Whether you’re channelling the Griswold’s and planning a family road trip, packing up a 4WD to head out bush, or hiring a motorhome to explore Australia’s hidden gems, there’s nothing quite like the freedom of hitting the road.
Taking your time to meander through the backroads also means you’re visiting communities and spending money with local businesses who’d love your support.
The team got together to come up with their favourite Australian road trip ideas and the results may surprise you. Did you know there are more unpaved roads in Australia than paved?
So why not venture somewhere you’ve never been before, and remember it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey….
Back Track Adventure team
The southernmost state of Australia, Tasmania is a nature lover’s paradise offering visitors huge areas of amazing wilderness to explore, while also having its own unique history. Truly perfect for touring in a rental car, Tasmania features excellent roads connecting the different parts of the island, little traffic and breathtaking scenery. The best bit, is that this apple isle is bite size, so you can discover all the treasure it has to offer on your driving holiday.
Photo credit: Jason Charles Hill
Driving along WA’s South West Edge from Perth, you will be stunned by the diverse range of sceneries this coastline can offer.
Travel the 1200kms from Perth to Esperance winding your way through the world renowned wine regions, stunning coastal beach breaks, towering Karri forests and amazing natural habitat. There is so much to discover and enjoy. Be it climbing to the top of the tallest tree, devouring the seasonal produce, walking the length of the longest pier or paddling the along the unique ecosystem of the Margaret River.
Photo credit: Frances Andrijich
Most people head out along the Great Ocean Road which is, yes, spectacular but there are so many other corners of Victoria to discover. My favourite is through the Dandenong Ranges & Yarra Valley. Meandering along the roads lined with towering Mountain Ash, visiting the artistic mountain villages and of course stopping at a cellar door or two. Summer, Winter or anytime in between, you will enjoy the beauty of the lush natural bush, amazing food and wine and boutique accommodation along the way.
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From the Grasslands in the east, through the snowgum forests and onwards to Ausralia’s Highest peaks, the drive along the Kosciuszko Alpine Way will leave you in raptures. Something for everyone on this journey with stunning walking, fishing and horse-riding trails, quaint villages to tempt the tastebuds and plenty of historic and cultural significance, all to be discovered along the way. Best not to test this one out in winter but be prepared for plenty of fun on some of Australia’s highest and windiest roads.
Photo credit: Alexandra Adoncello
The Eyre Peninsula of South Australia offers some of the best coastlines, sapphire waters with long white sandy beaches flanked by rolling sandhills, great fishing spots and a never ending choice of seafood. You can get up close and personal diving with the sharks in Port Lincoln, or witness the largest nursery of whales at the Head of the Bight. There are also numerous options for the surfing enthusiast, the most famous being remote Cactus Beach near Penong, the town of windmills.
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If you want to immerse yourself in the Red Centre, base yourself in Alice Springs, hire a vehicle and head on out to the Western McDonnell Ranges. The desert comes alive in this area with the magnificent ochre cliffs overhanging cool swimming holes at Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge. Be sure to stop at Standley Chasm to witness this incredible 3 m wide, 80 metre high Gorge . The 135km stretch of road from Alice Springs to Glen Helen Lodge is sealed all of the way, access is easy to all stops along the way except Palm Valley. This oasis in the desert can only be accessed via 4WD and is worth the effort if you have the time.
If you are a keen trekker you can experience this incredible landscape by foot on a Larapinta Trail Trek – contact us for more information.
Photo credit: Tourism NT/Paddy Pallin