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Road Trips From Melbourne

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5 Road Trips from Melbourne

Whether you just have time for a 10 day road trip to Sydney or a 4 month voyage around Australia, whether you crave the beautiful empty beaches or are curious about the outback, we have a road trip for you. The road trips listed below are organised from the shortest to longest.

Short Road Trips (2 weeks or less)

1. Melbourne to Sydney Drive (East Coast)

Distance: 1,300 km | 14 days
If you love beaches, fresh seafood, amazing landscapes and plenty of wildlife, this road trip is perfect for you. Highlights include the Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island, Wilsons Prom, Gippsland Lakes, Croajingolong National Park, Pigeon House Mountain summit climb, coastal national parks, lots of beach camping, Booderee National Park, Nan Tien Buddhist Temple, Sea Cliff Bridge and the Royal National Park before arriving in Sydney.

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Killalea Beach. Melbourne to Sydney coastal drive.

2. Melbourne to Sydney Drive (Mountains and East Coast)

Distance: 1,650 km | 15 days
This road trip combines gorgeous beaches and wildlife with the culture and museums of Canberra, the cheese, wine, local food, antiques and charming country towns of the Alpine Way and the mountain scenery and summit hikes of the Kosciuszko National Park. It has a bit of everything. Highlights include the Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island, Wilsons Prom, Gippsland Lakes, The Alpine Way, the Snowy Mountains, Canberra, Nan Tien Buddhist Temple, Sea Cliff Bridge and the Royal National Park (coastal hikes) before arriving in Sydney.

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Kosciuszko summit climb, Snowy Mountains. Melbourne to Sydney.

3. Melbourne to Adelaide Drive (The Great Ocean Road)
Distance: 1,500 km | 10 days
Surf towns, rainforests, waterfalls, wildlife, wine country, limestone caves and amazing lakes, this road trip has it all. Highlights include the Great Ocean Road, the ancient rainforests and glow worm caves of Otway National Park, Coonawarra Wine region, the limestone Naracoorte Caves, The Grampians, Fleurieu Peninsula, Coorong National Park, Kangaroo Island and McLaren Vale.

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The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road. Melbourne to Adelaide Drive.

2 - 4 Week Long Road Trips

Melbourne to Brisbane Drive 
Distance: 2,700 km | 21 - 29 days
This is part of the East Coast Australia road trip. You'll enjoy mountains, stunning coastlines and baches, wine regions, rainforests, Byron Bay, the hippie town of Nimbin, Mount Warning summit climb, Lamington National Park, Springbrook National Park, the Gold Coast and Brisbane. 

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Seacliff Bridge between Melbourne and Sydney.

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6. Melbourne - Adelaide - Sydney (Great Ocean Road and Outback)

Melbourne - Adelaide | Adelaide - Sydney
Distance: 3,300 km | 17 - 29 days

This road trip includes everything on the Great Ocean Road tour between Melbourne and Adelaide (road trip #3). At Adelaide you head into Australia's remote outback. Highlights include Mungo National Park, Minchega National Park (Menindee Lakes), Broken Hill, the historic stately town of Parkes, the artsy community of Hill End, the Dubbo safari style zoo and the Blue Mountains with its many hiking trails before arriving in Sydney.

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Mungo National Park in the outback between Adelaide and Sydney.

7. Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane - Airlie Beach (East Coast of Australia)

Melbourne to Brisbane | Brisbane - Airlie Beach
Distance: 3,400 km | 25 - 35 days

This east coast itinerary will take you all the way from cultural Melbourne to Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. It includes all the highlights between Melbourne and Brisbane (road trips #4 and #5). Higlights between Brisbane and Airlie Beach include the Glasshouse Mountains, Noosa, The Great Sandy National Park, UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Lady Musgrave Island, Agnes Water and Capricorn Caves.

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Whale watching at Hervey Bay, between Brisbane and Airlie Beach.

Longer Road Trips (1 month or more)

8. Melbourne to Cairns (East Coast of Australia)

Melbourne to Brisbane  | Brisbane - Airlie Beach | Airlie - Townsville | Townsville - Cairns
Distance: 4,300 km | 6 weeks
Cairns is just a short drive north Townsville (road trip #8 above) and you will pass through some of the prettiest landscapes to get there. Highlights include Hinchinbrook Island, the empty palm-fringed beaches of Mission Beach, Paronella Park and Babinda Boulders.

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Camping on Ellis Beach, Cairns.

9. Melbourne - Adelaide - Darwin - Cairns
(Coast, Outback and Tropics)

Melbourne - Adelaide | Adelaide - Darwin | Darwin - Cairns
Distance: 7,500 km | 5 - 6 weeks
From the Great Ocean Road drive (road trip #3) head north through Australia's red centre to the underground town of Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Uluru, the Olgas, Devils Marbles, Mataranka Hot Springs, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), Litchfield National Park, Darwin, Undara Lava Tubes and the Atherton Tablelands with its crater lakes and waterfalls to Cairns where UNESCO World Heritage list rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.

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Uluru, Central Australia between Adelaide and Darwin.

10. Melbourne to Cairns (Coast, Outback and Tropics)

Distance: 13,560 km | 2 - 3 months
This epic road trip begins on the Great Ocean Road (road trip #3) and circumnavigates Australia along the spectacular and unpopulated coastlines and forests of Perth, north to Broome, across the outback to Darwin before finally arriving in the tropical city of Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Highlights include the white sand beaches of Esperance where friendly kangaroos hang out, Ningaloo Reef where you can swim with whale sharks, the dolphins of Monkey Mia,  Margaret River wine region, limestone caves, wildflowers, the Pinnacles Desert, Coral Bay, the surreal landscapes of the Kimberley, Mataranka Hot Springs, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), Litchfield National Park, Darwin, Undara Lava Tubes, the crater lakes and waterfalls of Atherton Tablelands before arriving in Cairns where pristine rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. 

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Esperance in Western Australia between Adelaide and Perth.

11. Melbourne - Adelaide - Perth - Broome - Darwin - Adelaide 
(Coast, Outback and Tropics) 

Melbourne - Adelaide | Adelaide - Perth | Perth - Broome | Broome - Darwin  | Darwin - Adelaide
This road trip starts off circumnavigating Australia from Melbourne to Darwin (road trip #11 above) but at Darwin you head south into central Australia to visit Litchfield National Park, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), Mataranka Hot Springs, Alice Springs, Uluru, the Olgas and the underground town of Coober Pedy before arriving in Adelaide.

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Litchfield National Park near Darwin.

12. Melbourne - Sydney - Cairns - Darwin - Adelaide 
(Coast, Outback and Tropics)

Melbourne to Cairns | Cairns - Darwin | Darwin - Adelaide
This road trip continues on from the Melbourne to Cairns drive (road trip #11 above) before detouring inland to the Atherton Tablelands, the Undara Lava Tubes, Darwin and down through Litchfield National Park, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), Mataranka Hot Springs, Katherine, Alice Springs, Uluru, the Olgas and the underground town of Coober Pedy before reaching Adelaide.

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Katherine Springs south of Darwin

13. Melbourne to Melbourne around Australia 
(Coast, Outback and Tropics) 

Melbourne - Adelaide | Adelaide - Perth | Perth - Broome | Broome - Darwin | Darwin - Cairns | Cairns to Melbourne
Distance: 17,600 km | 3 - 6 months
This Grand Adventure combines the Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane - Cairns drive along Australia's east coast (see road trip #9 above for highlights) with the Cairns - Darwin - Broome - Perth - Adelaide - Melbourne drive through the outback and around Western Australia's coastline (see road trip #11 for highlights) back to Melbourne, taking in just about everything except Uluru.

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Swimming with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

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