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Darwin to Melbourne drive

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  Darwin
 Katherine
 Tennant Creek
 Central Australia
 Coober Pedy
 Port Augusta
 Adelaide
 Grampians National Park
   Melbourne 
driving   /   5 days

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Darwin to Melbourne road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Darwin to Melbourne. If you're planning a road trip to Melbourne, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Darwin
drive for about 3 hours

12:06 pm  Katherine
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:06 pm
drive for about 7.5 hours

8:30 pm  Tennant Creek
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 10.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Tennant Creek
drive for about 4 hours

3:12 pm  Central Australia
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Central Australia
drive for about 8.5 hours

6:31 pm  Coober Pedy
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 8.5 hours

 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Coober Pedy
drive for about 5.5 hours

2:43 pm  Port Augusta
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:43 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:02 pm  Adelaide
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 9 hours

 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Adelaide
drive for about 5 hours

3:13 pm  Grampians National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:13 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:08 pm  arrive in Melbourne
eat at The Lui Bar

day 5 driving ≈ 8 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Katherine  (2 answers)

Tennant Creek

Central Australia

Coober Pedy  (3 mentions)

Port Augusta

Adelaide  (25 answers)
    Adelaide  (3 mentions)
    Adelaide Central Market  (2 mentions)
    questions about Adelaide:
        Cheapest place to get fresh produce in town?

Grampians National Park  (4 mentions)


Where's the best place to eat in Melbourne?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Lui Bar, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

The Boatbuilders Yard  (3 mentions)
Vue de monde  (2 mentions)
Vegie Bar  (2 mentions)
Naked For Satan  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Melbourne? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Melbourne?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Queen Victoria Market  (6 mentions)
Fitzroy Gardens  (6 mentions)
St Kilda Beach  (5 mentions)
Chapel St  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Melbourne. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Melbourne for a first time visitor?  (13 answers)

profile  Madeleine from Melbourne asked:
What are the coolest bars in Melbourne at the moment?  (11 answers)

profile  Drew from Ojai asked:
Outdoorsy activities to do in Melbourne?  (9 answers)

profile  Tandy from Miami asked:
What are the best wineries in or near Melbourne?  (7 answers)

profile  Juliana from Las Vegas asked:
Best tea and coffee spots in Melbourne?  (6 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Melbourne to Darwin drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Darwin to Melbourne. Or get a full Darwin to Melbourne flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Darwin well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Darwin!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,333 miles
driving time of 40 hours, 12 minutes
Melbourne is 0:30 hours ahead of Darwin
32 Darwin travel answers
2 Katherine travel answers
1 Tennant Creek travel answer
25 Adelaide travel answers
93 Melbourne travel answers





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