Leaving Melbourne the route travels first to the goldrush city of Ballarat with its rich array of grand colonial architecture and powerful claims to be the front of democracy in Australia. After learning the history of the Eureka uprising you reach another great uprising, the soaring mountains of the Grampians National Park. The collection of Aboriginal rock art is the biggest in South Eastern Australia. Hamilton is grazing country where the inhabitants still live off the sheeps' back. Across the border into South Australia and youre in the red centre- red wine centre that is - the Coonawarra. The World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves, the Murray River and the charming Germanic village of Hahndorf are other highlights along the rest of the journey into Adelaide, the City of Light.
Or catching a giant Murray cod. Or watching the deep red sun setting on the sandstone cliffs. These are just some of the uniquely Australian attractions on offer to visitors to the Murraylands.
When you add in globally recognised icons like the Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles, the Naracoorte World Heritage Fossil site and the place recently recognised as the number one island in Asia-Pacific, Kangaroo Island, these are journeys that just have to be undertaken. The coastal route has stunning seaside villages like Lorne, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Robe and Goolwa all add to the absolutely unforgettable experience - the journey of a lifetime - of taking a trip from Melbourne to Adelaide via the coast. However, there is much more, including the magic of the Fleurieu Peninsula and its wineries, the Naracoorte World Heritage Fossil site and the grandeur of the world famous Great Ocean Road. So it’s not difficult to see why this is one of the most popular drives in Australia.