Top 5 Road Trip Destinations in Australia
From dramatic mountainscapes to breathtaking coastal views, Australia is filled with natural wonders that make for an unforgettable road trip. With so many incredible sights to see it’s hard to narrow it down, but this list makes for a great starting point.
Here are the top 5 road trip destinations in Australia according to, well me !
The Twelve Apostles, Victoria
Located off the shore of Port Campbell National Park in Victoria, the Twelve Apostles is an impressive group of limestone stacks that rise up from beneath the water’s surface. The best time to visit the stunning natural rock formations is at sunrise or sunset, when the colors change under the direct sunlight. For the ultimate road trip, start in Melbourne and enjoy the incredible scenery along the way.
Where to Stay: The Alkina Lodge is the closest luxury hotel to the Twelve Apostles and boasts a fantastic view of the ocean below. The minimalistic aesthetic and abundance of natural light offer a cozy sanctuary to spend time after an exciting day of exploring.
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system, spanning over 2,000 miles off the coast of Queensland. With over 1,500 species of colorful fish and 400 types of coral, snorkeling in this incredible reef system is an absolute must when visiting Australia. This iconic tourist destination brings in thousands of visitors each year, so make sure to plan in advance and don’t forget to buy an underwater-proof phone or camera case so you can snap plenty of photos.
Where to Stay: Check out the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort for a luxurious 5-star hotel stay in North Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef. With incredible amenities and world-class customer service, you’re guaranteed to have a relaxing stay.
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
This 243-kilometer stretch of road takes approximately 9.5 hours to drive and is known as one of the most scenic routes in Australia. The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage Site and is filled with picturesque coastal views and a wide array of plants and wildlife. With plenty of sites and charming towns to stay in along the way, the Great Ocean Road is definitely Victoria’s most promising road trip option.
Where to Stay: Check out Port Fairy Glamping for a unique and luxurious trip you’ll never forget. Bring your family or friends and choose between a bell tent and a caravan for an adventurous stay near the Great Ocean Road.
The Pinnacles, Western Australia
Located in Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles are natural limestone formations that act as Western Australia’s most popular tourist attraction. The structures are estimated to have formed approximately 30,000 years ago after the sea receded and left seashell deposits. You can explore the Pinnacles on your own or opt for a guided tour. If you can, I recommend visiting at night to stargaze at the staggering outback sky.
Where to Stay: Located near the Pinnacles, the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park features poolside villas with a heated pool, nature playground, and BBQ area. This charming stay is ideal for a visit to the Pinnacles and is only two hours from Perth.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Home to an abundance of wildlife and rugged natural beauty, Kangaroo Island is a top destination for travelers. Located thirteen kilometers off the coast of South Australia, the island makes for a phenomenal family-friendly road trip for nature lovers. The restaurants, wine, and hotels on Kangaroo Island are world-renowned as well, so there’s plenty to do on this gorgeous island.
Where to Stay: Check out the Kangaroo Beach Lodges for a tranquil coastal hideaway nestled above Kangaroo Beach. The panoramic ocean views, luxurious amenities, and private beach make this the perfect spot for a peaceful stay.
Have you been to any of these locations and have some tips to share, maybe you have other locations what make great places to visit while in Australia.
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