The road trip is an Aussie tradition. Packing up the kids, dog and camping gear in the car and heading up or down the coast is something that thousands of Australians do every school holidays. Here, we've listed our top pick of the best 4 road trips. From day tours that are worth the detour to smooth drives that won't test the patience we've got a great list of road trip holiday ideas:
The Coastal Explorer's Way
Taking the Great Ocean Road, the Coastal Explorer's Way will take you all the way from Melbourne to Adelaide along incredible coastline. Stop to admire the 12 Apostles and watch surfers ride the famous Southern Ocean Swells at Bells Beach. This has to be one of the most idyllic drives Australia has to offer. For that added movie star effect, why not hire a sports car with a soft top? It's a great way to experience this amazing coastal road.
Drive up the east coast
Depending on how long you have to complete your journey, you may want to drive all the way from Sydney to Cairns. Or you could simply take your time and finish at the Gold Coast. Either way there are a few pit stops that are a must along the way. Byron Bay is one location you should definitely work into your trip as a rest stop for at least a day or two. Take in the beaches and mountains before heading for the bright lights of the Gold Coast. This is a pleasant drive and relatively easy.
Road Trip to the Red Centre
There are many different ways that you can road trip and experience the Red Centre. Whichever way you decide to take it on, you'll be amazed at some of the views you'll see. As you navigate your way through Kings Canyon, the West MacDonnell Ranges and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park you'll have the chance to learn about the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land and the importance of Ayers Rock to the local people. Experience the Aussie outback like you never have before. This is a trip that will take time, so plan your drive carefully. But it's definitely well worth the time and effort for a once in a lifetime experience.
The Blue mountains
A road trip doesn't have to be many hours long. There are some great places to drive to just 90 minutes out of Sydney, which can be a long enough road trip in the car if you have little ones. Why not take a Blue Mountains Tour and experience the picturesque surrounds, wildlife and landscape? If you take Bell's Line of Road, starting at Richmond, you'll be in for a real treat driving through national park lands which is very different from taking the Great Western Highway. If you want to go on a road trip these next school holidays but don't want to wander too far from home the Blue Mountains are an ideal location for getting in some much needed R&R with the whole family.
Road trips are a great way to get out of the city and explore the open road. I hope our list of our favourite top 4 road trips has given you some inspiration for the next time you want to take your family on a great Aussie holiday.