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Adelaide Coastal Road Trip

Looking for a seaside getaway? Embark on an unforgettable coastal journey from Adelaide to Robe in your Ace rental vehicle. From admiring the views of the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline to immersing yourself in nature, coastal towns and beautiful beaches await your exploration.

  • Cape Jervis
  • Victor Harbor
  • Coorong National Park
  • Robe

Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Pizzateca McLaren Vale
  • Cape Jervis
  • Kangaroo Island

Before starting your coastal journey, begin your day with a visit to one of South Australia’s most visited attractions - the Adelaide Central Market. Conveniently in the heart of the city, the market boasts over 70 stalls offering a range of local produce and artisan products. From cafes and eateries to confectionary and coffee stalls, it’s the perfect place to stop in and pick up a quick breakfast before hitting the road. After you’ve browsed the markets, it’s a 40-minute drive in your Ace rental car to the picturesque McLaren Vale Wine Region. Known not only for its Shiraz production but also for its walking and hiking trails, art installations and scenic beaches, McLaren Vale offers something for everyone. For delicious hand-stretched pizzas in an alfresco setting, head to Pizzateca for lunch. After indulging in a tasty lunch amidst the rolling hills, buckle up for a coastal drive to Cape Jervis. Take in the views of the dramatic Fleurieu Peninsula coastline before boarding the vehicle ferry to Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival on the island, activities and landscapes await your exploration. Admire vibrant street art on the Kingscore art trail, discover wildlife on the Seal Bay boardwalk tour or simply unwind on Penneshaw Beach. Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to put your mind at ease and bask in the holiday feeling before heading back to the mainland.

Cape Jervis to Granite Island

  • Cape Jervis Lookout
  • Horse-drawn Tram
  • Granite Island

Start your morning in Cape Jervis with a local breakfast at The Pear Tree Coffee Shop. Before hopping back in your rental car, bask in the coast's beauty with a peaceful stroll along the Cape Jervis Lookout, admiring the view of the bay and the lighthouse in the distance. Continue your adventure with a drive east to Victor Harbor, taking in the scenery of the Fleurieu Peninsula Coastline through your car window. Once you arrive in Victor Harbor, take some time to stroll the Esplanade - lovers of aquatic creatures can stop in at the South Australian Whale Centre - before taking the iconic horse-drawn tram over to Granite Island. While on the island, become one with nature on the Kaiki Walk which offers wildlife discovery, stunning views of Encounter Bay and the unique rock formations from which the island gets its name. After an afternoon of island exploration, travel across the causeway to dine at one of the many waterfront eateries on the Esplanade.

Victor Harbor to Coorong

  • Victor Harbor National Trust Museum and Customs House
  • The Pirate’s Seachest
  • Coorong National Park

Wake up with a delicious breakfast in Victor Harbor at The Boulevard Cafe on the Lake and visit the National Trust Museum and Customs House to step back in time to the 1800s and learn about the town’s whaling and port history. Once you’re ready to continue your coastal road trip, head to the local fishmonger’s shop, The Pirate’s Seachest, to pick up some fresh seafood for a lunch picnic on Horseshoe Bay. Only 10 minutes from Victor Harbor, Horseshoe Bay in Port Elliot is a beautiful spot to swim, sunbathe, relax, and make memories with your fellow travellers. Drive over to the Coorong National Park for an afternoon change of scenery. A popular spot for camping, hiking and water activities, the Coorong offers a range of nature walks where you can truly immerse yourself in the area's beauty and diverse landscapes. For a leisurely walk filled with history, follow the Chinaman’s Well Historic Site Journey to Gold Walk to discover the Chinamans Well, Limestone and Sandstone Quarries and Eating House ruins while learning about the area’s gold rush history. Other walks in the Coorong include the Lakes Nature Walk Trail and the more challenging Ngrugie Ngoppun Walk.

Coorong to Robe

  • The Big Lobster
  • Cape Jaffa Lighthouse
  • Robe Obelisk and Old Gaol
  • Robe Town Brewery and Wangolina Wines

After a day filled with natural exploration, continue down the Coast to reach ‘The Big Lobster’ in Kingston SE. Tick this ‘big’ attraction off your list and snap some photos to remember your trip. If it’s time to stock up on food for the rest of your travels, Janet’s Takeaway sits underneath the 17-metre-high lobster named Larry. Next, stop by the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse to admire the historic light and surrounding views. Finally, end your coastal adventure in the charming town of Robe on the Limestone Coast. Visit Cape Dombey to admire the Robe Obelisk which was constructed to assist passing ships with navigation, and the historic ruins of the Old Gaol where the region's first gaol once stood. End your journey through South Australia’s Southeastern coastline with a refreshing beer from the only wood-fired brewery in the country or a contemporary wine from the Wangolina cellar door. Remember to assign a designated driver.

A road trip from Adelaide to Robe highlights the best of the city, the Fleurieu Peninsula, and the Limestone Coast. Get your dose of natural beauty, local history, and city culture with a holiday along the South Australian shoreline.

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