Australia is the land of wide spaces and spectacular natural sites. Some of the most amazing natural wonders in Australia can only be reached by road. Hence, best way to see the real Australia is to travel by road. There are so many diverse places to visit in this vast country that you are spoilt for choice.
Rent a car or even better, a camper-van to see Australia at your own pace. We highly recommend DriveNow Website, to find a vehicle for your trip and take a look at these adventurous options for an Australian road trip to remember. Seriously, exploring Australia on a camper-van is supposed to be one of the best ways of experiencing this spectacular country.
The most amazing road trips in Australia:
Brisbane to Sydney along the Pacific Highway [5+ days]
Highlights: Byron Bay, Grafton, South Coast, Coff’s Harbour, Blue Mountain National Park, New Castle and a bit of Central Coast.
The Pacific Highway is one of the most famous roads in Australia. You can travel along it, and visit two colourful and diverse cities. Along the way you can stop off to explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. You can also book on a trip to see humpback whales during their migration.
If you chose to fly between Brisbane and Sydney you would miss all of this natural beauty. It should take at least 5 days to make this trip but you will probably need twice as much time as that if you really want to enjoy yourself. Check out this post for information of things to see in Byron Bay.
The Great Ocean Road [3+ days]
Highlights: the 12 Apostles, Bells Beach, Anglesea, Lorne, Port Fairy, Great Otway National Park, Grampians National Park and Lake Elizabeth
The Great Ocean Road is another of Australia’s famous highways. This is a route that many daytrippers take but in reality you should allow at least 3 days to explore the area between Melbourne and Adelaide.
This exploration should include viewing sites such as the Twelve Apostles and spending time looking for the local wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos.
Adelaide to Perth [10+ days]
Highlights: Wave Rock, Dundas Nature Reserve, Nullarbor National Park, Barossa Valley, Ceduna, Ecula Sand Dunes, and Port Augusta
This is a long road trip which should take you at least 10 days to complete. It’s worth taking your time, so that you can fully appreciate experiences such as crossing the Nullarbor Plain and Wave Rock.
This area is one of the harshest pieces of outback in the country. It’s a treeless plain but it’s still a place where you can spot plenty of wildlife including dingoes, emus and wedge-tailed eagles.
The Ocean Loop in Tasmania [10 – 12 days]
Highlights: Cradle Mountain, Swansea, Wineglass Bay, Bay of Fires and Freycinet National Park
You may need to get to Tasmania by ferry, but then it’s all about hitting the road. The Ocean Road takes you past many of the beautiful beaches that fringe this island state. This is a road trip that you should not rush.
Take your time admiring the beautiful landscapes on view and give yourself around 10-12 days to complete the journey.
Perth to Broome [12 days]
Highlights: the Pinnacles, Jurien Bay, Kalbarri National Park, Coral Bay, Shark Bay, Karijini National Park, Millstream Chichester National Park, The Simpson Desert and Eighty Mile Beach
This is the ideal road trip for anyone who wants to escape the normal holiday hotspots and appreciate the natural splendour of this part of Australia. This is one of the least visited parts of the country which means that you get to spend time on deserted beaches and in tranquil national parks.
At either end of the journey you have the cosmopolitan city of Perth and the beach resort of Broome where you can ride a camel at sunset. Allow yourself at least 12 days to complete this trip if you want to be able to appreciate your environment.
Hopefully, you will have taken inspiration from these adventurous road trips and be ready to head off on an adventure of your own.