FIVE OF THE BEST ROAD TRIPS FOR ADVENTUROUS HEARTS
It’s hard to beat the feeling of freedom and exploration when you get behind the wheel of a Land Rover and head off into the unknown. To celebrate Valentine’s Day we’ve put together a list of Australia’s top romantic adventures to inspire your next journey with that special someone.
NULLARBOR PLAIN, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
This road trip, like all good adventures, takes a little bit of forward planning. Before you set off you’ll need to make sure you have enough petrol, food and water because you’ll be driving along the very remote Eyre Highway - Australia’s longest, flattest, straightest road. You’ll soon find out why Nullarbor means “no trees” in Latin as you travel across the arid, treeless plain (the world’s largest single exposure of limestone bedrock), which connects Western Australia’s goldfields to South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
Tasmania, renowned for its pristine natural landscape, is spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic drives. Due to its size, it’s possible to do a circle around the island in less than a week, while enjoying a ‘greatest hits’ of everything Tasmania has to offer. The Circle Tasmania route starts in Hobart and travels through world-famous Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. From there head to Mount William National Park and Launceston, then onto the iconic Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Finish your loop at one of Tassie’s oldest and most diverse wilderness areas, Mount Field National Park.
GREAT ALPINE ROAD, VICTORIA
There’s nothing like fresh mountain air to get your adventurous heart racing. The Great Alpine Road is Australia’s highest accessible sealed road, and stretches from Wangaratta in the north to Bairnsdale in the east. The drive will take you up mountains and down valleys, over the Australian Alps, through unspoilt forest and past rolling green farmlands. Stop to recharge and explore at the historic towns and award-winning vineyards you’ll pass along the way.
BARRINGTON TOPS FOREST ROAD, NSW
Pack a romantic picnic (and a tent if you’re feeling particularly adventurous), as you set out on the 150km twisting, winding road between Gloucester and Scone in the upper reaches of the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney. Travel through World Heritage-listed rainforest, and stop for a while at the Polblue campground and picnic area, an impressive 1.5km above sea level. Enjoy one of the many picturesque walks, then admire the view from Thunderbolts lookout, named for notorious bushranger Captain Thunderbolt.
Experience one of the most scenic drives on sealed roads in the country. Navigate the road between Dunkeld in the south of the Grampians through to Halls Gap in the north, on a route that cuts right through the heart of this spectacular national park. The mountain scenery will take your breath away, and once you reach Halls Gap, head west towards Wartook for a number of spectacular lookouts, including Boroka, Reed Lookout and the Balconies. Boroka Lookout offers panoramic views over western Victoria, against a backdrop of the gorgeous MacKenzie Falls.
A romantic road trip, with a healthy dose of adventure thrown in, is always better in a car that offers both refined luxury and performance that can tackle any terrain with ease. Explore the Land Rover range and select the right vehicle for your next adventure.