No doubt about it, Australia is one endless adventure. From expansive outback landscapes to red dirt trails and winding coastal roads, the only way to truly experience our beautiful country is from behind the wheel.
So it’s time you escaped the city and hit the road in search of the extraordinary sights and experiences this great land has to offer.
First, find yourself a car – we can help you there! Next, choose your favourite driving companion, prep your playlist and get those snacks sorted.
Now for your destination…
There’s nothing more quintessentially Australian than driving through the Red Centre. Beginning your outback experience in Alice Springs, you could always just head straight for Uluru… but where’s the adventure in that? Instead, opt for the iconic Red Centre Way route and take in the stunning landscapes of Kings Canyon and Orminston Gore.
Truly a once in a lifetime experience, this loop through the dusty heart of the country is best covered in 5-7 days. Whether it’s finding sacred indigenous sites, cruising the art galleries of Alice or bathing in the pools of Redbank Gorge, this is a trip that’s loaded with culture and history.
Starting in Torquay, 1½ hours from Melbourne, work your way around the hairpin bends of one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives en route to the majestic 12 Apostles. Stop and check out some of Victoria’s best surf spots or, if that’s not your scene, there’s beach to bush horse-riding in quaint Airey’s Inlet or trying your hand at berry-picking half an hour down the road in Lorne.
Along the way to the iconic golden cliffs of the 12 Apostles you’ll discover the best that the Great Ocean Road and its surrounds have to offer. From lush forests to scenic beachside towns and fascinating wildlife – getting there is very much part of the experience!
It’s time to exit the mainland and venture into the wilds of Tasmania. While the Great Eastern Drive technically begins in Orford, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on the foodie haven of Hobart. Once you’ve had your wine and cheese fix, the journey to St Helens will take you to some of the country’s most famed destinations such as the breathtaking Bay of Fires, Freycinet National Park and the white sands of Wineglass Bay.
Here you can stretch your legs and pair your on-road odyssey with some of the East Coast’s award winning guided walks – Tassie is a hiking enthusiast’s dream. End your journey with a seafood feast in cosy St Helens, you’ll have well and truly earned it.
From wide open spaces to rambling tracks, it seems like Australia was made to be experienced by car. And with destinations like these, it’s easy to see why so many of us are choosing to holiday at home.
The best part is, there are countless more great Aussie road trips for you to discover. Let the adventures begin…