Great Australian Road Trips
 
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WESTERN AUSTRALIA
 

Cape to Cape: The Margaret River region, a wild knob of land jutting into the sea off the bottom corner of WA, crowned in the north by Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the south, is home to some of the finest white wines (and plenty of terrific reds) produced in Australia.  The town of Margaret River is more or less on the half-way mark of Caves Road, which runs cape to cape and is the best way to explore the area.  Highlights include Boranup Karri Forest, great surfing beaches, whale watching, limestone caves, road-side wildflowers, quality art galleries and lots of wineries.

How long? 110 km
More: www.margaretriver.com

 

Watch the video: Exploring the wilder side of Margaret River in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Crossing the Pentecost River

Gibb River Road: A road trip for those that want a true outback adventure.  It’s four-wheel-drive only; remote, rugged and you’ll need to be pretty much self-sufficient, carry spares, tools and extra fuel and be willing to camp most nights, but it is one of the most beautiful outback drives in the country. The track starts in Kununurra, and cuts through the heart of the Kimberleys to meet the sea at Derby.  Highlights are forests of boab trees, spectacular gorges, crocodiles, cool billabongs and waterfalls.  Roads are impassable November to April.

How long? around 700 km
More: www.gibbriverroad.net

 

Watch the video: The Munja Track: off road adventures on one of the Kimberley's toughest 4WD tracks.

Thirsty Point, Cervantes

Indian Ocean Drive: A new road has made touring the coast from Perth to Geraldton even easier. The new Indian Ocean Drive linking Lancelin and Cervantes means, you never have to leave the coast until you get to Geraldton, making it one of the best coastal road trips in the country. Highlights include watching the sun set in the Pinnacles Desert at Nambung National Park near Cervantes, wildflowers, vast stands of banksias and the ghost town of Greenough along with Geraldton’s excellent shipwreck gallery at the museum and the hll-top memorial to HMAS Sydney .

How long? 268 km
More: www.indianoceandrive.com.au

 

Watch the video: Driving through the Pinnacles

Watch the video: Kalbarri National Park

The Savannah Way: The Savannah Way, stretching across the top of the country from Cairns to Broome, is one of the world’s best trans-continental journeys. Most of the trip is sealed, apart from the stretch between Normanton and Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and it’s a dry season road only with some of the sections impassable November to April. You’ll need to be willing to camp most nights, but it is one of the most beautiful outback drives in the country. Highlights are forests of boab trees, remote gorges, outback cattle stations, crocodiles, waterfalls and the spectacular Bungle Bungles.

How long? 3500 km
More: www.savannahway.com.au

 

Watch the video: Beachside camping on the Dampier Peninsula

Watch the video: Lorella Springs, a million-acre wilderness park on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria

Stirling Ranges: One of few truly rugged mountain ranges in the west, the Stirling Range is around an hour’s drive (around 100km) north-east of Albany, it’s one of the world's most important areas for wildflowers, with an astonishing 1,500 species (many of which grow nowhere else) packed within its boundaries. The Stirling Range Road is a very scenic unsealed road that cuts through the heart of the range. Drive west to east (from Red Gum Pass Road north of Mount Barker) for the best mountain views.

How long? 42 km
More: www.albanygateway.com.au

Head of Bight

Across the Nullarbor: The trip across the Nullarbor is an iconic journey through the Australian outback. The longest, straightest, flattest piece of road in Australia stretches from just east of the historic gold mining town of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to the fishing port of Ceduna on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Highlights include semi-arid desertscape, the flat Nullarbor Plain where you feel as if you can see forever, towering cliffs along the Great Australian Bight, Eucla Telegraph Station ruins, whale watching at Head of Bight and seafood in Ceduna.

How long? around 2500 km
More: www.nullarbornet.com.au

 

Watch the video: Crossing the Nullarbor

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