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Breathtaking Melbourne to Uluru Motorhome Road Trip


Getting out on the open road on an Australian road trip can be a magical experience. Australia is full of natural beauty, hidden wonders, charming towns and vibrant cities. When you explore Australia in a motorhome, you get to discover so much more of this incredible country and do it on your own time. One trip we absolutely love is a Melbourne to Uluru road trip. From the vibrant city of Melbourne, to the arid Red Centre of Uluru, this is an incredible road trip that will take you off the beaten track.

This road trip itinerary will take you through our ideal Melbourne to Uluru drive to help you plan your trip. We’ve compiled our travel tips and favourite camping spots to make your road trip itinerary planning all the easier. Plus, motorhome hire in Melbourne is easy thanks to maui. Head to our dedicated local branch, pick up your motorhome and hit the open road in no time.


8 days


Melbourne to Uluru


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  • Port Wakefield
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park

The Journey


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Day 1
Melbourne to The Grampians

Distance 258km - Driving Time 3 hours

The best road trips from Melbourne are full of culture, adventure and unforgettable experiences. Melbourne is a great starting point for so many road trips and Melbourne to Uluru is no exception. The maui Melbourne branch is conveniently located close to the airport, making the start of your journey all the easier. Once you’ve loaded up your motorhome, it’s time to hit the road and begin the adventure!

Along the way we suggest stopping off and stretching your legs at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Open daily from 10am to 5pm, this is a wonderful opportunity to witness some incredible artwork and grab a bite to eat before continuing on your breathtaking Melbourne to Uluru motorhome road trip. Once you’ve arrived at your first destination, the Grampians, we recommend paying a visit to Mountainside Wines. With beautiful scenery, and a wonderful cellar door with exquisite wines to taste, this is a wonderful spot to add to your road trip itinerary.

Another great addition to your schedule while here is a walk in the Grampians. This relaxing stroll will see you passing by ancient landscapes bursting with natural beauty. From fern gullies and wildflowers, to picturesque waterfalls and awe-inspiring panoramic views, this is a wonderful easy walk that won’t disappoint.

When it’s time to set up camp for the night, we highly recommend booking into Plantation Campground. Set within an old pine forest, this free campground has basic campsite facilities and is perfect for your fully equipped motorhome. With a beautiful backdrop and peaceful setting, we’re sure you’ll love your stay here.

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Day 2
The Grampians to Mildura

Distance 355km - Driving Time 3 hours 50 minutes

After a lovely time in the Grampians, it’s onto the well-known country town of Mildura. To break up the four-hour drive, we suggest stopping in at the quaint town of Horsham to take a stroll through their scenic Horsham Botanic Gardens. While here you can take advantage of their wonderful picnic areas and BBQ facilities that are surrounded by beautiful garden beds and perfectly shaded by soaring trees.

After a restful stop here it’s onto Mildura! When in Mildura there is plenty to see and do, one activity of which we think is a must is to go for a cruise with the Murray River Cruises. Stepping aboard one of their boats, you’ll get to see the expansive Murray River from the water. With so much untouched beauty to witness, we’re sure this will be a wonderful addition to any road trip itinerary. Feast Street is another must-do when in Mildura. Here you can wander along Langtree Avenue in the heart of Mildura, discovering all the wonderful restaurants on offer. The tree-lined streets are closed off to traffic in parts, enhancing the charm and vibe of this area.

Camping up for the night will be a delight at the BIG4 Mildura Getaway Holiday Park. This family-friendly award-winning campground is within walking distance of town and has great powered camping sites and campsite facilities on offer.

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Day 3
Mildura to Adelaide

Distance 397km - Driving Time 4 hours 30 minutes

The next stop on your Melbourne to Uluru motorhome road trip is the lively city of Adelaide. A great spot to stop along the way for a little camp lunch and leg stretch is the town of Berri. While here you can take a trip to the Scenic Lookout Tower which is 15.8m high, offering a wonderful view of the town. Continuing on the journey, you’ll get to the city of Adelaide which offers something for everyone!

The well-known Adelaide Zoo is one experience that we love to enjoy when visiting here. With so many incredible animals on show, as well as educational and hands-on experiences on offer, this is a fun day out for all ages. Adelaide is well known for its incredible art scene, and one way to get a good look at the art on show is by going on the street art walking trail. You can download the council brochure so you don’t miss any, and along the way enjoy a bite to eat and drink at one of the many incredible Adelaide restaurants.

Nothing quite beats a campsite on the beach and at Brighton Beachfront Holiday Park that’s exactly what you get! Overlooking crystal clear waters, and within easy reach of the city, this is a great spot to enjoy a relaxing stay, perfect for your maui camper.

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Day 4
Adelaide to Clare Valley

Distance 178km - Driving Time 2 hours

After what is sure to be a fun stay in Adelaide, it’s on to the next stop – the picturesque Clare Valley. Along the way it’s always a nice idea to take a detour through Port Wakefield to take a dip in the tidal swimming hole to refresh. Then it’s back on the road straight to the Clare Valley. With rolling hills scattered with vineyards, this will be a scenic drive to remember. The Clare Valley is known world-wide for the incredible wines that they produce. While here you can stop in at many of the wineries and test their range within their cellar doors. One that we love to visit is the charming Mount Horrocks wines. Their range of certified organic and biodynamic wines are made to pair perfectly with food and are a must-try.

Another great winery to visit is the ever-popular Sevenhill Cellars. This is the first winery that we ever built in the Clare Valley, and one of the oldest in Australia. A visit to their cellar door will have you tasting their range as their staff guide you through the styles and flavours. If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy great wine as well as a delicious meal then a visit to Pikes Wines is a must! Here you can enjoy tasting their wines, which are perfectly paired with a delicious menu from their Slate Restaurant.

After all that wining and dining, you’re probably going to want a place to sit back and relax, and for this we recommend booking into Clare Valley Caravan and Cabin Park. With great campsite amenities, all within a peaceful location, this will be the perfect spot to park up your maui motorhome.

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Day 5
Clare Valley to Wilpena Pound

Distance 293km - Driving Time 3 hours 15 minutes

From the Clare Valley it’s then on to Wilpena Pound. Along the way we recommend stopping in at the Port Pirie National Trust Museum. Here you’ll learn stories of Port Pirie’s people and the area's rich history. Continuing on, you’ll get to Wilpena Pound. If you feel like a good walk then we recommend doing the Arkaroo Rock Hike. This 3.1km circuit hike will have you passing by significant cultural sites, and if you’re here for sunset then you’re in for a spectacular show!

If you can splurge on anything during your trip then a scenic flight while in Wilpena Pound is a must! Take in the incredible landscape from the air, getting a bird’s eye view of Wilpena Pound, the Elder Range, Edeowie Gorge, St Mary’s Peak, Meysen Range and Bunyeroo Gorge.

When it’s time to camp up for the night the Wilpena Pound Resort is a great spot to stay. Nestled in nature, this campground has great powered camping sites and non-powered campsites available, as well as great campsite facilities.

Day 6
Wilpena Pound to Woomera

Distance 341km - Driving Time 3 hours 45 minutes

Next up on the journey is the country village of Woomera. To break up the drive we recommend stopping in at the Port Augusta Cultural Centre. Here you can learn of the culture and history of the area, whilst also stretching your legs before continuing on to Woomera. Once you arrive at Woomera, a trip to the Woomera Aircraft and Missile Park and Heritage Centre is a wonderful activity to enjoy. They have a great historic display of rocket parts, as well as stories and photographs to view.

When it’s time to park up your maui camper and relax for the evening, then booking in at the Woomera Traveller’s Village and Caravan Park is a lovely option. They have great facilities on offer, as well as their on-site Cudgee Bar and friendly staff who can recommend other things to see and do while here.

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Day 7
Woomera to Coober Pedy

Distance 375km - Driving Time 3 hours 55 minutes

Heading further inland, you’ll get to the country town of Coober Pedy. Here you’ll be taken away by the breathtaking arid scenery and native flora on show. To get a great sight of this beautiful area then a trip out to Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park is a must! This expansive conservation park features majestic arid scenery and is home to an array of native flora species and wildlife including red kangaroos, euros, echidnas and birds. This area is well-known for their incredible opals, so a trip to Umoona Opal Mine and Museum is well worth it! While here you can take a trip into the mine to see how these incredible gems are formed and mined, as well as see their range in their opal shop.

If you’re looking for the best campground in Coober Pedy, then we suggest booking into Oasis Tourist Park. Situated within walking distance of town, and with a swimming pool to cool off in, this will be a welcomed spot to park your maui motorhome for the night.

Day 8
Coober Pedy to Uluru

Distance 756km - Driving Time 7 hours 45 minutes

The next stop on the trip is the impressive Uluru. This is a long drive so we recommend leaving Coober Pedy in the early morning to get there before the sun sets. The first night you’re probably going to want to relax after such a long drive. There are two places we like to stay when in this area. The first is Ayers Rock Campground. With a range of facilities, including a swimming pool, this will feel like a relaxing spot after the drive. The other option is Kings Canyon Holiday Park. They also have great facilities, including a swimming pool, so either of these spots will provide a lovely stay.

After a restful evening you’ll be ready for an adventure to the renowned Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The Valley of the Winds walk here is a must when visiting! This 7.4km walk will offer spectacular views over the desert plains once at the top, and along the way you will witness the incredible scenery and native bush. Another great activity to do when here is a camel tour of Uluru. This will have you seeing the area in a unique way, and is sure to provide memories that will last a lifetime.

After what is sure to be an incredible adventure through parts of Australia that are sure to feel off the beaten track, it’s time to return your maui motorhome. You’ve got a couple of options thanks to the range of branches on offer. You can drive a little further to the maui Alice Springs branch, drop off your campervan and fly home from there, or you could do a return trip and drop off at either their Adelaide or Melbourne branch. Whichever you decide, their friendly team will be ready and waiting to welcome you.

Ready for an epic road trip from Melbourne to Uluru?

We hope that this breathtaking Melbourne to Uluru motorhome road trip brings you inspiration to get out there and explore Australia. From the vibrant city of Melbourne, all the way to the red centre of Uluru, this vast country has so much beauty and adventure ready to be discovered. If you’re ready to hit the road, then book your motorhome online. Then you can pick up your camper and get out on the open road on what is sure to be a trip of a lifetime. While on the website be sure to check out the deals page, along with the blog for more travel inspiration.