The Best Australian Road Trips

Posted on October 29, 2016 By

100For a great holiday you need not look any further than Australia. With such a diverse landscape there are so many things to see and do, and a wide range of accommodation available, with fantastic hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and caravan parks all over the country.

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives, that runs from Torquay near Geelong all the way along the Bellarine Peninsula to Portland, a total distance of two hundred and forty three kilometres. There are many places to stop off and visit, including the Twelve Apostles, and resort towns such as Lorne and Apollo Bay. There are beautiful beaches and coastal walks as well as breathtaking views of the rugged cliffs.

Coastal and Esperance Trail

This is a road trip that will take two days to complete as it covers approximately five hundred and thirty kilometres of coastline in Western Australia. Experience amazing views of the Southern Ocean, visit incredible beaches, seaside villages and the historical mining settlement of Ravensthorpe. The Fitzgerald River National Park is located in the south of Western Australia and is one of the last wilderness areas in the state. The road is suitable for all types of vehicles and there are many different accommodation options available, including caravan parks, motels and even sheep stations.

Nature’s Way

Beginning in Darwin in the Northern Territory, Nature’s Way is a road that will take you through the Mary River Wetlands and on to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. As well as the incredible wildlife and wilderness areas you can experience the Aboriginal culture and the early pioneering history. It is a two hundred and fifty kilometre trip and along the way you can visit Aboriginal rock art sites and waterfalls, go hiking, take a cruise on the East Alligator River and see crocodiles in their natural habitat.

The Simpson Desert

The Simpson Desert covers a vast area across the corners of Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory, and total of around one hundred and seventy thousand square kilometres. This is a road trip that is not for the faint hearted and you need to be well prepared, with adequate supplies of food, water and fuel, but it is certainly well worth the trip. The drive between Birdsville and Mount Dare in the north of South Australia is filled with breathtaking scenery, with enormous red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and a landscape that seems to stretch on forever.

Cairns to Cape Tribulation

The Captain Cook Highway runs from Cairns, right up the coast to Cape Tribulation and then beyond. The road runs along a beautiful section of coastline, through seaside resorts such as Port Douglas, past the Mossman Gorge and on through the incredible Daintree Rainforest. It is a relaxing drive, as the roads are sealed, and on the way you can stop and take a cruise along the Daintree River, explore the rainforest and enjoy the beaches and small towns.

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