Great Ocean Road
If you’re after a short break, the Great Ocean Road is an excellent choice. It’s by far the shortest route on our list and you could easily drive it in four hours, but if you stop to see the sights, then it becomes the ideal trip for a weekend away. The road starts in Anglesea, about 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne. It then meanders along the coast all the way to Allansford, via beautiful coastal towns and iconic locations such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto and London Arch. All of the towns along the drive play host to stunning beaches and accommodation, fishing and surfing opportunities, and amazing photo stops to keep the whole family entertained.
Through the Centre
You’ve never experienced the outback to its full potential until you’ve traversed through central Australia. The best way to navigate the Red Centre is driving from Adelaide to Darwin, right through the middle of the country. From Adelaide, you’ll travel through the salt lake region (not Lake Eyre unfortunately – that requires serious 4WD skills, and the roads are not suitable for caravans) through to the ‘Opal Capital of the World’, Cooper Pedy. From there, it’s a detour to Uluru, rejoining the main road to Alice Springs, and then continuing to Darwin. There’s plenty of spots to stop along the way, like Devils Marbles, Kings Canyon, MacDonnell Ranges and more. Remember that this is a very remote area, so you should always carry plenty of water and food. Fuel is scarce and travelling at high speed will use more of it, so carry extra if you can. Always tell somebody where you’re going and beware of flash floods, wildlife and road trains.
You’ll find breathtaking scenery and fantastic people everywhere you travel in Tasmania. Almost half of the state is untouched bushland, so it’s amazing to see nature as it has been for thousands of years. Most of Tasmania’s adventures start in Devonport where the ferry docks. From here there are hundreds of routes to take. What we’d do is head along the coast to Stanley in the north west of the state. Then it’s a short backtrack to Wynyard, where you head south through dense forest to Queenstown. If you’ve got the time, a detour to the beautiful seaside town of Strahan is a good idea. Then travel through Derwent Bridge (another amazing town) to Hobart and down through Eaglehawk Neck to Port Arthur. Then it’s back north along the east coast through Swansea (stop off at Bicheno for some amazing beaches) to Launceston and back to Devonport. Tasmania’s main industry is tourism, so there’s plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation, as well as free campsites if you’re self-sufficient.
Most Australians would love to do a round trip of Australia at some point in their life. Generally the route is pretty basic – start at your capital city and follow the coast right around. It’s a long trip (we just created one and it came in at 14,000km) but you’ll discover every piece of terrain this country has to offer – from deserts, forests, oceans and everything in between. If time isn’t an issue, go at a leisurely pace and take it all in. There’s so much to discover on this wonderful island of ours.
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