Many people squeeze the dramatic coastlines, windswept beaches, and stunning wineries along the Great Ocean Road into a quick overnight jaunt—or even a day trip. But the glorious Melbourne to Adelaide road trip deserves as much time as you can give it.
Five days would be the absolute minimum to do the drive. This will allow you to catch a wave at world-famous Bells Beach, grab a sunset snap at the majestic Twelve Apostles, and sip on the best of South Australian Shiraz in McLaren Vale.
But our road-trip plan suggests at least nine days to allow time for all the amazing things you can do along the awe-inspiring Great Ocean Road route. While you can start your adventure from either city, most people choose to go from east (Melbourne) to west (Adelaide), so that you are always on the ocean side of the road while driving.
Whichever starting point you choose, we have you covered with an exciting range of accommodation options along the way. This essential Aussie road trip is as much about the journey as the destination and we guarantee you won’t regret taking your time.