16 Jan

7 Days of Down Under Delights: Cruising from Adelaide to Melbourne in a Campervan

G'day, adventure seekers! It’s time to tick-off that Southern Australian Road Trip from your 2024 bucket list. Hop onto a campervan and buckle up for a 7-day epic road trip along Australia's stunning south coast, swapping cityscapes for sun-kissed beaches and rugged landscapes. This Adelaide-to-Melbourne odyssey promises turquoise waters, epic cliff walks, charming towns, and enough fresh seafood to satisfy your tummies.

7 days of down under delights: cruising from adelaide to melbourne in a campervan

Day 1: Adelaide Eats & McLaren Vale Sips
  • Start your journey from Adelaide. Fuel up with a caffeine hit at the quirky Coffee Branch on Rundle Street, then grab a meat pie or two (it's practically mandatory!) at Glenelg Beach.
  • Cruise through the rolling hills of McLaren Vale wine region. Stop at Serafino Winery for a gourmet platter alongside award-winning drops, or savour wood-fired pizzas and panoramic views at The Salopian.
  • Settle for the night at Port Willunga Caravan Park, with stunning beach access and proximity to the next day's adventure.
Day 2: Kangaroo Island Wildlife Bonanza
  • Catch the ferry from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island, a haven for native Aussie critters. Get up close to playful fur seals at Seal Bay, spot kangaroos lounging on the beach at Vivonne Bay, and keep an eye out for adorable echidnas waddling through the bush.
  • Indulge in fresh seafood at The Oyster Hut in Kingscote, overlooking the harbour. Slurp down juicy oysters, sample locally caught fish and chips, and soak in the seaside vibes.
  • Camp overnight at Remarkable Rocks, witnessing the natural rock formations sculpted by millions of years of erosion. Witness a fiery sunset here - it's truly remarkable!
Day 3: Coorong National Park & Robe's Charm
  • Take the ferry back to the mainland and journey through the Coorong National Park, a vast wetland system teeming with birdlife. Keep an eye out for pelicans, galahs, and even the occasional emu strutting their stuff.
  • Arrive in Robe, a picturesque coastal town with a laid-back vibe. Stroll along the jetty, soak up the sun on the sandy beach, and grab a gelato at The Beach House.
  • Enjoy a delicious feast at The Lobster Shack, where you can dine on fresh-caught seafood like crayfish, mussels, and scallops, all overlooking the harbour.
  • Spend the night at Robe Town Park Caravan Park, nestled amongst shady trees and just a stone's throw from the beach.
Day 4: The Great Ocean Road's Majestic Coastline
  • Hit the iconic Great Ocean Road, winding your way along dramatic cliffs and secluded coves. Stop at the breathtaking Twelve Apostles rock formations, marvel at Loch Ard Gorge's natural amphitheatre, and snap a selfie at the Port Campbell Arch.
  • Refuel with a classic Aussie pub meal at The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse in Apollo Bay. Think juicy steaks, hearty burgers, and local craft beers on tap.
  • Camp at Johanna Beach Holiday Park, nestled amongst native bushland and offering direct beach access. Enjoy a bonfire under the stars, listening to the crashing waves.
Day 5: Lorne's Surf & Serenity
  • Rise and shine with a sunrise beach run on Lorne's picturesque main beach. Take a surf lesson if you're feeling adventurous, or simply relax and soak up the sun.
  • Hike the Teddy's Lookout trail for panoramic views of the coastline and lush hinterland. Keep an eye out for whales frolicking in the ocean during migration season (May-October).
  • Treat yourself to a gourmet lunch at The Cumberland Lorne. This award-winning restaurant boasts stunning ocean views and a menu featuring fresh local produce.
  • Book a spot at Lorne Bay Caravan Park which offers a swimming pool, playground, and easy access to the town's shops and attractions.
Day 6: Geelong
  • If you are a history buff, visit the National Wool Museum to learn about Geelong's wool industry history, or explore the Geelong Gaol for a glimpse into the city's past.
  • Or if you are still thirsty for an adrenaline pump, conquer the You Yangs and be rewarded with breathtaking views.
  • Spend the night at Werribee South Caravan Park.
Day 7: Melbourne

Spend your last day exploring Melbourne at your own pace. Visit the iconic Federation Square, take a tram ride through the city, or visit the Melbourne Museum. In the afternoon, head to the Queen Victoria Market for some souvenir shopping and indulge in a delicious coffee at one of the many cafes.

Bonus Tips:

  • Choose a campervan that fits your needs. If you intend to spend more time off-grid, hire one with a solar panel and gas operated shower.
  • Take note of depot opening hours. Most depots operate from 09:00 – 16:00 only.
  • Pack layers and be prepared for all weather conditions. Humour has it that Melbourne has 4 seasons in a day.
  • Download offline maps and apps to help you navigate the road trip.
  • Pack soft bags instead of hard cases for flexible and easy storage.

If you are new to this and do not know which van to hire, here’s a short list of vans that are recommended by different groups of travellers.

  • For families: The Polaris RV is a mid-range motorhome that sleeps up to 6. It comes equipped with a kitchen, shower and toilet and 3 double beds. It can take two child restrain seats for children under age 7.
  • For a group of friends: The 6ST Motorhome is a popular model due to the affordable price point. It is spacious and has all the basic features for a comfortable road trip.
  • For couples: The LJ 2 Berth Voyager is a favourite among couples due to the automatic lift bed. This separates the bed from dining area and saves travellers the hassle from converting them daily.
  • For budget travellers: The Hippie Hi-Top is compact, easy to drive and park. This model is also pet friendly.

For more details and information, our friendly team members are ever ready to help.

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