The Ultimate Australian Road Trip Itinerary

The Ultimate Australian Road Trip Itinerary

We’ve put together the ultimate Australian road trip itinerary. It includes the best drives in Australia and the best Australian attractions.

 

The Ultimate Australian Road Trip Itinerary

Since becoming nomadic, we’ve done a lot of road trips in the US. Some were for months at a time and we loved them because we got to see so much of the country. Because of this, we’ve recently started daydreaming of what it’d be like to do road trips in other countries.

 

Australia is a country we’ve always wanted to visit. With it being such a large country, however, we’ve always worried that we wouldn’t be able to do it justice if we only flew there for a few days. Granted, if that’s all that is possible because of time constraints, then by all means do what you can. But we’re hoping that one day we’ll be able to visit with more time.

 

So we’ve started putting together an ultimate Australian road trip itinerary. This is us speaking it into existence! Well, writing it into existence. 😉 Obviously nothing is set in stone, but it is a start to what we think would be an epic road trip around the country.

 

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Australian Road Trip Logistics

First things first: Getting into the country. We need a visa to visit Australia, but luckily it doesn’t seem too difficult to do. We found all of the Australian visa information on this Australian government site. We will also need an international driver’s license to be able to drive in Australia and we need to keep reminding ourselves that Australians drive on the left side of the road.

 

While on the ultimate Australian road trip, remember to drive on the left

Gotta remember to drive on the left!

 

As far as actually getting from place to place, we’re still undecided. While we were in Montreal we met a couple that bought a car when they got to Australia and went from city to city in it; they slept at friends’ houses, in hostels, or in the car. There’s also the option of buying a campervan; we found some good prices for them on this website. We wouldn’t have to pay for lodging, but would have to consider the cost of camping sites.

 

The weather will also play a factor in some final decisions, like if we travel clockwise or counterclockwise around the country. We’d prefer counterclockwise though. We also have to remember that the seasons in Australia are opposite to what we’re used to in the northern hemisphere (September to November is spring, December to February is summer, March to May is fall, and June to August is winter).

 

Our possible Australian road trip itinerary route

Our possible Australian road trip itinerary route

 

Keeping visa restrictions in mind, we’d love it if our Australian road trip could be done in 3 months. We haven’t timed everything out, but we think that’s a good amount of time to visit most of the major highlights around the country. Below are some of the specific drives we’d like to take…

 

Melbourne to Sydney Road Trip

After exploring Melbourne, we’d head northeast towards Sydney. We definitely want to stop and go to the southernmost tip of mainland Australia in Wilsons Promontory National Park and also see the fairy penguins on Phillip Island. Visiting Jervis Bay is also a must.

 

Jervis Bay would be a stop on our Australian road trip

Jervis Bay

 

Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip

This east coast road trip is also known as the Legendary Pacific Coast. It’s considered one of the best Australian road trips and offers visitors beautiful beaches, thrilling adventures, and wineries! One of the highlights of this road trip would be spending time at Byron Bay.

 

Byron Bay would be a stop on our road trip around Australia

Byron Bay

 

Brisbane to Cairns Road Trip

There would be many beach stops on this trip. One beach we want to visit before leaving Brisbane is Streets Beach which is actually Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach. Then off we’d go heading north to Cairns which is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is something we’ve wanted to see since we were kids, and we know this would be one of the highlights of our Australian road trip.

 

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

 

Cairns to Broome Road Trip

This road trip from Cairns to Broome is also known as The Savannah Way. With it being more inland, we’ll get to see waterfalls, rock formations, national parks, World Heritage sites, and lots of wildlife.

 

Australian crocodile is something we might see during our ultimate Australian road trip

Australian crocodile

 

Broome to Perth Road Trip

This is one of the longer road trips in Australia, and one with the most incredible landscapes. On this road trip, we’d love to cross off something from our bucket list… swimming with whale sharks! We’ve heard Coral Bay is a perfect place for it. We also would like to visit the Pinnacles Desert. It looks straight out of a movie!

 

Pinnacles Desert

Pinnacles Desert

 

Perth to Adelaide Road Trip 

It’s time for more wine! We hear the Margaret River wine region produces some great wines. Something else that really draws us to this part of the road trip is the landscape in South Australia. It looks really beautiful.

 

South Australia has one of the best drives in Australia

South Australia landscape

 

Adelaide to Melbourne Road Trip

Another one of the best drives in Australia is from Adelaide to Melbourne. There are a few lighthouses that we’d like to see on this road trip, including Cape Otway Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in Australia. Of course, the biggest attraction on this drive is without a doubt the Twelve Apostles.

 

Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles

 

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Final Thoughts On Our Australian Road Trip

Seriously, how incredible would this road trip across Australia be?? And these are just a few of the things we’d want to see, aside from spending time in the major cities. When we’re finally able to travel to Australia, we’ll go much more in depth into planning an exact 3 month itinerary. But for now, this will have to do. A girl and her stuffed monkey can dream, right?

 

Have you done a road trip in Australia? Do you have any tips for us? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

 

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We've put together the ultimate Australian road trip itinerary. It includes the best drives in Australia and the best Australian attractions.

 

9 Comments
  • Hi Vicky (and Buddy!).

    I’ve noticed that you’ve plotted the Melbourne to Sydney section as going up the Hume Highway. May I suggest an alternative route – either around the coast by Highway 1 (Princes Highway), or going up through Shepparton (take the Hume Freeway to Seymour), then across to Corowa, Culcairn, and take the A41 (Olympic Highway / Mid Western Highway) to Bathurst, and then the A32 (Great Western Highway) to Sydney (via the Blue Mountains). The M31 (Hume Freeway / Highway) is a rather boring motorway. 🙂

  • Look at that croc. Quite awesome Vicky. And Buddy. Oz has called to us for a minute but after a recent trip to New Zealand we fell in love with that part of the world. Endless list of things to do and see in Australia. Just gotta beware some of dem critters.

  • We are currently uploading YouTube videos of our trip round Australia. Different route from Adelaide to Cairns as we have done that bit many times before. Please feel free to check them out on our website http://www.sherrieandchris.com . Best time to travel top of Australia is July,August,September,October to avoid the wet season and cyclones.

  • I am always fascinated by the road trips, i have traveled various parts of Rajasthan in India by car, it is really a great fun. I am sure soon i will travel to Australia and your article will be very useful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ah, you take such good photos, Buddy – love them all. Thanks for sharing this Australian trip itinerary!

  • Sarah says:

    This looks like quite an amazing trip itinerary. I have never been to Australia but I would love to go there one day. I’m not sure I would want to drive everywhere, but at the same time, it’s a great way to see plenty of amazing sites and gives you some flexibility on where and when you can go to places.

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