Melbourne to Adelaide
Melbourne to Adelaide with Drive Beyond 4WD Hire
Exploring Victoria's Great Ocean Road and SA's awesome Kangaroo Island has never been easier with Drive Beyond's insane range of 4WD Hire vehicles!
We started our trip in our 4WD we rented from a company called Drive Beyond on the 1st day of November. We are a family of 4, with 2 kids, one aged 12 and the youngest being 7.
The 4WD was conveniently delivered to our hotel where the staff member showed us all the features the vehicle included. I was surprised to learn of the hot shower and the toilet options these amazing 4WD's came with.
We set off in our Beyond 4WD on our way to Adelaide. We had a bunch of places mapped out that we planned to visit, but with enough time allocated to find more places along the way. Our first stop was Lorne. This is where I had my first attempt at surfing. I stood up, but barely for a few seconds, although I felt like a rock star after it. Unfortunately, there is no photographic proof of my illusive carving up of the waves.
We stayed at a camp ground called Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park. It had great facilities for kids. It even had a river running beside the campground that we caught a few small fish in. We were parked next door to a French couple in a large motorhome on one side, and a German family in a high top campervan on the other. We only stayed the one night at the campground.
"On the second day we cruised along the Great Ocean Road stopping and doing lots of small walks along the coastline whilst on route to Lorne"
We only stopped off in Lorne for a short while because we wanted to set up camp right in the guts of the forest in the Great Otway National Park. We did some amazing 4WD off-roading and where we stayed was very remote! It was so surreal! We didn’t see anyone the entire time we were there. It was like it was our very own forest. The hot shower and toilet we’re put to good use. At this point we were stoked we ended up hiring a 4WD instead of a standard 2WD Campervan!
The next day we headed off on our way to Port Campbell. On the way through we saw the 12 Apostles by both foot and by helicopter. What an incredible experience in was seeing this ancient landscape from the air. That night we stayed at Port Campbell Holiday Park. We didn’t arrive until late afternoon so we didn’t put many of the facilities to use.
We got up early the next day to get to Warnambool for a surf lesson. This time we all managed to get a decent ride on the board. The conditions were perfect! The waves not too big, not too small and it all seemed to come together nicely for us. After our surf lesson we headed on our way to the Princess Margaret Rose Caves and Campgrounds. We did a 1 hour tour which was great value for money and spent the rest of the day driving around the beaches and lakes surrounding the Lower Glenelg National Park.
The next day we head off in the 4X4 we rented from Drive Beyond towards Adelaide. We stopped off at the Blue Lake just outside of Mt Gambier which was almost fluorescent blue in colour. We couldn’t swim, so we decided to head off after a quick feed to Robe Beach whilst stopping for a relaxed swim in Lake Eliza. Robe Beach had massive surf which was fantastic to see the locals showing us how it’s done. We also went fishing in the harbour off the break water and caught a couple of whiting!
The next day we head off in our Drive Beyond 4WD Camper bright and early to get to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry across to Kangaroo Island. I had been very much looking forward to this part of the trip for a long time! And what a 3 days it was. We saw kangaroo’s, koalas, echidnas and more seals than you could imagine! The coastline was warped with incredible natural sculptures and caves that were great fun to explore. The Drive Beyond 4WD was especially handy and most of the places we visited involved dirt roads which any 2 wheel drive vehicles were not allowed on. The food on the island was limited and really expensive! The extra-large 80 litre fridge/freezer which runs off a separate battery saved us lots of money as we were able to stock up with food before coming across to the island. Also, the price for the return ferry for the Drive Beyond 4WD Campervan was exactly half what it would cost for a Motorhome or a Hightop Campervan. We were also able to stay at a lovely camping ground for only $40 per night, whilst what we heard on the way back from other visitors, the cheapest accommodation on the island for 4 people was over $200 per night.
Unfortunately, shortly after our visit to Kangaroo Island our trip was drawing to a close. We would like to say a special thanks to Drive Beyond 4WD Hire for renting us one of their vehicles. The 4WD's 2 queen size beds were very comfortable, the large rear storage unit had more than enough room for all our luggage, and the vehicle included everything we could think off and even a few special extras that we didn’t expect like the rechargeable torches, delivering the vehicle to our hotel and meeting us at the airport when dropping off.