You can see a lot of Australia, because there's a lot of Australia to see. It might not seem obvious when we drive mostly to work, drop kids off or to see friends. You might not know this, but there's over 800,000km of road in Australia. You can road trip for hours and hours and see some of the great wonders of Australia. In many cases, the roads themselves are pleasant to drive on. Here's of what we think are the top 5 driving routes in our Great Southern Land.
1. NSW Central Coast
The NSW Central Coast is the jewel in Australia's natural wonders. Exquisite beaches, untouched bushland and wondrous natural parks in the Hunter Valley can be found throughout this 1,227km trip of a lifetime. You can experience wildlife and the incredible coast the envy of the world over. A first-class driving holiday.
2. The Great Tropical Drive
For the more adventurous drivers, the Great Tropical Drive is a coastal tour of North-East Queensland which takes in rainforests, mountains and old rivers of lava! You can stop in Cairns, Townsville and the Daintree. At minimum a six day journey, it's for those who love the ride as much as getting there.
3. Barossa Valley Grape Vine
At a short 170km, this one is definitely for aficionados of great wine. A simple and relaxing drive around South Australia's world-famous Barossa Valley wine region that features some truly breathtaking natural scenery.
4. Western Australia's Culture Trail
The southern tip of Western Australia is one for history buffs and culture lovers. This near 1,200km round journey takes in Aboriginal cultural sites, early settlers' sites and many natural wonders. It takes in Perth, Albany, Pemberton and up the South West Coast.
5. The Murray River Run
Taking in 614km of breathtaking scenery, this takes you past one of Australia's most pristine rivers, the Murray from Mildura, VIC to Albury, NSW. Following this smooth ride is great for the kids who can experience river swimming and canoeing. Mum and Dad aren't left out as the 'run' offers up some of Australia's finest dining and wineries.