This road trip follows the some 15,000 kilometres of Highway One, which links seven of the capital cities, roughly skirting the coastline between Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart. If you have the time (we’re talking six months at least) and a 4WD, this road trip will be one of the most epic journeys you’ve ever taken.The route takes in everything from big city lights to sleepy coastal towns, verdant green rainforest to dusty red outback, remote waterholes to sugar-white beaches, ancient rock art to kitsch big things; it’s everything great about Australia in one continuous road trip.
The route: Exactly as it sounds, the Big Lap is the circumnavigation of this vast country.For more head here: Road trip to The Tip The route: Just under 1200 kilometres, this west coast drive takes you from Perth to Exmouth along WA’s stunning Coral Coast via Cervantes, Geraldton, Monkey Mia and Carnarvon. Where the turquoise Indian Ocean meets the rugged outback, is there a more breathtaking sight?With the Pinnacles Desert, World Heritage Shark Bay, swimming with dolphins, manta rays and whale sharks, and the dramatic gorges of Kalbarri National Park, this is Mother Nature at her finest.For more head here: the Perth to Ningaloo road trip The route: Starting in Wangaratta in the state’s north-east, this road trip winds its way some 500 kilometres through Victorian High Country to Metung in Gippsland Lakes area. Australia’s highest accessible sealed road takes in mountain ranges, deep valleys, wine regions and the sparkling waterways of the Gippsland Lakes region.This scenic beauty is interjected with quaint historic towns including Beechworth, Bright and Omeo.It’s also home to Loch Ard Gorge, site of a 19th-century shipwreck; the Island Archway, which collapsed in 2009; and the cliff-face Gibson Steps.Driving tip: If you’re only driving in one direction, start in Torquay so you’re on the ocean side of the road, making it easier to pull over for lookouts.Don’t miss: Be sure to take a little detour to Freycinet National Park, an area rich in granite mountains, peaceful bays, azure waters and prolific birdlife, and if you have time join the award-winning Freycinet Experience Walk.Driving tip: If you’re in the Apple Isle for a long period, consider bringing your own vehicle from Melbourne via the Spirit of Tasmania to save money on car rental.In a land dominated by expansive landscapes, it’d be remiss to always take the quickest route from A to B.To fully appreciate this Great Southern Land and its diversity, it’s time to put down the boarding pass and pick up the road map.