Sydney to Adelaide Itinerary

Have you been wondering what all the fuss is about campervans and want to experience it for yourself? Wonder no more with this epic Sydney to Adelaide road trip itinerary. Beginning in the popular Australian city of Sydney, this itinerary journey’s through the hinterland beauty of Bathurst, winding past gold mines in Bendigo, via the mouth watering delicacies of Feast Street in Mildura, and so much more on the way to the vibrant city of Adelaide.

The best part? With a campervan hire, you can explore Australia at your own pace. This makes travelling with toddlers or family a breeze. Plus, with everything you need on board, you can take full advantage of free camping spots and Australian attractions along the way. Let’s dive into one of the best road trips from Sydney with this eight-day Sydney to Adelaide road trip.


8 days


Sydney to Adelaide


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  • Wagga Beach
  • Lake Hume
  • Central Deborah Gold Mine
  • Lake Bonney

The Journey


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Day 1
Sydney to Bathurst

Distance 200km - Driving Time 2 hours 53 minutes

Kick off your adventure by picking up your campervan hire in Sydney from the Mighty Sydney branch. Once you have your campervan rental, it’s time to explore the city and its surroundings. If this is your first time in this harbourside city, be sure to stop by Circular Quay to see the Opera House, marvel at the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and walk along the cobbled streets of The Rocks. If you want to see the ocean, you can jump on a ferry over to Manly or drive to see the iconic Bondi Beach.

When you have had your fill of Sydney, it’s time to jump back in your campervan and drive the three hours inland towards Bathurst. Bathurst is a beautiful town rich with history, just west of the Blue Mountains. The first stop in this historic town is the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Here you can explore the current exhibitions, join a workshop and more. Then, check out the other must-do attractions in town, including the National Motor Racing Museum and the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum.

Where to stay when you arrive: NRMA Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park.

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Day 2
Bathurst to Wagga Wagga

Distance 333km - Driving Time 3 hours 56 minutes

Get an early start to the day, and drive four hours to the rural town of Wagga Wagga. Set on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, this quaint town has plenty to explore. The most iconic way to see this area is via the Canola Trail. This trail is a self-guided driving tour that winds its way through the spectacular golden fields of the canola crop and charming towns. It is a great way to see some of the most beautiful scenery in New South Wales and get a snapshot into Australia's agriculture industry.

Next up, head to Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens. Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens are located at the entrance to Wagga Parklands and provide visitors with an insight into Australian native plants. Take a stroll to enjoy the views of Lake Albert and the plant life. Also, take advantage of the other parklands facilities such as playgrounds, picnic areas and BBQs. When you have finished exploring, head to Wagga Beach with a campervan-made picnic and watch the sunset before heading to your campsite for the evening.

Where to stay when you arrive: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Wagga Wagga.

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Day 3
Wagga Wagga to Albury

Distance 128km - Driving Time 1 hour 30 minutes

After a full day of sightseeing in Wagga Wagga yesterday, it's time to hit the road again. Leaving town, enjoy a short hour-and-a-half drive to Albury. When you arrive, head straight to Noreuil Park for a picnic along the river. This is the perfect opportunity to relax for a bit before heading out again to explore this beautiful city.

The first stop on your list is Murray Art Museum. Here you'll discover incredible artists from all over Australia and New Zealand. Then head over to Lake Hume, where you can try watersports like paddle boating or kayaking on one of the four lakes that make up this huge man-made reservoir. This lake is also a great place for walking or cycling and bird watching. Or, you can just take in the views from shoreline parks. Albury has plenty more to offer, so spend as much time here as you want before getting back on the road tomorrow morning for day four!

Where to stay when you arrive: Albury Gardens Tourist Park.

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Day 4
Albury to Yarrawonga

Distance 95km - Driving Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Enjoy a slower morning at the campground, making a campervan-friendly meal before heading to Yarrawonga for the day. Yarrawonga is a town tucked away on the scenic Murray River. This place is all about adventure and water activities. Take advantage of this water playground and spend the day having fun on the water.

If you are travelling with kids, be sure to check out the family-friendly Aquazone Waterpark. If you are looking for a more adult-friendly day on the water, why not sail the River of Islands Houseboat? If water activities aren’t your idea of fun, no problem! Spend the day golfing at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort. Or, simply soak up the ambience of this area with some local food and wine.

Where to stay when you arrive: Yarrawonga Riverlands Tourist Park.

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Day 5
Yarrawonga to Bendigo

Distance 200km - Driving Time 2 hours 28 minutes

Leaving Yarrawonga, drive northwest towards Bendigo. The road winds through some stunning Victorian countryside. When you arrive in Bendigo, spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this historic city. You can visit one of the many museums or galleries, go wine tasting at Sandhurst Ridge or visit the Central Deborah Gold Mine for an insight into local mining history. If you want to experience something a little different, visit the Golden Dragon Museum to learn about the history of Chinese culture in Victoria.

Where to stay when you arrive: Freedom camp at Lions Park Rest Area.

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Day 6
Bendigo to Mildura

Distance 401km - Driving Time 4 hours 25 minutes

Continuing west, begin the day with a four-hour drive to Mildura. When you arrive, head to the Mildura Waterfront to stretch your legs and explore the range of restaurants, bars and shops. Then head to grab a bite to eat at Feast Street. This dining precinct is located in the heart of Mildura's CBD. With an abundance of restaurants and bars under one roof, it's the perfect place for a quick meal or drink. There are also three outdoor areas and dining parklets, where you can sit back and relax while enjoying the ambience of this popular area. If you have an extra day to spare, don’t miss the chance to join the Mungo Guided Day Tour. This tour takes you to the burial site of the oldest human remains in Australia. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Where to stay when you arrive: All Seasons Holiday Park.

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Day 7
Mildura to Barmera

Distance 168km - Driving Time 1 hour 54 minutes

Begin the day by crossing the border into South Australia toward the town of Barmera. This Riverland town is best known for its aquatic adventures on Lake Bonney, but there is plenty to check out in the area. First, explore a piece of history at Rocky's Hall of Fame and Pioneers Museum. The museum is home to an extensive collection of musical instruments as well as displays like the Big Guitar and the Hands of Fame. Next up, grab your hiking shoes and go for a hike around the Lake Bonney perimeter. Lake Bonney is an artificial lake created by the construction of Barrages on the Murray River near Mildura. The lake has become a popular recreational area for locals and tourists alike, with walking trails throughout the area and well worth a visit.

Where to stay when you arrive: Berri Riverside Holiday Park.

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Day 8
Barmera to Adelaide

Distance 229km - Driving Time 2 hours 38 minutes

Today marks the eighth and final day of this Sydney to Adelaide road trip. Saying farewell to Barmera, it’s time to continue driving west to go explore the city of Adelaide. Nicknamed the ‘20-minute city’, this easy-to-get-around city is brimming with top Australian attractions and bustling with culture, award-winning restaurants and is just a stone’s throw from the world-famous wine region Barossa Valley. If you are an art lover, we recommend a stop at the Art Gallery of South Australia. If you are travelling in a campervan with kids, spend the day spotting some cute critters at Adelaide Zoo. Need more ideas for kid-friendly activities? Check out the full guide to family-friendly things to do in Adelaide!

After a big few days of adventuring, it’s time to drop your campervan off at Britz Adelaide and begin your journey home.

Want to try this road trip itinerary?

The route from Sydney to Adelaide encompasses the classic Australian experience. Travelling from coastal beauty, through hinterlands, across deserts and into the vibrant city of Adelaide, this trip really has something for everyone. It is easily one of the best road trips from Sydney. If you are looking for information on choosing the right campervan for your road trip, things to know before a campervan holiday, and other travel tips for planning your Australian campervan trip, check out the Mighty blog.

Want to rent a travel van and try this road trip itinerary for yourself? Book your Britz campervan online today and then pick it up from your nearest Britz branch for your Australia road trip adventure.