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Drive Australia

From coastal journeys to Outback adventures cutting through the heart of the country, a classic road trip is one of the best ways to experience the wide-open spaces and magnificent scenery of Australia.

From short day trips to epic self-drive holidays and 4WD adventures, Australian road trips range in length, difficulty and cover all manner of landscapes. Driving in Australia is easy on most routes but you'll need to be prepared for the distances, road rules, 4WD tracks and Outback roads you might need to traverse. Buckle up and make sure you are well prepared with our road safety tips

DISCOVER AUSTRALIA’S BEST ROAD TRIPS

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Sydney - Nowra - Batemans Bay - Eden - Bairnsdale - Wilsons Promontory - Phillip Island - Melbourne 7 days drive Swim from white beaches in Jervis Bay, eat fresh oysters in Pambula and spot whales in Eden. Feed sea eagles in Mallacoota and experience the precious eco-systems of Croajingolong National Park. Go boating on the vast, tranquil Gippsland Lakes. Then walk along the sweeping expanse of Ninety Mile Beach and to the southernmost tip of Australia's mainland in Wilsons Promontory National Park. On Phillip Island, you'll find friendly fur seals and a daily dusk parade of little penguins. This blockbuster drive takes you to sleepy seaside towns, national parks teeming with wildlife and long, solitary beaches where your feet are the only ones on the sand.

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The BIG Pacific Coast Touring Route

The BIG Pacific Coast Touring Route

Australia is a big country with a fondness for Big Things - super-sized sculptures commemorating everything from prawns and pineapples to native animals and Ned Kelly. You'll find them all along the spectacular Pacific Coast Touring Route, which stretches all the way from Sydney to Cairns. Weave through the Hunter Valley, Byron Bay, the glittering Gold Coast and see the World Heritage-listed wonders of Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef. Stop to snap the Big Banana, a giant gumboot, a herculean pelican and many more larger-than-life monuments along the way. Whether you consider them highway art or just humourous, the Big Things are worth spotting on this stunning Australian road trip.

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9 great australian road trips

9 great australian road trips

Enjoy the freedom of the wide open road on one of these classic Australian road trips.

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7 Of Australia's best coastal drives

7 Of Australia's best coastal drives

Spend a day or three by the sea on one of these sensational coastal drives.

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10 must-stop places on the Great Ocean Road

10 must-stop places on the Great Ocean Road

From lush rainforests to amazing rock formations, Australia’s most dramatic coastal drive has plenty of highlights.

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THE BEST DAY TRIPS FROM OUR CAPITAL CITIES

3 of the Best Day Trips from Canberra

3 of the Best Day Trips from Canberra

Canberra is a starting point for short trips to the Snowy Mountains, the New South Wales South Coast and a cluster of historic villages well versed in food and wine.

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4 of Darwin's best day trips

4 of Darwin's best day trips

A trip to Darwin isn't complete without venturing to the waterfalls, rivers, lagoons and national parks close to this tropical city.

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Six great day trips from Melbourne

Six great day trips from Melbourne

World-class wineries, grand ocean road trips, mineral-rich hot springs – discover them all easily within a day’s drive of Melbourne.

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Guide to Hobart

Guide to Hobart

Find all the information you need on Hobart, Tasmania’s historic, waterfront capital.

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Guide to Sydney

Guide to Sydney

Relax on sun-drenched beaches, dine at award-winning restaurants and take in some shows on your trip to Sydney.

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Outback Experiences

Nature's Way

Nature's Way

Wind through the Adelaide and Mary River wetlands to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Here you can bushwalk through rugged escarpments and lush rainforest and discover a treasure trove of Aboriginal rock ark. Learn about the Territory's pioneering history in Pine Creek and swim in crystal-clear waterholes in the tarzan landscape of Litchfield National Park. You can do this dream drive on a fully sealed road in a two-wheel-drive vehicle.

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Crossing the Nullarbor

Crossing the Nullarbor

Widen your horizons driving the Eyre Highway across the vast Nullarbor Plain, four times the size of Belgium.

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Indian Ocean Drive

Indian Ocean Drive

Discover white beaches, coral reefs, salty fishing towns and rugged national parks on this spectacular journey along Western Australia’s Coral Coast. Head north to taste fresh crayfish in Geraldton and mouth-watering tropical fruits in Carnarvon. Swim with the huge whale shark on Ningaloo Reef and four wheel drive through the canyons of nearby Cape Range National Park. On your way back down the coast, meet the dolphins of Monkey Mia, along with whales, manta rays, turtles, sharks, dugongs and fish in the wider Shark Bay World Heritage Area. See seasonal wildflowers break out their brightest colours all along the coast, from Cape Range to the cliffs and gorges of Kalbarri National Park.

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6 Days along the Gibb River Road

6 Days along the Gibb River Road

Tackle one of the country's greatest 4WD adventures over 660 kilometres (410 miles) of Western Australia's rugged Kimberley wilderness.

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Savannah Way, Western Australia

Savannah Way, Western Australia

Cut a line between the desert and tropics on this rugged outback adventure between Darwin and Broome. You'll see palms sprouting from rust-red cliffs, crocodiles baking in gorges and boab trees bursting with fruit. Cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park and see Aboriginal rock art in Keep River National Park. Canoe down Ord River and huge, man-made Lake Argyle. Explore the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park, bushwalk to Mitchell Falls and visit the Argyle Diamond Mine. See the bulbous Boab Prison Tree near Derby and swim from Broome's Cable Beach, with its warm waters and soft dreamlike sand. The Savannah Way also has many bird watching opportunities, so pack binoculars and a field guide.

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