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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.

  • Never heard of Corner Country, sounds intriguing.

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  • Definitely top of my bucket list when we both retire. I would love to buy a caravan and just tour around this great country for a while.

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  • We have been along the Great Ocean Road twice. Parts of it are narrow and windy. At some very well known scenery spots they have good parking right of the road on the sea side of it. Scenery is fantastic, a bit less so in cold misty or wet weather if visibility is poor. On one occasion we didn’t bother to stop as we could see the sea was clouded my sea fog. Part of the road heads inland then back to the coast. We stayed at a small motel at Port Fairy on one occasion. Nothing terribly flash. It was comfortable, clean with the normal tea & coffee making facilities, fridge and heating in Winter was very good. We had a good night’s sleep, which is realy saying something as I am a very light sleeper. The Dining Room was being renovated at the time so they brought our delicious Dinner to our room. It wasn’t tourist season when we went so they were taking the opportunity to re-decorate.

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  • another great article from you loreena

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  • Cool! This is interesting! Thank you for sharing this!

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  • We did the Great Ocean Road as the baby moon trip. The pictures do not do it justice. Can wait to check the other suggestions out.

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  • I did all these trips as a backpacker about 10 years ago. I can’t wait to do them with my new little family in the next few years.

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  • We often talk about touring Australia more, but never get to do it. As a Victorian, we’ve travelled the Great Ocean Road (with serious motion sickness!), but look forward to exploring other states as a family.

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  • great advise thanks I would love to take the kids adventuring as I did as a kid

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  • This is a beautiful holiday. There is so much to see on the Great Ocean Road. lots of little places to visit

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  • Great Ocean Road is definitely a must see, but you can venture on past the 12 Apostles a short way and see some more great coastal sights.

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  • It would be nice to win this and show my partner what he is miss with our kids

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  • The Great Ocean road can be done in a day or overnight. I remember going on a school trip here in the 90s, many of the rocks have notably eroded since then. But the breath taking beauty remains.

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  • I will try one this holiday.

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  • Some great ideas here. Thanks.

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