The best drives in Australia will take you from one end of the country to the other. If you’re looking to explore the nooks and crannies of our vast country, add these epic road trips to your list.
It’s said there’s no place like home, but when your home is Australia there really is no place like home. Whether you’ve only got the weekend to play with or you have a few weeks on your hands, we’ve searched high and low to find the best drives our great country has to offer!
Great Ocean Road, Victoria
There’s a reason – several reasons actually – that this drive is so famous and is one of the best drives in Australia – and the world: Beautiful coastal scenery; a rainforest or two and eateries fit to satisfy the most stubborn foodie. This road trip has something for everyone. The popular Twelve Apostles are well worth the drive time, even more so when the majority of that drive is along beautiful coastal scenery.
Depending on how long you want to spend on away, the Great Ocean Road can be done in a day if you rush it, or spread out over a number of days or weeks by staying at some of the beautiful beach towns along the way. Plan your trip here.
Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales
Less than an hour from Sydney’s CBD, the Grand Pacific Drive is a 140 kilometer coastal journey that stays close to the shore all the way up to Shoalhaven.
Beginning with the breathtaking coastal and forest views of Royal National Park, the drive includes the dramatic Sea Cliff Bridge and the blowholes at Kiama which also boasts one of the whitest sand beaches in the world.
The Royal National Park is worth a visit by itself, with the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration as well as great places to camp!
There are many things to explore along the way including food and wine, camping, natural wonders and some of the best beaches in Australia. Intrigued? Find out more here.
The Nullarbor Plain, Western Australia
If you have a few days and plenty of fuel to explore 2000kms of untouched wilderness, then this is the one of the best drives in Australia – and possibly the most iconic – that you could tackle: The Nullarbor Plain.
The drive from the sandy white beaches of South Australia to the Ceduna to Perth is a beautiful span of the Nullabor. Its wild, almost treeless beauty is unique to Australia and is littered with exciting natural wonders to explore.
Climb the scenic granite hills of the Fraser Range and take a look at the plentiful wildlife including camels and wedge-tailed eagles. If you’re planning on leaving the highway a four-wheel drive is definitely recommended, but otherwise the drive is pretty cruisy. Don’t forget plenty of water and keep those mobile phones charged. Plan your itinerary and get on the road!
Kangeroo Island, South Australia
Australian wilderness and wildlife meets artisan food and wineries on beautiful Kangaroo Island. Take your own vehicle on the SeaLink ferry from Cape Jarvis which is a two-hour drive Adelaide, or hire a car on the island itself and let yourself get lost in all 1600kms of road. Uncrowded surf breaks are in abundance and it’s not unusual to have the entire beach to yourself, except for a few penguins or fur seals! Equally as famous for it’s wind sculpted ‘Remarkable Rocks’ and vast open caves, there’s enough adventure on this island to last a lifetime. Plan your trip here.
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