Melbourne - Adelaide Inland Touring Route
Australia’s Finest Countryside
Taking the inland route from Melbourne to Adelaide is a golden opportunity to see some of Australia’s finest countryside.
Leaving Melbourne the route travels first to the goldrush city of Ballarat with its rich array of grand colonial architecture and powerful claims to be the front of democracy in Australia. After learning the history of the Eureka uprising you reach another great uprising, the soaring mountains of the Grampians National Park. The collection of Aboriginal rock art is the biggest in South Eastern Australia. Hamilton is grazing country where the inhabitants still live off the sheeps’ back.
Across the border into South Australia and you’re in the red centre- red wine centre that is - the Coonawarra. The World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves, the Murray River and the charming Germanic village of Hahndorf are other highlights along the rest of the journey into Adelaide, the City of Light.
The Ballarat Goldfields capture much of the spirit of colonial Victoria. When gold was discovered in the region in the mid 19th Century, it changed the state forever. The riches quickly turned Ballarat from a city of tents into a place of ornate buildings including the magnificent Fine Art Gallery.
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Enjoy close contact with Australian native animals. Feed the free-roaming kangaroos.
Re-creates the days of the goldfields, scene of one of just two civil up-risings in the history of Australia. Blood on the Southern Cross, an explosive light and sound show, tells the story of that battle, one also remembered at the Eureka Centre.
The roar of falling water, the magic of the rising mists are just part of the charm of these falls, one of four in the MacKenzie River Gorge.
The centrepiece of Victoria’s Western District, the Grampians are three mountain ranges that rise majestically from the plains with their lakes and valleys. Rock-climbing, bushwalking and wildlife spotting are just some of the adventure activities available. The Grampians region is also home to some of Australia’s finest vineyards.
The Grampians contain some of the best examples of Aboriginal rock art in Australia. Visit Brambuk - The National Park and Heritage Centre to learn the story of these ancient works.
Fine art, fine gardens
The wealth generated by wool allowed Hamilton the luxury of a well appointed art gallery showcasing some of the best colonial artworks, as well as a botanic garden.
Sister Mary MacKillop
Her good deeds that have taken her to the cusp of becoming Australia’s first saint began in the little South Australian town of Penola where she helped established the Australian Sisters of St Joseph.
The Red Centre
Coonawarra with its rich limestone soils has become synonymous with high quality red wines. Another by-product of the limestone is an array of caves, especially those near Naracoorte that are World Heritage Listed for their ancient fossil discoveries. The Naracoorte World Heritage Fossil site is open daily.