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Melbourne to Darwin drive

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 Grampians National Park
 Coober Pedy
 Alice Springs
 Tennant Creek
driving   /   5 days


Melbourne to Darwin road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Melbourne to Darwin. If you're planning a road trip to Darwin, 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

10:00 am  start in Melbourne
drive for about 3 hours

12:55 pm  Grampians National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:55 pm
drive for about 5 hours

7:08 pm  Adelaide
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Adelaide
drive for about 6 hours

4:15 pm  Andamooka
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Andamooka
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:20 pm  Coober Pedy
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:20 pm
drive for about 7 hours

8:34 pm  Alice Springs
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 10.5 hours

 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Alice Springs
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:27 pm  Tennant Creek
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 5.5 hours

 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Tennant Creek
drive for about 7.5 hours

4:45 pm  Katherine
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:45 pm
drive for about 3 hours

8:53 pm  arrive in Darwin

day 5 driving ≈ 11 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Grampians National Park  (4 mentions)

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


Coober Pedy  (3 mentions)

Alice Springs  (11 mentions)

Tennant Creek

Katherine  (2 answers)

What are some things to do in Darwin?

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:

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 Darwin. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Darwin?  (6 answers)

profile  Maddie from Sydney asked:
One Day in Darwin!  (4 answers)

profile  Mickey from asked:
Darwin over Uluru  (2 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 Darwin to Melbourne 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 Melbourne to Darwin. Or get a full Melbourne to Darwin 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 Melbourne well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Melbourne!

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


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