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Road trippin’

We want a piece of that open-road action.

Aussie driving vacays that won’t break the bank.

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Source: @elisecook

Did you hear the one about a 12-year-old, who drove from his home in Port Macquarie to Broken Hill en route to Perth? Authorities sidelined the boy wonder 1,300km into his journey after they caught sight of his broken bumper. (But not before he’d pumped petrol at least once along the way!)

Sure, it’s pretty dangerous to have a kid driving cross-country, but let’s talk about the great Australian road trip. If a boy of 12 can cruise across the Nullabor, we want a piece of that action. With all those ‘boundless plains’ and ‘beauty rich and rare’, our sunburnt country is ripe for a driving holiday. Here are our top six trips. Buckle up...

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road and Instagram are a match made in heaven. The National Heritage listed road is a stunner. It highlights the beauty of our South Eastern coast like an illuminated selfie phone cover. No filters needed!

  • Distance: 243km.
  • What you’ll see/where to stop: 12 Apostles, Bells Beach, Great Ocean Walk.
  • Perfect wheels for your trip: convertible all the way!

East Coast Escape, Tasmania

Tassie is the bikini bottom of Oz - Spongebob would be mad jely - and The East Coast Escape covers the whole island. Hitting the road in Hobart, Snapchat your way through hotspots like Marina Island and the Chain of Lagoons.

  • Distance: approx 176km.
  • What you’ll see/where to stop: Marina Island, Freycinet Peninsula, Coles Bay, St Helens and the Chain of Lagoons.
  • Perfect wheels for your trip: 4WD.

The Savannah Way

Pack your anti-frizz arsenal, get behind the wheel and hop on the humid Savannah Way. Winding its way from Queensland to WA via the NT, the trip spans 15 National Parks. Yep. 15!

  • Distance: 3700km.
  • What you’ll see/where to stop: Undara Lava Tubes, Millaa Millaa Falls, Cobbold Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park.
  • Perfect wheels for your trip: 4WD.

Trip to the Tip (Cairns to Cape York)

Asthma sufferers should pack an extra puffer because the trip from Cairns to Cape York literally takes your breath away. There are some stretches where you’ll swear you’ve wandered into an undiscovered tropical wonderland whose only inhabitants are you and your fellow road trippers.

  • Distance: 1000+ kms.
  • What you’ll see/where to stop: Mossman Gorge (Daintree Rainforest), Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation.
  • Perfect wheels for your trip: Jeep.

Gibb River Road, Kimberley, Western Australia

Dirt, dirt, dirt. And more dirt. Stretching Derby to Kununurra, Gibb River Road is a great way to see the Kimberly. There’s a few tricky spots, so this is for hardcore 4WDriving only!  

  • Distance: 700km
  • What you’ll see/where to stop: Emma’s Gorge, El Questro, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge and King Leopold Ranges.
  • Perfect wheels for your trip: 4WD.

Coral Coast Perth to Exmouth, Western Australia

The Coral Coast is an easy drive perfect for the whole squad. Take your underwater camera for Insta gold at Ningaloo Reef (Whale sharks = social media gold).

  • Distance: 1200kms
  • What you’ll see/where to stop: Ningaloo, Pinnacles Desert and Kalbarri National Park.
  • Perfect wheels for your trip: RV (drive and stay combo sorted).

By: Louise Smithers

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