Driving from Melbourne to Adelaide Direct Route

With the most direct route taking just over 8 hours, leave Melbourne in the early morning and you'll be checked into your accommodation by the evening. 

The inland route is the quickest and shortest way to Adelaide from Melbourne and follows the western freeway out of Melbourne. Stop at Ararat and Horsham before crossing into South Australia at Bordertown. Follow the Dukes Highway to Tailem Bend and if you're up for it, rev up your adrenaline by racing a Mustang or kart around the track at the Bend Motorsport Park. Alternatively, venture slightly off-course to visit Monarto Safari Park near Murray Bridge.

Choosing the direct route has its perks: more time to enjoy the events and attractions along the way and to fully explore the wonders of South Australia.

Scenic Route

Tour to the Tour! Embrace a more leisurely pace by taking the scenic route along the Southern Ocean Drive.

This path will unveil some of South Australia's most breathtaking natural wonders, such as the Umpherston Sinkhole and the Little Blue Lake in Mount Gambier. Pause along the way to indulge in the delights of the Coonawarra wine region, where you can sip through the offerings of world-class wineries.

Take the time to explore the stunning landscapes of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Treat yourself to a delightful sugar hit at the renowned Port Elliot Bakery, where the Donut of the Month awaits. And don't forget to save room for the exquisite flavors awaiting you at the wineries and restaurants in McLaren Vale.


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