The 3 Best Road Trip Routes In Australia

6 June 2019

Taking a road trip is such a unique way to experience a new country. When you’re flying from place to place, you’ll still get to experience some great cities but you miss a lot on the way. Driving around a country gives you the opportunity to see the places outside the big cities as well and you’ve got more room for discovering hidden treasures along the way.

Australia is one of the best countries in the world for road tripping because you’ve got some amazing cities to stop off at on the way but there are also some vast open spaces in between just waiting to be explored. If you think that a road trip around Australia might be for you, these are some of the best routes that you can take.

The Big Lap

No prizes for guessing what the big lap is, it’s a route that takes you on a lap of the whole country so if you really want to experience everything that Australia has to offer, this is the road trip for you. You’ll need about 6 months to complete it and some of the terrains can be a bit tough so it’s best to take a 4x4 with you.

On the way, you’ll get to stop off in 7 cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Darwin, Adelaide, and Perth. You can start wherever you like but Perth is one of the best places because it’s a great city that has plenty of great nightlife so you can start the trip off with a bang. Check out for some tips on where to go in Perth and where to rent a car for your trip. Outside of the cities, you’ll get to experience all of the different natural features that make Australia such a beautiful country, from dense green rainforests to the dusty outback and sandy white beaches.

Tasmania’s East Coast

If you don’t have time to do a tour of the entire country and you want a shorter trip, Tasmania’s East Coast is a great choice. This picturesque route takes you from the historical city of Hobart down to the Bay of Fires, down the coast via St. Helens, Swansea, and Bicheno. It’s a very relaxed trip as the areas that you pass through are quiet and there are plenty of opportunities to go on walking trails and spot wildlife. 

A lot of people go through Melbourne and pick up a rental car along the way to save a bit of money. It also gives you the opportunity to stop off in Melbourne and visit a few great places like Federation Square, the Botanic Gardens or even the cat cafe.

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most famous road trip routes in the country and it’s a rite of passage for a lot of Australians. 

The route stretches along the Southern Coast from Torquay to Allansford in Victoria. Notable sights along the way include the Twelve Apostles (visit for more information on how to get there), and a 19th-century shipwreck. It’s a very picturesque route that follows incredible cliff sides, beaches, and rainforests along the coast.

Australia is full of great road trip destinations but these 3 routes are among the most popular!
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