Start your Australian motorhome adventure from the cosmopolitan coastal city of Adelaide. Tucked away in South Australia, the state capital is a great spot to begin your holiday with fewer tourists than the east coast.
Here you’ll find a list of activities to do in the palm-tree city, where to go next and when the top annual festivals are taking place. Choose from numerous routes exploring the Red Centre, the Nullabor, the Great Ocean Road or tackle a cross country trip to Sydney. With our help, your trip will be planned in no time.
Be sure also to access information about local campsites, dump stations, rest stops and other motorhome travel tips on our ‘On the Road’ tab to the right of this page for the best road trip outcome.
Let’s plan your Australian motorhome route!
Itineraries beginning or ending in Adelaide
Head in any direction for an adventurous road trip, each offering unique destinations, activities and places to explore. Follow one of our planned itineraries or create your own route with your desired hotspots.
Red Centre Adventure: Adelaide to Darwin (or Darwin to Adelaide)
Start from the tip top of Australia in Darwin or on the southern coast in Adelaide for a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the Red Centre. Take as little as 18 days or as many as 36 for this Outback adventure. Head into the Australian desert and visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for a sunset at Uluru, a sacred fiery red rock monument. Admire ancient cave paintings, take a sunset camel tour, try an exhilarating quad bike cruise and more. Stop in the colourful Red Centre city of Alice Springs to stock up on supplies before heading north to Katherine Gorge and Kakadu National Park for an adventure-filled trip through one of the most biodiverse nature reserves in the world.
Don’t forget to read up on safety tips for driving through the Outback.
Down Under Wonders: Sydney to Adelaide (or Adelaide to Sydney)
Travel across southeastern Australia through four territories starting in Sydney. Head towards Canberra, the nation’s capital, visiting the Royal National Park and the disappearing Lake George. Next, drive down to Melbourne, making sure to visit Kinglake National Park for a perfect view of where you’re heading, plus the Great Dividing Range and Yarra Valley. Hang out in the artsy, diverse Victorian capital, then cruise down the Limestone Coast with stops at Mount Gambier and Naracoorte Caves. Wrap up the trip through Coorong National Park before ending in Adelaide. This trip takes anywhere from 12 to 25 days.
The Nullarbor: Adelaide to Perth (or Perth to Adelaide)
In 10 to 21 days, cross the Nullarbor beginning in Adelaide. First swing around Spencer Gulf with the chance to visit Barossa and Clare Valleys, both popular wine-making regions. Dive with sharks and chow down in the seafood capital known as Port Lincoln. Swing through Nullarbor town visiting its national park and caves. After this stop, the landscape changes dramatically to one long straight road through the Australian wilderness. Visit the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie, one of the biggest producers of gold before making your way across to WA’s capital city. While in Perth, check out Fremantle, the city’s favourite neighborhood for its history, architecture and culture.
South Coast Drive: Adelaide to Melbourne: (or Melbourne to Adelaide)
This itinerary will knock off a major Australia bucket list item - a cruise down the Great Ocean Road. Experience one of the top road trips in the nation visiting epic land formations carved along the ocean including the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Swing through some of the best surf towns in Australia before wrapping up the trip in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city known for its diverse culture and artistic influence.
Don’t miss: Torquay, a famous surf town known for Bells Beach and Jan Juc Beach. Take the Surf Coast Walk trail at Point Impossible Beach, only a few hours from Melbourne.
Annual Events in Adelaide
Adelaide’s calendar is packed with events celebrating culture, music, art and more. Check out what’s on during your motorhome adventure:
For over 55 years, Adelaide Festival has been celebrated recognising the city’s cultural affairs. Enjoy theatre productions, world-class musicians, dance performances, renowned writers and visual art displays over a 2-week span.
Feast on mouth-watering BBQ and wash it down with Australia's best craft beers at this 3-day Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival. Plus, enjoy live music and DJs playing all weekend long.
SALA is the South Australian Living Artists Festival held each August to promote local visual artists. Innovative art exhibits are placed in galleries, studios, cafes, restaurants and more for public viewing.
This 11-day film celebration is held biennially showcasing Australian and International work across the city.
Feast is Adelaide’s biggest Queer Arts & Cultural Festival celebrating diversity and sexuality through art, cabaret, comedy, music, film and more.
Activities in Adelaide
Not sure what to do during your stay in Adelaide? Read on for the city’s favourite nearby activities.
Culture in the city
For a leisure day exploring the city, pick up a self-guided walking map from the main tourist office to stroll by the city’s 19th-century buildings, classic pubs and old wharves. Stop by the North Terrace neighborhood to soak up the city’s cultural institutions.
It’s easy to spend all day outdoors in this coastal gem. Grab one of the city’s free bikes (available in the daytime) to cycle the city and take a trip to Henley Beach along Linear Park. Sip wine in the Adelaide Hills (over 50 cellar doors), a perfect way to spend the day. Ferry over to Kangaroo Island from Cape Jervis to visit a sea lion colony, view crazy rock formations and stay at one of the world’s best hotels.
There’s almost as much to do on the waters surrounding Adelaide as there is in the city. Kayak with dolphins down Port River. Enjoy a sunset cruise or choose to swim with the bottlenose mammals. Consider hitting the waves for a surf - you can take a class if it’s your first time. Drive an hour and hop on a boat tour for a chance to see seals, whales and stunning islands.
Extra motorhome travel tips and inspiration
For helpful advice regarding travelling in your motorhome in Australia, check out our informative blogs and articles:
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