Last month we were looking at great Australian road trips. There’s so much to pack into each one, we could only manage three – we could easily recommend three more. So here they are!
Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island
One that might surprise you is the road trip from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island. Road trips and islands might not make an obvious pairing, but Queensland’s offshore outcrops are so densely packed that you sample a lot of them in one trip linked with scenic coastal drives.
From Airlie beach you can escape the crowds and book a boat trip out to the Whitsunday Islands, an archipelago of 74 islands sheltering in the Great Barrier Reef. Why not go sailing off Whitsunday Island, or a swim on Whitehaven Beach, the beautiful in Australia.
Sydney to Melbourne
We all know that AustralIa is blessed by some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and uniquely charming wildlife, but we also boast two of the great international cities, in Sydney and Melbourne. Why not go on a road trip between those two? You’ll catch some amazing scenery en route, to boot, courtesy of national parks, surf beaches and the coastline.
Sydney is Australia’s largest and best-known city, home to such iconic sights as the architectural marvels of Sydney Opera House , the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the sun-kissed vibrancy of Bondi Beach. Directly south, you’ll feel you’re back in nature again, if you bushwalk along the dramatic cliffs of Royal National Park. Next up, the Grand Pacific Drive, with 180 km of roadway arcing above the ocean for the most impressive coastal views in Australia. Stop off at Jervis Bay for white-sand beaches, wild dolphins at play and more national parks. Make a detour for that other great city, the Aussie capital Canberra, and see some of the nation’s best museums.
Narooma on the coast has attractive beaches crested by solid surf, while further south in . NSW, the aptly-named Eden is the place for whale watching, of for going to a killer whale museum.
Cross over into Victoria, and the Gippsland Lakes, a network of lakes, marshes and lagoons that offers ample opportunities for boating, fishing and dolphin watching. Wilsons Promontory National Park (‘The Prom’) is the southernmost point of Australia, and now you’re in Melbourne, the most Bohemian city in all of Oz.
Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road
Melbourne may not be the biggest city in Australia, or the capital city, but it can claim to be the nation’s cultural capital, its most sophisticated and diverse. There’s a wealth of activities, cafes bars restaurants and international festivals to keep you occupied all year long – but if you yearn for the great outdoors, go south for a ride along the Great Ocean Road. One of the world’s most scenic drives, start in the surfing mecca of Torquay and experience Bells Beach for yourself, or go the quaint town of Anglesea if you’ve got kids.
Victoria’s dramatic south-west coastline boasts some of the most dramatically varied scenery in Australia, culminating at Port Campbell National Park, where you can see the natural wonder that is The Twelve Apostles, twelve limestone stacks erupting out of the sea.
So there you have three more amazing road trips around our country – I’m sure you can come up with some more of your own, perhaps when you plan your next road trip. You can make great savings on Avis car hire with Groupon.