Adventure Passport rounds up the fantastic road trips that Australia has to offer. Get behind the wheel and take off on one of these amazing adventures, stopping off at a host of unique destinations en route.
A country the size of Australia is always going to have a vast road network and the nation's highways are truly spectacular. From sweeping coastal roads to winding mountain passes, arrow-straight outback bitumen to barren 4wd off road tracks. If you enjoy life behind the wheel and want to plan a road trip, then you're going to love the Great Southern Land.
The Great Ocean Road is a must-do, the monoliths of the 12 Apostles are the highlight of the country's most famous ribbon of tarmac. It can be driven comfortably in a day, but the abundance of highlights along the Surf Coast rewards those who take a little longer.
Head north from Sydney to the Hunter Valley wine country past a string of coastal towns. Take your 4x4 slightly off-road and you'll find hidden gems like Seal Rocks and Crescent Head. Byron Bay is on most Australian travel to-do lists; Mount Warning is the first place on the east coast to see the sun in the morning and definitely worth hiking up. Then suddenly you're over the Queensland border and on the beautiful Gold Coast.
Tasmania boasts some unmissable 4wd adventure opportunities. In particular, the spectacular Great Eastern Drive. From wineries to penguin watching, sea kayaking to berry picking, game fishing, diving and all sorts of beautiful walks, the scenery is spectacular in a part of the world that appears purpose-built for those who love the outdoors.
The Explorers Highway trail will take you from Adelaide through the red centre and up to Darwin, passing Coober Pedy, Uluru, Alice Springs, Litchfield National Park and Kakadu along the way.
In Western Australia the Gibb River Road is a 650km four-wheel-drive epic, which is not for the faint-hearted. While the Indian Ocean Drive is a 2,200km journey that takes in the sheer beauty of Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay. Take the chance to swim with whale sharks in Exmouth or feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia, and closer to Perth, the Pinnacles National Park has to be seen to be believed.
There are endless road trips in a country as big as Australia, and these are but a few. With a little research and a keen spirit there is something for everyone, so why not plan a road trip, get behind the wheel and take your Land Rover on the adventure of a lifetime.
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