The Best Australian Road Trips

The Best Australian Road Trips


For a great holiday you need not look any further than Australia. With such a diverse landscape there are so many things to see and do, and a wide range of accommodation available, with fantastic hotels close to all of the best attractions.

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives, that runs from Torquay near Geelong to Portland near the tip of Victoria. There are many pretty beaches and country settlements to see along the way, and a great option for holiday makers with children, as they can explore the landscape and have fun running around.

The Fraser Coast

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s most popular destinations and is a spectacular area of coast to visit. The difficult section of coastline has made it harder for fishermen and divers to get to the areas, but this is part of the appeal for many visitors to the area. The absence of many of the facilities associated with a major tourist holiday means that you can enjoy a private hire car, fishing floats and canoes, and make the most of the pristine natural environment.

The Margaret River Region

The Riverland region has been a popular destination for visitors to Australia. There are several resort communities, along with many natural attractions such as parks and seals. The thick rainforest provides incredible scenery and there are plenty of attractions close to town. If you want to see the river you can’t miss the Grand Millennium Tourist Park, which has ocean-going vessels and yachts to visit. Guided walks and kayaking trips are available.

Wine regions

The Margaret River Region is the place to be for red Montouchi wine. Although there are many vineyards in this area, most of them make use of cool climate vine varieties, which are well adapted to the conditions. The region includes the popular Negus Vitruvianis, and Pyramid Nero d’avola, Pyramid Nero d’itheco and Negus Limon. Enjoy a lunch at one of the wineries close to town, and take a tour of one of the cellars in castello. You might want to taste a bottle of Nero d’avola, Pyramid Nero d’avola, or one of the other range of fine wines.

The Hinterland

The Hinterland is the ridges and hills that are found in the centre of the Great Dividing Range and forms a land bridge between the coastal region to the north and the high country to the south. With dramatic escarpments and deep gorges, it is steep and dramatic. You will find many opportunities to experience some of the most spectacular scenes in Australia’s Red Centre.

The Margaret River Region is also popular for a range of water sports and activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling.

Other areas to visit

The coastal resorts of Port Campbell and Apollo Bay are both popular in their own right, and there are many fine beaches further along the coastline. One of the most popular beaches is at seventh heaven beach, located at Glenelg not far from the Port Campbell tourist centre. seventh heaven beach is popular amongst surfers all year round and is popular amongst surfers as well as locals.

Port Campbell is the place to find the majority of the main main gold exploration companies, and is a popular day trip destination for other tourists. There is lots of accommodation around the area, and it is also a short commute from the peak cities of the South-Western metropolitan area.

There are many other equally fascinating areas within a short drive of Adelaide, such as the Montess, Maltah or wiser Wharf areas. or the Midlands and East coastal areas. The key to Adelaide is its superb wine industry, so don’t miss the Shiraz or Chardonnay there. The year is usually early in April, and there is not as much rainfall as in the summer months. So don’t get wet in March to April, but try to stay on dry ground! Palmer Street which recently went through foundation crack repair renovation, is a walking street full of cafes and restaurants, and is a great place to people watch or to purchase some fine wines or cheeses.

is a superb place to start at, or follow the river along the way as it migrates through the district. The beautiful Italian St Edward’s church is a guidebook author’s delight, and is just a short walk from the river. Every February it is an arts and crafts festival, and every March there is a food festival.

You can visit Adelaide from November through March. Although you won’t be able to go to the West Coast and surrounding areas, the South Australian Maritime Museum is well worth a visit. It is a specialist on sea vessels, and a man of many talents. Spend some time in the gardens and peeled pears in the orchard. You can also visit the museum shop, and collect some little known artifacts.