The Top Australian Road Trips

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.

3 days on the great ocean road cars taking to the open road peggy tee
The Great Ocean Road

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.

australian top road trips huon taking to the open road peggy tee huonvalley
Tasmania’s white sand beaches

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.

australian top road trips Uluru taking to the open road peggy tee wikipedia
Uluru from the air

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.

australian road trips North_Avoca_Beach_NSW_Australia taking to the open road peggy tee wikimedia
Avoca Beach

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.

australian top road trips alpine stretch taking to the open road peggy tee visitvictoria
The Alpine way, Victoria

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.

australian top road trips gibb river road taking to the open road peggy tee wikimedia
The Gibb River Road

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.

You may also like

Top 5 Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve A New Year means new possibilities and new beginnings. The start of things. A chance to do things over. On New Year's Eve, people around the world gat...
Spotlight On: Harvie from A Farang Abroad Harvie from A Farang Abroad is just "a regular guy who decided to go traveling without a plan back in 2012." He spent a year living in Thailand workin...
A few of my favourite shops: Sydney Sydney isn't really known as a mecca for shopping because of the high prices, but there are a couple of cool little shops I like browsing through when...
RELATED  Little-Known Ways to Have a Blast in Rosemont


  1. tpaguntalan says:

    Hi Peggy,

    Your blog site is amazing! So informative and fun. I love the photos of the places you’ve been to. These photos are memories to last you a lifetime. The places you have been to and are going to see need not be forgotten. I can’t wait to read more about your travels and view your wonderful photos.

    You can actually share your photos and videos to more people. I discovered an awesome website that lets you share pictures and videos and helps you remember specific locations you’ve traveled to.

    Have you ever taken photos on a trip only to get home and not be able to remember where you took “that” shot? is your Travel log, Travel Diary or travel companion. As long as your phone or camera is set as “GEO Tagging” or “Location Tagging” to ON, the GPS data of exactly where you took the photo will be decrypted from your photo and will place your photo on your very own personal travel log map of the world so you can quickly and easily see every photo you’ve taken and exactly where it was taken.

    Just yesterday I was talking to my #travel buddy that I do a “blokes Trip” with once a year and I was looking at a photo that I swore was taken in Da Nang in Central Vietnam – But when I uploaded it, the GPS data said it was taken in Southern Vietnam and then I compared it to other photos the same day and yep, it was taken in Vung Tau in Southern Vietnam.

    Very powerful and totally FREE – I hope it is useful to you. It’s very user-friendly and you’ll never forget those wonderful places you’ve traveled to. Just create an account (quick and easy) and share your amazing photos for more people to see and enjoy.

    I really hope to see all your photos on the Trailu site!

Comments are closed.