Australia’s ultimate road trip

Barossa Valley, Eyre Peninsula and the Great Outback

Destinations Duration Approx. 14 days
Destinations Destinations Barossa Valley, Nullarbor, Adelaide, Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Baird Bay, Perth
Activity Activity Culture & History, Cities, Culinary, Wine, Overland

Head out from Adelaide to the wine regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys, which offer some of the New World’s finest wineries. Don’t forget to pair the alcohol with some excellent local produce, before exploring the road along the coast towards the Eyre Peninsula. Stop at Whyalla for the contrast between beautiful beaches and 100-year old steelworks, snorkel with sea lions at Baird Bay and search for whales from the clifftops at the Head of Bight. Along the way, stop at the various holes of the Nullarbor Links golf course, which runs for 1,265km between Ceduna and Kalgoorlie, where you can explore the famous super pit gold mine. End in Perth by exploring its food scene on a food walking tour down the backstreets of the Northbridge area.

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The real Gold Coast

The best the coast has to offer between Brisbane and Cairns

Destinations Duration Approx. 21 days
Destinations Destinations Mon Repos Conservation Park, Townsville, Tully River, Brisbane, Noosa, Fraser Island, Eungella National Park, Rockhampton, Agnes Water, Whitsundays, Cairns
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Beach, Water Sports, National Parks, Overland

The Gold Coast route from Brisbane to Cairns offer so much more than just backpacking options. Try surfing in the resort town of Noosa, before sailing out the Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island) and exploring the natural cove of Champagne Pools. Back on the mainland, take the short drive to Mon Repos near Bundaberg to watch turtles hatch and watch out for kangaroos and platypus on a Eungella National Park bushwalk. As you continue north, try sailing on the Whitsunday Islands, scuba diving on the world-famous Yongala Wreck near Townsville and white water rafting on the Tully River near Mission Beach. If all this activity hasn’t worn you out, end by snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip from Cairns.

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Sydney to Melbourne inland

Mountain views, gold mining towns and a taste of outlaw life

Destinations Duration Approx. 7 days
Destinations Destinations Beechworth, Mount Kosciuszko, Sydney, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne
Activity Activity Culture & History, Cities, Hiking, Overland

Start your inland adventure in Sydney, blowing away the jetlag by getting on the water and kayaking around its famous harbour. After a leisurely day exploring the sights, head to Australia’s capital Canberra. From here, head to Lake Burley Griffin and choose one of its three cycling routes in the heart of the city before exploring its museums and culture. Continue the activity theme in the Snowy Mountains by hiking up the 2,228m high Mount Kosciuszko for alpine views, exploring Australia’s history in the gold mining towns of Beechworth and Ballarat. The former is famous for being the site of the legendary Ned Kelly’s trial and subsequent imprisonment. End your trip in hip Melbourne, exploring its beaches, cafes and restaurants.

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