Great Australian Drives
Australia is a country of wonders, excitement and rugged delights. It ensnares the senses and leaves you with a sense of wonder that lasts long after you leave, and sometimes; stays with you until you’re lucky enough to return again.
From its numerous peaks, waterfalls, deserts and plains, to its vivid forests, beaches, bush and rivers the true essence of the country is only felt by truly being ‘in it’. The wind against your hand driving the open road, the exhilaration of catching your first wave or simply sitting in the sacred silence of Uluru at sundown – there’s no limit to what you might see or do with your time here in ‘The Great Southern Land’.
These are our top recommended Great Australian Drives that will ensure you get to experience the very best of the sights and sounds that make this country great and leave you with a little longing that just might bring you back again.
The Great Ocean Road – Victoria
Widely known as one of the best drives in Australia and perhaps the world is The Great Ocean Road. The road connects the cities of Adelaide and Melbourne along Australia’s south-eastern coast and is best known for its stunning coastal views which include the ’12 Apostles’ – ancient rock structures that protrude from the beach and make for the most recognizable landmarks along the drive. Accompanying the views are an abundance of other sights to see, including national parks, nature walks, fine eateries and camp sites that make this journey a delight for the avid camper or newcomers seeking their first adventure.
Rent a vehicle and drive from Adelaide from $63 per day. *subject to seasonal availability
The Nullarbor Plain – Western Australia
A 2000km expanse that stretches from the start of the Great Australian Bite on the country’s southern edge to the beaches of Perth in Western Australia’s coastal region. This great drive encapsulates the very essence of ‘Outback Australia’ with its long stretching roads, red earth plains and seemingly endless horizons that are dotted with unique varieties of plants and shrubs and Kangaroos for as far as the eye can see. The feeling of isolation is matched only by the serenity of the natural landscape which combines to give an incredible sense of freedom and wonder.
Depart from Adelaide and make your way to Ceduna to begin your Nullarbor journey. Experience the drive from as little as $65 per day *prices subject to seasonal availability
Uluru to Kings Canyon – Northern Territory
Although it needs no introduction, Uluru is truly one of the most incredible natural formations that dots the Australian landscape. Combined with a collection of other sacred indigenous sites, wild camels and soaring blue skies, its no wonder this drive is considered a must do for visitors and locals alike. Take the Lasseter Highway from the rock and explore historic townships and art museums then finish at Kings Canyon where you’ll pay witness to some of the most incredible views in The Territory.
5 days is the suggested amount of time to explore ‘The Red Centre’ with vehicles available from Alice Springs from $84 per day
Heritage Highway – Tasmania
This historic road between Hobart and Launceston was originally constructed by convicts in the early 1800’s and stands today as a remnant of colonial times passed. Quaint stone villages and wild scenery accompany this drive on its winding path through the Tasmanian wilderness. The highway has experienced fame in recent years for the collection of boutique eateries and atmospheric cabin getaways available to travellers year round.
Tasmania is a very popular destination for campers but remains accessible all year round. Rent campers from as low as $74 per day and explore all of what the ‘Apple Isle’ has to offer.
Kuranda to the Daintree – Queensland
Inland from Cairns and surrounded by world heritage listed rain forest is Kuranda. Home to an incredibly diverse array of flora and fauna and the infamous Cassowary, Kuranda is the starting point to one of the best natural drives in the state of Queensland. Travel north from Kuranda and experience the spectacular views of tropical Northern Queensland and the Daintree Rainforest. With waterfalls, rock pools, hiking trails and endless acres of rain forest to explore, this route is the ultimate destination for naturalists and regular nature seekers alike and can be accessed year round. Start your journey from the pristine beaches of Cairns and trek inland towards the range to discover the beauty that this drive has to offer.
Kuranda and the Daintree are reachable from Cairns via camper and car from as little as $50 per day