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Top 5 Australian Road Trips

Saturday, October 13, 2012

In an age of fast international travel, Australians often head overseas to exotic locations such as Asia or Europe. If you’re on a budget or don’t have the time to head overseas then Australia offers some truly breathtaking locations. The time-honoured tradition of a road trip is a great way to explore all that Australia has to offer. Road tripping is a great way to see as much of the countryside as possible and to relish the journey as opposed to the destination. So what are the best road trips Australia has to offer? As a large country we are blessed with a multitude of potentially great road trips, after much deliberation we have managed to hone it down to a top 5 that we feel can be enjoyed by hardcore road trippers, and casual travellers alike.

  1. The Great Tropical Drive
    The Great Tropical Drive offers a sensational road trip for those who love the beautiful vistas of tropical Queensland. The drive is best tackled from Cairns, which offers all that is needed for trips up and down the route. At around 1600KMs long the route takes around 2 weeks to explore properly however the rewards are truly great. The terrain consists of beautiful tropical rainforests running beside picturesque coral reefs covered by turquoise ocean shades. The Great Tropical Drive is perfect for those wanting to relax and soak up the sun.
  2. Red Centre Way
    Red Centre Way is perfect for those who wish to truly explore the heritage and essence of Australia. Starting in Alice Springs the route is around 1200KM long and consists of some of the most beautiful deserts in the world. Rolling desert landscapes are broken by sandstone rock formations smoothed by years of exposure to the elements. For those wishing to get in touch with the soul of Australia, this drive is not to be missed. The trip tales around a week and it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for desert conditions.
  3. Tasmanian Food and Nature Trail
    The rugged wilderness of Tasmania offers a wild landscape that is rare in the world today. The Food and Nature Trail offers 600km of sensational scenery and boasts some of the best gourmet food and wine in the country. A must for the comfort traveller, the road offers plenty of food stops and easy driving along the entire route.
  4. Coral Coast and Monkey Mia
    The pride of Western Australia the Coral Coast offers some of the best national parks in the world. Beginning in Perth the Coral Coast route is terrific for wildlife aficionados. The 2000KM long road offers the chance to have numerous encounters with some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife. The best part of the route is the famous Monkey Mia resort were wild dolphins swim to shore every morning to interact with humans providing a truly humbling experience.
  5. The Great Ocean Road
    The Great Ocean Road is Australia’s most famous road trip destination, and for good reason. The road offers some of the most beautiful displays of nature in the world and should be at the top of every Australian’s bucket list. At 243 KM long the road is short but there are plenty of surrounding routes that offer breathtaking scenes that should not be missed.

Road tripping is a great way to explore all this great country has to offer. Ensure that before you leave for any trip that you are well prepared. Getting your vehicle checked and your tyres changed before a long journey can save a lot of hassle on the road. So what are you waiting for get organised and go out and explore the roads of Australia.