Road trip Australia holidays

Road trip Australia holidays

Roughly 32 times bigger than the UK, Australia is an epic patchwork of deserts, mountains, beaches, rainforests, islands, vineyards and cities. There's something here for everyone. Drive the Great Ocean Road, see wild kangaroos on the beaches of Adelaide, explore the Blue Mountains and park up for some island-hopping in the dreamy Whitsundays. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback, Australia's natural beauty will bowl you over.  

Why we love Australia road trips...

  • Travel between beaches, mountains, deserts and more
  • Enjoy easy driving on smooth, scenic roads
  • Stop to admire the scenery whenever you choose
  • Spot kangaroos and koalas on the go

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East Coast Australia road trips 

Australia's East Coast is ever-popular for road tripping and it's easy to see why. Packed with highlights, from the Great Barrier Reef to Brisbane and Byron Bay, this coast is a real delight to drive, offering huge variety along the way. Disappear into the beautiful Blue Mountains, travel between the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, soak up the sunshine on Airlie and sail to the castaway Whitsundays. Explore Brisbane and Sydney, two of Australia's most iconic cities, before heading up to tropical Cairns, where the rainforest meets the coral reef. If you're after the classic road trip Down Under, you can't go wrong on the East Coast. 

Western Australia road trips

Less touristy and more untouched, there's a certain wildness to Western Australia that you won't find in the East. Here, you'll find vast crescents of empty white sand, ancient forests, surreal pink lakes, desert pinnacles and bizarre wave rocks. If you're a second-timer to Australia or you prefer to take the road less travelled, Western Australia will provide the perfect route. Explore the isolated city of Perth, closer to Jakarta than Sydney, drive south to the sweeping vineyards of the Margaret River or head north to Ningaloo Reef. This is an area of remote, rugged beauty that makes for an unforgettable road trip.  

The South: Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania road trips

Less visited than the East or West coast, South Australia and Victoria are sometimes overlooked but full of surprises. Road tripping across these photogenic regions, you can explore the Grampian Mountains from Melbourne, drive to the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, hop between vineyards in Adelaide's Barossa Valley and spot kangaroos on the beaches. For the ultimate wilderness retreat, try taking a road trip in Tasmania. Home to 17 National Parks, Tasmania is packed with unspoilt scenery and high on far-off feeling. Hike to craggy peaks and isolated beaches, spot wallabies, swim under waterfalls and look out for Tasmanian Devils in the coastal forests.  

Round the world holidays featuring Australia road trips

Why not break up the journey Down Under by turning your Australian road trip into a round the world holiday? We can put together all kinds of multi-centre holidays that combine Australia with Asia, South America, North America and Africa. Spend a few days shopping in Singapore or Hong Kong before starting a self-drive from Sydney, recover from your Australia adventures on the castaway beaches of the Cook Islands and fly home via the bright lights of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. It's easy to add Australia to almost any round the world ticket, so give our experts a call on +44 1273320580 or send us an email to get your trip off the ground. 

Campervan holidays in Australia

Travelling Australia by campervan is one of the true bucket list greats - and for good reason. Hiring a campervan gives you a freedom that nothing else can match, allowing you to make up your route on the move. Work out a rough plan, hit the highway, park up for scenic picnics and cook snags over the campfire in social campsites. Campervans are brilliant for exploring the Great Outdoors and give you total independence over your road trip. There are campervans available in all shapes and sizes, so there's bound to be something that matches your own personal budget. We have years of experience in booking campervan adventures, so we can give you personal, expert advice.  

Inspiration for your Australian road trip

Need a hand nailing down a plan for your Australia road trip? We're a company of adventurers and, between us, we've travelled all over Australia. Here are some blog posts about our personal road trips in Australia and guides to a few popular routes. With any luck, they'll give you some inspiration for your own upcoming trip. 

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