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No visit to Australia is complete without a road trip. From coastal journeys and outback adventures, driving is one of the best ways to see this great Southern land.

Flying between cities means you’ll see nothing of Australia. You’re at 35,000 feet. However jumping in a car means the chance to experience our wide-open spaces and magnificent scenery. It means you can easily navigate between parts of the country where diverse wildlife such as kangaroos, crocodiles and emus roam free. It means pit stops in quirky small towns where you can share a beer with colourful outback characters in a legendary outback pub. When it comes to exploring Australia, nothing beats driving yourself.

Driving Australia can be easy on most routes, but you do need to be prepared for the distances. Once you find yourself outside the main cities, much of Australia is very spread out, and towns can be few and far between. So prior planning is essential, especially when it comes to choosing overnight stays to break up the trip.

For those traveling between Melbourne and Adelaide, we recently stayed at Horsham International Hotel which was the perfect overnight stopover for this route.

Horsham International Hotel: The Perfect Overnight Stop Between Melbourne & Adelaide

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Conveniently located on the Western Highway halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, Horsham International Hotel is a fabulous overnight stop to break up the drive.

The hotel can be described as contemporary, comfortable, and very clean. 52 spacious rooms are available to accommodate singles, couples, or families, and rooms are large and incorporate modern décor. The ensuite bathrooms in each room are best described as oversize with a lot of room to move, and other in-room amenities include a bar size refrigerator with fully stocked mini bar, climate control, and desk with office chair.

An LCD Television with all available free to air channels for the area, as well as Foxtel channel selection sits opposite the bed. And of course, because you’re driving, parking is free.

Conveniently located on the Western Highway halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, Horsham International Hotel is a fabulous overnight stop to break up the drive.

We wouldn’t blame those who just want to check-in and kick back. Between the Duck’s Nuts Restaurant onsite with a full service bar, and the incredibly comfortable rooms, there’s not much reason to travel offsite.

This really is the perfect midway point between Melbourne and Adelaide, and a very comfortable place to crash. Though for those who do choose to stretch their legs, the hotel is within easy walking distance to the town centre and the visitor attractions of Horsham, with the scenic Grampians and the world renowned Mount Arapiles a short drive away.

All Horsham International Hotel rooms are non-smoking, and for those making the drive as part of a longer trip, there are laundry facilities located on the second floor. There is also a microwave available in the laundry for guest use.

The Duck’s Nuts Restaurant

The Duck’s Nuts Restaurant is open daily to both hotel guests and the public, and serves fabulous food. It seats 100 people, and is open for breakfast, coffee, and dinner. The menu offers a selection of local and international wines as well as an extensive range of beers and spirits.

As you drive into the parking lot of the hotel you may notice a vegetable garden with roaming chickens in the back. The restaurant sources local and fresh produce daily, to ensure the menu remains in keeping with the season.

There is an LCD television that allows guests to enjoy coverage of sporting events, daily news and other programs of interest.

Things to Consider When Booking

For a hotel located so conveniently on the highway, we were pleasantly surprised to have no issues with noise. If you’re a light sleeper, you can always request a room at the back of the hotel away from the road.

Those who require accessible rooms should book to stay on the ground floor, as the second floor is reached only via stairs.

Request the password for free WiFi on check-in. Wi-Fi is limited to 2 GB for one device.

To make a booking visit The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, and can provide you with the most up to date rates. We can highly recommend Horsham International Hotel.


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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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  1. We’d love to do a road trip in Australia but are a bit intimidated by the size of Australia and where to start. But you are right that we’d see much more by car than by airplane. Horsham International Hotel is certainly a great stopover for travelers between Melbourne and Adelaide.

    • It’s definitely a big country, and I can totally understand being overwhelmed with figuring out where to start.

      I would sit down and make a list of everything you want to see and do, and then create a route based on that. You’ll fly into one of the big cities to get here, like Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth, so perhaps you could use a capital city as a starting point, and then create your route based on what’s inbetween your bucketlist stops.

      Definitely consider an overnight stop at Horsham International if traveling between Melbourne and Adelaide. One of the biggest tips I have for driving here in Aus is to not try and overdo each day :)

      Happy travels!

  2. You’re definitely right, Megan! Driving around Australia is the best way to explore. My friends there do that all the time. Horsham looks like a really comfortable and convenient hotel. Interesting restaurant name though! :)

    • Haha we had a little chuckle at the name of the Duck’s Nuts too :D! Great food!

  3. This hotel looks comfy and clean! I especially love that it’s by the highway, yet the noise isn’t an issue. I love a good strategic location when it comes to accommodations. This is indeed perfect for a good ol’ road trip stop.

    • Strategic location is what it’s all about! Definitely keep the Horsham International in mind if you’re passing by :)

  4. I’ve spent very little time in Australia, and since then I’ve been itching to return. I love road trips and agree that it would be the best way to see the country.
    The first thing that struck me from your photos of the Horsham is how large and spacious the rooms are. I also like that they have an onsite restaurant. Sometimes you just want convenience after a long day on the road. Thanks for the detailed review, I’d certainly look into staying at the Horsham International Hotel when planning a future trip to Australia.

    • Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Australia Heather! Yes, what we loved most was definitely the space we had to move about. It was a really comfortable place to stop over for the night after a long day of driving :) Highly recommend the hotel :)

  5. One day, we will visit Australia and a road trip sounds like a very good way to see some wide open beautiful spaces. The Horsham Internation hotel looks very comfortable and also clean. It’s also great to have a restaurant on site during an overnight stay.

    • Hope you have the chance to visit Australia soon Brenda – and definitely stop by the Horsham if you’re making your way through :)

  6. I’ve been to Australia and fortunately enough I made a few days road trip in the country. Australia is such a surprising destination, yet I didn’t stay long enough to explore more. I’ve made it to Melboune which i found to be a great city. If I’m in the region once again, for sure I’ll take in consideration staying in this friendly hotel for the perfect overnight stop between Melbourne and Adelaide. Thanks. Greetings from Ouarzazate – south Morocco!

    • Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Australia Joao! We welcome you back anytime! :)

  7. This hotel looks great! And how convenient that parking is free. I hate when hotels charge for that. I can’t wait to visit Australia one day and take an awesome road trip!

    • Free parking is a big consideration for us when booking a hotel – especially when you’re on a long distance roadtrip, those kind of charges can really add up fast!

  8. A grand road trip in Australia is part of our long-term plans. I will need to bookmark this post as the Horsham Hotel looks lovely. And I love how even though it is close to the highway it is not affected by traffic noise.

    • Hope you manage to make your trip a reality soon Chirstina :) Definitely consider the Horsham for a trip from Melbourne to Adelaide or reverse :)

  9. Australia truly is amazing, I cant wait to go back there!

    • Hope you have the chance to visit again soon Stefan :)

  10. The images you used in this article are very attractive can’t stop myself from going through full article.Thanks for posting!

    • Glad you enjoyed the hotel review. Hope you have the chance to get to Horsham soon :)

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