There are some truly amazing places in Australia and now we bring you the top 10 most amazing and scenic drives you’ll ever want to take.
1. Great Ocean Road, Torquay to Warrnambool (Vic) The Great Ocean Road sits at the top of the list of great Australian drives — and rightly so. It snakes past cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves and some of Australia s best surf beaches. Not to mention the rugged rainforest of the Otway Ranges, historic shipwrecks and an internationally recognised Australian landmark, the Twelve Apostles.
2. Savannah Way, Cairns to Broome (Qld, NT, WA) Dubbed Australia s great adventure drive , the Savannah Way stretches from Cairns in north Queensland to Broome in Western Australia, straight through the middle of the Top End. The route passes through some of Australia s most spectacular scenery, including five World Heritage areas, over 15 national parks, the world s longest lava tubes, historic goldmining towns and outback cattle stations and offers a wealth of indigenous culture.
3 Sydney to the south coast via Canberra (NSW/ACT) If you want to combine the country, Australia s national capital and the coast, then this is the perfect drive. This loop drive encompasses the three distinct areas of the Southern Highlands, Canberra and the south coast and can be extended by adding on the Poachers Trail, just outside Canberra, or continuing further south to the Snowy Mountains.
4 Fraser Island (Qld) Just off the coast from Queensland s Hervey Bay is World-Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and the only place on the planet where rainforest grows on sand. The only way to get around the island is by four-wheel-drive and the 75-mile beach on the eastern side of the island is often referred to as the main highway .
5 Explorers Highway, Adelaide to Darwin (SA, NT) This highway takes its name from John McDouall Stuart, one of the first European explorers to traverse the continent from south to north and gaze upon the red centre. Trace the route he took and enjoy the changing colours of the landscape, from the vineyards of Clare Valley wine country through the arid red landscape of the centre to the tropical Top End. The highway links some of Australia s most famous outback landmarks and towns and it s worth breaking up your trip by sightseeing along the way.
6 Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin through the Margaret River (WA) Lovers of fine wine, gourmet food and art and craft galleries will enjoy this drive from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin through the Margaret River region of Western Australia. The region is famous for its stunning coastline, spectacular limestone caves, towering old growth forests, world-class surf waves and award-winning wines.
7 Bloomfield Track: Cape Tribulation to Cooktown (Qld) A four-wheel-drive vehicle is a must for this drive which links Cape Tribulation and the Bloomfield River in far north Queensland, joining the Cooktown Road at Black Mountain. This drive allows you to appreciate the wilderness of this remote region, with its tropical rainforests, spectacular coastline and fascinating wildlife.
8 Pacific coast touring route, Sydney to Brisbane (NSW, Qld) This classic touring route stretches from Sydney to Brisbane following the beautiful coastline of the Pacific Ocean and is popular with Australian holiday makers and visitors alike. Discover an endless array of beautiful beaches, pretty bays and relaxing coastal towns.
9 Coast to coast, Hobart to Strahan (Tas) The coast-to-coast drive starts in Hobart, winds its way through the picturesque Derwent Valley and climbs into the highlands until it reaches the stark beauty of the central plateau and Lake St Clair. From there the route passes through the breathtaking scenery of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park before arriving at Strahan on the west coast of Tasmania.
10 Country lovers, Melbourne to Adelaide (inland route) This rural journey takes you from Melbourne to the goldfields, spa country and the Grampians, on to Penola and the Coonawarra wine region, then through the Murraylands and into the green Adelaide Hills.
The painting below is by Beric Henderson