10 Of The Best Road Trips In Australia

Do you love taking road trips across our great country? Aussies absolutely love road trips! Let’s take a look at some of the best road trips our beautiful country has to offer.

Research shows that more than half the population prefer to hit the road for a scenic drive as a favourite holiday pastime than flying around the country.

A road trip is the best way to experience the wide expanse of Australia, from ocean drives to adventures across the outback.

Whether you have weeks to spare or just a few days, there is an awesome road trip that will be just right for you.

Here are our ten best picks of Australia’s most celebrated road trips for you to explore, so pack the 4×4 and hitch the caravan for a magnificent adventure.

1. The Great Alpine Road Trip, Victoria

Don’t bother packing snacks for this 339 km adventure from Wangaratta to Gippsland Lakes as you can taste your way along the Rutherglen and King Valley wine regions.

Be sure to make a pit stop at Beechworth to taste the famous lamingtons (voted the best in Australia at last year’s Wotif’s Uniquely Aussie Awards).

When you’ve had enough of feasting, take a hike through Mount Buffalo National Park or hit the ski slopes at Mouth Hotham in winter.

2. Great Ocean Road Route

The Great Ocean Road trip from Allansford to Torquay is a 224km route with a number of interesting stops along the way at towns such as Peterborough, Lorne, and Apollo Bay.

Heavily marketed as one of the greatest drives in the country, this coastal scenic route certainly lives up to the hype with wonderful beaches, magnificent rainforest walks, lots of wildlife, and a long history of shipwrecks.

Once you hit Port Campbell, you get to see the 12 Apostles, which are dramatic rock sculptures that stick out from the coast like giant stalagmites.

3. Uluru to Kings Canyon, NT

This epic NT road trip promises a seriously iconic Aussie experience. The solid 321km route is as fascinating as it is enriching.

Start off at Uluru, one of the most important Australian cultural sites, and make your way to Kings Canyon.

On the way be sure to stop off at the Wanmarra Community to learn more about this fascinating area of land.

4. Gibb River Road, WA

Open for only 7 months of the year outside the rainy season, this 660km road trip is one of Kimberley’s greatest highlights.

Give yourself at least two weeks to properly explore this magnificent route with its awesome outback sunsets.

We recommend a 4WD and appropriate gear for hiking and swimming to take the most advantage of this epic adventure.

5. The Heritage Way, Oakley

Travel on the historic road between Hobart and Launceston built in the early 1800s by convict gangs and once a famous haunt of highwaymen.

You can do this trip in a few hours or stretch it out over days with interesting stops at beautiful towns and villages like Evandale, Longford, Perth, and Cressy.

Getaways in old atmospheric cottages situated in the lush countryside and gourmet food are great drawcards.

You can discover more about the history of the area at the Visitors Centre or the Heritage Highway Museum in Campbell Town.

6. Grand Pacific Drive, NSW

The Grand Pacific drive from Sydney to the South Coast is a great weekend road trip.

If you have a few extra days you can extend your trip to take in everything the South Coast has to offer, including Shoalhaven’s fantastic wineries, stunning beaches, and the famous Kiama Blowhole.

7. The Flinders Ranges, SA

A road trip along the Flinders Ranges to see some of the most epic landscapes in Australia is a must.

This 500km, dusty red road trip from Adelaide to Wilpena Pound will take you into the mountains to experience unbelievable sights with rugged peaks, spectacular gorges, and incredible cliff faces where you can pitch a tent and spend the night under the brightest of starry skies.

8. Kangaroo Island, SA

Take the SeaLink ferry from Adelaide to take advantage of several driving options on offer with over 1,600km of roads, wind-sculpture rock formations and plenty of wildlife to view.

Just outside the Flinders Chase National Park, you will find dozens of koalas hanging from the branches of trees.

Stroll through a colony of seals or watch little penguins retiring to their night-time burrows on the beach near the town of Penneshaw.

9. Kuranda Road Trip from Cairns

Drive along the tropical beaches of Cairns to experience the cool air of the World-Heritage rainforest at the mountain retreat of Kuranda.

Along the way listen to the piercing sound of millions of humming cicadas that live in the huge buttress tree trunks.

10. Legendary Pacific Coast Drive from Sydney to Brisbane

This 900km drive with the best family-friendly spots in Australia is the ultimate family road trip.

Highlights include the Australian Reptile Park, The Big Banana at Coff’s Harbour, and the Treetops Central Coast.

For the grownups attractions include Byron Bay and the Hunter Valley wine region. With all these amazing ideas for the perfect road trip, what are you waiting for?

All you need is to pick your favourite trip, pack your gear, and head off down the highway for a great Australian holiday adventure.

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