Adelaide to Melbourne (+ Kangaroo Island)

Jump on the Share Bus from Adelaide to Melbourne and see incredible wildlife and iconic Great Ocean Road with a bunch of other backpackers.

This trip is for 11 days, and 11 nights; and the Kangaroo Island ferry is included!

The destination is set, but the route is not – take control of your own adventure!

Explore the nature of Kangaroo Island, untouched by introduced species it is abundant with wildlife such as the New Zealand fur seal, sea lions, kangaroos and koalas. Surf, swim, kayak and hike throughout the nature. We also have snorkeling equipment you can take advantage of. Then we head back to the mainland to enjoy some wine and national parks and snorkeling. Heading east you’ll also get to see other natural wonders such as the volcanic area of Mount Gambier and the Grampians to see magnificent waterfalls and mountains and spot some wildlife. Finally, you’ll roadtrip the wonders of the Great Ocean Road, arriving in Melbourne to celebrate with your new road trip family.

Expect to get fit with lots of hiking, snorkeling and exercise as you appreciate the natural sights. This is a no-frills adventure – you’ll be setting up your own tents, sharing the driving, cooking your own dinner and sharing your tent with other 1 or 2 travellers. The target age group is 18-35.

Things to note

Please note this is a minibus rental, not a guided tour. You rent a seat on the bus. We provide a recommended itinerary to help guide you.

You are all sharing the driving, cooking and trip planning (but you have a comprehensive guidebook to help)

You will rent your seat as either a ‘driver’ or ‘non-driver’.

Non-drivers must never drive. Drivers can share driving and must be aged 21+

Once you book you will be given a full guide with free activities, paid activities, recommended campsites to visit, as well as recommended sights to see.

Please bring your own water bottle, sunscreen and torch. Be prepared for the tough weather!

Please limit luggage to 20kg and two bags.

Trip Highlights

  • See sea-lions, seals, koalas and kangaroos
  • Explore national parks, climb mountains, see waterfalls, go snorkelling
  • Drive the iconic Great Ocean Road
  • See volcanic Mount Gambier


General inclusions

  • Your Toyota Hiace Minibus, to drive to the places you choose (but not on 4WD roads!)
  • Fully equipped trailer with everything you need for camping, cooking, and fun
  • Consumables such as: toilet paper, oil, salt and pepper, gas, bin bags
  • Recommended itinerary (but you have freedom!)
  • Guide (for activities and camping locations – both free and pay sites)
  • Fuel consumption for unlimited km
  • Comprehensive insurance with roadside assistance
  • Special discounts on activities and accomodation

Trip-specific inclusions

  • Ferry to Kangaroo Island
  • National Park Entries
  • One night accommodation
  • Snorkelling gear


  • Most accommodation: although you can choose to stay at plenty of free camps, or budget pay camps
  • Food: We will give you all the equipment you need to cook what you like!
  • Sleeping bag: bring your own for hygiene reasons
  • Guide: it’s just you and fellow “rentees” driving this minibus. Enjoy!

Recommended itinerary

Day One: Fleurieu Peninsula
Meet your bus mates, do a big food shop then head South of Adelaide to explore the Fleurieu Peninsula! You can go to the McClaren Vale wine region for a few tastings if you like, and chill out at the nearby river or snorkel at nearby Port Noarlunga. Otherwise, head straight to Second Valley Beach – voted one of the top 10 Australian beaches.

Day Two: Kangaroo Island
Go to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Once in Kangaroo Island, we suggest picking a nice beach to have lunch at and then heading to Vivonne Bay. There is a lot to do in the area. Vivonne Bay is good surfing/swimming spot and you can also hire a sandboard to surf some large dunes nearby. Seal Bay Conservation area is nearby, which you can go look at to see seals! You can also hire a kayak to kayak on the Harriet River for up to 4 hours – the start point is only a 5 minute drive away

Day Three: Kangaroo Island
We suggest spending the morning in Vivonne bay doing whatever you didn’t manage to do the day before (kayaking/seals) Then head west. You can stop at Kelly Hills caves if you’re interested, and Hanson Bay sanctuary to see koalas in their natural habitat. After this head into the Flinders Chase national park and go to admirals Arch to try to spot baby seals. After setting up camp try to catch the sunset at Remarkable Rocks.

Day Four: Kangaroo Island
The morning is a good time for a hike or two in the national park. Check out the Platypus Pools walk (maybe you can spot a platypus), then head to Snake Lagoon Hike to spot skinks and tawny dragons. Then time to start making your way back to Penneshaw for the ferry. Make a stop by Kingscote, to check out the food/wine and the bay, or visit beaches close to Penneshaw on the peninsula. Snorkel at brown beach or spot wildlife at island beach. Catch the ferry accross to the mainland and spend the night near the port or in a nearby national park.

Day Five: Fleurieu Peninsula/Coorong National Park
Spend the morning beachside or in the national park near the port, then drive to Coorong National Park via Goolwa (more to see). Boating kayaking, fishing walking are all available here. You could hire a kayak at the mouth of the Murray River

Day Six: Coorong National Park/Robe
Today we suggest spending some time at Coorong National Park before heading towards Robe. A seaside village with some nice lakes. If you like, drive to Mount Gambier one day earlier and spend more time on Great Ocean Road later in the trip.

Day Seven: Mount Gambier
Spend a day at Mount Gambier, a volcanic town. See Blue Lake, Umpherston Sink hole, Cave Gardens and Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park where you can go cave diving

Day Eight/Nine: Grampians National Park
Visit Grampians National Park – Visit to see waterfalls, wildlife and mountains and go hiking. It’s known for its sandstone mountains, wildflowers and wildlife including echidnas and wallabies. You can find out about aboriginal history here as well

Day 10: Great Ocean Road
Get up early to drive to Port Fairy – the start of the great Ocean Road. Stop at Warnambool to get info. Perhaps go as far as the 12 Apostles or Cape Otway. Stop at the famous sights including 12 Apostles, the razorback, the grotto, loch ard gorge and London Bridge

Day 11: Great Ocean Road
From the Twelve Apostlles there’s only 4 hours of driving but a lot to see! (from Cape Otway 3.5 hours). Visit Cape Otway, Apollo Bay, Erskine Falls and Lorne. Arrive in Melbourne by night

Trip details

Adelaide to Melbourne (+ Kangaroo Island)

Trip length: 11 days

Early bird: $556 (4+ weeks before Start Date)
Full fee: $604

Start Date:

  • 17th November 2019
  • 1st December 2019
  • 19th December 2019
  • 28th March 2020


Discounts are available:

  • if you book more than 4 weeks in advance
  • for groups of friends travelling together
  • if you want to stay on the Share Bus for more than one trip

Please send us an email for details and to ask for your discount eligibility.

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