5 Adventurous Australia Road Trip Itineraries

5 Adventurous Australia Road Trip Itineraries

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Australia is a perfect country to explore on a road trip. It’s an enormous and diverse country and the best way to experience as much of it as you can is if you have control over where you’re going and how long you plan to stay.

Since the trip will probably be longer than an ordinary vacation, it’s also a great bonding opportunity and a chance to really get to know your companions in a new light. At the same time, even though a road trip is an opportunity to explore beautiful and often untouched nature, the trip is rather safe and easy to plan.




East Coast: Cairns to Brisbane

A trip down east coast’s winding road is one of the most popular both for its beauty and the destinations it touches on. It’s a road on which you get to see Australia’s most impressive natural sights including Fraser Island, the Whitsundays and of course, the Great Barrier Reef Islands. 

The shore of Queensland is reason enough to take this trip, but you could stop anywhere along the way and enjoy one of its many pristine beaches and islands accessible from the road.




Pacific Highway: Brisbane to Sydney

The route between two of the largest Australian cities is basically hopping from one beach to another. When you keep going down south, you’ll start meeting surfers and divers from all over the world who have taken this trip to experience the extreme water sports Australia is known for.

Even though this is a highway between major cities, it’s still important to be prepared for the trip and to make sure that you’ve packed enough emergency equipment. Make sure you purchase spare tyres from Blacktown before you start the trip since you never know when you might get a flat tyre.




Great Ocean Road: Melbourne to Adelaide

There are those who might disagree but it’s safe to say that the way along the Southern Ocean is the most scenic coastal drive in Australia. It’s also the gathering point for surfers that come to Australia to visit Bells Beach near Torquay where the world surfing championship is held.

The oldest mainland lighthouse is also along the way in Cape Otway. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about the local Aboriginal culture which is centred in the Narana Cultural Centre.




Adelaide to Darwin

This is probably the route that’s most emblematic of Australia as a whole. The road is winding and lonely and the scenery changes along it to reflect all the natural beauties that Australia has. It starts with mountainous Flinders Ranges and changes into the red rock of the central desert and the gorges of the north.

It’s the same road that was completed by John McDouall Stuart 150 years ago and therefore it offers a feeling of stepping into the wilderness and not looking back until you’ve experienced the new country for the first time.




Adelaide to Perth

Unlike the other roads on our list, the road to the southern coast goes through open plains and thus has a bit of a lonely and melancholic tone to it. The Nullarbor Plain is called that since it has no trees alongside it and it’s one of the harshest environments the whole country has to offer.

There’s a 90-mile stretch of the road that’s completely straight which is an experience like no other on its own. It’s also a chance to make a stop at Cape Le Grand National Park and see its beautiful beaches for itself.




Taking a road trip is one of the best ways to get to know Australia. It gives you a chance to create your own itinerary and to focus on the tourist experience you would enjoy the most. 


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