IT’S TIME FOR A ROAD TRIP!
Your road trip, your life and the key to open pathways in Australia!
IT’S TIME FOR A ROAD TRIP
Australia’s natural beauty is unparalleled. Imagine what can happen with the fantastic scenery and your free spirit? Your road trip, your life and the key to open pathways in Australia! Along the road, we continuously share. We share with people, experiences, memories and Australia’s most amazing sites to explore! The ACE Australia team has collected some of the best Australian road trip ideas so that you can take them into account and get your journey started.
The purpose? There’s no better way to discover a new country than by taking a road trip. Road 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 a single location or make many stops. The bottom line is that there’s no right or wrong way to embark on an unforgettable road trip.
TAKE IN SEA AND SCENERY ON THE GREAT SOUTHERN TOURING ROUTE
Take it slow and enjoy the unforgettable views along this iconic stretch of road before heading inland to discover some of regional Victoria’s most loved destinations. The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most thrilling drives, studded with dramatic views of craggy coastline.
The towering limestone rock formations of the iconic 12 Apostles are breathtaking at any time of day, but especially when the setting sun colors the cliff face a blazing red. Visit old lighthouses, look for koalas on the journey to Cape Otway Lightstation, and stop by cafés and pubs with views of the ocean.
Rainforest, shipwrecks, migrating whales between May and September, national parks, windswept beaches, and historic settlements are just a few of the things to see.
HUG THE COAST ON THE GRAND PACIFIC DRIVE
With the boundless ocean on one side and vast landscapes on the other, coastal drives are in a class of their own. The Grand Pacific Drive in New South Wales is one of Australia’s most beautiful examples of this.
The Grand Pacific Drive, at 140 kilometers in length, begins just south of Sydney in the Royal National Park and winds its way down the coast to the Shoalhaven district. The Sea Cliff Bridge in Wollongong, which appears to float between aquamarine ocean and rocky rocks, is reached by this twisting route.
Pull into Kiama to observe migrating whales from late May to July and September to November, then drive just ten minutes to Werri Beach, a favorite surf destination.
Next, travel to Jervis Bay and take a stroll along the appropriately called White Sands Walk to Hyams Beach’s nearly amazing bone-white sands. Continue along the coast to Bawley Point, in the Murramarang Aboriginal Area, to see a gigantic shell midden and a 2.2 kilometer circle 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 everything the nation’s capital has to offer, including a vibrant and diverse food scene.
SOAK UP SAND AND SUN ON THE LEGENDARY PACIFIC COAST
The wines of the Hunter Valley, the sparkling beaches of Port Stephens, the hippie-chic hamlet of Byron Bay, and the glamor of the Gold Coast all line the 900 kilometer route between Sydney and Brisbane. It’s not surprising that this magnificent stretch is known as the Legendary Pacific Coast.
It’s a road journey that embraces Australia’s seaside beauty and laid-back vibes by winding down the windows. It also passes the Big Banana in Coffs Harbor, which many consider to be the country’s most iconic road trip rest stop.
Along this stretch of the New South Wales and Queensland coastline, there are infinite opportunities to create memories. Dive into the ocean baths in Newcastle or Merewether, visit the Hunter Valley’s organic KrinkleWood winery, and sea kayak with the dolphins that make Port Stephens home. You may also pay a visit to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, eat lunch at The Farm in Byron Bay, and take the Hinterland Great Walk to see a different side of Gold Coast.
TAKE A LAP OF AUSTRALIA’S RED CENTER WAY
The outback of central Australia is a place of transformation. Amazing landscapes, vibrant cultures, and bright, starry nights combine to produce an energy that is difficult to describe but impossible not to experience in Australia’s red heart.
If you have never visited central Australia, you will be enthralled by the place. The Red Center Way, a loop that starts and ends in the outback town of Alice Springs, is littered with Australian landmarks. The big guns are Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Watarrka National Park, but don’t forget Tjoritja’s stunning canyons and wonderful swimming holes.
Allow a tour guide to walk you through Kata Tjuta’s circular rock domes and provide a unique perspective of the surroundings. Stay near Uluru and be mesmerized by the brilliant Field of Light display, which shines at the same time as the stars. The Red Centre’s beauty is evident at any time of day or night.
DRIVE AND DIVE ALONG THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Even in a country the size of Australia, not all excellent drives are long trips. The Great Barrier Reef Drive, which runs from the tropical city of Cairns to the wilds of Cape Tribulation, is only 140 kilometers long but delivers more than its fair share of wonders. Where else can you view the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest at the same time?
You can also chill beneath palms in Port Douglas, search for tree kangaroos, and snorkel over the kaleidoscope of colours and creatures on the reef. For a more profound understanding of the incredible ecosystems of Australia’s tropical north, wander through the world’s oldest tropical rainforest with a local guide.
THE GIBB RIVER ROAD, A ROAD THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOU
The Kimberley’s inland is as big and magnificent as its famous shoreline. For good reason, the Gibb River Road, which runs from Derby to almost Kununurra, is a legendary outback path. It’s a drive that will transform you with each of its 660 kilometers, with lonely gorges, rugged ridges, and that incomparable open-road experience.
The bumps will be forgotten when you see your first bulbous boab tree or view the rocky Cockburn Range, despite the fact that the majority of this road is corrugated and requires a 4WD vehicle. Stop to soak in a crystal waterhole, learn about Aboriginal culture at the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Center, or float in Lake Argyle’s famous infinity pool while looking out over undulating islands.
The Kimberley will get under your skin in the most transforming of ways, whether you tent under a bright, starry sky or stay in luxury lodgings on a cattle station.
A ROAD TRIP IN THE SPIRIT OF AN AUSSIE EXPLORER
Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheater that resembles a massive meteorite crater, is one of the Flinders Ranges’ 600 million year old highlights. The Explorers Way, a five-hour trip from Adelaide, leads to this spectacular natural beauty.
The Explorers Way, which runs from Adelaide to Darwin, traverses through a spectacular environment of old gorges, worn peaks, and red rock canyons. Along the way, you’ll pass through Coober Pedy’s underground city and the Prairie Hotel, one of the outback’s most famous bars, where you can order grilled kangaroo, camel, and emu.
As the dirt turns red beneath your wheels as you cross the border into the Northern Territory, the majestic Uluru and Kata Tjuta will appear 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 the dimention of the hundreds of kilometers waiting to be lived, head to the Nullarbor Plain, which runs parallel to the Great Australian Bight. Nullarbor means «without trees» in Latin, although these immense plains are far from barren.
When you’re out on the open road, you can have some fantastic adventures. Between May and October, you may stand on the edge of Australia at the Head of Bight on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula to witness southern right whales nurse their young.
If you consider the caverns that you will find in The Nullarbor, you will be fascinated. As well as the historic gold mining villages, the wreckage 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 ACROSS PARADISE?
This road drive from Perth to Esperance has it all: white sand beaches, water so clean you can see your toes, woods with some of the world’s tallest trees, and wildflowers found nowhere else. Best of all, you might have a lot of these incredible places to yourself.
Be astonished by the South West Edge road trip and bask in the natural high that comes with discovering a place awash in beauty. You will be able to connect with the wildlife at Lucky Bay meeting the beachcombing kangaroos or bounce on a walkway suspended in the treetops, surrounded by the natural beauties that the Valley of the Giants has to offer you. And what if we told you that, between late January and April, you can live a thrilling adventure with killer whales involved? Wouldn’t that be amazing?
Have you ever seen pink water? Probably just in your dreams, but in Esperance you will be submerged in the bubblegum-pink water of Lake Hillier and make that dream come true. If that isn’t surprising enough, we don’t know what is.
EXPLORE TASMANIA’S BEAUTIFUL EAST COAST
Tasmania is rich in natural beauty, from snow-capped mountains to sapphire-blue lagoons. Take in Tassie’s coastal splendors by following the Great Eastern Drive, one of the island’s biggest road journeys.
We always talk about the paradise 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 Maria Island’s amazing kaleidoscopic cliffs.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 glimpse of Australia’s most amazing sites to explore, the rest is up to you! Start your adventure now and be amazed with everything this outstanding country has to offer you.
The ACE Australia team will be there for you in every single kilometer you travel so that you can have the best journey posible. Your road trip begins today, contact us and get ready to #LiveTheExperience.