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The Best Australian Road Trips

12 August 2015

One of the best ways to explore Australia is on the road. Stop off at quirky towns, beautiful beaches for a quick dip or have your breath taken away at some of the Australia’s natural wonders.

Great Ocean Road – Melbourne to Adelaide

Arguably the best known road in Australia the Great Ocean Road starts in Melbourne and will finish up in the magnificent Adelaide. Take your time travelling along the 250 km stretch of road, with various lookouts and cafe’s to stop and admire the scenery. Keep an eye out for the 12 apostles and the iconic lighthouse from ‘Around the Twist’ on this awesome adventure. If you have lots of time there is also shipwreck coast and surrounding rainforests to discover or on your way into Adelaide stop off at one of the award winning wineries in the area.

Northern Territory – Alice Springs to Darwin

This is the perfect road trip for the traveller wanting to explore Central Australia. The trip from Alice Springs to Darwin is quite a long distance so it is recommended that you set aside at least 5 days to explore the area properly. With Uluru, the Devils marbles and Katherine Gorge along the way, this is the perfect tour for anyone wanting to check out Australia’s most well-known landmarks.

South Australia – Kangaroo Island

This is by far the best road trip for any animal loving travellers! Kangaroo Island is home to a wide array of different wildlife, with cheeky sea lions, breathtaking whales, kangaroos, and Koalas. The island has over 1600kms of roads to explore so there is plenty to see and do on the island. If wildlife isn’t your thing, the island hosts an amazing food and wine trail where you have the opportunity to sample the unique flavours of the island. Another one of the cool things you can do while visiting is check out the Flinders Chase National Park...home of the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch! It’s recommended that you stay at least over-night so you have enough time to explore the Island.

Northern NSW - Brisbane to Nimbin

This short little day trip is about exploring the quirky hippie towns of Byron Bay and Nimbin. Brisbane to Byron is just a short 2 hour drive, however, feel free to stop off at the NSW/QLD boarder to check out some of the stunning coastal views and have some lunch before continuing on. Once you arrive in Byron, check out some of the shops lining the main streets, check out the lighthouse or if you’re feeling adventurous, sign up for one of the Sea Kayaking tours. After exploring Byron, start travelling towards Nimbin, which is located in the Hinterlands of Byron Bay. The small hippie town is into sustainable living practices and is also well known for its cannabis counterculture. If you want to explore some of the most fun and unique towns in Australia, this is the perfect road trip for you.

Queensland – Brisbane to Cairns

It is recommended that you set aside about a week for this awesome trip up the east coast, especially if you want to explore all of the stunning beaches lining the east coast. Starting in Brisbane make your way North towards Rainbow Beach – where you can choose to head out to the famous Fraser Island. Keep heading up the north coast and stop at any of the towns that catch your eye – Seventeen Seventy and Airlie Beach are great little towns to explore. Once you arrive in Cairns be sure to go on a Great Barrier Reef tour or participate in some exciting White Water Rafting in the Tully River.