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9 Best Road Trips in Australia

December 27, 2023

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Australia is the perfect destination for a road trip. Home to some of the longest highways in the world (Highway No. 1 is a staggering 9,000 miles that circles the entire country), you'll love renting a campervan, pitching your tent on the roof and exploring the best of Australia on four wheels.

1. SYDNEY TO BRISBANE

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Sydney to Brisbane is a classic East Coast driving itinerary, and a must-do if it's your first time in Australia. Covering a distance of about 600 miles between the capitals of New South Wales and Queensland

2. THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

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One of the most epic Australian road trips, the Great Barrier Reef Drive is a short but spectacular 90-mile journey through far north Queensland. Starting in Cairns, this tarmac road takes you along the barrier reef as well as into the heart of the Daintree rainforest.

3. THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

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This scenic route is only 150 miles long, but from Torquay to Alansford, the road takes in incredible natural attractions such as the 12 Apostles and other beautiful rock formations, gorges, waterfalls and beaches that line the Victorian coast.

4. THE NULLARBOR PLAIN

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Spanning nearly 700 miles and connecting South Australia to Western Australia, the Nullarbor Plain is home to the longest, straightest stretch of road in the entire country.

5. PERTH TO BROOME

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Escape the crowds when tackling one of Australia's longest road trips from Perth to Broome. Starting in Perth, the world's most remote capital city, you'll see the best of Western Australia as you head 1,500 miles north to Broome.

6. PERTH TO ESPERANCE

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Western Australia is home to some of the best Aussie road trips, and if you're starting your journey in Perth, you'll have a tough choice.

7. THE RED CENTRE WAY

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The Red Center is a dry, dusty desert located in the heart of Australia. Across the vast desert plains and dramatic mountain scenery of the Northern Territory

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8. THE OUTBACK HIGHWAY

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Stock up your four-by-four with fuel, extra gas, water and supplies and get ready for a dusty off-road adventure on the Outback Highway, one of Australia's best road trips.

9. THE BIG LAP

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The Big Lap is the ultimate Australian road trip. This epic journey sees dedicated drivers traverse nearly 9,000 miles of highway as you drive across the country.

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