With so many different places in Australia to choose from, it’s hard to figure out where to start. Which cities are popular choices? What are their main attractions – what’s their character?
For many, road trip holidays are as ingrained into our family history as our memories of school, relatives or first experiences. They offer a chance to get closer as a family or group of friends, and experience scenery and attractions at your own pace, without just skipping over them in a plane.
With very nearly a million kilometres-worth of roads in Australia, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to planning a driving holiday itinerary. To help you choose where on this awesome continent to tour, here are a few of our favourites.
When you visit the Western Australian capital of Perth, hire a rental car and begin to explore, it would be easy to fall under the illusion that you are stuck in the city itself. Of course, though there are certainly plenty of things to do here, there’s more still if you are looking for a great road trip idea.
‘Big things’ are often seen as icons of a particular town or city. They stand tall and proud, photographed by potentially thousands of tourists each year, helping attract them into the building said ‘thing’ represents.
People love visiting Oz. In fact, Tourism Australia reported that over 7 million international visitors arrived on our sunny shores in the year ending July 2015, which is 6.2 per cent more than the same time last year!
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Talk to anyone from outside Australia and they have probably heard of the stunning Gold Coast region. It’s a mecca for tourism and car hire with Visit Gold Coast reporting the 2013-14 financial year saw over 11 million visitor arrivals grace its sparkling shores. By comparison, Sydney – arguably our most famous city – saw barely 9 million in the same time period, based on Destination NSW stats.
To put this maths into plain English – this sun-soaked seaside area is incredibly popular, and well worth putting on your Australian road trip holiday plans.
There’s a lot to love about the capital city of Victoria, Melbourne. Though it is no longer the actual national capital (it held this title in the early 1900s before Canberra got it), many still consider this buzzing place to be one of the cultural highlights of Australia, not to mention a sports lover’s dream.
If you want to experience an all-in-one holiday, make sure your Aussie road trip plan includes passing through ‘Melbz’.
Australia is a nation absolutely swathed in gorgeous scenery. From the unending plains of the great Outback desert to the forest-cloaked mountains in New South Wales, there is likely a lookout, walking trail or guided photography tour for everyone in the land Down Under.
It’s probably a good thing that modern SD cards in digital cameras can be loaded with thousands of photos, because you will likely want to take more than you ever have before on your next great Aussie road trip.
To help you find where you should go, we’ve listed some of the best views in the nation right here. Let’s take a look!
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We think it’s safe to say that Australia is one of the best countries to in the world to road trip. The people are friendly, the scenery is stunning and the roads just keep on going.
However, what’s not necessarily safe is your budget. Though some people have all the money in the world, there are likely more of us who are holidaying on limited funding. We don’t want you to miss out on the awesome experiences Oz has to offer, so here are our road trip tips for the cash-conscious traveller.
According to Nations Encyclopaedia, Australia has 353,331 kilometres worth of paved roads to explore. With sights such as the Great Ocean Road, vast Outback desert and other uniquely Aussie attractions along many of these, it’s a pretty fantastic place to visit on a road trip.