The vastness of Australia just begs to be explored and how better than in a trusty used vw campervan? With miles and miles of stunning coastline, a sparse desert land and some of the most exciting cities on the planet, stopping off at whatever destination you choose for a stroll and a cup of home brewed tea is definitely just the ticket!
The most difficult part of your journey is deciding which road trip to follow. One of the greatest in the world is the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. With jaw dropping views of the 12 Apostles and delights such as Shipwreck Coast and the rock formation known as the London Bridge, it is easy to see why this stretch is so popular. This route takes you on to Adelaide via the Limestone Coast and Mount Gambier. Stop off to view the Blue Lake before continuing to Robe for a refreshment break. Before getting to the city, you will hit the Coorong National Park covering a stretch of 60 miles of sometimes deserted beaches and lagoons.
If your start point is Sydney a couple of options are open to you. The first is to travel to Melbourne via the nation’s capital, Canberra, taking time to avoid the kangaroos. This road trip takes you past Lake Jindabyne, a must for lovers of summer and winter sports, before passing through the Snowy Mountains where the valley views are unrivalled. You will also travel near Ninety Mile Beach, one of the longest beaches found anywhere.
Another worthwhile road trip is from Sydney to Brisbane. You get to experience koalas first hand at the Billabong Park before heading on to Coff’s Harbour. Surfing is good along this stretch and particularly so at Woolgoolga. Travel on to Ballina and Lismore, before heading to Nimbin where you can view the Nimbin Rocks and several stunning waterfalls. Byron Bay is alive with water sports and festivals before entering the cultural delights of Brisbane.
From Brisbane, a trip along the Sunshine Coast is a must, as the views are spectacular and likened to the Great Ocean Road. Also be sure to see the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. For surfing, stop off at Noosa and spend some time in the National Park, before hitting the road again. It is worth stopping to visit Fraser Island or to escape the tourists, just enjoy the views from Rainbow Beach before heading towards Rockhampton. After exploring this historic town, set off for Airlie Beach, an excellent place to explore the Whitsunday Islands from, such as the very sunny Magnetic Island. Last stop is Cairns, where the Great Barrier Reef beckons.
If you fancy a change from coastal scenery, take a road trip inland across the outback from Darwin to Alice Springs. Ayers Rock, one of Australia’s most momentous landmarks is found out here and definitely worth a detour, as is the Kakadu National Park. Much of the scenery is barren and bleak, but just as stunning in its own unique way.
It is no wonder visitors come here for weeks on end; there really is too much to explore in one short journey. If possible, incorporate all five road trips to really appreciate the beauty of Australia.
Helen Pritchard writes for both netcars.com, a used car classified website and Car Finance 247 who specialize in helping people obtain car finance deals.