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Best Road Trips From Adelaide


Adelaide is easily one of the most underrated cities in Australia. Beautiful beaches, wineries, culture, serene campsites - it has it all. There are so many great things to do in Adelaide. It would be easy to spend a whole Australia road trip in the city alone! However, Adelaide is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to beautiful scenery, stunning campgrounds and road trip adventures. So whether you are planning a longer adventure or just want to experience the very best of South Australia by motorhome (and beyond!), we have you covered with these ten incredible road trips from Adelaide.

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1. Road Trip from Adelaide to Clare Valley

  • Distance: 147.1 km
  • Driving time: 1 hour 47 minutes
  • Days: 1-2 days

There are plenty of reasons to travel Australia by motorhome. One of the best reasons is to experience the diverse beauty and distinct regions this country offers. One such region? The Clare Valley. This lesser-known region of the Barossa region has earned its claim to fame through its flavourful wineries, pristine beauty and gum tree solitude. Some of the top things to do once you’ve arrived include:

Once you are done, drop the campervan off back at maui Adelaide. But not before you have stopped at Lake Bumbunga to marvel at the ever-changing pastels of this salt lake.

2. Road Trip from Adelaide to Second Valley

  • Distance: 90.1 km
  • Driving time: 1 hour 21 minutes
  • Days: 1-2 days

Second Valley is arguably one of South Australia’s most instagrammable locations. Tucked away on the Fleurieu Peninsula, this beachside gem offers stunning coastal views, fascinating rock formations and ocean activities galore. Things to do once you arrive, include:

  • Swim or snorkel in the crystal blue waters of Second Valley Beach
  • Enjoy a picnic on the foreshore
  • Visit Ingalalla Waterfalls in the Second Valley forest

After this easy beachside getaway, you can easily return your campervan back to maui Adelaide, just 1 hour and 20 minutes away.

3. Road Trip from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

  • Distance: 210.3 km
  • Driving time: 3 hours 39 minutes
  • Days: 3- 5 days

A road trip from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island is a must-do journey for any visitor to South Australia. While it can be done in a one-day trip, it’s worth spending a few nights on the island to explore and enjoy its natural beauty. Kangaroo Island is full of incredible wildlife, beautiful beaches and fascinating history and is uniquely only accessible by ferry or plane. Once you have made the journey across, this island paradise is your oyster. Some of the must-do attractions and activities on this Kangaroo Island itinerary include:

Once you have soaked up all the beauty of this little slice of heaven, it's as easy as jumping on a ferry and dropping your motorhome back at maui branch in Adelaide.

4. Road Trip from Adelaide to Uluru

  • Distance: 1602.1 km
  • Driving time: 16 hours 44 minutes
  • Days: 9 days

The road trip from Adelaide to Uluru is one of the most popular routes for an Australian road trip, and for good reason. With the classic outback red dirt, beautiful scenery and a range of activities, it's a great way to experience the diversity of the Australian landscape.

The most common route from Adelaide to Uluru is via Coober Pedy. This will take you through some of Australia's most famous landmarks, including Lake Eyre and the Simpson Desert. Along the way, there are many sights to see and things to do, including:

Best of all, when you are finished you can simply head to Alice Springs and drop your campervan off at the maui Alice Springs branch and fly home. For a full list of things to do on this iconic Australian road trip, check out our full Adelaide to Uluru itinerary.

5. Road Trip from Adelaide to Innes National Park

  • Distance: 286 km
  • Driving time: 3 hours 13 minutes
  • Days: 3-4 days

Innes National Park is one of the most beautiful and rugged parks that South Australia has to offer. The views are stunning and the access to nature is second to none. If you love mountains, lakes, or national parks, then this is a must-do Australian road trip. After leaving the city lights behind, begin the journey towards the York Peninsula. Along the way, don’t miss the chance to take a quick dip at Edithburgh Tidal Pool. Then, after a small drive west, you’re in the heart of this small but mighty Australian national park. Some of the must-do’s while in the park, include:

Once you are done, enjoy the scenic drive back toward Adelaide. Here you can drop your campervan off at maui Adelaide and begin the journey home.

6. Road Trip from Adelaide to Melbourne

  • Distance: 726.8 km
  • Driving time: 8 hours 12 minutes
  • Days: 5-7 days

Adelaide to Melbourne is another popular Australia road trip. And it’s easy to see why! Traversing between these two major Australian cities, this route is the perfect way to explore the countryside in between them. Along the way, wind your way through some of Australia’s most beautiful regions and along some of the best coastal roads in the world. Some of the top highlights along this classic Australian road trip route include:

Once you have finished exploring, simply drop the campervan off at the centrally located maui Melbourne branch and head home. For more ideas of what to do between Adelaide and Melbourne, check out the full Adelaide to Melbourne road trip itinerary.

7. Road Trip from Adelaide to Brisbane

  • Distance: 2000.8 km
  • Driving time: 22 hours 11 minutes
  • Days: 10 days

Adelaide to Brisbane is another top contender for anyone looking for a longer trip towards warmer climates. While there are endless options of how to make your way to Brisbane from Adelaide, one of the most iconic is right across the middle. Passing through the stunning outback beauty of northern New South Wales and into Queensland. Some of the top things to do on this road trip, include:

Best of all, heading home is as simple as dropping the campervan off at the maui Brisbane branch and flying home. For more ideas on the best things to do in Adelaide, Brisbane and everything in between, check out the full Adelaide to Brisbane itinerary.

8. Road Trip from Adelaide to Eyre Peninsula

  • Distance: 636.8 km
  • Driving time: 7 hours
  • Days: 4-6 days

The Eyre Peninsula is a land of contrasts. It is one of the most isolated areas in South Australia, yet it has its own airport and a direct road connection to Adelaide. The peninsula is famous for its beaches, which are great for swimming and surfing, as well as fishing and other water sports. If you're looking for an adventure, then jump on the Eyre Highway towards Port Lincoln, and you'll discover a whole new world out there. Highlights on this road trip, include:

When it's time to head home, simply jump back on the highway, soak up the scenery and then drop the campervan off at the maui Adelaide branch.

9. Road Trip from Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

  • Distance: 428 km
  • Driving time: 4 hours 54 minutes
  • Days: 3-5 days

The Flinders Ranges is a region of South Australia, northeast of Adelaide. This iconic Australian destination is overflowing with rugged beauty and diverse landscapes and is home to some of Australia’s most famous landmarks, including the expansive beauty of Wilpena Pound. From the Outback to thick forests and spectacular cliffs; the scenic beauty and natural attractions are just begging to be explored.

The Flinders Ranges offers a wide range of activities, including horse riding, bushwalking, 4WD touring and camping. You can also go fishing or swimming in various lakes and rivers. Highlights along this route include:

Once you have explored this region to the fullest, return the campervan to the maui Adelaide branch and begin the journey home.

10. Road Trip from Adelaide to Darwin

  • Distance: 3000.30km
  • Driving time: 31 hours
  • Days: 12 days

Last but not least is the epic pilgrimage from Adelaide to Darwin. The Northern Territory is a vast, rugged and spectacularly beautiful part of Australia. It's a place where you can experience the great outdoors in all its glory, whether that's watching wildlife, hiking, camping, or just relaxing on the beach. This route is the perfect way to experience the very best that South Australia and the Northern Territory have to offer. Some of the top highlights along the way, include:

And with a maui branch located in Darwin, you can drop the campervan off and fly home with ease after this epic Australia adventure.

Ready to go on an epic road trip from Adelaide?

There's no denying the beauty and excitement that road trips bring. There's an element of excitement and adventure that you simply can't find renting a hotel. Combine this with the natural beauty of South Australia's most iconic road trips, and you have a recipe for a true Australian adventure that won't soon be forgotten.

Ready to go on an epic road trip from Adelaide? Book your maui campervan online and then pick up from your nearest maui branch. For more information on what is included in your motorhome rental, what to pack for your road tripwhere to stay and more, check out the maui blog.