Australia is such a big country! The best way to explore it is definitely by driving. It can get even better if you’re planning on driving a camper van for your epic Australian experience.
It’s also a great way to save money in such an expensive country. Traveling in Australia on a budget (read here about how to travel if you’re young and broke) can be quite hard, so imagine how much money you could save on accommodation if you were to live in a van!
Buying a van in Australia isn’t that hard! You should check out Gumtree, the best Australian classified ads website, when it comes to buying a car or a camper van!
Planning the ultimate Australian road trip can be challenging! If you’re wondering where you should go in Australia, here’s a list of the best road trips to take down under! They will cover different states and regions to help you make the most of your trip.
Best Road Trips in Australia #01: The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic drives in Australia. We’ve all seen the Twelve Apostles on Instagram and we can’t really complain about ocean views, can we? Good news – there is a lot more to see than just the Twelve Apostles!
There are many major stops such as Sheok Falls, Great Otway National Park, Hopetoun Falls, Bay of Islands and Loch Ard Gorge.
Planning a road trip for the most popular drive in Australia can be done in many ways. You can do it in 1-3 days or even longer if you don’t have any time limit. Of course, there’s so much to see that doing it in one day would be quite a challenge.
Best Road Trips in Australia #02: The East Coast
The Australian East Coast is also a must! It’s very well known by the backpacking community. The East Coast as a lot to offer in terms of surfing, beach bumming and adventures such as kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving (read here for how I got my PADI Scuba Certification) and skydiving!
Perfect for the party animals amongst us, there are many cute towns to discover along the way. Some of the most popular areas are Byron Bay, Mission Beach, Airlie Beach, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Cairns, etc.
Planning a road trip on the East Coast will be a hard task! There are so many places to visit such as National Parks and waterfalls to chase that creating the perfect itinerary will take some time!
Doing it for a longer period (a few weeks) will surely be a lot more fun!
Best Road Trips in Australia #03: The West Coast
If you’d rather venture outside the typical routes, the Australian West Coast would be a wild and smart choice! It’s quite easy to spot wildlife in Western Australia and there are many great beaches out there too.
A great route would be from Broome to Perth or even Perth to Esperance (which is located in the southwest of the country). You must add these stops to your itinerary: Broome, Karijini National Park, Margaret River, Esperance, etc.
When it comes to planning a road trip adventure on the West Coast it can be quite hard if you have a short time frame. A few weeks would be better to explore more of Western Australia. Be prepared for long drives between cities as well as epic wildlife encounters!
Best Road Trips in Australia #04: Adelaide to Darwin
If hitting the outback is on your radar you should drive right in the middle of Australia between Adelaide and Darwin. Have you ever heard of Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock)? This spectacular natural wonder should be on your Australian bucket list!
Enjoying a sunrise or a sunset over the rock is an amazing experience! On the way you will also be able to contemplate crazy rock formations at Devils Marbles, epic views at Katherine Gorge and you might even be able to spot crocodiles in Darwin!
Planning a road trip in the Outback will surely be fun! You can expect heat and bare roads in the middle of the outback. Driving in the remoteness of Australia is such a cool experience. Kindly note that you should make sure you get enough fuel, water and food in case of an emergency! We never know what can happen in the middle of the desert.
Also, you can expect to pay a lot more money when comes the time to fill up your car/van or eat in the middle of “nowhere”.
Are you ready to explore Australia? I hope these suggestions of wonders are appealing you my wonder friends!
Driving in Australia is the best way to make the most of this wonderful country and I hope you’re ready for the famous van life!
Until next time my friends!