Australia has some of the most beautiful landscapes full of untamed beauty, but you will have a hard time seeing even the most iconic landmarks due to the sheer size of the continent and the amount of ground to cover. If you want to go on a road trip in the land down under, you need a solid plan for the most effective vacation. If you need a few suggestions to start off, here are Australia’s most scenic roads and road trips.
Sydney to Brisbane, New South Wales
If you are flying to Australia as a tourist, chances are you will most likely land in Sydney. From there on, you have a choice of several scenic routes for your road trip, but Sydney to Brisbane is probably the most iconic one. Also known as Legendary Pacific Coast, this is the most traveled Australian road trips and a great rite of passage for the first-time Australian traveler. You can follow the gorgeous Pacific shoreline for 928 kilometers – which would take you around ten hours to complete if you did not stop at top-notch restaurants and wineries for a hearty taste of New South Wales (and if you did not, why are you on the road in the first place?).
Broome to Perth, Western Australia
Here is a road trip which is as scenic as it is challenging. If you drove on without stopping for its whopping 2785 kilometers, you would need at least 32 hours to reach Broome. However, this would be quite the shame (not to mention – insane) if you didn’t stop to smell the roses. The route itself is a mishmash of lush greenery and epic arid landscapes. Along the way, you will pass by some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, so find the places to rent so you can take a dip and sunbathe every now and then. You will probably need to strategize a bit.
It’s easy to come across tourist packages online, such as interest-free layby holidays that offer you a choice when it comes to payment schedule. Once you arrive in Broome, whip out your snorkeling gear, dive into the azure waters, and ride camels on a beach during a sunset.
Devonport to Hobart, Tasmania
If we are talking about the most scenic routes down under, Tasmania has some of the most awe-inspiring natural sights you can ever come across. You can start off your road trip from the town of Devonport on the northern shore of the island and proceed to Launceston before turning towards the eastern shore and driving all the way to Hobart, which is situated in the south-eastern part of the island, by the delta of the Derwent River. You would need between eight and nine hours to finish this road trip, so it is the easy one. Visit the Bay of Fireflies, Port Arthur and stop by Freycinet National Park.
Alice Springs to Uluru, Northern Territories
Have you ever dreamed of a dreamlike road trip through desert landscapes? Then Red Centre Way is a perfect side-tour for you. In fact, you can dedicate a whole week to this 700-kilometer trip from Alice Springs to Uluru, chasing the horizon where striking red hue touches the endlessly deep blue. Sometimes, it might appear as if you are on another planet as you conquer the gorges, canyons and plains. Do not miss to visit legendary landmarks like Kata Tjuta and go for a hike on one of the wonderful trails of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Preparation for the endless procession of deserts and rainforest is the key thing. No matter if the travelling vehicle is yours or rented, you need to make sure you have the survival equipment in place – medical kit, toolbox, a lot of water and an emergency satellite phone. Some of these breathtaking sights come with a price – the lack of signal reception. Therefore, be responsible and enjoy the colorful scenic routes Australia has to offer.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.