If you are looking for a break from your at-home office space, you might need to take some time away on a road trip. Whether you’d like to take a drive through your own state on a long weekend or if you’re looking to have some extended time off after a difficult year, there are a variety of road trips that will allow you to see just how beautiful this country really is.
Here are 10 Australian road trips to take this year:
The Big Lap
If you are a go-big-or-go-home kind of person and are in a position to a huge six-month getaway, it might be the right time for you to take The Big Lap. This is a great opportunity to experience everything Australia has to offer in one go by travelling the coastline between Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart.
This massive 15,000 kilometre trip on Highway One is best to take on during April to September because it is during this dry season that the weather is nice, the temperature is tolerable and most roads are usually open. If this trip sounds like a dream but in reality is too overwhelming, break it up into parts and take it one state at a time.
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
If taking in some beautiful rainforest, stunning sunburnt cliffs, fascinating shipwrecks sounds like your ideal getaway, then a trip down The Great Ocean Road exploring the southern coast of Victoria from Torquay to Allansford might be in the cards for you.
This 234-kilometre stretch of road not only contains natural wonders like Port Campbell National Park, but also the remaining eight of the famous Twelve Apostles. We recommend that you start in Torquay so that you’re on the ocean side of the road and can easily pull over for lookouts.
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The Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales
If you’re all about checking out the scenic sites, The Grand Pacific Drive might be the right choice for your trip. This 140-kilometre coastal drive will take you through tranquil rainforests and over the Sea Cliff Bridge where you can experience breathtaking views and take in the sea breeze.
During this trip, you would travel through seaside towns such as Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven. Each area has its own sites to see and experience including the Kiama Blowhole, Hyams Beach, Royal National Park and Minnamurra Falls.
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Gibb River Road, Western Australia
If you are eager to venture West, a trip down Gibb River Road could give you an excuse to check out the outback of Australia. This 660-kilometre road will allow you to cover the area right through the belly of the state, showcasing areas such as Kimberley from Derby to Wyndham.
Take some time to stop by and check out the outback cattle stations, ancient gorges, gorgeous waterfalls and sacred Aboriginal sites and rock art while learning about the country’s pioneering history and run into some fascinating characters. One standout site is the beautiful Bell Gorge where you can gaze at the flowing waterfall, take a dip in the deep pool of water and have a picnic on the large flat rocks.
Make sure you have a full tank before you leave because there are only two roadhouses along the way and only Mt Barnett sells unleaded while both Imintji and Mt Barnett sell diesel.
The Savannah Way, Queensland, Northern Territory & Western Australia
If you’re looking for another multi-state trip The Savannah Way could be the adventure you are searching for. This huge 3,700 kilometre trek from Tropical North Queensland to Western Australia’s Kimberly region connecting Cairns to Broome via the Northern Territory.
While on this trip, you can check out five World Heritage-listed areas, as well as 15 beautiful national parks, various cattle stations and thundering waterfalls. If you are lucky enough, you might catch a sight of some of the wildlife that live up North as they go about their day.
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East Coast, Tasmania
Stepping away from the mainland, Tasmania also has a lot to offer in terms of a road trip. Driving down the 220-kilometre East Coast of the state via the Great Eastern Drive from Hobart to the Bay of Fires, you’ll be able to travel through areas such as St Helens, Swansea and Bicheno.
Food lovers will be able to experience an abundance of produce while discovering the natural wonders of the region. This may include the mountains and beautiful blue waters of Freycinet National Park where a lot of the interesting marine life dwells.
The Great Barrier Reef Drive, Queensland
It’s important to appreciate this beautiful wonder while we can, so take some time to experience The Great Barrier Reef as you take a trip down The Great Barrier Reef Drive. The 140 km journey from Cairns to Cape Tribulation will not only see The Great Barrier Reef, but also the Wet Tropics rainforest and various beaches.
Along the way, you will also have opportunities to connect with Indigenous culture. Daintree Village will allow you to learn about the Indigenous people of the area, the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people through interesting tours and experience an Indigenous spa treatment. Meanwhile at Cooya Beach, you will be able to have a go at traditional hunting.
The Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
While South Australia might be famous for its fantastic wine tours, there is so much more to this beautiful state. The Eyre Peninsula is just one example that has plenty for you to experience and explore. You’ll need at least three days to make the most of this 727-kilometre stretch, so it’s best to save this one for a long weekend.
With natural beauties such as Greenly Beach, Fishery Bay, Coffin Bay National Park, Talia Caves and Lake MacDonnell, you’ll be able to take in the very best that the coastline has to offer. Furthermore, this area could be seen as a seafood lover’s dream, with fresh seafood grown locally and ready to consume.
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Darwin to Kakadu and Litchfield, Northern Territory
Travelling up North, going for a drive from Darwin to Kakadu and Litchfield will allow you to explore some of the wonders up there. This trip will lead you down to the beautiful national parks of the region, such as Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park.
On your trip towards these national parks, you can take the time to learn about local Indigenous culture from Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve where you can walk along the Monsoon Forest trail or take on the Woodlands to Waterlily Walk.
Red Centre Way, Northern Territory
The Red Centre Way is another Northern Territory trip that will allow you to see incredible landscapes, gorges and canyons and experience the camping and hiking trails of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
During the 1,135 kilometre trip from Alice Springs, you will be able to visit the iconic Uluru and Kata Tjuta, as well as various national parks, Kings Canyon and Glen Helen Gorge. You can also take a quick dip at Redbank Gorge pools and the stunning sights from the cliffs at Rainbow Valley, especially if you go early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
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Words by Jessica Testa
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