Melbourne to Perth
Jump on the Share Bus from Melbourne to Perth to check out amazing coastal sights along the Great Ocean Road, explore Adelaide and the Barossa Valley, camp under the stars across the Nullarbor, and discover the beauty of the South West.
How it works
The destination is set, but the route is not – you’re in control of your adventure! We’re a shared rental, not a tour. You share the camping, cooking, driving and trip planning as you share the rental of a minibus, trailer and camping equipment.
About the Route
Jump on the Share Bus from Melbourne to Perth to explore the Great Ocean Road, Adelaide, Eyre Peninsula, the Nullabor, and the south west. This road trip will be for 23 days and 22 nights. Start out by exploring the Great Ocean Road before traveling to the Grampians, Mt Gambier, and Robe.
Next, head into Adelaide and explore the city or relax in the Barossa Valley. After Adelaide, you will continue on to see some amazing national parks and rockholes, and enjoy some time beachside, eating seafood. Then begin your journey across the Nullabor where you will see the Bunda Cliffs, a pink lake, drive Australia’s longest straight road, and possibly see some whales!
Cross the border into Western Australia to discover the amazing south west. Arguably there are some of the best beaches in Australia here! There’s also plenty of forests, nature and hikes. You’ll get to pat stingrays, chill with kangaroos and climb giant trees. Arrive in Perth in the afternoon on the last day. You might want to stay for a few days after the trip to explore everything that Perth has to offer!
This is a no-frills adventure – you’ll be setting up your own tents, 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 about half the time!!
Please note this is the recommended itinerary, you can update it with your crew.
Day 01/02: The Great Ocean Road & Melbourne
Wake up and smell the adventure!
Meet up with Share Bus in the morning to handover, meet your new mates and grab some snacks for the road. First you will head down the Great Ocean Road, stopping at some epic spots along the way like the 12 Apostles, the Razorback, the Grotto, Loch Ard Gorge, and London Bridge. Get ready for the ride of your life! 🚌🌊
Day 03/04: The Grampians
Grampians National Park is perfect for nature lovers, hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. With sandstone mountains, waterfalls and a diverse range of flora and fauna, you’ll be sure to get your fill of adventure and natural beauty. Plus, discover the rich history of the area, including the stories of the traditional owners of the land.
Day 05: Mount Gambier
Explore Mount Gambier, a volcanic town that’s home to some of Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders. See the Blue Lake, explore the Umpherston Sinkhole and Cave Gardens, and explore Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park.
Day 06: Robe
Before journeying to Adelaide, first stop by Robe – a coastal town and a fisherman’s heaven.
Take in the warm sun and relax on one of the many white sandy beaches before either settling in for the night or driving a little closer to Adelaide to explore the Coorong Salt Lakes.
Day 07: Adelaide
Whether you’re exploring the city or heading to the Barossa Valley for some wine tastings, you’ll have an adventure in Adelaide.
Day 08: Coffin Bay National Park
Ready for a little adventure? Check out Coffin Bay National Park, located near Port Lincoln. At the national park, you’ll find stunning spots like Point Avoid, Almonta Beach, Golden Island and Yangie Bay. Don’t forget your camera! After you’re done exploring, head in to town to try some fresh seafood.
Day 09/10: Eyre Peninsula
Take some time to explore the Eyre Peninsula. Explore Venus Bay, Talia Caves and Greenly Beach – home to some really cool rockpools.
Day 11: Ceduna and Cactus Beach to Eucla
Pass through Ceduna, a town famous for oysters and seafood; check it out or try some fishing. Cactus beach is a famouse surfing spot, but not for beginners (but you can check out the surfers). Not too far from the start of the Nullarbor is Cactus Beach and its nearby pink lake. One one side of the road there is a pink lake, but on the other side it’s blue – so it’s an awesome sight. Check out the amazing view at the Bunda Cliffs before heading accross the border.
Day 12: Nullarbor
The start of the Nullarbor is in Eucla – where you can see a town being buried by sand dunes and check out the old jetty. Drive to Madura to camp overnight, or if you are up for it, keep driving past Cocklebiddy, Caiguna, and Balladonia before finding a free camp for the night.
Day 13: Nullarbor and Norseman
Drive the remainder of the Nullarbor until you reach Norseman. Its a small mining town, but theres a few things to see and most interestingly a free swimming pool you can refresh yourself at.
Day 14/15: Cape Le Grand and Esperance
I’m sure this will be a highlight of your trip. Esperance is the place where all the beautiful photos of incredibly white beaches and kangaroos are taken. In fact, the sand has been scientifically proven to be the whitest in Australia. Make sure you go to Lucky Bay for this experience, and maybe hike up Frenchman’s peak. There are many beautiful beaches to explore all with very white sand and clear blue water.
Day 16: Fitzgerald River National Park
Fitzgerald River is a large National Park located between Albany and Esperance. It has swimming beaches, fishing beaches, rocky sea cliffs, calm inlets, steep and easy hikes, unique vegetations, and diverse landscapes. East Mount Barren is a great hike here, but there’s also snorkelling spots!
Day 17/18: Albany
Albany is one of the biggest towns in the south west. Theres some great natural sights nearby. You can explore Torndirrup National Park, hike the Porongorups and think about detouring to see Bluff Knoll. Again, there’s even more beaches in this area to explore as well.
Day 19: Denmark and Walpole
Head to Denmark to visit the Ocean Beach for surfing, or Greens Pool to chill. Don’t forget to check out the Elephant Rocks before heading into Walpole. Walpole is famous for the Giant Tree Top walk, however, there are also other free walks you could do to enjoy the region.
Day 20: Pemberton
Pemberton has an incredibly beautiful forest and is filled with GIANT trees. You can climb to the top of several giant trees such as the Gloucester tree which is 58m high. It’s a little bit scary, but amazing. There’s a nice dam and cascades nearby, as well as plenty of forest walks.
Day 21/22: Hamelin Bay and Margaret River
Visit Hamelin Bay where stingrays come right up to the beach, close enough that you can pat them. Next, check out the Margaret River region known for it’s food, wine and surfing. Why not try a few wineries? Or if that’s not your thing – some cheese or chocolate tastings.
Day 23: Dunsborough, Eagle Bay, and Perth
Its a day for beautiful beaches. Head to the Dunsborough and Eagle Bay regions, to check out some amazing beaches. They must be among the best in the world. You should make sure to also check out the ‘Natural Spa’ and grab an ice cream at Simmos in Dunsborough as well. Arrive in Perth by 5pm to end your road trip.
Melbourne to Perth
Trip length: 23 days
Early bird: $1288 (6+ weeks before Start Date)
Full fee: $1340
Discounts are available:
- if you book more than 6 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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