Australia offers so much variety that we’re almost spoilt for choice. From remote desert to gorgeous golden beaches, stunning rainforest and everything in between, where you take your family is totally up to you.
So while visiting one destination on a holiday has lots of benefits, there’s also a whole lot to be said for throwing caution to the wind and enjoying a family road trip that showcases the best Australia has to offer. Yes, I promise, a road trip and kids can work together, it just takes a little bit of road trip pre planning to make it all work.
Here’s 5 great Australian road trips that are sure to delight from the beach to the bush and beyond:
1. Great Ocean Road Victoria
Starting at Torquay in Victoria, the Great Ocean Road winds down the Victorian coast taking in magnificent aqua oceans and stunning cliffs. Stop off to visit the lush rainforest along the way, and end your journey with a trip to the 12 Apostles, definitely unforgettable.
2. Nature’s Way Northern Territory
This special road trip is unique and amazing. Starting at the gorgeous harbour city of Darwin in the NT, follow Nature’s Way out of the city, on to the Mary River Wetlands, further still onto Kakadu National Park, before swinging back up to Litchfield National Park. This road trip deserves at least a few days, and will leave you speechless as you discover the unique wildlife, natural waterholes and waterfalls, and superb ancient rock art that Australia has to offer.
3. Waterfall Way New South Wales
This stunning stretch of Paradise in NSW winds its way from Coffs Harbour, through the amazing Dorrigo ranges and right through to Armidale. Taking you around 200kms you’ll travel through spectacular tropical growth and the gorgeous New England Tablelands. Armidale is a lovely inland city that has much to offer.
4. Corner Country
When it comes to icons, then this trip is definitely one of those. For the adventurous family, Cameron Corner is the spot where the borders of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia meet. You’ll need to be prepared for a little bit of outback travel and unsealed, corrugated roads, on this one, but it’s worth it. Follow Cobb & Co or Charles Sturt routes North from Broken Hill.
5. Red Centre – Adelaide to Uluru
This is another iconic road trip that will take you places you can only imagine. Starting at Adelaide, depart into the desert regions of South Australia. Stay underground in Coober Pedy, visit the iconic Alice Springs, see the Devils Marbles, Uluru, Kings Canyon… The list goes on. This road trip deserves time to enjoy, and is accessible to anyone via sealed roads, although there are some off road options.We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.