Days 1 to 3
Melbourne to Apollo Bay and Port Fairy
Melbourne to Apollo Bay (148 km — allow 3 hours as the coastal road is windy). Head south from Melbourne along the Southern Coast, stopping in Lorne where the wide beachfront boulevard of Mountjoy Parade has a distinct Mediterranean feel with sidewalk bars and cafes. Travel on along the rugged coast of Cape Otway to Apollo Bay. From here you can take a short drive up to the Otway Ranges and take short bush walks to the waterfalls and cascades.
Port Fairy to Mount Gambier
Apollo Bay to Mt Gambier (408 km — allow 5.5 hours driving). Drive on to Port Campbell and visit the Port Campbell National Park where from the coastline, you can view the spectacular Twelve Apostles. These natural stone pillars rise out of the sea along what is known as the Shipwreck Coast. It is also possible to see Southern Right whales along the coast between May and October. Drive onto the charming riverside town of Port Fairy, a small fishing village which has retained many of it’s original whalers cottages and old buildings. From here, drive on to Cape Bridgewater where you can visit the Australian Fur Seal Colony and onto Mt Gambier, just inside the border of South Australia.
Mount Gambier to Adelaide
Mt Gambier to Adelaide (Inland road 418 km or Coastal road 413 km — allow 5 hours). This Inland drive takes you through the Coonawarra wine district of South Australia, lush farmlands hosting sheep and cattle stations and onto Adelaide via the Murray River. On the Coastal route, stop off at Robe with its great fishing and sandy white beaches, Cape Jaffa and the Coorong National Park.