelaide City to Blue Lake Mt Gambier approximately 4-5 hours. Take a short stop and see this gorgeous Blue Lake at Mt Gambier. The best spot would be at the Blue Lake lookout in Bay Road. Limited parking spaces are available before you climb up the stairs to the lookout.
Second stop: Port Campbell in Victoria
The drive to Port Campbell in Victoria from Mount Gambier is approximately 3 hours so by the time you reach the place you probably would already feel like calling it a day. Port Campbell is a great place to stay overnight as it is already minutes away from the Twelve Apostles and other attractions in the Great Ocean road. There are several hostels to choose from around the area. During our trip we stayed at Port Campbell Hostel and we find the place clean, comfy and affordable. You can find more information on their website at Port Campbell Hostel
THE TWELVE APOSTLES
On day 2, it is best that you start the day early so you’ll have more time when stopping by each of the places of interest leading to the twelve apostles. You can roam around Lord Street in Port Campbell and find a cafe for good coffee and breakfast. From Port Campbell you can set you GPS to the Twelve Apostles Visitor facility and this route will now take you down to the Great Ocean road. Along the way, you can either stop by these attractions (listed below) or go straight all the way to the Twelve apostles which will take you in about 10 mins from Port Campbell.
Other Great Ocean road attractions: Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Islands, Gibsons Steps, The Grotto, The Arch, London Arch, Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles
THE ICONIC FLINDERS STREET RAILWAY STATION
Twelve Apostles to Melbourne
From the Twelve Apostles visitor centre, the drive to Melbourne will take approximately another 3 hours if you’ll drive via Princess hwy (A1) and Princess motorway (M1) passing by Geelong. Alternate route is via the long and winding road of the Great Ocean road. If you can tolerate a bit of dizziness and motion sickness then go for it and stop by Apollo Bay and Lorne along the way. However, this route would take more than 3 hours but with some lovely scenic views.
Enjoy your trip and don’t forget to take lots of photos!