Being such a large country, there are a variety of ways to make your way from one city to another. This summer, why not consider a road trip to make your journey across the country. Here is a list of some of the most scenic roads in the land down under.
Great Ocean Road, VIC
The Great Ocean Road was built post World War One by returning soldiers in memory of those who had lost their lives in battle. The 243 kilometre road winds its way along the coast line between Torquay and Warrnambool, via the beachside towns of Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay and provides the perfect vantage point for views of the Twelve Apostles and London Bridge.
The ocean views are some of the most spectacular in the whole country, as well as a stint through the Otway National Park which is home to a number of waterfalls and gorges, this road is a must do if you’re in Australia.
The Kosciuszko Alpine Way, NSW
Beginning in the town of Jindabyne, this 129 kilometre stretch of scenic road passes through Thredbo before slowly winding its way through the Snowy Mountains and around the peak of Mt Kosciuszko.
The series of breathtaking mountaintop views and quiet villages throughout the journey will leave you wishing the drive would never end. Be sure to perform a car service before leaving, particularly if towing, as the mountainous drive has left more than a few cars feeling a little worse for wear.
Nullarbor Plain, SA/WA
The Nullarbor plain does not meet the typical description of scenic road trips. It doesn’t pass through picturesque mountain ranges nor does it feature an endless number of hair-raising hairpin turns.
What it does provide though, is one of the most awe inspiring insights into some of what makes makes the country so special; incredible vastness, a huge amount of wildlife and some of the most amazing views of the night sky you will see anywhere in the world.
The Great Eastern Drive, Tasmania
The Great Eastern Drive along the east coast of Tasmania is fast becoming renowned as one of the best drives in the country. The 176 kilometre drive from Orford to St Helens is one to be taken at a relaxing pace with plenty of time set aside to explore the region’s many attractions. The drive passes through a host of natural environments; with beaches, forests, farmland and open coasts featuring prominently throughout the trip.
Lasseter Highway, NT
The 244 kilometre highway is the road that connects Erldunda to Yulara, passing through the historic town of Uluru, and is one that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Lasseter Highway passes by some impressive landscapes whilst giving you a true taste of Australia’s red centre. If travelling by two-wheel drive car, make sure you get your car serviced. The Outback can be dangerous, if you break down. The roads are very long, and it’s also best completed staying on the formed roads, although if you have access to a four wheel drive, the Lasseter Highway passes a number of great spots to head off road.
Black Spur Drive, VIC
Located a mere 63 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, The Black Spur provides a spectacular drive through a beautifully calm landscape. The 30 kilometre road carves its way through the rainforest with a host of hairpins and blind corners.
Be sure to stop in at the Black Spur Inn on the Narbethong side of the rainforest for a meal and some warm hospitality. The road can be quite busy on holiday weekends, so look for a quieter, non holiday period to make your trip through the Black Spur.