Melbourne to Adelaide.

This Australian self drive tour involves a fair amount of mileage but you are rewarded with amazing destinations and the best scenic driving routes, starting with The Great Ocean Road. Apollo Bay has a gentle feel to it and is a good place to relax as there are lots of places to visit on day 2, including The 12 Apostles, before arriving at the quaint village of Port Fairy. The Grampians National Park is not to be missed, it is regarded as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; you might take a walk on its many tracks. Driving the Fleurieu Peninsula offers amazing views and World Heritage Listed places of interest, such as the Naracoorte Caves. The route takes you to Viktor Harbor from where you take the ferry onto Kangaroo Island for 2 nights (possibly the highlight of this packed self drive tour?) before returning to Adelaide.

Image: Kangaroo Island SA © Tourism Australia/Adam Bruzzone

Highlights:

  • Driving The Great Ocean Road
  • Apollo Bay
  • Port Fairy
  • Halls Gap
  • The Grampians National Park
  • Naracoorte Caves
  • Viktor Harbour
  • Kangaroo Island

What’s included in the cost:

  • Getting Around Map Pack
  • Car hire (2WD not to be driven on unsealed roads on Kangaroo Island).
  • Accommodation where specified
  • Return ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw (includes vehicle under 5 metres and passenger crossing)

DAY 1
Melbourne To Apollo Bay
Approximately 185km (115 Miles)

Collect your rental vehicle and depart Melbourne travelling southwest along The Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay with its wide crescent shaped sandy beach, rolling green Otway hills and laid back lifestyle. While farming and fishing are central to the local economy, Apollo Bay is continuing to build its reputation as a holiday village.

Accommodation: Captains at the Bay (Bridge room incl full breakfast)

DAY 2
Apollo Bay To Port Fairy
Approximately 190km (118 Miles)

Depart Apollo Bay and continue along the Great Ocean Road. Along this stretch you will see the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, The Bay of Island and Loch Arch Gorge.

Continue along to the unique fishing village of Port Fairy, which is one of Victoria’s earliest ports and many homes and other buildings of last century have been preserved. ‘

Take a historic walk through Port Fairy’s streets and you’ll see the charming, fully restored cottages built by whalers and seamen. These are side-by-side with Georgian-style merchants’ homes, grand public buildings and a number of historic churches, hotels and a lighthouse.

Accommodation: Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel (Riverfront Rooms – incl full breakfast)

DAY 3
Port Fairy To Halls Gap
Approximately 260km (162 Miles)

Depart Port Fairy and travel to the Grampians National Park and Halls Gap. The scenic Grampians National Park is one of Victoria’s largest and most accessible National Parks. It is home to the biggest collection of Koori rock art in the state, and is well known for its wildflowers, striking rock formations, 200 species of bird life, panoramic lookouts and well maintained network of 50 walking tracks.

Accommodation: DULC Holiday Cabins (1 bedroom cabin)

DAY 4
Halls Gap To Naracoorte
Approximately 213km (132 Miles)

Depart Halls Gap today travel through the Grampians National Park before crossing the Victorian/South Australian border to your overnight accommodation in Naracoorte.

Naracoorte is well known for its limestone caves. Step back in time and discover the history of the Limestone Coast and early settlement of the area in The Sheep’s Back Museum and Limestone Landscapes Exhibition. Marvel at the spectacular formations of the limestone caves and interesting fossil deposits created over thousands of years. Located just 12kms from the township are the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves.

Accommodation: Carolynne’s Cottages (1 bedroom cottage – incl breakfast)

DAY 5
Naracoorte to Victor Harbor
Approximately 350km (217 Miles)

Today you will travel onto Victor Harbor, located on the shores of Encounter Bay. The town is named after HMS Victor commanded by Captain Crozier, which anchored off Granite Island in 1837. Victor Harbor was a whaling and sealing depot in the 1830’s. The town boasts a number of historic buildings and a visit to Granite Island is interesting. There is a tramway that will take you across the causeway with the trams drawn by Claudesdales. A chair lift rises from the end of the causeway to the middle of the Island.

Victor Harbor is the unofficial capital for the Fleurieu Peninsula and has many nature reserves and National Parks.

Accommodation: McCracken Country Club (Standard Room)

DAY 6 – 7
Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island via Cape Jervis
Approximately 60km (37 miles) Victor Harbour to Cape Jervis

Depart Victor Harbor and travel to Cape Jervis to join the ferry to Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness – a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI’ as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155km length you’ll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach and bays to swim, snorkel, dive and fish.

Explore the natural beauty of Kangaroo Island, home of many species of Australian wildlife.

Accommodation: Stranraer Homestead (incl Breakfast provisions)

DAY 8
Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
Approximately 107km (66 Miles) Cape Jervis to Adelaide

Depart Kangaroo Island on morning ferry to Cape Jervis and travel north to Adelaide. Adelaide’s lifestyle is relaxed, the urban landscape highlighted with elegant colonial buildings, museums and galleries.

Drop off rental vehicle in Adelaide.

Australia Self Drive, Great Ocean Road Grampians & Kangaroo Island 8 Days