Australia has some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the world, and there are many places that are best seen by car, but you need to remember that Australia is huge, and you should plan ahead for the time and type of trip you want. Here are some of the best Australian road trips.
The Great Ocean Road
One of the most famous seaside road trips in the world in the Great Ocean Road, Victoria. It travels along the coastline of Victoria and passes by the 12 Apostles as well as through rainforests, charming local towns and beautiful beaches. The 12 Apostles are great limestone stacks along the shoreline. They are the highlight of the Great Ocean Road and are especially beautiful at sunset. You can take advantage of the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail and enjoy fresh crayfish, wine, cheese, local malt whisky and fantastic chocolate.
The Huon Trail
The Huon Trail, Tasmania is a beautiful loop through waterways and vibrant green landscapes along rivers and through ancient forests in the southern part of the state. The quiet country road travels through a World Heritage Wilderness, along towering cliffs and secluded beaches. The area has boutique vineyards and excellent restaurants that serve fresh, local food. You can stop the car and take a coastal walk, see birdlife, wildflowers and a historic lighthouse at South Bruny National Park on Bruny Island. The area inspires local artisans and there are wellness retreats and landscaped gardens along the way.
The Red Centre Way
For those looking for real adventure, and get a 4WD car from Europcar, the road trip to Uluru is the trip to take. The Red Centre Way is a loop that begins and ends in Alice Springs and travels some of the most spectacular natural monuments in the world. The way is rich with Aboriginal culture and full of historical sites. Uluru is the centerpiece, but Kata Tjuta is just as magnificent, and Kings Canyon has some scenery worth seeing as well as the West MacDonnell Ranges.
The NSW Central Coast Drive
The New South Wales Central Coast north of Sydney and the Hunter Route offer many local attractions along the coastal route. Beginning in Avoca Beach, you head north. There may be some backtracking, but the extra time is worth it. The crystal blue coast is never far away, but you can travel to Lake Macquarie where there are plenty of water sports and several picturesque villages. Moving on to Hunter Valley and the Wine Trail, if you plan to camp, you can get fresh local produce along the way. The geological wonder Burning Mountain Nature Reserve is close by. As you drive north, you can visit the famous Newcastle prison and have a dip in the Newcastle Ocean Baths. There are more Heritage Sites as well as beautiful beaches, ocean views and wildlife parks. You can keep going to Brisbane and enter Queensland for another adventure.
The Great Alpine Stretch
The Great Alpine Stretch is another road trip in Victoria that heads away from the beach. This road leads to the high country where Ned Kelly and other bushrangers carried on their exploits. The mountains are suitable for skiing in the winter and covered with colorful wildflowers in the summer. There are several lakes, including Lakes Entrance, a lakefront town that is vibrant all year-round. This route begins in Benalla and ends at Mallacoota.
The Gibb River Road
For a real wilderness adventure, you can take the Gibb River Road. It is a dirt road that travels through the Kimberley, another of Australia’s unique landscapes. The road is often flooded between November and March, but if you want to get away from it all, there’s no place like it. It has fantastic rock formations, waterfalls, gorges and swimming holes in the Purnululu National Park with endless stars every night.
The world has some amazing road trips through mountains, deserts and along pristine beaches, but Australia has some truly unique scenery.