Two weeks in Melbourne and Adelaide
Combine Melbourne and Adelaide with beaches and wineries.
Combine Melbourne and Adelaide with beaches and wineries. From Melbourne, you can meet wildlife in the wild on Phillip Island, visit vineyards in the Yarra Valley and explore golf courses and food and wine on the Mornington Peninsula. From Melbourne, drive to Adelaide along the cliff-hugging Great Ocean Road. See the Twelve Apostles, or canoe the Coorong on your way before exploring this elegant city.
Visit Federation Square and cruise down the Yarra River from nearby Southbank. Explore the city’s laneways - try Hardware Lane for alfresco dining and the alleys off Flinders Lane for jazz and wine bars, cafes and boutiques. Head to St Kilda for cake on Auckland Street or a sunset walk along the promenade. Go shopping on bohemian Brunswick Street or chic Chapel Street. Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens or catch an AFL game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Head to Phillip Island and see fairy penguins waddling home at dusk in packs and pairs on Summerland Beach. On the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, you can swim with dolphins in Sorrento and see seaside mansions in Portsea. Surf or play golf in Flinders and wander through vineyards and orchards with ocean views in Red Hill. Visit the acclaimed wineries of the Yarra Valley, then take a steam train through the mist-cloaked Dandenong Ranges.
From Melbourne, drive the spectacular Great Ocean Road to Adelaide in five days or skip the scenic stops and make it in two. Visit the iconic surf spot of Bells Beach, bushwalk to waterfalls in Otway National Park or marvel at the majestic limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles. Stay in seaside towns such as Lorne, Apollo Bay or Port Fairy, where you turn inland for the Grampians. Spend the night in Halls Gap, which has easy access to the wildlife, walking trails and Aboriginal rock art of the Grampians National Park. Go rock-climbing on Mt Arapiles, further along. In South Australia, you can detour inland to the Coonawarra wine region or to see the fossils of World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves. Dine on lobster in Kingston or canoe through the calm, interconnecting waterways of the Coorong. Continue onto elegant Adelaide, fringed by beaches, hills and the Barossa Valley vineyards. Explore the museums and libraries of North Terrace, dine on dedicated ‘eat streets’ or picnic in gardens that sprawl over almost half the city. Go bike riding in Botanic Park or row past rose gardens in Rymill Park. Swim with dolphins or learn to sail in Glenelg or fish from the jetty in Henley.