Australia is filled with road trips. Some are coastal, some through the outback, some from city to city, and some rugged and remote. All of them are fun and adventurous. Here are five of the best Australian road trips that you should add to your travel bucket list.
The Great Ocean Road is a fantastic road trip in Victoria. The road begins in Geelong, which is on Victoria’s southern coast just west of Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road takes you west along the coast of the Southern Ocean where you will find rugged coastline, beautiful sights on and off the coast, surfing, hiking, national parks, and so much more. It really is an entire vacation in itself. The road trip is 243 km from Geelong to Port Fairy, you can make it as short or as long as you choose.
Some of the top spots on The Great Ocean Road include:
· The Twelve Apostles
· The Shipwreck Coast
· Apollo Bay
· Port Campbell
· Loch Ard Gorge
· The Grotto
· London Arch
2. Tasmania’s East Coast Road Trip
Tasmania’s East Coast Road Trip is also called The Great Eastern Drive. It takes you from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania on the southeast coast north to Bay of Fires. Along the way, you will encounter some of the most unique and breathtakingly beautiful sights the island state has to offer. The coast drive is about 300 km long, but you can break it up and make a vacation out of it. Enjoy the city life in Hobart before heading north up the east coast of Tasmania. The sights along the way include Maria Island National Park, Orford, Swansea, Freycinet National Park, St Helens, and Bay of Fires. Your road trip can be filled with coastal adventures beyond the beautiful sightseeing. Some of the things you might plan to do on your road trip vacation up the east coast of Tasmania include:
3. The Savannah Way
The Savannah Way Road Trip takes you clear across northern Australia from Cairns, Queensland on the east coast to Broome on the east coast with a stop in Darwin in the north. This road trip is quite a bit longer than the previous ones we highlighted. It is 3700 km long. You can do your research and choose to just visit one section if your time is more limited, but if you have a couple weeks for a road trip vacation, then go for this once in a lifetime experience. Along the way there is so much to discover and explore including 15 National Parks, 5 World Heritage Areas, magnificent gorges, an abundance of wildlife, Aboriginal history and culture, rugged outback, the tropical north, coastal cities, and outback towns.
4. The Great Alpine Road
The Great Alpine Road takes you from Melbourne east to the Australian Alps. You can travel this route anytime of the year, so it doesn’t have to be a winter vacation, but of course, it can be. The Australian Alps is one of the few places in Australia where you will find snow and skiing in the winter time. In addition to the mountains of the Australian Alps, this road trip vacation includes stops along the beaches, national parks, and the lakes of Gippsland. Things to do include exploring the gold-rush history of Victoria, horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, fishing, biking, surfing, skiing, hiking, and dining on the fresh produce along the way.
5. The Gibb River Road
The Gibb River Road Trip is one of the sections of the larger road trip we also feature in this article, the Savannah Way. The Gibb River Road takes you through the remote Kimberley Region of Western Australia. The point ends of the road trip are Derby on the west coast and Kununurra on the eastern edge of Western Australia. This encompasses 660 km of rugged wildrness. You will need to rent a Budget 4WD vehicle for this ride. Along the way, stops include Windjana Gorge, Mitchell Galls, Mitchell Plateau, Lennard Gorge, Bells Creek, Mount Hart Homestead, Leopold Range Conservation Park, Manning Gorge, Merten Falls, Prince Regent River, Drysdale River Station, Ellenbrae Station, The Cockburn Range, Pentecost Rivers, Cambridge Gulf, El Questro Wilderness Park, Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge, and Wyndam.