10 Most Beautiful Australian Road Trips

By Holiday House DealsMarch 19, 2021

From the spectacular sea views and breathtaking outback to World Heritage-listed rainforests and beautiful, rugged coastlines, the best way to explore this amazing country is to go on long drives. So, rev up your engine, create your road trip playlist and hit the road for an epic and unforgettable drive.  

Here, we share the most beautiful Australian road trips.

1.       Great Ocean Road, Victoria

This beloved tourist destination is definitely worth the long drive. Scenic, beautiful and breathtaking, the 243-kilometre stretch takes you along cliff tops, surf beaches, past quaint seaside towns and lush patch of rainforest. Witness the stunning views of the famous Twelve Apostles (limestone stacks), Bell Beach and the coastal cliffs in Port Campbell National Park. Great Ocean Road is the world’s largest war memorial, built and dedicated to soldiers killed in World War I.

2.       Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive

This beautiful and dramatic coastal drive is every road trippers dreamland. Take the scenic coastal route through rolling hills and bushland, for fine food and wine, fabulous beaches and charming beachside towns. Marvel at the sights of the Blue Mountains National Park, the Australian Alps, Promontory National Park and Philip Island.

3.       Great Alpine Road, Victoria

The spectacular Great Alpine Road is considered the mountain equivalent to Victoria’s famous oceanside route, Great Ocean Road. It covers 339 kilometres from Wangaratta in the state's north-east to Bairnsdale in the Gippsland region. The picturesque alpine scenery, lofty mountain ranges, lush forests, snow-covered hills and rolling vineyards will take your breath away.

4.       Great Eastern Drive, Tasmania

Located in Tasmania's East Coast, Great Eastern Drive is one of the most dramatic and beautiful coastal drives in the world.  Explore the amazing beaches of the Bay of Fires, the spectacular Freycinet National Park, the east coast wine country and charming beach towns. Soak up the fabulous views of the white beach with its pristine waters or travel inland to discover jaw-dropping views of valleys, waterfalls and mountains.

5.       The Savannah Way, Queensland and Western Australia

The Savannah Way is Australia's longest route stretching from Cairns in Queensland to Broome in Western Australia. An epic drive to this beautiful 3,700 km road will take you through National Parks, World Heritage areas, ancient gorges, wetlands and impressive wildlife.

6.       Red Centre Way, Northern Territory

From the iconic landmarks of Uluru and Kings Canyon to vast spinifex plains, the Red Centre Way is truly an unforgettable outback roadtrip. Be mesmerized by the breathtaking Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the awe-inspiring sandstone walls of Kings Canyon, the "biggest little town" Alice Springs and the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges. Discover beautiful landscapes, gorges, camping and hiking trails as you wind your way through the heart of Australia.

7.       The Nullarbor Plain

In the middle of the Eyre Highway lies a vast stretch of land called the Nullarbor Plain. Nullarbor in Latin means “no trees” because quite literally, you are lucky to see any surviving trees along this vast plain. The roadtrip will take you through the stark, rugged, low-lying bushes, in a flat and almost treeless expanse. It is also home to wild camels, kangaroos, wombats and emus. 

8.       The Great Green Way

The Great Green Way is a beautiful 400-kilometre road that lies between Townsville and Cairns in Far North Queensland. This breathtaking journey of charming seaside villages, bustling towns, rugged mountain ranges, tropical fruit farms and sprawling deserted beaches will mesmerize you. It also drives you through the World Heritage listings of the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

9.       Gibb River Road, Western Australia

Gibb River Road is a 660-kilometre of legendary road of spectacular landscape located in the rugged Kimberley region of Western Australia. Go on an epic adventure on 4WD as you pass magnificent rivers, cattle stations, dramatic gorges, sprawling savannahs and beautiful cascading waterfalls.  Marvel at the rich aboriginal history of the Great North West as you travel through country that was once inhabited by tribes.

10.   The 75 Mile Highway, Fraser Island, Queensland

Located in Fraser Island, the 75-mile highway, is a magnificent stretch of golden sand famous for offroad beach driving. It is considered as a National Highway & landing strip for light aircraft. Although not a swimming beach because of its dangerous currents and large shark population, the 75-mile highway is a fisherman's paradise and a perfect spot for ocean views.

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