Planning a trip closer to home? Australia is an iconic self-drive destination for many international travellers, and lucky for you it’s right here in your own backyard. From picturesque coastal drives to red dusty Outback adventures, a road trip long or short is the best way to really see Australia.
But if you don’t have too many annual leave days in the bank and need a quick escape, there are plenty of journeys to help you unwind and feel a million miles away.
A quick ‘n’ easy hour and a half dash from Melbourne this gorgeous coastal drive stretches over 243 kilometres through rainforest and along beaches, taking in sights like the Australian National Surfing Museum at Torquay, the 12 Apostles and a shipwrecks or two.
To get the most out of your next long weekend take a drive to the Flinders Ranges, which isn’t difficult to do with the drive being around 5 hours. You also might want to stop along the way to try one of the Clare Valley wine region’s famous Rieslings and all of the other delicious and well known shiraz and cabernets on offer.
Another cruisy drive coming in just under 4 hours is the sojourn from Hobart to the Bay of Fires. However to make it an even more adventurous trip you can stop in at Eaglehawk Neck to check out the Tessellated Pavement, a natural wonder, before heading onto Port Arthur. After that there’s the Freycinet Peninsula. Head to the famous Coles Bay to tick the Wineglass Bay hike off your bucket list. Sample some of the local seafood before making your final stop in the picturesque Bay of Fires.
The iconic 3 hour drive from Brissie to Byron is a must do road trip and the perfect bucket list itinerary for first timers. An easy drive along the M1 there are plenty of stops along the way but you’ll probably want to head straight for the laid back hippie town of Byron that has in recent years attracted a young and trendy crowd of creative types.
Another nice amd easy 3 hour drive south of Sydney, Jervis Bay offers up stunning crystal clear waters at Hyams Beach. Jervis Bay Marine Park also has some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling around. If you do it at the right time of year, there’s whale and dolphin watching and some super beautiful bush camping to round out this beauty of a road trip.
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