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Are you planning on visiting Australia? The only way to explore a country as big as Australia is with a good old road trip. Australia is home to hundreds of must-see locations, so here are the best road trips you can do (plus a few bonus local tips for your trip!)

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road trip certainly lives up to the hype thanks to its coastal scenic route. Not only do you get to see the dramatic rock sculptures called the 12 Apostles, which stick out from the coast, but there are also wonderful beaches, a variety of wildlife, delicious eateries and beautiful rainforest walks.

Great Ocean Road is 224 km road runs from Allansford to Torquay, which then offers easy access to Melbourne. You can make a number of stops on the route in towns such as Lorne, Apollo Bay and Peterborough to make the most of your road trip.

Great Alpine Road — Victoria

This drive winds some 500km from Wangaratta through Victorian High Country and into the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. The Great Alpine Road takes in scenery fit for a postcard and is dotted with historic towns and alpine villages. The warmer months bring the opportunity for a spot of horse riding and fishing while during the colder months during the winter make sure you pack your chains, have your car checked and most importantly pack your woollies!

Brisbane to Cairns, Queensland

Brisbane to Cairns includes the Great Beach Drive to form a bona fide Queensland highlight reel. Head north from Brisvegas to the Sunshine Coast, where a dip in the beach is mandatory, before another brief drive to wholesome Noosa Heads. Fraser Island and Hervey Bay. Make sure you stop in the rum hub Bundaberg, Yeppoon, and take in the relaxed air of Airlie Beach. A stop for another drip Mission Beach with its postcard perfection white sands and azure waters. If you able to leave the beauty of Mission Beach, you will be on the home stretch to Cairns.

Red Centre Way - Northern Territory

The 1135 km drive from Alice Springs through Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, West MacDonnell Ranges and Uluru is, something you won’t forget. Over sealed and unsealed road, you’ll journey deep into spirited lands of forest, valleys and red desert earth. You will see lots of car, truck and even road trains abandoned on the road side. Many vehicles don’t make the journey and you won’t get any roadside assistance out here, so many sure your car is in the best condition and get any automotive repairs before you head off into this unforgiving terrain.

The Great Beach Drive, Queensland

This name of this trip explains it all, you will see one beautiful beach after another

You’ll discover and relish in this one along Queensland’s stunning Australia’s Nature Coast, a splendid 380 kilometres that connect the ever-sunny Sunshine Coast with beautiful Fraser Island and the Fraser Coast in the north.

Pacific Coast — NSW, Queensland

This trip will need at least 6 days. You will leave Sydney and head north to a tropical paradise, through the lush lands of the Byron Shire and to the sunny plains of lower Queensland. The Pacific Coast Drive has over 900km of coastline from Sydney through the surf spots of the Central Coast, Newcastle Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Byron before making to the Gold Coast and arriving in Brisbane city. Picture: The Pass, Byron Bay

Cairns to Cape Tribulation Queensland

Cape Tribulation is the point top northeast top of Australia It’s a glorious spot for a drive. You set off from Cairns and head north via Palm Cove, Port Douglas and ancient Daintree National Park – all home to the glorious beaches of Cape Tribulation

The Big Lap — VIC, NSW, QLD, NT, WA, SA

This is one of the biggest best road trips in Australia The Big Lap takes you pretty much around Australia following 15,000km of Highway One and linking major capital cities: Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Dongara Rum Distillery tours, Esperance, Adelaide and Melbourne. You will need months, even a year, to complete this one but it's 110% worth it.

Perth To Ningaloo — WA

Perth to Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef. Is just under 1,200 kilometres. You will travel along the spectacular Coral Coast past Cervantes, Geraldton, Monkey Mia and Carnarvon, as well as the World Heritage-listed Shark Bay and Kalbarri National Park. There is a copiousness amount of wildlife along this coast as well as a colourful wildflower that covers the area between June and September.

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