Australia is such a diverse country it would take several lifetimes to say you have tasted all of what it has to offer, even within each individual state there is so much to see and do and it’s often difficult to decide what road to take and what sight to see. This article will help you hit the road and start exploring just what this spectacular country has to offer!
The first thing to consider when you’re planning a road trip for an upcoming holiday or event is whether you’re looking to take a trip somewhere you’re familiar with or looking to experience something totally new to you. Heading to a special event such as a wedding is always a good excuse to get on the road and see something new.
Planning a road trip based around an activity you like to do is also a great way to start exploring new areas. Maybe you like fishing, bushwalking, surfing or visiting wineries, they all offer a reason to hit the road and explore.
Road trips through some of Australia’s great national parks are a wonderful way to see our country. They are located in every state and cover every type of area, from high country to rainforest and dry desert to wet tropics.
Don’t forget the marine parks! Their beauty and diversity can be viewed from the shore or boat, or from underwater with a snorkel or scuba gear. From the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland to Ningaloo reef in Western Australia, our country boasts some of the most beautiful marine parks in the world.
Australians love driving the coastal roads and it’s easy to understand why when you take a look at what’s on offer.
Follow the southern New South Wales coastline from Eden to Wollongong, visiting many amazing places along the way such as Merimbula, Tathra, Narooma, Moruya, Batemans Bay, Lake Conjola, Vincentia and Kiama.
The northern NSW coastline from Gosford to Tweed Heads visiting places such as Crescent Head, South West rocks, Nambucca Heads, Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads.
The Far North Queensland coast from Townsville to Cooktown- visiting Cardwell, Hinchinbrook Island, Mission Beach, Wooroonooran National Park, Port Douglas, Daintree and Cape Tribulation.
South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula provides a great coastal journey with highlights such as Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Elliston and Streaky Bay.
The Western Australia coast has some magical places to visit. A trip from Esperance to Perth offers weeks of highlights such as Hopetoun, Fitzgerald River National Park, Bremer Bay, Cheyne Beach, Albany and many more.
Western Australia’s mid-north coast includes highlights such as Geraldton, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia and Shark Bay.
Drive the east coast of Tasmania with highlights such as the Tasman Peninsula, Freycinet Peninsula, Douglas-Apsley National Park and St. Helens.
Drive the length of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. This scenic road winds around the coastline, providing rugged scenery and breathtaking views.
While the majority of Aussies are born and raised around the coastline of Australia, it’s in the outback that many recognise and feel their uniqueness in the world. It’s ‘outback’ where our unique flora and fauna are most prevalent and where you find a real sense of our history.
Some outback road trips are easy and some require specific knowledge and equipment, but they all offer a very special experience.
- The Birdsville Track (from Birdsville in Queensland to Marree in South Australia).
- The Buchanan Highway in the Northern Territory.
- A loop through Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.
- Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory.
- Larapinta Drive/ Mereenie Loop in the Northern Territory.
- The Landsborough (Matilda) Highway in Queensland (visit the Australian Workers Heritage Centre in Barcaldine; the QANTAS museum and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach; the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton and Combo Waterhole near Kynuna.
- Follow the Darling River from Wentworth to Bourke in New South Wales.
Make your next holiday a road trip to remember!
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