Are you eager to explore the diverse landscapes of Australia’s east coast? Then why not embark on a 14-day road trip from Brisbane to Adelaide? This route will take you through some of the country’s most breathtaking Australian outback, offering an abundance of exciting activities and sights along the way. So pack your bags and get ready for what promises to be an unforgettable journey!

Brisbane to Adelaide Distance

Brisbane to Adelaide is a long distance of 2,614 kilometres. If you embark on the journey, one way takes approximately 29 hours of driving. Yet the long drive is worth it, as there are so many scenic views along the way from both cities. From Brisbane, instead of going down to Gold Coast, you will travel over Toowoomba and down to Narrandera for its stunning views of nature. Then move up through Mildura before heading into Adelaide’s cityscape. The wide array of landscapes during this drive is simply breathtaking, making it an unforgettable experience, perfect for school holidays, family vacations or romantic getaways.

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2614km trip distance

14 day roadtrip

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Day 1-2: Brisbane to Toowoomba

Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Brisbane, Australia

Next, jump on the Derby-Gibb River Road heading east towards Windjana Gorge National Park. Here you’ll see some of the best the Kimberley region has to offer with the Lennard River and Devonian-era Reef, the perfect place to spend the night with camping options at Windjana Gorge campground. Don’t forget to experience the wildlife at Windjana Gorge National Park, home to freshwater crocodiles.

Sightseeing #1: Queens Park

Queens Park is unfailingly one of Toowoomba’s top tourist attractions, offering visitors a tranquil spot to soak up the city and its fresh air. Dubbed ‘The Garden City’ due to its dense array of perfect green spaces, stroll through Queens Park, and you’ll quickly understand why Toowoomba has earned this title. Dating all the way back to 1800s, Queens Park is embellished with century-old camphor laurel trees, uncommon flora and fauna, majestic sculptural monuments and more.

Sightseeing #2: Laurel Bank Park

Toowoomba’s Laurel Bank Park is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting the region. Not only does it offer scenic walking trails and tranquil picnic spots, but every year its enchanting floral displays captivate visitors of all ages. The highlight of these spectacular gardens is the annual display, which changes each year to reflect a different creative theme and can be admired from a special viewing platform to gain an overall appreciation of the exhibits.

Day 3-4: Toowoomba to Moree

Travel Time: 4 hours
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A two-overnight stop in Toowoomba will prepare you for the journey ahead as you drive to Moree, renowned for its connection to artesian waters. Enhanced by the geothermal energy of the Great Artesian Basin, these therapeutic hot springs have been healing methods since 1895. Take your pick from numerous spas and soak up the mineral-rich waters allowing the natural qualities of the minerals to restore balance, giving your 14-day road trip a well-deserved pause surrounded by beauty and tranquillity.

Sightseeing #1: Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre

If you’re visiting Moree, the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre is a must-see destination. It’s a historic landmark that dates back to the 19th century when it was discovered by sinking a bore into the Great Artesian Basin in search of reliable irrigation water. To everyone’s surprise and delight, mineral-rich hot waters heated naturally at 41 degrees Celsius were found instead. Today, visitors to Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre can enjoy these therapeutic waters as part of their sightseeing trip.

Sightseeing #2: The Rocket Park (Kirby Park)

Kirby Park, otherwise known as The Rocket Park, is a key sightseeing destination when exploring Moree. With its array of unique attractions, such as the 14.9-metre tall play rocket ‘launched’ in 2009 by Professor Fred Watson, this park offers visitors a fun-filled experience for all ages and abilities. Boasting cutting-edge play equipment designed specifically for those with disabilities, it’s an ideal location to take a break from your travels and watch your kids let off some steam.

Day 5-6: Moree to Dubbo

Travel Time: 4 hours
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Travelling from Moree, your fifth and sixth days will be spent in the remarkable city of Dubbo in New South Wales. Dubbo is renowned for offering a range of tourist attractions and scenic views to explore. For history buffs, there’s a heritage-listed Old Dubbo Gaol prison, providing an eerie insight into past Australian criminal culture. Other attractions include the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, which offers visitors an African savanna experience right here in Australia. No matter what you look for in a vacation, you will certainly find something to captivate and enthral in this fast-growing inland city during your Brisbane to Adelaide road trip.

Sightseeing #1: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo is recognised globally for its expert care of wildlife, the conservation and breeding programs it conducts and its educational facilities. Since its opening in 1977, the Zoo has evolved into a reputable open-range designed Zoological Park with walls and fences replaced by concealed moats and visitors can now observe over 1,000 animals from five continents. An experience at this world-renowned landmark is unlike any other as you casually stroll through animal enclosures to get up close with a vast array of exotic creatures.

Sightseeing #2: Old Dubbo Gaol

As one of the oldest and most outstanding sites in Dubbo, Old Dubbo Gaol holds years of tales to be told. Learn more about days past as you explore exhibits that depict the daily struggles and misadventures of those who were incarcerated for a wide variety of crimes, from daring escapes to humourous tales. Visitors have the opportunity to view the Hangman’s Gallery which houses a fascinating array of hangman’s kits alongside the cells occupied by some of history’s prisoners.

Day 7-8: Dubbo to Narrandera

Travel Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Campervan on side of road in Outback Australia

Instead of going to the Broken Hill route, near the South Australian border, making a stop at Narrandera, one of the oldest towns in New South Wales, for two days is highly recommended. This beautiful historic town boasts some exciting sites and activities for tourists to enjoy during their stay! From swimming at Lake Talbot Water Park to learning more about the local heritage at the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre, visitors also have a chance to take a closer look at Australia’s wildlife with Koala Reserve located near Murrumbidgee river.

Sightseeing #1: Lake Talbot Water Park

Experience an exciting ride down one of the three new slides and take a dive into one of four swimming pools. For a day in the sun, guests can take advantage of terraced lawns and shady trees, as well as coin-operated BBQ’s throughout the park. The adjacent boat ramp also makes it easy to enjoy thrilling water skiing activities with breathtaking views of the lake. The convenient onsite kiosk ensures all visitors have access to snacks and refreshments during their stay. With extended hours between now and Easter, including being open every day except Christmas Day, Lake Talbot Water Park promises an unforgettable family experience!

Sigtseeing #2: Narrandera Visitor Information Centre

With a wealth of things to see and do, the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre is the perfect starting point for tourists wanting to explore this picturesque area. On-site staff can provide up-to-date information about the town and the surrounding countryside and respond to any queries visitors might have. Additionally, they’re kept abreast of any upcoming events or activities so they are always sure to get something new out of their journey. Narrandera Visitor Information Centre offers both reliable advice and amazing insight into what lies beyond – helpfully allowing travellers to make the most out of their holiday.

Day 9-10: Narrandera to Hay

Travel Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Outback sunset in a campervan, Australia

Exploring the historic and picturesque town of Hay is an integral part of a 14-Day Brisbane to Adelaide Road Trip. The transition from Narrandera to Hay offers an array of nature’s splendour and amazing views, including striking Outback sunsets, winding cycleways, and low-lying saltbush accompanied by its rich agricultural heritage. Of course, this is not all that rural New South Wales has to offer its visitors; it also boasts intriguing museums which provide a fascinating insight into the area’s past. It is easy to misconstrue the appearance of Hay, however; while the town itself seems prosperous and substantial, those entering are quickly ushered onto the alluring flat glassy plains beyond.

Sightseeing #1: Hey Weir

Hay Weir is one of the most popular destinations for sightseers looking to take in the historic landmarks of Hay. Built by Witcombe Brothers between 1879 and 1880 and designed by James Barnet, the former prison and museum is a testament to Hay’s fascinating past. Situated on Church Street, guests can explore its underground cells, watch-house, exercise yard and various other features, providing an insightful look into how prisoners were housed in the late 1800s. Designated as a heritage-listed site in 2009, Hay Gaol will continue to remain an iconic landmark for visitors hoping to learn more about this city’s vibrant history.

Sightseeing #2: Hay Water Tower Art

Situated near the Monash Avenue airport, the Hay Water Tower art stands as a lasting tribute to those from the small town of Hay Plains who answered the call to arms during World War II. The unwavering courage and sacrifice of these servicemen and women is celebrated through this moving tribute, which includes detailed illustrations that honor the paths that were so bravely taken by past generations. A walk around the tower showcases different points of view, offering travelers an interactive experience they will never forget. Through its expression of memories and emotions, the Hay Water Tower Art provides rewarding evidence of community values outpacing history.

Day 11-12: Hay to Mildura

Travel Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Campervan next to lake in Australia

Past the south Wales border near Murray River, Mildura is at the heart of the Food Bowl of Victoria and offers travellers a chance to experience its abundance of fresh produce and laid-back atmosphere. Oranges are perhaps the best-known product that Mildura produces, but it’s also an important source of grapes for the region’s wineries. As you explore the area, there is plenty here to satisfy your appetite – from tempting local restaurants and cafes where you can sample all sorts of gastronomic delicacies to historic sites, period architecture and public sculptures that dot the cityscape. With so much on offer, it’s no wonder why this region has become a desired foodie destination for many.

Sightseeing #1: Mildura Arts Centre

The Mildura Arts Centre is an unmissable destination for lovers of the arts. Situated in North West Victoria, this one-stop-shop cultural centre has something to delight every visitor. The impressive museum and gallery offer an excellent selection of contemporary and traditional art, while the aesthetics of Rio Vista Historic House make it a particularly enjoyable attraction. With a magnificent cafe bar to top off your cultural exploration, there really is no better place for sightseeing in Mildura.

Sightseeing #2: Mildura Riverfront

Located in the heart of Mildura, the waterfront presents an opportunity to engage with nature and appreciate all that this city has to offer. Visitors will be spoiled for choice; from kayaking and fishing on the Murray River, to walking trails through Murray-Sunset Country Park, there is something for everyone. Mildura’s Waterfront Precinct also boasts a vibrant culture, with its array of restaurateurs, cafés and entertainment venues that lights up this picturesque area. Offering a variety of activities combined with beautiful scenery and a lively atmosphere, it’s no wonder why Mildura’s waterfront is so popular amongst tourists and locals alike.

Day 13-14: Mildura to Adelaide

Travel Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Adelaide city CBD at sunrise reflecting in still waters of torrens river

To end your 14-day road trip from Brisbane to Adelaide, explore all that Adelaide has to offer. Boasting a vibrant culture, unique flavours and exciting entertainment venues, such as a caravan park, it’s the perfect place to spend your final days on the road. Visit one of the many beautiful metropolitan beaches for some sun, shop in stylish inner-city boutiques, indulge in delicious cuisines from an excellent restaurant, explore stunning Adelaide hills, or sample some of Australia’s finest wines on your epic journey through the wine regions. Adelaide promises a magical experience that no journeyer could forget.

Sightseeing #1: Adelaide Botanic Garden

Established in 1857, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is one of southern Australia’s most diverse parks. Its 25 hectares contain over 10,000 distinct species of rare and endangered plants, 5,000 of which are cultivated within expansive gardens. As an institution with cultural heritage values, it has been recognised as an important hub for knowledge and learning. With 17 specialty gardens that offer something different every month or season, it’s no wonder why this Garden is visited so frequently by both locals and tourists alike.

Sightseeing #2: Adelaide Zoo

Extensively renowned for its impressive bird collection, Adelaide Zoo is a fantastic destination for tourists and locals alike. An enchanting walk-through aviary leads visitors from the two gibbon islands to the magnificent tiger enclosures, each more captivating than the last. To enhance the visitor experience, Adelaide Zoo has recently commissioned a totally unique and nature-inspired adventure playground for kids of all ages and abilities – sure to be a hit with your little ones!

Happy Exploring!

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