Coorong National Park
A must on your Adelaide to Melbourne road trip is the Coorong National Park which you are already in once at Lake Albert. Hire a Kayak early morning to take in the lagoons here with their peaceful and impressive wildlife.
The vibes are laid back, and the windy coastline is an excellent way to start the day exploring Salt Creek or Narrung.
The Big Lobster
If you have spent any time travelling around Australia or New Zealand, you will know down under they like big weird things. The Adelaide to Melbourne trip is no different. The Big Lobster has officially become a tourist destination, and it even has a name, Larry the Lobster (creative huh!).
Swing by Kingston for a coffee stop and get a selfie with one of the oddest things you’ll likely ever post to Facebook.
The Beachport Conservation Park is another example of just how much protected nature and wildlife the extended Adelaide to Melbourne drive has. Turn off from the coast towards Lake George, and you’ll find yourself a walking path suitable for a stroll to break up the drive.
If you get the chance to learn about the Aboriginal culture in Australia, then you should take it, and this region has plenty of history.
Back on the coast, you can take the seaside pathway towards the lighthouse which offers a viewpoint towards Penguin Island. You’ll likely need binoculars and luck to see the small population of Penguins here but no fear, once you get to Melbourne, you can head to St Kilda pier and see them up close.
The Mount Gambier Sinkhole
Mount Gambier was one of my favourite stops in South Australia and also one of the weirdest. Compared to most places you’ll visit on the Adelaide to Melbourne route it’s quite a happening city with a lot of bars, restaurants and late night gambling opportunities. That said, in January a popular tourist time of year it was also strangely deserted, it almost seemed like a city built and waiting for people to move in. I assume it has a lot of fly in/out workers.
Once you’ve checked out the Blue Lake (which is really one of the bluest things you will ever see) head to the city for some modern pub grub and a cheeky drink.
Mount Gambier sinkhole (officially Umpherston Sinkhole) sits in the middle of the city and has been transformed into a well-kept garden space which you can walk down into and relax in the gardens. Keep an eye out for Possums which are adorable (not like the freaky ass American ones) even though they are still a big pest here.
At night the sinkhole walls are lit up with a light and sound show which tells the story of how the volcano created Mount Gambier and it’s actually worth pulling up a chair for. All in all, Mount Gambier is pretty dope.
To Camp: The Blue Lake holiday park is close to the lake (duh) so it’s a good a spot as any to put your wheels to rest for the night whilst being close enough to the (slightly odd) nightlife.
Upgrade: If you want cheap and cheerful then the Red Carpet Motel slightly out of town does the job. Again my mum booked it (joys of family road trips) I only assume based on the name than the reviews but hey, no dead bugs and it was a bargain.