Australian Road Trip: Melbourne to Adelaide (via Great Ocean Road)

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Here are some of our favourite stops along the way (driving west) from Melbourne to Adelaide, via on of the most famous ocean drives in the world - The Great Ocean Road. You'll find recommendations for the best places to eat, hikes, viewpoints, wineries, sunset spots and even places to have a decent shower (which will be a godsend if you've been sleeping rough in your camper for a while, trust me!).

Fitzroy District

This lively, bohemian centre radiates out along dozens of nearby streets, lined with eclectic bars, cafes and restaurants. The Fitzroy district has a reputation for being amongst Melbourne's trendiest and artsy suburbs. As you wander the narrow backstreets streets you'll find yourself surrounded by the displays from some of Australia's gritty street artists, hipster cafes teeming with students and boutique shops nestled alongside terrace houses. 

Pidapipo

You'll notice the line before you notice the ice cream... trust me! After waiting your turn, you'll be next to enjoy the creamiest gelato in Melbourne. The staff will help you with a smile when you react to the innovative (and somewhat bizarre) flavour menu, and they understand that you probably don't know what 'Ricotta, Cannoli and Nutella' ice cream will taste like - so don't be shy and ask for a taster first. https://goo.gl/maps/W4QuMAkfJCE2

Grub Fitzroy

Where would the most hipster area in Melbourne be without a food truck that serves gourmet food? Cue, Grub Fitzroy. If you're looking for more upscale food, with more culinary challenging ingredients, in a giant carpeted tent with a ping-pong table... well you should probably check it out. The Kangaroo Tartare was an interesting course and a popular choice among the tourists wanting to sample the local Roos. https://goo.gl/maps/aGxAhxwVBXS2

CBD Area

Melbourne City Baths

If you're like us, and you've been on the road a while, you might be eager to find some facilities where you can take a shower and refresh. Melbourne City Baths offers a one-time payment for you to use their shower facilities and we were surprised how good the facilities were - hairdryers, hair irons, clean and private showers! The centre also has extensive sports facilities with no membership required, incase you fancy a swim or playing some badminton. Only disadvantage we found was that, due to it's central location, there was no parking. We got round this by having one person wait in the campervan while it was parked on the street while the other person took a shower. https://goo.gl/maps/tRjv32dDnk72

Section 8

This gritty bar looks like it was half carved out of an old shipping container and the tables are made out of stacked, wooden pallets. Super hipster. The drinks aren't cheap, but few things in Australia are.   it has one of the chillest vibes in Melbourne. https://goo.gl/maps/2yBjy8NLn1o

Supernormal

An upscale Asian-Western fusion restaurant with clean, simple flavours that combine and create a sophisticated dining experience. They don't take reservations so be ready to wait. https://goo.gl/maps/LoAKNYazvat

South Yarra area

Master Roll Vietnam 

If you have a hankering for a nice sandwich, a solid choice would be to head to Master Roll Vietnam. They create their own version of the Vietnamese classic - Banh Mi. Not quite as authentic as a true Vietnamese Banh Mi, but the Cold Meats option is the closest I was able to find in Melbourne. https://goo.gl/maps/fmyeHTgDD742

Oscar Cooper 

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This is a trendy restaurant nestled within the streets of South Yarra. Choose a nice day and sit on outside and enjoy one of their enormous Breakfast Burritos. https://goo.gl/maps/eBFNFZguTj32

Geelong

Nicol’s Paddock Winery

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This is the first winery stop we made on our roadtrip of Victoria and South Australia. In beautiful surroundings, the restaurant is quaint and we were welcomed by their charming hosts. We had a delicious lamb dish and cold meats, all using locally sourced ingredients. https://goo.gl/maps/wgGvcDFvbAU2

Raven’s Creek Farm

Another beautiful pit stop with a rustic feeling cafe with sweeping views over the farm. We bought some fresh meats and cheeses to take along with us on our roadtrip. https://goo.gl/maps/PeRgRjuNFBr

Lorne

Now you've reached the GOR, you will be directed through small villages serving locally sourced foods, a plethora of lookouts where you can enjoy the views and self-guided walks through the rainforests and countryside.

Teddy’s Lookout

You’ll be so excited to see the sea, and that means that you’ve arrived at the entrance to the one of the most famous ocean road drives in the world. Teddy's Lookout is a good place to start. It’s an easy 5 minute walk from the car park and has great views across the ocean. https://goo.gl/maps/2PyYa1Bm7AB2

Secret Sunset Spot 

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This one is my pro tip! This google maps link will take you to the co-ordinates of a parking spot where you can enjoy the most spectacular sunset over the ocean (without the hoards of tourists). https://goo.gl/maps/rgAmXKSFK7H2

Cape Otway area

Mait’s Rest

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This is a lovely place to see some wildlife and enjoy a peaceful stroll after all that driving. Takes about 30 minutes to complete the loop. Tends to get pretty busy though, and don't forget the mosquito repellant. https://goo.gl/maps/vvD3kLeHdUE2

Cape Otway Lightstation

Stop here and talk a walk down to the Lightstation. You'll enjoy some astonishing, sweeping views of the ocean. General Admission tickets cost around $20 for adults and $7.50 for children and you can visit between 9am-5pm. There are some signs that have historical information about the area and the lighthouse itself. It can get pretty windy and as all of the exhibits are outside, so consider taking a jacket. Depending on your timing, you might also be able to take part in a Bushtucker Tour which run twice daily at midday and 3pm. The guide will tell you aboriginal folktales and guide you to exotic and indigenous plants and explained their uses in within aboriginal tribes. https://goo.gl/maps/FHUZ7Zk2HXN2

Princetown

Twelve Apostles 

[embed]https://youtu.be/8CBPh1BRZnI[/embed]Here is your picture postcard opportunity. These magnificent natural structures do totally steal the show here, and it’s super crowded but it is worth going for sunset because the colours are astonishing. This is also a great place to do some iPhone Time-Lapse videography. https://goo.gl/maps/MJN6Ppg1JnK2

Loch Ard Gorge 

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A short drive from the Twelve Apostles, you'll find a beautiful stretch of cliffed coastline. On a sunny day the contrasting blue hues of the ocean and the fiery red of the cliffs look breathtaking. You can take the short walk down to the beach and explore the small cave. https://goo.gl/maps/gNtGnWDkg6Q2

The 12 Apostles Gourmet Food Trail

This was one of the highlights of our roadtrip and it begins just north of Princetown and ends in Port Campbell. It was so much fun it wouldn't do it justice to squeeze it into this post, please visit the 12 Apostles Gourmet Food Trail article for more. 

The Grampians National Park

Boroka Lookout

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This was by far the best lookout that we came across, it’s spectacular at sunset. There is a car park and toilets nearby. 360 degree view over the Grampians. https://goo.gl/maps/urnGPQzttnG2

Grand Canyon Hike (moderate hike)

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The view from the top is ‘picture perfect’, you’ll climb steep rocks and cross small streams. This is a moderate trek and it takes about 1.5 hours each way. It gets very, very hot (there is virtually no shade) so it's best to take some food and plenty of water to have a nice long rest up there. Exercise caution as the rocks can be slippery when they’re wet and as are the metal stairs. https://goo.gl/maps/ptMvm5RXqPy

Brambuk Cultural Centre

During our roadtrip, we enjoyed seeking out as many opportunities to learn as much about aboriginal culture as we could, admittedly most of the cultural centres we visited weren’t all that interactive or engaging (with the exception of Tjapukai Centre in Cairns). But if you’re interested in learning more, this is a nice place to start. https://goo.gl/maps/TJRjhjM4hTB2

MacKenzie Falls (easy hike)

This is a straightforward hike, up and down some stairs. Once you’re there you’ll be met by some incredible waterfalls. Great place to stop and relax for a while. https://goo.gl/maps/GjPxoyo9nuj

Handhorf

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Handhorf Hill Winery 

More wine you say? Okay, Handorf Hill Winery are one of the dominating cellar doors in the area and even offer a Chocolate and Wine Tasting experience. A flight here doesn't come cheap, but if you do spring for a HHW experience you'll enjoy an array of experimental and award-winning wines in picturesque surroundings. https://goo.gl/maps/6RhYV2RgtuE2

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar

Cheesecakes, creamy lattes and as many types of cheese as you can dream up - need I say anymore? Well, I could also say that their products are locally sourced and the shop is filled with cute little nik-naks which make it the perfect place to pick up some treats to take home with you. https://goo.gl/maps/SndThswQbkF2

Adelaide

The Garden of Unearthly Delights

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We were lucky enough to visit during the Fringe festival, during the festival this park becomes a favourite place to watch local, national and international acts while also providing a venue which caters for your food and drink need. You'll find of food trucks serving up a variety of exciting cuisines offering a diverse and rich selection to choose from. https://goo.gl/maps/2sTnGx1ZDiE2

Adelaide Central Market

Here you'll find a fantastic array of stalls with fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and fish. The market also has an amazing selection of food to take away or eat there. It's a great place to buy or just browse and wander. It's central location is a big draw making it easily accessible from the tram network, buses an car parks. https://goo.gl/maps/jB8seaX5vex

Victoria Square

Here you'll find a spacious square with ample grass and sitting space. Victoria Square plays host to many great events are held here throughout the year, and it's centrally located and therefore very accessible by public transport or car. It's probably most famous for it's Winterfest Festival which includes a giant ice rink. https://goo.gl/maps/NgkYtU6bQB42