Australia is a land filled with awe-inspiring natural beauty. Driving along the open road is a great way to see the country and find places you would never have visited before. Whether you’re travelling alone, with friends or bringing the whole family with you there’s lots to see and do on an Australian road trip.
Check out some of the best Australian road trips below and get excited for your next adventure!
Grand Pacific Drive
The Grand Pacific Drive extends from Sydney’s Royal National Park to the city of Wollongong, and the gorgeous coastal towns of Shellharbour and Kiama. Heading south, you will pass shimmering ocean, beaches and bays along this 140 kilometre coastal drive. The south coast is famed for its white sands and unspoilt national parks, perfect for lazy beach days. The route also passes the historic Sea Cliff Bridge, a road that stretches out from the cliffs over the ocean.
Darling River Run
If you’re looking for outback adventure, the Darling River Run is the road trip for you. Following along the banks of the Darling River, this 730 kilometre drive the mix of desert and country terrain can be a challenge for even the most seasoned driver. The route begins at Walgett in north-western NSW before ending near the Victorian border. You’ll visit old port towns such as Louth, Bourke, Tilpa, and Wilcannia before arriving at the historic mining town of Wentworth.
The Great Sunshine Way
The Great Sunshine Way is a great road trip for those who love the beach and favourite with surfers. Starting at the Gold Coast, relax on the sands of the many beaches in the area and enjoy the nightlife of the area. The subtropical city of Brisbane is just an hour away where you can enjoy the perks of city life as well as the natural beauty of its many national parks. Next, discover the surfing hub of Noosa where you can catch a wave at Noosa Heads or check out the vibrant boutique markets. Finally, drive on to Bundaberg to reach the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Legendary Pacific Coast
Set off on the Legendary Pacific Drive from Sydney to Brisbane and marvel at the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Along the way on this coastal drive you’ll pass the ultimate holiday destinations of the Central Coast as well as Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and the iconic Byron Bay. Make sure you leave some time to visit some of the 48 national parks and 12 state forests on your trip.
Before you head out..
The Aussie outback can be unforgiving, so before you leave for the open road get to grips with your vehicle. Read your car’s manual and become familiar with basic fixes and the way it handles to save yourself some time in the future. Whether you’re hiring a car for the journey or taking your own, be sure to spring clean your car first. Decluttering and having your car serviced before you set off will help to avoid any dramas on the road.