Where to Road Trip in Australia

Where to Road Trip in Australia

One thing that is undeniable is, Australia is not big, it’s epic. 

So if you wanted to go on a road trip there, where would you actually go? How long would you take to get there? How far would you be willing to travel? What vehicle would you use to travel around Australia? Being Australia, these are pertinent questions don’t you think? 

With the country being so vast you would have to draw an X somewhere otherwise you are just not coming back any time soon.

You also need a reliable vehicle to travel in. It is not worth taking the risk of breaking down somewhere in the Australian outback. It’s a long way to walk to the next town.

Now about those pertinent questions, let’s have a look to see if we can actually answer some of them.

Where would you actually go?

The list of possible road trips is almost infinite from day trips to epic expeditions across the country taking from several days, to a few weeks.


Here is a short list of those trips that seem to be the most popular

Sydney in New South Wales to Melbourne in Victoria

  • Distance approx. 878 km.
  • Total driving time: 9 hours.
  • Suggested time frame: 5 days.
  • Highlights: Stunning coastal views, Whale watching in Eden, relaxed seaside towns and natural rainforests.


Perth in Western Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory

  • Distance approx. 4140 km.
  • Total driving time: 43 hours.
  • Suggested time frame: 21 days.
  • Highlights: The Pinnacles, Dolphin watching at Shark Bay, Karijini National Park, Katherine Gorge at Nitmiluk, Kakadu National Park, Litchfield.


Brisbane to Arlie Beach in Queensland

  • Distance approx. 1100 km
  • Total driving time: 12 hours.
  • Suggested time frame: 12 days.
  • Highlights: Scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, Dolphin watching, swimming in crystal clear freshwater lakes, The Sunshine Coast, Glass House Mountains, Blackall Range, the Noosa hinterland, Fraser Island and the Bundaberg rum distillery.


Sydney to Byron Bay

  • Distance approx. 800 km
  • Total driving time: 9 hours.
  • Suggested time frame: 5 days.
  • Highlights: Ku-ring-Gai Chase National Park, sand boarding on the epic sand dunes at Port Stephen, Terrigal Beach, Shelly Beach, The Entrance and a wine tour in the Hunter Valley.


The Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

  • Distance approx. 346 km
  • Total driving time: 5 hours.
  • Suggested time frame: 4 days.
  • Highlights: The Twelve Apostles, the Gibson Steps, surfing at Bells Beach, Split Point Lighthouse, Cape Otway Lightstation, the Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway, Teddy’s Lookout, Mariner’s Lookout and great beaches and coffee shops at places like Apollo Bay, Torquay and Port Fairy.


Darwin to Uluru in the Northern Territory

  • Distance approx. 1964 km round trip.
  • Total driving time: 22 hours.
  • Suggested time frame: 5 days.
  • Highlights: Uluru, Redbank Gorge Pool, the meteorite craters at Henbury and Alice Springs.


Some of these road trips are epic so a few sensible precautions would be well advised, for example:

  • Stay where you are if your vehicle breaks down.
  • Carry food and water with you (5 liters / person / per day).
  • Avoid driving in poor light.
  • Share driving duties.
  • A torch, map, umbrella, hats and sunblock are a good idea.


Final Words

Being able to travel around Australia, taking in the sights and sounds that only Australia can offer, is an experience of a lifetime.

Just remember to take the necessary precautions to keep you and your traveling companions safe.