Melbourne to Adelaide Self Drive 5 Nights
5 Nights Melbourne to Adelaide.
Price from £484 per person
This self drive tour includes 6 days car rental with Hertz Australia (ICAR - Toyota Corolla Ascent or similar), 5 nights accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from downtown depot - supplements may apply from the airport. A one way fee of AU$110 is payable locally for rentals of less than 7 days.
Melbourne - Mornington Peninsula - Apollo Bay - Port Fairy - Coonawarra - Robe - Adelaide
Prices depend on seasonality and are per person share twin
Day 1: Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula (NM)
Take the Nepean Highway from Melbourne and drive south towards the Mornington Peninsula. From the Mornington turnoff the road follows the coastline and offers spectacular bay views.
Overnight: Woodman Estate, Mornington Peninsula
Day 2: Mornington Peninsula to Apollo Bay (B)
Drive to Sorrento to catch the car ferry across to Queenscliff. From Geelong it is just a short drive to Torquay and the start of the Great Ocean Road. Pass through Anglesea and Lorne to Apollo Bay, watching the increasingly dramatic contrast between rugged coast and inland forest.
Overnight: Captain’s at the Bay, Apollo Bay
Day 3: Apollo Bay to Port Fairy (B)
Continue your drive along the Great Ocean Road through the Otway National Park and enjoy a self-guided rainforest walk. From Lavers Hill onward the road traces limestone cliffs along the Shipwreck Coast and the natural monuments of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge form a stunning panorama. From Warrnambool it is just a short drive to Port Fairy.
Overnight: Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel, Port Fairy
Day 4: Port Fairy to Coonawarra (B)
Depart Port Fairy and follow the Princes Highway towards Mount Gambier, the major town of South Australia’s Limestone Coast region. Make a stop to view the Blue Lake then continue through farming country to the Coonawarra wine region where limestone-based, terra rossa soils produce some bold red wines.
Overnight: Chardonnay Lodge, Coonawarra
Day 5: Coonawarra to Robe (B)
Make a visit to the remarkable World Heritage listed fossil site at Naracoorte Caves this morning before heading back to the coast and the historic port of Robe, once the third largest port in South Australia. Laze on Long Beach, indulge in the distinctive local wine, fresh seafood and regional produce, or discover Robe's seafaring past, its heritage buildings and their legends.
Overnight: Ann’s Place, Robe
Day 6: Robe to Adelaide (B)
Continue to Adelaide via the Coorong National Park, a narrow lagoon that stretches 140 km beside the coastal dunes between Kingston SE and just south of the Murray River mouth. The vast wetland ecosystem consists of ocean beach, freshwater lakes, estuaries and saline lagoon and attracts massive flocks of migratory birds.