If you're bored of the hustle and bustle of the city and want to experience the ultimate feeling of freedom and adventure, then a road trip is a must. So, pack some supplies, grab a good car and take off on these Aussie road trips, which will bring the land down under closer to you.
The Great Ocean Road
If you’re a total road trip beginner, start with The Great Ocean Road, which is full of beautiful vistas, calming ocean sounds and amazing photo opportunities. But don’t rush to reach the famous tourist attractions like the 12 Apostles, but rather take your time and soak up the Victorian vibes. This route deserves at least two days, and you’ll not regret taking it slowly.
Start your road trip in Torquay, just outside of Melbourne, and finish some 250 kilometres away in Warrnambool.
Travel the Legendary Pacific Coast
One of the most popular road trips on the east coast is the Pacific Coast drive from Sydney to Brisbane. At 900 kilometres, it's a decent stretch, but the journey has something for every type of traveller, from pristine beaches and beach towns, to quality wineries, wildlife and hinterlands.
Just make sure you have a sound vehicle and find an experienced mobile mechanic from Brisbane or Sydney to check your ride before departing to avoid any unpleasant hiccups enroute.
The Australian Outback
You can’t say you really know Australia without driving into the Aussie Outback.
The journey into the Red Centre is one of the most amazing road trips in the entire world, so make sure you give it a go at least once.
Yes, it's a great distance, but this trip will take you to some fascinating places including one of the most sacred spots for indigenous people - Uluru, where you’ll get to learn about the aboriginal culture and way of life. You’ll also experience one of the most unique landscapes on the continent as well as the pure, raw power of the desert.
Once again, set aside plenty of time to enjoy the incredible natural surroundings.
Explore the west
For those who are up for a real adventure, there’s The Gibb River Road in Western Australia. This dirt track will take you to the Kimberleys, a still largely unexplored piece of land incomparable to anywhere in the world.
The whole track is some 700 kilometres, starting in Derby and ending in Kununurra. But on your way, you’ll get to take your 4x4 through some spectacular gorges, alongside waterfalls, huge farms and past plenty of historic indigenous sites.
Visit the north
If you have the time and money to leave home for a while longer (think somewhere along the lines of 3,700 kms), embark on an adventure that will cover the whole northern part of the continent.
The Savannah Way stretches from Broome in WA to Cairns in Queensland - so all the way from west to east! Needless to say, attractions on this route are countless, so if you’re up for it, you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime.
Australia's smallest state is arguably its most beautiful - but it isn't just quaint views around here, with big sights to rival the majesty of any in mainland Australia. And best of all, a road trip around the entire state is perfectly doable.
Drive from Launceston and work your way south towards Hobart and you’ll pass some of Tasmania’s best-known destinations, whether it be Wineglass Bay on the east coast, Cradle Mountain somewhere in the middle, or Strahan in the west.
So grab a car, some good company and get ready for the ultimate Australian adventure, no matter which route you choose.
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