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Australia is a huge country that offers visitors dominant, expansive landscapes. From hills and mountain ranges to picturesque coastside views, travelers can discover and enjoy more of the fantastic views that Australia has to offer if they avoid the quickest route from A to B and embark themselves in breathtaking and adventurous road trips instead.
Road trips are usually epic and appeal to those explorer genes we all have. They are one of the best ways to see what Australia has to offer and, if kids are included in the trip, they make the whole travel experience more practical, cost effective and flexible.
Tips For A Great Australian Road Trip Experience
When getting ready for a road trip in such a vast country there are some aspects you should bear in mind in order to make sure you have an enjoyable experience.
Whether this is your first road trip or not, distances are definitely something you should consider as they are usually long. Most of the country is sparsely populated, which means that it can be easy to run into trouble.
That said, it is advisable that you never set off on any road trip in Australia without having purchased travel insurance for you and car rental damage insurance for your rental car. In both cases, make sure to opt for reliable, experienced and trustworthy provider.
In addition, you should always check how full your cars petrol tank is. Believe me, running out of petrol in the middle of the outback can be a nightmare! To avoid this, make sure that if you see a petrol station and have under a half tank left, fill it up! It is even better if you print off a list of stations on your route before hand so that you have a clear idea of how distant you are from the next one.
And talking once again about adventure, never go off road unless you have a 4×4 vehicle and experience in such roads. There are plenty of off road tracks in Australia and it can be tempting to drive along them but they are literally off the beaten track and if you experience an issue with your car while on them, you can get into really very serious trouble.
Now you are ready to discover some of the most amazing road trips that Australia has to offer to you.
Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most famous road trips and stretches along the southern coast from Torquay to Allansford, in Victoria. It is one of those trips that are better enjoyed slowly, without any rush. Slow down and appreciate all that this drive has to offer instead of just rushing in to see the different highlights you’ll meet along the way. In fact, it is not a bad idea to take a few days to drive it.
The Great Ocean Drive is not only famous but also one of the most beautiful. From Torquay, just an hour away from Melbourne, it stretches 250 kilometers to Portland as it offers stunning coastal scenery, wildlife, hiking, waterfalls and beachside towns.
For many travelers, taking a trip along the Great Ocean Road is an Australian rite of passage. Make sure you stop at the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Port Campbell National Park. Don’t forget to take your camera with you as there will be some impressive photo opportunities too!
As one of the world’s most scenic drives, it is home to some of Australia’s most famous surf meccas. Venture into the pristine rainforest for a bush walk and discover an astonishing variety of native wildlife. Yes! You can spot some native wildlife while you’re at it.
December and January are appealing if you are into surfing and don’t mind chaotic tourist spots or busy roads. Winter months are quieter and offer not only picturesque views but whale sightings and intense sunsets as well.
The Savannah Way, Queensland
Located across the top part of Australia, The Savannah Way is a fantastic road trip that invites travelers to explore the northern section of Outback Queensland. It stretches from Cairns (in Queensland) to Broome, in Western Australia.
Amongst the various highlights that this route offers you can’t miss Undara Lava Tubes, Boodjamulla National Park, Millaa Milla Falls or Cobbold Gorge just to mention a few of them.
The Big Lap
Those looking for an adventure, driving a 4WD and with plenty of time to spare (six months at least) should definitely indulge in this road trip. Adventurous spirits will enjoy this epic journey! As you drive, you’ll pass by big city lights, verdant green forests, sleepy coastal towns, remote waterholes, the dusty red outback or white-sandy beaches. The Big Lap is a great opportunity to enjoy everything that Australia has to offer.
As the name suggests, this route circumnavigates Australia and follows some 15 thousand kilometres of Highway One, linking seven of the capital cities as you skirt the coastline between Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart.
Take advantage of the good weather and spend from April to September travelling between Broome and Cairns. As it is the dry season, temperatures are pleasant and all roads are open.
Red Centre Way, Northern Territory
No list of the most epic Australian road trips would be complete without including a visit to the Outback. And even though you can always take the Stuart Highway between Uluru and Alice Springs, we invite you to take the scenic ride instead along the Red Centre Way. Driving this route will allow you to discover stunning landscapes, gorges, canyons and amazing hiking trails. Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy a lovely, relaxing and recharging walk after driving for so many hours? We suggest you not rush and to take your time to take in the wonder of Uluru and Kata Tjuta nearby.
Which Australian road trip would be first on your list?
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