Join us for Part 2 of our epic adventure around Australia’s as we tackle the Big Lap. Part 1 saw us venture through Western Australia’s south-west, cross the epic Nullarbor Plain and make our way along the gorgeous South Australian coast. Now join us as we head towards Melbourne.
As you make your way along the Eyre Peninsula, you’ll soon understand why this area is a popular tourist destination. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a little luxury, this is the place to do it! Once you hit Port Lincoln, be sure to treat yourself to some of the delicious seafood that the area is known for. You haven’t tried oysters until you’re tried them fresh from the ocean on the Eyre Peninsula.
As you make your way towards the state capital, you won’t be short on pit stops along the way. Highlights include Port Pirie, Lake Bumbunga and, of course, the incredible Yorke Peninsula. Once you hit Adelaide, there’s an abundance of activities to keep the entire family entertained, including Adelaide Zoo and the spectacular Adelaide Botanical Garden.
Once you manage to pull yourself away from Adelaide, it’s time to keep heading east towards Melbourne – although a trip through South Australia wouldn’t be complete without a detour to Victor Harbor and, of course, Kangaroo Island.
As you head closer to the Victorian Border, you’ll pass through a number of tranquil coastal towns. Highlights include Robe, home to the famous Long Beach, and Beachport, where you can visit the Beachport Conservation Park, a favourite among birdwatchers! Another must-visit location along the way is Mount Gambier, where you can visit the spectacular Umpherston Sinkhole and Blue Lake.
From Mount Gambier, it’ll take just over two hours to travel to Warrnambool, in Victoria. This seaside city is the perfect place to base yourself for a couple of days while you explore Victoria’s magnificent coast. As you continue to head towards Melbourne, you’ll find yourself cruising along the famous Great Ocean Road, which is known around the world for it’s winding roads, sheer cliffs and panoramic views of some of Australia’s best beaches.
Further along the way, you’ll pass through Torquay (perfect for a surf!) and Geelong, a seaside city with plenty of places to stop for delicious meals and a browse around boutique stores.
Pictured is Innes National Park. Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission and Adam Bruzzone.