Sure you could fly, but where’s the fun in that. The best way to see the beauty of our sunburnt country, is to pack up and hit the road. It’s the family holiday that won’t break the budget, gives you the freedom to go at your own pace and is guaranteed to be an experience the kids won’t soon forget.
Check out the top 10 greatest Aussie road trips that can all be driven during the school holidays.
The Twelve Apostles, Victoria
1 Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Distance: 243km Travel time: approx. 4hrs
Take a drive along the shipwreck coast, from Torquay to Allansford (near Warnambool). See the iconic Twelve Apostles, walk along amazing beaches, encounter wildlife on a rainforest walk and feast on freshly caught seafood straight out of the Southern Ocean. It’s one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives.
Cape Byron Bay Lighthouse, New South Wales
2 Legendary Pacific Coast, Sydney to Brisbane
Distance: 911km Travel time: approx. 11hrs
It’s one of the most travelled routes in Australia. Take your time with so many places to stay along the way, from The Hunter Valley, Port Macquarie, Coffs Coast, Byron Bay, Kingscliff and Gold Coast. It’s like eight or more holidays in one!
Road signs along the Nullarbor Plain
3 The Nullarbor Plain, South Australia to Western Australia
Distance: 911km Travel time: approx. 11hrs
Starting in Ceduna, South Australia, allow three to five days to make your way to Perth travelling along Australia’s longest road. Enjoy whale watching at Head of Bight, visit Border Village and Eucla telegraph station, all while spotting the odd wild camel or emu. You’ll need a four-wheel-drive if you plan to get off the beaten track, otherwise its easy driving.
Taking a dip in Alice Springs
4 Uluru to Kings Canyon, Northern Territory
Distance: 321km Travel time: approx. 4hrs
Spend three days driving scenic route through red earth country. Discover breathtaking landscapes, explore gorges, canyons and marvel in ancient Aboriginal rock art sites. Got a spare day or two up your sleeve? Why not take on the Red Centre Way while you’re there.
Callington Mill, Oatlands, Tasmania
5 East Coast Escape, Tasmania
Distance: 559km Travel time: approx. 7.5hrs
If gourmet food and lush countryside aren’t enough for you then there’s the incredible Bay of Fires, spectacular sites of the Freycinet National Park and historic towns like Port Arthur and Salamanca. This road trip won’t disappoint.
Wild dolphins playing around in the shallow waters of Monkey Mia
6 Drive the Coral Coast, Western Australia
Distance: 1253km Travel time: approx. 13hrs
On this route the desert meets the sea. Taking off from Perth, spend 10 amazing days visiting some of Australia’s most beautiful spots. Discover the world famous Pinnacles at Nambung National Park, see the wildflowers at Kalbarri, spot dolphins playing in Monkey Mia and swim with whale sharks in Coral Bay.
Sea Lion pup, Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island
7 Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Distance: 1600km Travel time: approx. 4.5hrs
Hop on a ferry from Cape Jervis and hire a car on the island itself or take your own. Kangaroo Island is a wildlife sanctuary, surrounded by natural wonders. Gaze at wind-sculptured rock formations, observe colonies of sea lions and penguins and spot koalas sleeping in the treetops.
Cathedral Rock in Mount Buffalo National Park, Victoria
8 Great Alpine Road, Victoria
Distance: 339 km Travel time: approx. 5hrs
From Wangaratta to Metung, wind your way along Australia’s highest sealed road. With access all year round you can conquer lofty mountain rangers, trek through the lush forests, discover waterfalls and stop off at wineries along the way.
Beautiful Jervis Bay, New South Wales
9 Grand Pacific Drive, Sydney to Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Distance: 199km Travel time: approx. 3hrs
Take Grand Pacific Drive to travel along some of NSW’s most spectacular scenery and coastline. Drive through Royal National Park, the world’s second oldest National Park and over the famous Sea Cliff Bridge until you arrive at the vivid blue waters of Jervis Bay. Be sure to check out the blowholes at Kiama.
Travelling through the Daintree Rainforest by train, Queensland
10 Trip to the Tip, from Cairns to Cape York, Queensland
Distance: 911km Travel time: approx. 23hrs
Pack your sense of adventure and head off on a two week journey from the tropical beaches of Cairns to unspoilt wilderness of Cape York. Take in all of the sights, smells and sounds of the World-Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, two of our countries greatest natural wonders. This trip is one for the bucket list.