Australia is a land of picturesque sceneries and abundant natural beauty. So, what better way to explore the country than a good old road trip? A road trip through Australia will allow you to explore the splendor of its cities and attractions, while having it easy on the pocket. We share with you our top five reasons to go road tripping in Australia!
The Legendary Pacific Coast
This 1,000-km east coast journey from Sydney to Brisbane is popularly known as the Legendary Pacific Coast. One of the most exciting Australian road trips, it takes travelers through some spectacular beaches, huge national parks, lush hinterlands, and vibrant beachside towns. While it can be managed on a weekend, try to set aside a week or two to see the best of the Australian culture.
The highlights along this road trip include Port Macquarie, Hunter Valley, Byron Bay, and the famous Gold Coast beaches.
GoFro Tip: Stop and sample some amazing, local Australian wines from Hunter Valley.
The Great Ocean Road
This 243km-stretch along the south-eastern Australian coast falls between the cities of Torquay and Allansford. Here you can take one of the most scenic trips on the planet, passing through rainforests and lovely tourist landmarks. This trip can be covered in just a day by choosing one of the tour services departing every day from Melbourne. But we suggest giving it more time to fully savor the wonders of the place.
The highlights of this trip include Twelve Apostles, a series of limestone formations spread off the shore of Port Campbell National Park, the Otway Rainforest, the coastal scenery, waterfalls, and the lovely towns lining the coast.
GoFro Tip: Stop over at Loch Ard Gorge after Twelve Apostles; it’s like having your own private beach!
The Western Expedition
The Western Coast stretches over 3,000 km, making this a long drive that needs at least 2 weeks. But it can prove to be an incredibly rewarding experience, exposing travelers to some of the best scenery and beaches in Australia. Driving from Perth to Broome is a fun-filled experience with several thrilling activities to partake in along the way. Admiring the sunset at Pinnacles in Cervantes, sandboarding in Lancelin, exploring Karijini National Park, or swimming with whales at the Ningaloo Reef are all a part of it.
GoFro Tip: Go for a camel ride at Cable Beach in Broome.
Cairns to Cape Tribulation
The Tropical North Queensland region is one of the most alluring regions in the country, housing the iconic Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. The highlights of a Cairns to Cape Tribulation road trip are Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, and of course, the Great Barrier Reef. While at Mossman Gorge, you can hire an Aboriginal guide who will tell you all about the amazing Aboriginal culture.
GoFro Tip: Avoid the humidity by traveling to the Tropical North Queensalnd in the winter months.
Gibb River Road
A famous 700km dirt-track taking you through the Kimberleys, the Gibb River Road in West Australia is probably one of the last standing wildernesses in the country. For those who love to drive, this is the ultimate 4×4 adventure.
Beginning near Derby and ending at Kununurra, the road is acquainted with some of the most brilliant gorges and waterfalls, along with a colorful aboriginal history. The place is also a great camping spot with highlights like Emma’s Gorge, El Questro, Tunnel Creek, Adcock Gorge, Galvan’s Gorge, Zebedee Springs, and King Leopold Ranges.
GoFro Tip: Traveling to the Gibb is recommended between May and October, once the road has been graded.