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The Magic of an Australian Road Trip

Sea Cliff Bridge - part of the Coastal Drive from Sydney to Melbourne

Sea Cliff Bridge – part of the Coastal Drive from Sydney to Melbourne

[I]f you want to see and experience the magic of Australia, there’s no better way to do it than by hitting the road.

An Australian road trip is definitely one of the best ways to experience the ancient landscapes and breathtaking scenery.

Perfect Weather, Outdoor Dining and Wine Tours

The best time to visit is during the Aussie summer (from December to February).

That’s when weather is lovely with an average of 26 degrees Celsius for the major capital cities.

Summertime in Australia means bright sunny days and warm evenings – perfect conditions for a barbecue (which is after all, one of the classic and traditional eating experiences Australia has to offer).

In fact, nothing can be more Australian than enjoying a fresh sausage sizzle (sausage on a bun) on the beach.

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated experience, not drive down to the scenic Hunter Regions in New South Wales and do a wine tour. The Hunter Valley is famous for their wineries and vineyards.

Recommended Destinations and Roads to Travel

If you want to see some of the country’s most beautiful and untouched coastline, then the Sydney to Melbourne drive is recommended.

This breathtaking stretch of coastline is one of the most captivating, dramatic and naturally beautiful roads out there in the world.

The best way to make the most of the drive is to organise a campervan road trip instead of taking public transport.

Cruising along the roads yourself will give you the freedom to explore the amazing secreted locations along the way.

Hidden amongst the coastlines are dozens of picturesque fishing villages and quaint hamlets constructed by Australia’s early settlers.

Small towns like Bermagui and Tathra are home to seaside caravan parks with amazing ocean views.

If you want to experience a truly mind-blowing piece of coast, then you should definitely stop at Victoria’s Ninety Mile Beach, which, as the name suggests, offers one of the world’s longest stretches of uninterrupted soft sand.

You’ll find campsites dotted along it at various points.

On the other hand, if you're chasing hot weather, sun and social interaction, then heading north might be your preference.

For surf, stunning scenery and the opportunity to party, the New South Wales North Coast is the place to go.

Byron Bay offers loads of beachside caravan parks, as well as a buzzing social scene filled with local pubs, restaurants and markets.

If it gets too much, and you start craving some quiet time, you can always cruise into the hinterland near the Gold Coast.

You’ll find gorgeous rainforest areas and winding mountain roads.

Featuring charming mountain villages, artisan galleries and National Parks, you’ll be amazed with the natural beauty and serenity of this region.


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Jennifer Kolbuc

Thursday 16th of January 2014

The Great Ocean Road has to be one of the most scenic drives in the world! From visiting the famous ocean side sites including the Twelve Apostles (I think there are only 7 left) to national parks its the perfect road trip. Photos of our four day trip are at: (Best part was seeing kangaroos for the first time in the wild!)

Another less famous road trip in Australia is the drive on the Western side of the country from Perth down to Margaret River (wine tours) to the lovely beach side towns of Albany and Esperence. Links to our time in Western Australia at:

So much to see in this beautiful county!


Tuesday 7th of January 2014

Great tips... the sydney to Melbourne coastal drove would be amazing! Australia is def one to do via car rather then plane

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