Spending your days trapped in a busy city is exhausting; it leaves you frustrated and tired, and you can’t wait to get some free time and spend it at the beach or in a park. What if you plan a road trip with your friends or family; instead of spending weekends watching TV or scrolling through Instagram? People assume that in order to experience the real Australia they have to travel to the Outback; deserted inner regions filled with giant salt pans and dangerous animals. On the other hand, the coastal region of Australia also has a lot to offer; and it’ll make you fall in love during your Aussie road trip.
Wine time – Cape to Cape Aussie Road Trip
The distance between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin may be short (approximately 200 kilometres), but those who decide to explore it will find themselves surrounded by pure beauty. The Cape to Cape knits this wonderland together, and although the distance is short, this is an Aussie road trip to savour. Caves Road is parallel to the coast and it goes through tunnels made of karri trees and along luscious farmlands. Wildflowers that can be found in this region are truly unique, and in spring the landscape is covered with vivid orange banksias, yellow wattle, and kangaroo paws. Wine lovers will fall in love with this winegrowing region, and be able to try some of the most amazing wines.
Driving along the Great Ocean Road
Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you that the Great Ocean Road is one of the greatest and the most beautiful drives in all of Australia. It’s a top class coastal scenic route and whoever ventured there came back with stories of breathtakingly beautiful scenery and lovely wildlife. Not only will you be able to see famous rock sculptures called the 12 Apostles sticking out from the coast, but there are amazing rainforest walks, lovely beaches, and amazing places to eat. The entire trip can be completed in three days, but it’s best you give yourself more time to fully enjoy the scenery.
A glimpse in the past – Tasmania
The road between Hobart and Launceston was built back in 1800’s by convicts, and today it’s known as the Heritage Highway. Back in the day it was a well-known haunt of highwaymen, but today it has a lot to offer. Stone-made villages constructed by the road are beautiful, and the countryside is lush, so you’ll be able to see how people used to live. Not to mention that the gourmet food is delicious and wines are aromatic.
Camp in Kimberley
Wild, sensational, and mesmerizing – the Kimberley is one of the jewels of Western Australia. This is a region where cattle stations cover about a million acres; but the only road across it is the Gibb River Road. The road cuts the region diagonally, and connects Kununurra and Derby. You’ll be able to find tour operators in Kununurra who offer camping safaris along the road. Even though the Kimberley region is larger than Germany, only about 30,000 people live there, and you should be prepared for little isolation. If you run out of fuel somewhere, don’t panic. You can always call an emergency fuel service and have your petrol delivered to you.
Fall in love with Kangaroo Island
South Australia has a lot to offer; and Kangaroo Island has people from all over the world come and spend time there. You can take your car to Adelaide and use a ferry to get it safely to the island; or you can rent a car once you get there. Not only are there kangaroos, but colonies of fur seals, as well as dozens of koalas and even little penguins. Wind-sculptured rock formations are a sight to behold; and in Flinders Chase National Park you might even see a platypus or two and walk through sugar gum woodlands.
You might have forgotten just how big Australia is; it’s a bit smaller than the contiguous 48 states of the US. In other words – it’s huge! As fun and exciting as road trips can be, they can also be dangerous if you don’t prepare in advance. Explore both the coast and the Outback, but be prepared for some harsh conditions. Australia is incredible, it’s fascinating and inviting, and you’ll enjoy your Aussie road trip thoroughly; as long as you’re well-prepared and responsible.