While exploring a new destination on foot is always a good idea, you know what’s a better one? Renting a car to drive around Australia’s best landscapes where amazing vistas, beautiful sunsets and untouched scenery await!
If you’re worried that it’s difficult to drive in Australia, you may be surprised to find out that Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road, same as Indians, and even have their steering wheel on the right side. Moreover, the Indian driving license is valid down under. If you need some inspiration for an Aussie road trip, take a look at these 5 breathtaking routes that will get you packing.
Go off-roading on the Great Beach Drive
If you think road trips are restricted to only sealed roads, then you need to visit Queensland and embark on the Great Beach Drive which takes the term ‘off-roading’ to the next level. Seated in a 4WD (four-wheel drive) vehicle, you can cruise along beaches and through rainforests, explore a UNESCO World Heritage islands and trail migratory humpback whales. The drive starts just outside of the Sunshine Coast, travelling from Noosa North Shore to Rainbow Beach. Coloured sand cliffs await, followed by a visit to Fraser Coast, home of the famous 75 Mile Beach Road. Afterwards, stop in at Hervey Bay where the migratory whales make an appearance. This four-day road trip sounds more exciting than a cliché walk on the beach, don’t you think?
Navigate curves on the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road has been the posterchild for self-drive in Australia for years, and with good reason. Starting just an hour drive out of Melbourne at the township of Torquay, the route is lined with scenic spots such as the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Wildlife Park. While the trip can be covered in a day, we recommend taking it slow by breaking up the journey at Warrnambool. Some of the essentials along the route include stopping at Gibson Steps for a different perspective to the 12 Apostles, feeding kangaroos at Ballarat Wildlife Park, panning for gold at Sovereign Hill and clicking photos at the spectacular Loch Ard Gorge.
Get mesmerised by the Great Eastern Drive
One of Australia’s unexplored gems, the Great Eastern Drive boasts magical landscapes straight out of a dream land. This five-day road trip packs in a little bit of everything that Tasmania stands for; wine, wildlife, waterfalls and convict ruins. Starting at Hobart, the drive travels up to the Bay of Fires on the scenic east coast. Stop in at Port Arthur (one of the world’s most significant convict sites), feed Tasmanian devils and taste fresh oysters while standing knee-deep in the bay waters at Saffire Freycinet.
Explore the Outback with the Red Centre Way
If you’re intimidated by the thought of exploring Australia’s massive outback, then this road trip is the perfect first introduction. The Red Centre Way brings together the best of the outback and packages it together in an exhilarating 7-day road trip. Discover icons of the Australian continent from the natural wonder of Uluru to the art installation of Field of Light. Watch the colour of the outback landscape change at sunset, discover the ancient living culture of the traditional Aboriginal land owners and lose yourself in rocky valleys, which are home to countless rare plants, birds and animals.
Discover regional New South Wales with the Grand Pacific Drive
If you’re short on time but still want to see as much of regional New South Wales as you can, try the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive. This drive begins at Royal National Park, an hour south of Sydney, and takes you through the majestic Sea Cliff Bridge and into the coastal city of Wollongong. Known to be ‘the’ spot for skydiving and other adventure activities, the small city also has an amazing beach and a happening dining scene. Continue your journey south to Jervis Bay, where you’ll visit Hyams Beach (which has the world’s whitest sand). Return to Sydney the next day after a quick pit-stop at Kiama Blowhole to watch the waves whoosh through the rocks.
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