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Ultimate Guide to the Best Road Trips in Australia

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Ultimate Guide to the Best Road Trips in Australia

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This article is an itinerary.


Australia is big. It is the planet's sixth largest country after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil. What this means for people who choose to travel and explore Australia is that it is the perfect destination for road trips.

Depending on what kind of travellers you are; couple, solo traveller, family etc there are lots of different road tripping styles available in Australia to suit you. Some people prefer to take it slow and stop at every single town they pass, while others like to zip between the major cities on a whistle stop tour. Whatever your preference there is something for everyone.

If you're not sure which route to take then there are some of the most popular road trips in Australia. They include some top tourist destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Karijini National Park.

New South Wales[edit]

  • City to City - Sydney to Melbourne. 8 hours driving time. (Consider stopping at Kiama, Batesman's Bay and Jervis Bay)
  • Sydney to Brisbane via Byron Bay. 5 days should be enough time to see everything without rushing through. (Notable places to stop include; Hunter Valley, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast)


  • Melbourne to the Red Centre (Notable places to stop include; Great Ocean Road, Halls Gap, Adelaide, Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs and Kakadu National Park)
  • The Great Ocean Road (See the towering 12 Apostles, get up close to native wildlife, and take in iconic surf breaks, pristine rainforest and misty waterfalls as you go. 3 - 5 days should be enough time for this route)

North Territory[edit]

  • Drive the Red Centre (This self drive adventure that takes around a week is the perfect opportunity to explore Australia’s natural wonders, ancient culture and spiritual centre.)

Western Australia[edit]

  • West Coast adventure drive from Perth to Darwin (Notable places to stop include; Perth, Kalbarri, Shark Bay, Karijini National Park, Broome, Darwin)