Australia's best drives

6/11/2012

Australia is a huge country, which means lots of driving. It also means there are lots of places to drive, and our vast array of natural environments and scenic drives leaves us spoilt for choice. Summer is the perfect time to pack up the car and hit the open road, so we put together a list of the best drives all around the country.

 

The Great Ocean Road – VIC

Total distance: 260 km, Torquay to Port Fairy

Easily the most famous and photographed road in Australia, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is home to the twelve apostles and its sweeping ocean views will leave you breathless. What you may not know about this route is that it also covers inland regions, including impressive sub-tropical rainforests. As far as coastal drives go, you can’t get any better than this.
    

The Great Tropical Drive – QLD

Total distance: 2079km, Cairns to Cairns loop

This spectacular drive showcases two of Australia’s greatest natural wonders – the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest. The drive is divided into five sections, and loops north from Cairns to Cooktown, then inland south to Charters Towers, before curving north again to the coast via Townsville. On this route you will witness spectacular scenery, from mountains and rainforest to the ocean and its magnificent white beaches, as well as the Atherton Tablelands, an often overlooked gem.
   

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive – NSW

Total distance: Varying distances, depending on Heritage Trail

Sydney’s gateway to the beautiful Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Greater Blue Mountains drive is a series of short linked drives and heritage trails. Each takes you on a different adventure, where you can explore the area’s attractions such as the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah, Grose Valley lookout and walking tracks, Mount Wilson forests, and much more.
   

Nature’s Way – NT

Total distance: 1138km, return to Darwin

Australia’s top end has a reputation for being rugged, it is surprisingly easy to travel around, and you can tackle Nature’s Way in just a standard car. This awe-inspiring drive will take you to the waterfalls, billabongs and Aboriginal art of Kakadu. The route begins on Arnhem Highway south of Darwin, and runs through the mining town of Jabiru before joining up with the Kakadu Highway running south to the Stuart Highway near historic Pine Creek.
   

Cape to Cape – WA

Total distance: 110km, Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin

Western Australia’s southwest is rich in a lot of aspects: great food and wine, forests and beaches. An easy way to explore what this region has to offer is the drive between Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. Here you can explore the regions many world-class wineries, Marri & Karri forests and the twon of Margaret River, which is roughly halfway between the capes.
 

Hobart to Freycinet Peninsula – TAS

Australia's best drivesTotal distance: 437km, Hobart to Freycinet Peninsula

This circular route allows drivers to journey into the heart of historic Tasmania. The route includes the perfectly preserved historic town of Richmond, Triabunna and edges along the picturesque Great Oyster Bay. Allow time for a walking experience through Freycinet National Park to witness the unforgettable Wineglass Bay before returning to Hobart via historic Campbell Town.
   

Flinders Ranges – SA

Total distance: 676km, Quorn to Arkaroola loop

Five hours from Adelaide, the scenic Flinders Ranges area provides a fantastic driving experience. With mountains more than 600 million years old, the history of the ancient landforms and Aboriginal heritage will astound you. Although remote, main roads are accessible to standard cars, and the best time to visit is wildflower season when the landscape is covered in colourful blossoms.
  
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