With every turn of the road, Australia’s landscape changes. A dramatic array of diverse landscapes that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The ultimate way to discover Australia is by car. And, feel at home driving on the left side of the road.
Australia features some of the best scenic drives in the world
Be amazed at every turn. Quirky small towns. Sun-tanned Outback. Rolling farmland. Rainforest. Plunging waterfalls. Vibrant coastal towns. White-sand beaches. Untamed wilderness. Remote countryside. National parks. Scenic drives with picture-perfect views make travel days just as enjoyable as your non-travelling days.
10 of the best Australian road trip destinations
# 1 The Great Ocean Road
Be intrigued by one of the world’s most renowned coastal scenic drives, The Great Ocean Road. A 240-kilometre stretch of road that takes you along the coast of the Indian Ocean, Victoria. Starting from the colourful surf town, Torquay, this road will lead you through ancient forests with the largest collection of eucalyptus trees in all of Australia.
"The Great Ocean Road is one of the most spectacular scenic routes, I have ever seen."Sylvia, Travel specialist
# 2 South East Tasmania
South East Tasmania is known for its wildlife, spectacular landscapes and rich history. The region consists of three parts: the Kettering and Cygnet peninsulas, the idyllic Bruny Island and the coastline along the Huon Highway. You will find several nature parks, where you can see the famous Tasmanian Devil.
# 3 75 Mile Beach Road
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, stretching over 123 kilometres along the southern coast of Queensland. This rugged island features champagne pools, extensive beaches, towering pines and has over 100 freshwater lakes. It is the only place in the world where tall rainforests grow on the sand dunes.
Here, you can hop in a 4WD and drive along a sand highway, 75 Mile Beach Road. An experience of a lifetime, the highway runs the length of the island. Along the way, discover shipwrecks and wild untamed waters. And be sure to keep a lookout for dingoes and whales!
# 4 Kakadu
Immerse yourself in a wondrous world of untouched landscapes, ancient culture and a huge variety of flora and fauna. Kakadu is rich with ecological and biological diversity and is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Covering an area of over 20,000 square kilometres, this makes the untamed terrestrial area Australia’s largest national park.
# 5 Gibb River Road
Experience a real outback expedition on one of Australia’s most unique 4WD routes - Gibb River Road. Get ‘off the grid’ for an Aussie adventure through the vast untouched landscapes of the Kimberly in Western Australia. A notorious trek from Derby to Kununurra, discovering the secluded wilderness, a galore of natural gorges and cattle-farms the size of a city.
The region is rich in indigenous culture, practised here for many thousands of years. Some highlights along the way are Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Lennard Gorge, Bell Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station, Home Valley Station and El Questro Wilderness Park. A nature wonderland with endless things to do and see!
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# 6 The Blue Mountains
Be enchanted by a mystical place, the Blue Mountains. Located two hours drive, west of Sydney in New South Wales. The name was chosen because the mountains have a unique blue glow. This is due to its spectacular eucalyptus forests, a magical occurrence happens when the sun heats the leaves. There are 92 different species of eucalyptus growing in the area.
The region also boasts quaint and charming towns, grand landscapes, forested valleys and waterfalls. Along the way, take a wander on one of the many walking trails, it’s a walker’s dream! Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture and rich history. Visit the famous Three Sisters. Or hop on the steepest passenger railway in the world. The Scenic Railway has a thrilling 52-degree incline!
# 7 Daintree
Be captivated by an ancient and mysterious place - Daintree. A truly unique part of the world, where two natural World Heritage Sites meet - Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Enter nature’s open-air art gallery, where you can discover an abundance of rare fauna and flora, including witchetty grubs.
Home to 30% of Australia’s frog, marsupial and reptile species and 65% of bat and butterfly species. Along the way, try to spot the elusive cassowary (a prehistoric-looking large colourful bird). And try a cup of local Daintree tea or visit the Daintree Icecream and Tropical Fruit Orchard.
# 8 Atherton Tablelands
As you drive away from the far north Queensland coastline, you’ll find Atherton Tablelands. A place featuring rolling green hills and waterfalls. And a unique assortment of native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, lizards, platypus, snakes, frogs and birds. Discover steamy warm waters at Innot Hot Springs or experience the Atherton Tablelands craft distilleries and wineries. Go on, try some Mango wine!
# 9 Hunter Valley
Indulge in Australia’s oldest wine region, Hunter Valley. Take your tastebuds on an awe-inspiring journey, a real culinary escape. Located two hours drive north of Sydney, near Newcastle in New South Wales. If you’re a sommelier or wine lover, this stunning region has over 100 wineries on offer. The perfect back-drop for a road trip.
# 10 Red Centre
Be captured by one of nature’s greatest spectacles - Ayers Rock (Uluru) and The Olga’s. Located in the Red Centre, 470 kilometres west of Alice Springs, this place is oozing with a powerful spiritual presence. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu (the Aboriginal people of the area) and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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