Australia Road Trips
"There's nothing like the freedom of an Australian Road Trip!"
Australia road trips...Picture yourself, cruising down a near empty road, your favourite music playing and some stunning scenery out of the window....No visit to Australia is complete without experiencing an Australia Road Trip.
The problem is that you are spoiled for choice. With so many cracking road trips it's hard to pick the best one. There will be one that is perfect for you. Below are my top recommendations with an explanation as to why I think they are good. Hopefully this will help you determine which one of the Australia road trips is right for you. Of course you'll also need the right music too - Road Trip Songs But first, some practicalities....
Practicalities of Australia Road Trips
The campervan experience is not necessarily for everyone. It can be cramped and a little claustrophobic for some!
Nor is it true that it's the cheapest option. Combining a hire car with accommodation can be just as cheap or even cheaper depending on the type of accommodation you are willing to stay in.
Check out these pages to learn more about hire cars and campervans:
Travel around Australia.
Camper Rentals Australia.
My Recommended Australia Road Trips
It's hard to put these in any sequential order of importance as they are all great but for different reasons
East Coast Road Trips
Traveling all the way from Cairns to Sydney for example would need a considerable amount of time - say at least 4- 6 weeks to do it justice.
As most people only have 3 weeks, there are a couple of options that might suit more
1) Cairns Australia to Brisbane Road Trip.
This trip is great if you are here out of season - between May and October. This is tropical Queensland so expect great temperatures but some rain if you come outside of this season.
The trip itself takes in some fabulous areas of Australia - notably the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays, Noosa and Brisbane - a good mixture between sea life, islands, beaches and city.
But there are a couple of days of heavy driving where, in my opinion, there's just not a lot to see. Worth it though to get to the next amazing place!
2) East Coast Australia Road Trip starts from Noosa and ends in Sydney.
This is a manageable trip with some great stop offs including Noosa (relaxed beach living and great food) Fraser Island, Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Port Stephens.
This is a real beach experience and probably the route most traveled by tourists - and deservedly so.
3) Sydney to Melbourne. A smaller trip or ad on from the above trip.
This is a good option for those who want to visit both Sydney and Melbourne. The route takes in Kiama and one of my favourite spots, Jervis Bay. Then its onto some quaint little seaside towns and a chance to see some fun wildlife at Phillip Island.
Victoria Road Trips
The Great Ocean Drive. is just outside Melbourne and clings to the coastline. It has some pretty towns, B&B's along the way too. Not too strenuous and very very pretty.
West Coast Road Trips
Whilst the West of Australia is less popular, it's also less crowded, particularly in summer, which can make Australia road trips more pleasurable here. I'd recommend
Western Australia travel Road Trip - this goes from Perth up to Exmouth via the likes of Monkey Mia. A great option if you have enough time to do the trip justice (2-3 weeks minimum)
Margaret River . This would be a trip between Perth and the Margaret River and perhaps carry on to Albany before looping back up to Perth.
This is a great choice for those who want to combine great beaches with stunning wineries.
Gibb River Road. This is the ultimate in Australia Adventure travel. A road trip that is in the great outback of Australia.
4Wd vehicles are essential as you travel on unsealed roads. You can stay at beautiful cattle ranches and homesteads and witness amazing scenery. Not for the faint hearted though and one you need to do out of season between May and October. This is non-negotiable as the road just isn't open during the wet season.
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