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Australian Road Trips from Adelaide

 

12 Road Trips from Adelaide

From the week long Adelaide to Sydney Outback drive or Great Ocean Road drive to the epic road trip around Australia, we've got something to suit your schedule and tastes. They're listed from shortest to longest. 

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  1. Great Ocean Road (Adelaide to Melbourne)
  2. Distance: 1,500 km | 7 - 12 days 
    Stunning coastal scenery, the Twelve Apostles, the Otway rainforest, glow worms, surf towns, waterfalls and wildlife define the Great Ocean Road between Adelaide and Melbourne.

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    Great Ocean Road. Photo: BareKiwi via IG. Road trips #1, #2, #6, #9, #11, #12.

  3. Outback New South Wales (Sydney to Adelaide)
  4. Distance: 1,500 - 2,200 km | 4 - 8 days
    The journey across Australia's outback is one of wide open plains, big starry skies, all-encompassing sunsets, art, emus, kangaroos, and the unique colours of the Australian desert. There are three routes to choose from. The BroooHighlights include the Blue Mountains, the artsy little town of Hill End, the historic rural towns of Orange and Parkes, Dubbo Zoo, Menindee Lakes in Kimchega National Park, Mungo National Park, Mildura and the historic paddle steamers of the Murray River, and the Barossa Valley Wine Region.

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    Sculpture Symposium, Broken Hill. Road trips #2, #4, #5, #6, #8.

  5. South Coast and Great Ocean Road
  6. Distance: 2,800 km | 15 - 25 days
    Great Ocean Road | Melbourne - Sydney coastal or alpine drive
    After the beauty of the Great Ocean Roads (for details see road trip #1 above) continue to hug the coast to Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island (famous for its penguins, koalas and other wildlife), Wilson's Promontory and Gippsland Lakes. From here you have a choice - the mountains, cool climate wines, cute alpine villages and Canberra's world class museums along the Alpine drive, or enjoy miles of pristine coastline much of it protected by national parks rich in wildlife, fresh oysters, good fishing and surfing opportunities, beach camping, Nan Tien Buddhist Temple and Pigeon House Mountain summit climb of the coastal route.

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    Phillip Island's parade of penguins, near Melbourne.

  7. Outback and Coast
  8. Distance: 3,000 km | 2 - 4 weeks 
    Adelaide - Broken Hill (outback) - Sydney | Sydney - Melbourne coast
    Combine the outback experience (for details see road trip #2 above) with the beautiful south coast (road trip #3 above) to get a fuller experience of Australia's diverse landscapes and cultures.

  9. Outback and East Coast
  10. Distance: 2,850 km | 2 - 4 weeks
    Adelaide - Broken Hill (outback) - Sydney  | Sydney - Byron Bay - Brisbane
    Combine the outback experience (road trip #2) with the subtropical coastline between Sydney and Brisbane. It's a magical drive of lush river valleys, seaside towns, dramatic coastlines, wide sweeping beaches and the ever-present Pacific Ocean. Highlights include Myall Lakes, the misty rainforests of Dorrigo National Park, the picturesque valley of Bellingen, Hat Head National Park, Nambucca Heads, Coffs Harbour, surf mecca Byron Bay, rainbow colored Nimbin, the Mount Warning summit climb, and the Gold Coast. 

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    Port Stephens between Sydney and Brisbane.

  11. Adelaide to Adelaide Loop
  12. Distance: 4,500 km | 4 - 6 weeks
    Adelaide - Broken Hill (outback) - Sydney  | Sydney - Melbourne coastal or alpine drive | Great Ocean Road
    This road trip provides a highlight-packed combination of the outback experience (road trip #2) the stunning south coast (road trip #3) and the Great Ocean Road (road trip #1).

  13. Central Australian and Tropics
  14. Distance: 7,020 km | 4 - 5 weeks
    Adelaide - Uluru - Darwin | Darwin - Cairns
    This road trip is a combination of outback landscapes and tropical climates. Highlights include Atherton Tablelands and the waterfall circuit, Undara Lava tubes, Karumba, Devils Marbles, Mataranka hot springs, Litchfield National Park, Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park, Darwin, Uluru and the Olgas and Coober Pedy underground opal mining town. For this trip it might be more economical to take advantage of our campervan buy back deal.  

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    Litchfield National Park near Darwin. Road trips #7, #10, #11, #12.

  15. Outback and East Coast to Tropics
  16. Distance: 4,500 km | 5 - 7 weeks
    Adelaide - Broken Hill (outback) - Sydney | Sydney - Byron Bay - Brisbane | Brisbane - Airlie Beach | Airlie - Townsville | Townsville - Cairns
    Get a taste of the outback (road trip #2) then explore Australia's magnificent east coast. This adventure expands on road trip #5 and you can make it as long or as short as you wish. Potential terminating towns include Airlie Beach, Townsville or Cairns.

    After Brisbane, highlights include the Great Sandy National Park, UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island, Hervey Bay whale watching, Agnes Water, Lady Musgrave Island, Capricorn Caves and Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.

    From Airlie Beach you travel through verdant fields of sugar cane. Call into Horseshoe Bay in Bowen for a swim and walk among granite boulders to a lookout. 

    After Townsville, stop in for swims at secret swimming holes including Babinda Boulders and Josephine falls. Attempt The Pyramid summit climb, wander through Paronella Park, spend a night camping at Mission Beach and explore Hinchinbrook Island. 

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    A crystal clear river on Fraser Island. Road Trips #8, #9, #11, #12

  17. The East Coast of Australia
  18. Distance: 5,500 km | 6 - 8 weeks
    Great Ocean Road | Melbourne - Sydney coastal or alpine drive | Sydney - Brisbane | Brisbane - Airlie Beach | Airlie Beach - Townsville | Townsville - Cairns
    This road trip is a combination of road trip #3 and road trip #8 without the outback. The coastline varies quite a bit around Australia and you'll experience different landscapes, wildlife and attractions all the way around.

  19. Western Australia and Uluru
  20. Distance: 12,560 km | 2 months or more
    Adelaide - Perth | Perth - Broome | Broome - Darwin | Darwin - Uluru - Adelaide

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    Uluru between Adelaide and Darwin, central Australia.

  21. Around Australia - The Circumnavigation
  22. Distance: 17,100 km | 3 months or more 
    Head around Australia's coast cutting across the top through Australia's outback before rejoining the coast and heading back to Adelaide. This includes every road trip except for those that cut cross the middle of Australia to Uluru and Broken Hill.
    ROUTEAdelaide - Perth | Perth - Broome | Broome - Darwin | Darwin - Cairns | Cairns - Townsville | Townsville - Airlie Beach | Airlie Beach - BrisbaneBrisbane - Sydney | Sydney - Melbourne coastal or alpine drive | Great Ocean Road 

  23. Around Australia plus Uluru
  24. Distance: 18,100 km | 3 months or more
    This road trip takes in everything! Head around Western Australia to Darwin then cut south through Central Australia and Uluru before driving up the East Coast of Australia, finishing in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. The only bit missing is the Broken Hill outback (road trip #2), but you wanted to include it you could switch it for the Great Ocean Road and South Coast leg (road trip #3).
    ROUTE: Adelaide - Perth | Perth - Broome | Broome - DarwinDarwin - Uluru - Adelaide | Great Ocean Road | Melbourne - Sydney coastal or alpine drive | Sydney - Brisbane | Brisbane - Airlie Beach | Airlie - Townsville | Townsville - Cairns

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    The friendly kangaroos of Esperance, Western Australia. Road trips #10, #11 and #12.

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