15 Awesome Australia Road Trips

    With Outback, coasts, rainforests and mountains galore to explore from behind the wheel, Australia is road trip nirvana. Sadly, only 15 are awesome enough to make our stringent cut.

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    Great Southern Touring Route
    Distance: 777 km
    Destinations: Melbourne, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Halls Gap
    Highlights: Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles, Grampians National Park

    Great Ocean Road is a must but much more enjoyable as part of the more comprehensive Great Southern Touring Route. All in all, a good reason to get out of Melbourne for a few days.

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    The Great Alpine Road
    Distance: 308 km
    Destinations: Wangaratta, Bright, Omeo, Bairnsdale
    Highlights: Alpine National Park, High Country vineyards

    Some of the best scenery in Victoria unwinds in lovely intervals on the Great Alpine Road.

    Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive
    Distance: 1090 km
    Destinations: Melbourne, Bendigo, Echuca-Moama, Canberra, Albury-Wodonga, Sydney
    Highlights: Goldfields, The Murray, Rutherglen Wine Region

    Our first option to ferry you to and fro Sydney and Melbourne includes the underrated Rutherglen Wine Region.

    Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive
    Distance: 1270 km
    Destinations: Melbourne, Wilsons Prom, Sale, Lakes Entrance, Batemans Bay, Nowra, Sydney
    Highlights: Jervis Bay, Montague Island, Eden

    If the coast is more your bag, do not skip out on this remarkable trip, with linchpin landmarks like Jervis Bay and Montague Island.

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    Pacific Coast Touring Route
    Distance: 1297 km
    Destinations: Sydney, Central Coast, Singleton, Gloucester, Kempsey, Grafton, Brisbane
    Highlights: Hunter Valley, Barrington Tops National Park, Byron Bay

    A marvel of a road trip, the Pacific Coast Touring Route hits all the sweet spots on the way to Brisbane, from Barrington Tops National Park to Byron Bay.

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    Snowy Mountains Drive
    Distance: 519 km
    Destinations: Gundagai, Tumut and Tumbarumba
    Highlights: Kosciuszko National Park

    A scenic circuit ’round Kosciuszko National Park is good snowy fun for all.

    Gondwana Rainforests Way
    Distance: 650 km (over several circuits)
    Destinations: Brisbane, Woodenbong, Gold Coast, Nerang, Boonah, Murwillumbah, Dunoon, Dorroughby, Antarctic Beech
    Highlights: Tooloom National Park, The Channon markets, Pinnacle Lookout

    The only way to explore the phenomenal UNESCO World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests on the New South Wales – Queensland border involves several memorable circuits.

    The Long Paddock
    Distance: 610 km
    Destinations: Moama, Wilcannia, Echuca
    Highlights: Bourke, Broken Hill and White Cliffs

    Explore the heart of period Victoria courtesy of the Long Paddock on the Cobb Highway.

    East Coast Escape Tasmania
    Distance: 252 km
    Destinations: Bay of Fires, Freycinet Peninsula, Maria Island
    Highlights: Winglass Bay, Swansea, Freycinet Vineyard

    Tasmania has a parade of world class treks but the tidy East Coast Escape may well be the best. The Bay of Fires is worth the trip alone.

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    The Warlu Way
    Distance: 2480 km
    Destinations: Coral Bay, Karijini, Millstream-Chichester National Park, Burrup Peninsula, Broome
    Highlights: Shark Bay, Eighty Mile Beach, Ningaloo Reef

    Epic in a way that only Australia can deliver, the Warlu Way unfurls hits like UNESCO World Heritage Shark Bay and Eighty Mile Beach.

    Gibb River Road
    Distance: 1682 km
    Destinations: Derby, Kununurra, Wyndham
    Highlights: Mitchell Falls, Windjana Gorge, Bungle Bungle Range

    Still in vast Western Australia, the Gibb River Road meanders through The Kimberley and photogenic spots like Windjana Gorge National Park, Tunnel Creek National Park and the King Leopold Ranges.

    The Eyre Highway
    Distance: 1675 km
    Destinations: Norseman, Cocklebiddy, Eucla, Ceduna, Wudinna, Port Augusta
    Highlights: Nuytsland Nature Reserve, Great Australian Bight

    A classic meditative road endurance test equals a good chunk of the drive from Perth to Adelaide.

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    Great Central Road
    Distance: 1126 km
    Destinations: Laverton, Yulara
    Highlights: Lasseter’s Cave, Kata Tjuta, Uluru

    A 4×4, Outback emergency kit and steely resolve all come in handy on the unforgettable Great Central Road, which intersects with the Gunbarrel Highway en route to the Northern Territory and UNESCO World Heritage Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

    Nature’s Way
    Distance: 815 km
    Destinations: Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Litchfield
    Highlights: Ubirr, Mamukala Wetlands, Yellow Water Billabong

    Another spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Northern Territory, Kakadu National Park, is the ultimate reward on the beautiful Nature’s Way trip out of Darwin.

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    Matilda Highway
    Distance: 1789 km
    Destinations: Barringun, Charleville, Winton, Cloncurry
    Highlights: Heritage pubs, Gulf of Carpentaria

    Waltz with Matilda on one of the most remote and delicious journeys Down Under. Dusty, desolate pubs and the formidable Gulf of Carpentaria await.

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