Melbourne to Adelaide (+ Kangaroo Island)

Jump on the Share Bus from Melbourne to Adelaide and see incredible wildlife and iconic Great Ocean Road with a bunch of other backpackers. This trip goes for 10 days.

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

Start your journey, roadtripping through the wonders of the Great Ocean Road. Then you’ll head west to explore other natural wonders such as the volcanic area of Mount Gambier and the Grampians to see magnificent waterfalls and mountains and spot some wildlife. Then we head back to the Fleurieu Peninsula to enjoy some wine and national parks and snorkeling. We also have snorkeling equipment you can take advantage of. Finally, spend a few days exploring 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 nature. After Kangaroo Island, head into Adelaide 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
  • Snorkelling gear


  • 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

This itinerary is flexible to change with your new trip crew as you wish! However the dates for the Kangaroo Island ferry will be set.

Day 01,02: Great Ocean Road

Meet your bus mates, do a big food shop and then head to the Great Ocean Road to start your journey with a highlight! We recommend you drive as far as Cape Otway or the 12 Apostles on the first day. Go by Lorne and detour to choose a hike to see a waterfall. On the road stop at the famous sights including Cape Otway, Apollo Bay and Erskine Falls. On Day 2 continue your journey along the road. Stop at the 12 Apostles, Razork\back, the Grotto, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.

Day 03,04: 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. The views and lookouts here are incredible! Check out some waterfalls and lookouts on day three, and if you are energetic you can take the morning of day four to do a five hour loop around “grand canyon” and up to “Pinnacle Point”

Day 05: 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 06: Mount Gambier/Coorong

Spend the morning in Mount Gambier, seeing what you didn’t manage to the day before. Then head to the pretty town of Robe with nearby lakes, before beginning the drive along The Coorong where you can find boating, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching and walking opportunities all available. See if you can find a camp in the sand dunes.

Day 07: The Coorong to Fleurieu Peninsula

On the way out of The Coorong, make sure to check out the Pink Lake that may or not be pink! Stop by Victor Harbor or the nearby national park and then chekck out Second Valley Beach. It has been voted in the top 10 Australian beaches and if you are lucky you can spot a leafy Sea Dragon snorkelling here.

Day 08: 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 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 09: Kangaroo Island

We suggest spending the morning in Vivonne bay doing whatever you didn’t manage to do the day before (kayaking/seals etc). Then we suggest heading North to check out Stokes Bay, which is another really nice beach with a rockpool. Then, to the east, you can visit the Emu Bay region and eventually visit the main township on the island “Kingscote”. Kangaroo Island has notable food and wine and you might be able to try some of it in town.

Day 10: Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Drive over to the eastern side of the island, stopping at Brown beach on the way over. Then explore Antechamber Bay and the nearby Cape Willoughby lighthouse. In the afternoon jump on a ferry back to the mainland and make the short journey to Adelaide. If you like celebrate the end of the trip by stopping at a winery in Mc Clarenvale on the journey home.

Trip details

Melbourne to Adelaide (+ Kangaroo Island)

Trip length: 11 days

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

Start Dates:

  • TBA from October 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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