In this article, we are revealing the world’s best road trips which are of course, in Australia. This is one of the world’s most beautiful countries with lovely coastlines, amazing geographical features, nice climate and a diverse eco-life.
Almost every part of Australia is safe and well-connected with an extensive road network which will allow you to explore beyond your imagination. If you can budget well, with a 4×4 wheel drive, you can traverse all Australia’s seven states of Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territories. This is a vast country and if you are planning a country-wide road trip, plan to do it with your family as this will make family travel more practical, cost effective and even more exciting.
For starters, setting out with the Great Ocean Road in Victoria state would be realistic. You may decide to start from Torquay, just outside Melbourne for a 250km road trip to Warrnambool. You won’t need to rush but drive slowly so that you’re able to appreciate all that it has to offer if you spend at least two days while marveling at the stunning coastal views where the road passes, enjoying the beachside towns or hike near several waterfalls. Other points of interest you shouldn’t miss include 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park and the scenic Apollo bay.
Another exciting road trip is in the Northern Territory and it’s the Red Centre Way which is the best alternative road for tourists traveling between Alice Springs and Uluru than the Stuart Highway. This will enable you to discover Central Australia’s vivid landscapes, gorges, canyons, valleys, and if possible, you can also do camping or hike the trails of the West MacDonnell Ranges. The highlights on this road trip include Uluru which is a famous giant free-standing rock in Central Australia previously known by its colonial name Ayers Rock, also the Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, and Glen Helen Gorge.
If you’re planning to explore the northern part of this huge country, then you’d have to take the Savannah Way in Queensland. So far it’s the best road trip to help you adventure northern Australia as it stretches from Cairns in Queensland to Broome in Western Australia. This is a little more than 3,700 km, and it’s like driving from the west to the east of the country. Top spots along the way include the cute Millaa Millaa Falls, Undara Lava Tubes, Cobbold Gorge, and Boodjamulla National Park.
There’s also the Cairns to Cape Tribulation which traverses the Tropical North Queensland and the home to two of the country’s most iconic natural wonders which are; the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Find time to snorkel in the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, the gorgeous Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, and the unspoiled beaches of Cape Tribulation.
Probably the most popular road trip is the Sydney – Brisbane Drive which is also the country’s most traveled road. This east coast road is also known as the Legendary Pacific Coast and it stretches for more than 900kms. It starts from Sydney in Victoria to Brisbane in Queensland. It’s undoubtedly one of Australia’s most scenic roads that will enable you to enjoy the stunning beaches, green rolling hills, beachside towns, riverside towns, wineries, the countryside, wildlife sightseeing, and numerous water sports. Obviously, you shouldn’t miss out these favorite spots; The Hunter Valley, Port Macquarie, Coffs Coast, Byron bay, Kings cliff, and the beautiful Gold Coast City.
For those desiring to have more of Australia’s northernmost regions in the Northern Territory, then having a looped road trip from Darwin – Kakadu – Katherine – Litchfield would do well for you. Find ample time to visit the Aboriginal lands of Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, and Litchfield National Park is a must. Enjoy Australia’s most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in Darwin and Urbil in Kakadu as you also enjoy driving past the incredible wetlands and wildlife of Kakadu, the stunning gorges at Katherine, and the waterfalls/swimming holes of Litchfield. Stop by the Mindil Beach markets to enjoy the sunsets, swim in Kakadu’s Gunlom Falls or the hike up the Sunrise Cruise at Katherine Gorge.
If you’ve got more time to enjoy more road trips across Australia, look out for these other captivating road trips like the Gibb River road in Western Australia which is a 700km dirt track that takes you through the heart of The Kimberleys, one of Australia’s last wilderness frontiers. Another exciting one is the Broome to Perth road, that takes you along the 3,900kms of the beautiful Western Australia coastline. This road stretch will expose you to the region’s best landscapes and beaches like the Turquoise bay in Exmouth, Ningaloo reef for snorkeling and diving, Coral bay, the Pinnacles desert and Rottnest island.
Other unforgettable road trips can be done on the Broome to Cape Leveque road, also look out for the 75 Mile Highway on Fraser Island for some serious beach driving while letting you explore the beachside shipwrecks and the white coastal sands. Then there’s also the Sydney to Jervis Bay road for you to appreciate the unspoiled Hyams beach and Booderee National Park. Perhaps, you would also love to end your road trip on the amazing Tasmania island by driving along the Launceston to Hobart road whose main highlights include the Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay, the Wineglass Bay and Hazards beach in Freycinet National Park.