IT’S TIME FOR A ROAD TRIP
Your road trip, your life and the key to opening roads in Australia!
IT’S TIME FOR A ROAD TRIP
Australia’s natural beauty is unparalleled. Can you imagine what can happen to the fantastic landscape and your free spirit? Your road trip, your life and the key to opening roads in Australia! Along the way, we continually share. We share with people, experiences, memories and the most amazing places in Australia to explore! The ACE Australia team has compiled some of the best Australian road trip ideas for you to consider and start your journey.
The purpose? There is no better way to discover a new country than on a road trip. These trips allow you to connect with your inner self, be completely spontaneous and embrace your curiosity about the world. You could hit the road for a day or drive for a month. You can go to one place or make many stops. The bottom line is that there is no right or wrong way to embark on an unforgettable road trip.
GET TO KNOW THE SEA AND THE LANDSCAPE ON THE GREAT SOUTH TOURIST ROUTE
Take it easy and take in the unforgettable views along this iconic stretch of road before heading inland to discover some of Victoria’s most significant regional destinations. The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most exciting drives, packed with spectacular views of the rugged coastline.
The imposing limestone rock formations of the iconic 12 Apostles are impressive at any time of day, but especially when sunset turns the cliff a resplendent red. Visit ancient lighthouses, look for koalas on the drive to Cape Otway Lighthouse, and stop by cafes and bars overlooking the ocean.
Rain forests, ancient ships, migratory whales between May and September, national parks, deserted beaches and historic settlements are just some of the things to see.
HUGS THE COASTLINE ON GRAND PACIFIC DRIVE
With the vast ocean on one side and vast landscapes on the other, coastal drives are unique. Grand Pacific Drive in New South Wales is one of the most beautiful examples in Australia.
The 140-kilometre Grand Pacific Drive begins just south of Sydney in the Royal National Park and winds up the coast to the Shoalhaven district. The Sea Cliff Bridge in Wollongong, which seems to float between the ocean and the rocks, is reached by this winding route.
Stop in Kiama to watch the migratory whales from late May through July and September through November, then drive just ten minutes to Werri Beach , a popular surfing destination.
Next, travel to Jervis Bay and take a walk along the appropriately named White Sands Walk to the almost stunning white sands of Hyams Beach. Continue along the coast to Bawley Point , in the Murramarang Aboriginal area, to see a giant shell midden and a 1.4-mile circular walk with explanatory signage, which is a Shoalhaven secret. Visit the kangaroos at Pebbly Beach just down the road, and if you have time, extend your road trip to Canberra to see all that the nation’s capital has to offer, including a vibrant and diverse food scene.
SOAK YOURSELF IN SAND AND SUN ON THE LEGENDARY PACIFIC COAST
The wines of the Hunter Valley, the sparkling beaches of Port Stephens, the hippie-chic village of Byron Bay and the glamor of the Gold Coast line the 900-kilometre route between Sydney and Brisbane . No wonder this magnificent stretch is known as the Legendary Pacific Coast
It’s a road trip that embraces Australia’s coastal beauty and laid-back vibes from rolling down the windows. It also stops by Big Banana in Coffs Harbour , considered by many to be the most iconic road trip rest stop in the country.
Along this stretch of New South Wales and Queensland coastline, there are endless opportunities to make memories. Dive into the sea baths in Newcastle or Merewether , visit Hunter Valley ‘s Krinkle Wood Organic Winery and kayak with the dolphins that call Port Stephens home. You can also visit the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie , have lunch at The Farm in Byron Bay , and take the Hinterland Great Walk to see a different side of the Gold Coast .
TAKE A LOOK THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S RED CENTER WAY
The central Australian outback is a place of transformation. Breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultures and bright, starry nights combine to generate an energy that is hard to describe but impossible not to experience in the red heart of Australia.
If you have never visited central Australia, you will be captivated by the place. The Red Center Way , a loop that begins and ends in the inland town of Alice Springs, is lined with Australian landmarks. The great canyons are Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka National Park, but don’t forget the impressive canyons and wonderful swimming holes of Tjoritja.
Let a tour guide show you the circular rock domes of Kata Tjuta and provide a unique perspective of the surroundings. Stay close to Uluru and be mesmerized by the dazzling Field of Light show, which twinkles with the stars. The beauty of the Red Center is evident at any time of the day or night.
DRIVE AND DIVE ALONG THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Even in a country the size of Australia, not all great trips are long trips. Stretching from the tropical city of Cairns to the wilds of Cape Tribulation , the Great Barrier Reef Drive is only 140 kilometers long but offers its fair share of wonder. Where else can you see the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest at the same time?
You can also relax under the palm trees in Port Douglas , look for tree kangaroos, and snorkel over the reef’s rainbow of colors and creatures. For a deeper understanding of the amazing ecosystems of Australia’s tropical north, walk through the world’s oldest rainforest with a local guide.
THE GIBB RIVER ROAD, A ROUTE THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOU
The interior of the Kimberley is as grand and magnificent as its famous coastline. For good reason, the Gibb River Road, which runs from Derby to nearly Kununurra, is a road of legend. It is a journey that will transform you with each of its 660 kilometers, with lonely gorges, rugged ridges and that incomparable open road experience.
The potholes will be forgotten when you see your first bulbous boab tree or see the rocky Cockburn Range, even though most of this road is undulating and requires a 4WD vehicle. Stop for a dip in a crystal clear waterhole, learn about Aboriginal culture at the Mowanjum Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre, or float in the famous infinity pool on Lake Argyle as you gaze out over the rippling islands.
The Kimberley will touch you in a very transformative way, whether you’re lounging under a sparkling starry sky or staying in luxurious accommodations.
A ROAD TRIP WITH THE SPIRIT OF AN AUSSIE EXPLORER
Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheater that resembles a huge meteor crater, is one of the most prominent sites in the Flinders Ranges at 600 million years old. The Explorers Way , a five-hour drive from Adelaide, leads to this spectacular natural beauty.
Stretching from Adelaide to Darwin , the Explorers Way runs through a spectacular setting of ancient gorges, weathered peaks and red rock canyons. Along the way, you’ll pass the Coober Pedy Underground City and the Prairie Hotel, one of the inland’s most famous bars, where you can order grilled kangaroo, camel, and emu.
As the land turns red under your wheels as you cross the border into the Northern Territory , majestic Uluru and Kata Tjuta will appear up ahead.
This is a road trip that takes you from the bottom to the top of Australia or vice versa.
CROSS THE ICONIC NULLARBOR PLAIN
To take in the dimension of the hundreds of miles waiting to be experienced, head to the Nullarbor Plain , which runs parallel to the Great Australian Bight. Nullarbor means “treeless” in Latin, though these vast plains are far from barren.
When you’re out on the open road, you can have some fantastic adventures. Between May and October, you can stand on the edge of Australia at Head of Bight on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula to watch southern right whales nurse their calves.
If you consider the caverns that you will find in The Nullarbor , you will be fascinated. As well as historic gold mining villages, the remains of a space station that crashed to earth, and character-rich roadhouses.
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE ROUTE FROM PERTH TO ESPERANCE IS THE ROUTE THROUGH PARADISE?
This road trip from Perth to Esperance has it all: white sand beaches, water so clean you can see your toes, forests with some of the tallest trees in the world, and wildflowers found nowhere else. . Best of all, you may have many of these amazing places all to yourself.
Surprise yourself with the South West Edge road trip and enjoy the natural vibe that comes from discovering a place awash in beauty. You will be able to connect with the wildlife in Lucky Bay by meeting the kangaroos that walk on the beach or bounce on a suspended walkway in the treetops, surrounded by the natural beauties that the Valley of the Giants has to offer. What if we told you that, between the end of January and April, you can live an exciting adventure with killer whales? Wouldn’t that be amazing?
Have you ever seen pink water? Probably only in your dreams, but at Esperance you’ll dive into the pink water of Lake Hillier and make that dream come true. If that’s not amazing enough, we don’t know what is.
EXPLORE THE BEAUTIFUL EAST COAST OF TASMANIA
Tasmania is rich in natural beauty, from snow-capped mountains to sapphire-blue lagoons. Enjoy the coastal splendor of Tassie by following the Great Eastern Drive , one of the largest road trips on the island.
We always talk about the paradisiacal beaches of Australia, but had you imagined that you could also find them in Tasmania? Travel north from Hobart to the Bay of Fires , where the beaches are white, the air is pure and the scenery is breathtaking. You can also walk among wombats and explore the amazing colorful cliffs of Maria Island . Let yourself be carried away by all your senses and discover sensations like you have never experienced before.
It’s time for a road trip and we’ve just shown you a little bit of the most spectacular places in Australia that you can explore, the rest is up to you! Start your adventure now and be amazed at everything this amazing country has to offer.
The ACE Australia team will be there for you every mile so you can have the best trip possible. Your road trip starts today, contact us and get ready to #LiveTheExperience .