Perhaps one of the most underrated ways to get around the expansive Australian continent is by car. While it’s certainly not the most efficient way to get from point A to point B, it can certainly be the most fun and most adventurous.
If you and your family or friends are looking for your next great adventure, consider these 10 road trip options across the great country of Australia. There are a large number of towns and cities in Australia, mostly with quality road access.
The Big Lap
This trip is exactly how the name indicates. The Big Lap is the circumnavigation of the entire continent. This road trip follows 15,000 kilometers of Highway One, whch links seven of the capital cities and pieces together the picturesque coastline between Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart.
This is obviously quite the endeavor, but if you have the time (somewhere around 6 months or more), and an all-wheel drive UTE or SUV, this road trip could very well be one of the most epic experiences of your life. This route will allow you to access some of the biggest cities, soke of the most picturesque coastal towns, and some of the wildest regions that Australia has to offer. It’s everything you’ll want and more. All you have to do is make sure that you have the necessary time and freedom to undertake an experience like this,
One thing to keep in mind is to drive across the north region of the country between April and September. This will ensure that you get to enjoy dry and not-too-cool temps while also avoiding the rainy season.
The Great Ocean Road
This is one of the most famous road trip stretches along its southern coast. This road is considered to be so great because it exposes you to one of the world’s most stunning coastlines. From rainforests, to sunsoaked cliffs, and more. While on your trip make sure to explore Port Campbell National Park beyond the famous 12 (now 8) Apostles.
Take in the Loch Ard Gorge, site of a 19th-century shipwreck the Island Archway, which collapsed in 2009 and the cliff-face Gibson Steps.
Tasmania’s East Coast
From Bay of Fires to Hobard, this roadtrip allows you to feel the true wild characters of the Tasmanian island. It’s beautiful, quiet, and offers itself to an incredible views, meals, and so much more.
Take plentiful stops along the way to partake in the local seafood, beautiful hikes and wildlife spotting opportunities, and soak on the beaches.
One thing to make sure not to miss is to take a detour to Freycinet National Park, a region that is home to incredible granite mountains, plentiful birdlife, and glimmer blue wayer.
Cairns to Cape York
If you’re looking to stay local to Queensland, this is a great option to consider. The 1000-kilometre drive begins in Cairns and takes you across the Great Barrier Reef all the way to Qld’s tip of Cape York.
The Barrier Reef isn’t all this journey has to offer. Australia’s iconic red dirt, ancient rock art, vibrant rainforests, and croc-infested waters are also all on display within this exciting drive. Make sure not to miss the Quinkan Galleries at Laura is a collection of rock art believed to be as old as 30,000 years. Guided tours are available through the Quinkan & Regional Cultural Centre.
Great Alpine Road
Begin your journey in Victoria’s Wangaratta and then wind down approximately 500 kilometres through Victorian High Country to Metung in Gippsland Lakes area.
This road will take you through mountain ranges, deep valleys, Australia’s beautiful wine regions and the Gippsland lakes region. Which is great to visit by make sure to have a care with all-wheel drive and some wheel chains that can be easily fitted to and affixed to your car. When you driving through the most desolate regions of this journey, make sure to have a full tank of petrol and drive safe and slowly.
This is truly one of the most legendary roads in the entire state of Australia. Drive 900 kilometres from Sydney to Brisbane through the Central Coast, Port Stephens, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Byron Bay.Perhaps the reason why it’s so iconic is becase of all of the incredible surfing beaches that you can hit along the way.
A sufe’s paradise, you will want ot make sure to strap your long and short board for this trip as you will get access to big waves, tight curls, and endless swells.
If you are looking to refuel during your surfer’s getaway, take a slight detour west of Newcastle to the Hunter Valley region which is well-known for its incredible restaurants, as well as boutique cheese, olive, and chocolate producers.
The Savannah Way
This favorite links Cairns in the Tropical northern region of Qld with WA’s beautiful Kimberly region via Northern Territory. With approximately 3700 kilometres to cover, this is a serious undertaking that is seriously worth it.
The main draw for this drive is the 15 national parks and five World Heritage areas that you will be crossing along the way. You will see all Australia has to offer from rainforests to grassy plains, to ancient rock art, and much more.
The truth is, no matter which road trip you decide to go on, you are making the right choice. As long as your have a trusty car, Australia is a country that is rich with natural beauty, culture, and everywhere in between, As long as you get out there and are experiencing life, you are doing it right!