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Ultimate 10-Day Brisbane to Adelaide Road Trip

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Whether you're a local looking for the best road trip in your backyard or you’re heading down under for the first time, we've got the ultimate 10-day itinerary. While there are plenty of iconic road trips from Brisbane, this trip from Brisbane to Adelaide is sure to be unforgettable. You'll be blown away by the diverse landscapes and experiences that await. Experience coastal dunes to vineyards and wineries, right through to historical landmarks and more. 

Whether you are looking for wine and food experiences, historical adventures or you just want a holiday that avoids the school holiday crowds, this itinerary has something for everyone. Let’s dive into the ultimate 10-day Brisbane to Adelaide road trip. 

Travel

10 days


Route

Brisbane to Adelaide

2366km


Best Time of the Year

Any time of year

Highlights

  • Brisbane
  • Toowoomba
  • Broken Hill
  • Murray Bridge
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Adelaide

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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Day 1
Brisbane to Toowoomba

Distance 127km - Driving Time 1 hour and 45 minutes

To begin this journey, pick up your motorhome from the maui motorhome hire in Brisbane. Spend a few hours exploring the city, exploring the very best things to do in Brisbane. This riverside city is easily one of the best things to do in Queensland, Australia. Filled with stunning scenery, endless shopping and foodie delights, it's little wonder why! Also be sure to stock up on camping supplies in Brisbane so that you have plenty of snacks and meals for the road. Then it's time to kick off the Queensland part of the road trip itinerary and drive west towards Toowoomba. 

You'll be surprised by the number of things to do in Toowoomba, even if you're only there for a day. The Cobb+Co Museum is an excellent place to start. It's housed in an old coach house and gives you a glimpse into what life was like for this famous transport company back in the 1800s.

There are plenty of parks to explore, too. Laurel Bank Park is one great spot, and it has lovely views as well as a spectacular display of exotic gardens across 4.5 hectares. You should also check out Toowoomba Regional Council's extensive network of walking trails. These walks weave through some truly stunning scenery throughout Queens Park Botanic Garden. This is a must-do  in any Queensland road trip itinerary. 

Where to stay when you arrive: Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park.

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Day 2
Toowoomba to Bingara

Distance 351km - Driving Time 4 hours

You'll begin the day in Toowoomba, a town with a rich history and plenty to explore. Start your morning by wandering through town and grabbing a bite to eat. Then head to the Botanic Gardens for some green space and a walk around the pond. Before leaving town, you can also stop by Toowoomba City Museum and War Memorial Park. This park is home to an extensive range of World War II artillery pieces. 

Next up on your itinerary, it’s time to hit the road and cross the border toward Bingara, New South Wales. Along the way, you'll want to check out the Texas Heritage Centre and Tobacco Museum for an interesting look into this town’s history. Once you arrive in Bingara, stop by the Rocky Creek Glacial Area. Here you can see fascinating geological evidence of ice age glaciation.

Where to stay when you arrive: Bingara Riverside Caravan Park.

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Day 3
Bingara to Dubbo

Distance 371km - Driving Time 4 hours and 15 minutes

The third day of your road trip will take you from Bingara to Dubbo in New South Wales. This route wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the hot baths in Narrabri. Soak in the artesian hot pools, stretch your legs, get some food and recharge yourself before continuing on with your journey to Dubbo. 

When you arrive, there are plenty of things to do in this New South Wales outback town. The first stop is Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This is one of Australia's most popular zoos and receives over one million visitors per year. The zoo houses both Australian native animals such as kangaroos and koalas. However, it also has exotic animals such as tigers, giraffes and elephants! You'll definitely want to spend several hours here exploring everything there is there before moving onto Dubbo itself. Once you arrive you can cook up a delicious meal in your campervan. 

Where to stay when you arrive: NRMA Dubbo Holiday Park.

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Day 4
Dubbo to Cobar

Distance 296km - Driving Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Before leaving town, be sure to stop for a relaxing morning walk at the Shoyoen Japanese Garden. Once you have added this beautiful attraction to your camera archives and stretched your legs, it's time to drive from Dubbo to Cobar.

When you arrive in Cobar, stop at Fort Bourke Hill Lookout for views over the city and surrounding countryside. Then stroll through Cobar Miners Heritage Park, with its collection of old buildings. This includes miners' cottages, a railway station, a hospital and a mine manager's residence.

Where to stay when you arrive: Cobar Caravan Park.

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Day 5
Cobar to Broken Hill

Distance 456km - Driving Time 4 hours and 45 minutes

Cobar to Broken Hill is a journey of rugged beauty, which takes you through the heart of New South Wales outback. Stop for a picnic and make up a gourmet platter at Peery Lake Picnic Area. Otherwise, enjoy freshly caught fish at Broken Hill Angling Club. When you arrive in Broken Hill, visit Mad Max 2 Museum. You’ll see all sorts of memorabilia from the films, including Mel Gibson's jacket from The Road Warrior!

Where to stay when you arrive: Broken Hill Tourist Park.

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Day 6
Broken Hill to Mildura

Distance 296km - Driving Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Today’s first stop is Mildura – a small town in Victoria, Australia. Mildura is located on the banks of the Murray River. The journey from Broken Hill to Mildura is one of the most famed roads in all of Australia. You'll pass many wineries en route, as well as some beautiful parks and national parks along the way! 

When you arrive in Mildura, take a ride on a paddle steamer for an insight into life as it was for early settlers in this part of Australia. And make sure that you visit Orange World. This working 50-acre citrus property offers an array of educational tours across its picturesque property. Here you can experience everything that makes up orange growing, from seedling to harvest to packing!

Where to stay when you arrive: Apex River Beach Holiday Park.

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Day 7
Mildura to Renmark

Distance 137km - Driving Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Today marks the third border crossing into South Australia. You'll want to make sure you pack your camera for this one because there's no shortage of awesome scenery to capture here!

When you arrive in town, check out Headings Cliff, where you can soak up stunning views of the Murray River. Then, before you settle into your campsite for the night, stop by the Possum Parade! This ‘parade’ is not like your traditional parade of floats, but instead, a group of friendly possums descending to the banks of the river. They come down to enjoy the vegetables left for them! It is quite the spectacle and something you won’t want to miss. 

Where to stay when you arrive: BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park.

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Day 8
Renmark to Murray Bridge

Distance 215km - Driving Time 2 hours 25 minutes

There's no question that you'll want to make a stop at The Bunyip. If you've never heard of it, it's essentially a giant concrete crocodile signifying a creation story of the local Aboriginal people. You can explore the inside and then take pictures outside and learn about the creation story. 

After the Bunyip, head to Willow Point Wines Cellar Door & Bottle Shop just nearby. This winery has been around since 1853 and makes some amazing wines - including their top-selling "The Murray River." They also have a restaurant on-site where you can taste their delicious food as well as more wine (or beer if that's more your thing).

Where to stay when you arrive: Murray Bridge Marina Camping & Caravan Park.

Day 9
Murray Bridge to Mount Pleasant

Distance 54km - Driving Time 47 minutes

From the Muray, it's time to begin the journey towards Mount Pleasant. If you happen to find yourself here on a Saturday, be sure to stop at Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. This vintage market shed houses an enviable array of fresh food stalls and artesian delights! Then head to the Herbig Family tree to marvel at its seven-metre diameter and 24-metre high stature. 

Finally, finish the day with a stop by Robber Dog distillery and the local vineyards. There is no better way to spend the afternoon than by exploring the local distilleries and wine estates! 

Where to stay when you arrive: Mount Pleasant Caravan Park.

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Day 10
Mount Pleasant to Adelaide

Distance 63km - Driving Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Adelaide is the final destination on this road trip, and so this brings us to the final day of exploring! One of the quintessential stops on an Adelaide road trip is the Barossa Valley. This famous wine region is responsible for creating award-winning wine, signature experiences as well as a dining scene that will leave you begging for more. To get the most out of this area, you can choose to join a Barossa Valley Wineries Tour or simply hire a bike and venture to each cellar door yourself. No matter which you choose, this experience is easily one of the best things to do in South Australia. 

Alternatively, if you prefer wildlife over wineries, why not head a little further south to enjoy a Kangaroo Island day tour. Kangaroo Island is best known for its fantastic beaches, wild landscapes and culinary experiences. For more ideas on things to do in Adelaide, check out our guide to the top 25 things to do in Adelaide, Australia.

Where to stay when you arrive: Stay another night at Adelaide Caravan Park (or simply drop your motorhome off at the maui motorhome in Adelaide).

 

Keen for a road trip starting from Brisbane?

The Brisbane to Adelaide road trip is one of the most iconic drives in Australia. It’s also one of the best ways to experience all that the country has to offer. From coastal towns, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to mountains, deserts and everything in between - this route has it all! For more tips for your upcoming motorhome trip, more of the best (and secret) camping spots in Australia and for other tips, check out the maui blog

So what are you waiting for? Book your maui campervan online today and then pick it up from your nearest maui branch for this epic 10-day adventure with your friends or family.