The Aussie road trip is a classic holiday experience for families. Driving along our highways and by-ways to admire the incredible beauty of Australia is well worth the effort. There are many great routes to take throughout the country, many that start in our major capitals, which keep the travelling distance to a minimum but the attractions to a maximum.
Here are our top Australian road trips.
Torquay to Warrnambool
The 243 kilometre coastal stretch from Torquay to Warrnambool in Victoria is arguably the most famous Australian road trip route. Built by soldiers after World War I, the Great Ocean Road boasts fascinating attractions, beautiful beaches and picturesque bushwalks. Pull over for a dip at the family-friendly beach at Lorne, be mesmerised by the impressive rock formations known as the 12 Apostles and enjoy a wander through the Otway Ranges.
Brisbane to Coffs Harbour
The kids will love being back seat drivers on the 400 kilometres stretch from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. En route, there are the fantastic theme parks of the Gold Coast and the most easterly point of Australia, Byron Bay. The walk to the lighthouse is a must. Continue heading south along the coast until you hit the perennial favourite – the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour.
Hobart to Freycinet
In the garden state, jump into the hire car in Hobart and drive down to Port Arthur, where the whole family can explore the historic buildings from Australia’s colonial past. Once you’ve experience our heritage, travel north to the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula. Be sure to hike upwards to view the peninsula from above before walking downwards and cooling off in the beach at Wineglass Bay.
Sydney to Canberra
From Sydney take the coast road south and appreciate the picturesque New South Wales coastline. The first stop on the trip is Kiama where the family can celebrate nature’s wonder as it spurts water through the blow hole. Continue driving south to Bateman’s Bay for a variety of terrific sea-based activities. When everyone is refreshed, travel west to picturesque Braidwood and onto Canberra. Once in the nation’s capital, the kids will love exploring science-central Questacon, touring Parliament House and admiring the replica Dinosaur skeletons at the National Dinosaur Museum.
Darwin to Kakadu
Departing from the Darwin, the Northern Territory capital, head east into the iconic Kakadu National Park, where families will enjoy admiring indigenous rock art, walking through the stunning landscape and appreciating the views from the Mirrai Lookout. There are also quite a few waterfalls that provide cooling waters. From Kakadu, drive back to the Stuart Highway and head into the Litchfield National Park. The terminate mounds are sure to amaze everyone.