The Road from Adelaide to Melbourne

I’ve been meaning to do a post on the Adelaide-Melbourne run for a while, since I find myself making the trip reasonably often.

adelaide-to-melbourne

It’s about 800km, all on the one road, so it’s a pretty easy trip. Except for the stretch of road between Horsham and the border. Actually, any part of the road in Victoria further away from Melbourne than Beaufort at a stretch. But never mind that.

There are a couple of good places to stop for a meal along the road:

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Jager’s BP, Tailem Bend

Where: on the left, just before the town (from Melbourne) or on the right, just after the town (from Adelaide)

Eat-in: fully air-conditioned, with complementary chilled water and couches; menu is very tasty, varied, healthy and reasonably-priced

Take-away: all the usual suspects, all the usual prices

Service: cannot be faulted; staff are friendly, welcoming, and prompt

Toilets: a little scrungey

Other Attractions: the balcony is literally over the river, so it’s a good view

 keith

BP Roadhouse, Keith

Where: on the right, very shortly after “commodore on a pole” (from Adelaide) or on the left, just before the down (from Melbourne)

Eat-in: air-conditioned, but fairly basic dining facilities; menu is reasonably good, with lamb rump steaks with chips and vegetables currently going for around $13 each

Take-away: all the usual suspects, all the usual prices

Service: practical and utilitarian; not rude, but they don’t go out of their way to be welcoming

Toilets: unpleasant, but mostly tolerable

Other Attractions: um… it’s near a commodore on a pole?

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Olivia Rose Café, Nhill

Where: on the left, just before the round-about (from Adelaide; or take a slip-road across the median strip to approach it from the same direction when coming from Melbourne)

Eat-in: air-conditioned, a varied and healthy menu at reasonable prices; gluten- and dairy-free options

Take-away: I don’t think they do take-away

Service: friendly; it’s a café, not a roadhouse

Toilets: just across the road, on the median strip; public toilets are basic but clean

Other Attractions: Nhill

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Koala Kitchen, Dadswells Bridge

Where: on the left (from Melbourne) or right (from Adelaide), just behind the giant koala

Eat-in: air-conditioned, a varied menu at reasonable prices, but mostly featuring lots of turkey; turkey sausages with chips and salad goes at $12.30

Take-away: all the usual suspects (pies, pasties, sausage roles) at the usual prices

Service: a mother and son, not overly friendly but polite and prompt

Toilets: very good

Other Attractions: there’s a three-storey-tall fibreglass koala, a native animals petting enclosure ($5 for adults, free for children with an adult; entry includes the price of feed), and a turkey farm across the road

koala

 

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6 thoughts on “The Road from Adelaide to Melbourne

  1. astraya says:

    Other attractions: Nhill

    I see what you did there!

    • Rachel says:

      It was unintentional! But a great pun anyway, so I’ll claim credit. We haven’t spent much time in Nhill other than eating, but it’s a fairly large town, so there must be something. Unlike Bordertown, which lists its attractions as (1) white kangaroos, (2) heritage-listed toilet block, (3) Bob Hawke’s childhood home.

  2. astraya says:

    Maybe they could name the cafe nil per os – Nhill by mouth.

  3. Bette Warner says:

    I am not certain the place you are getting your information, however good topic. I must spend some time finding out much more or figuring out more. Thanks for excellent information I used to be in search of this information for my mission.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Bette, thank-you for your interest. All the information in this post is from my own experiences of the places in question. As I am from Adelaide but both my sister and I are at university in Victoria (I in Melbourne and she in Geelong), we make the trip regularly. I hope someday to do a more comprehensive post on the places between Adelaide and Melbourne, this this one simply includes my favourite places to stop. However, the information in the post is of course only accurate to the time of posting. Prices may change with inflation. If something major changes, I will try to update it as a comment.

  4. Rachel says:

    Update: Jager’s BP at Tailem Bend no longer offers complimentary chilled water.

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