Great Australian Road Trips
 
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Grand Pacific Drive: NSW’s answer to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the Grand Pacific Drive, runs along a man-made cliff-hugging ledge between the pounding surf and towering escarpment wall north of Wollongong. A higlight is the 665-metre-long multi-span balanced cantilever bridge that curves around the cliffs 50 metres out to sea. Explore Royal National Park, check out the view from Stanwell Tops, stop for a swim at any number of surf beaches and eat fish and chips at the fishing harbour in Wollongong before visiting the spectacular Nan Tien Temple, the biggest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.

How long? 71 km
More: www.grandpacificdrive.com.au

Great Tropical Way: Go troppo on this Cairns - Mareeba - Port Douglas loop. The Cairns to Mareeba section climbs high into world-heritage listed rainforest, opening out into fields of sugar cane, paddocks of macadamia and mango trees. Continue on to Port Douglas via Mount Molloy through lush farming and grazing country to Mossman and then turn south to Port Douglas; or head north along the coast from Cairns where the road hugs the coastline and the views are magnificent as the rainforest meets the sea.

How long? 220 km loop from Cairns
More:
www.greattropicaldrive.com.au

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, using Margaret River as a base
More:
www.margaretriver.com

 

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

Blue Mountains: Head into the mountains from Sydney on the Bells Line of Road from Richmond.  If you’re a history buff, trainspotter or have kids in tow you'll love the Zig Zag Railway at Clarence. Turn back at Lithgow, visit the historic village of Hartley, and climb up steep Victoria Pass into the mountains again, on through Katoomba and the Three Sisters, where you can hook up with Cliff Drive as it winds its way along the cliff edge to Leura before descending downwards towards Sydney to finish the loop.

How long? 160 km from Sydney
More: www.visitbluemountains.com.au

Gold Coast Hinterland: Just one hour from Brisbane, half an hour from the Gold Coast, is an altogether different world of mountains, rainforest and world-heritage wilderness. Known as the Scenic Rim it’s a chain of craggy mountains and high plateaux cut through with rich, fertile river valleys, dotted with historic townships and magnificent rainforests.  Drive a loop from Tamborine Mountain and on to Lamington National Park.

How long? 230 km loop from Brisbane
More: www.goldcoast.com.au

 

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