Melbourne to Adelaide

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 7 days.

How it works

We’re not a tour. We’re a ‘shared rental’. The destination is set, but the route is not – take control of your own adventure! The people on the trip share the driving, camping, cooking, trip planning and experience

About the route

Start your journey from Melbourne, then road trip through the wonders of the Great Ocean Road. Afterwards drive North-west to explore the Grampians National Park with it’s magnificent mountains and waterfalls. Then travel further west to explore the volcanic area of Mount Gambier and the beaches south of there. You’ll then travel along a giant salt lake until you reach the Fleurieu Peninsula near Adelaide. Then take some time to enjoy some wine, national parks and beaches in the area. On your last day, 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. The group share the rental of a minibus, trailer and camping equipment. You essentially ‘rent your seat’ on the minibus!

We provide a recommended itinerary to help you. This includes recommendations for different places, camps and activities (like beaches, snorkel spots and hikes!). We also teach you how to use the equipment before you leave, teach you how to attach, detach and pack the trailer. We also remain fully contactable during your trip for any questions.

You will rent your seat as either a ‘driver’ or ‘non-driver’. If you choose non-driver you must never drive. Drivers can share driving and must be aged 21+. The minibus seats 12, and anyone with a regular driver’s license can drive it.

Please bring your own water bottle and sleeping bag. However, limit your luggage to about 20kg – 1 big bag, and one day bag/small backpack. The trailer is full of all the camping equipment you need and has space for your bags. Be prepared to free camp at least half the time!

Trip Highlights

  • Explore national parks, climb mountains, see waterfalls, go snorkelling
  • Drive the iconic Great Ocean Road
  • See volcanic Mount Gambier

Inclusions

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 (equipment list)
  • 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
  • All national park entries
  • Special discounts on activities and accomodation

Exclusions

  • 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!

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, Razorback, the Grotto, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.

Day 03/04: Grampians National Park

Grampians National Park is 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: Coorong

Start the day by heading to the pretty town of Robe with nearby lakes and nice beaches, before beginning the drive along The Coorong Salt Lake 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: 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 check out Second Valley Beach in the Fleurieu Peninsula. It has been voted in the top 10 Australian beaches and if you are lucky you can spot a leafy Sea Dragon snorkelling here. If you have time, pass by McLarenVale for a wine. Otherwise spend an hour to clean the minibus and trailer and return to Adelaide!

Trip details

Melbourne to Adelaide

Trip length: 7 days

Prices:
Early bird: $348 (4+ weeks before Start Date)
Full fee: $376

Start Dates:

  • 23rd March 2021

Discounts

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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