12 Best Road Trips in Australia (Iconic Drives)

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If you’re interested in going on one of the best road trips in Australia, I can assure you that this list of 12 best road trips in Australia is iconic.

The best way to experience Australia is to go on an epic road trip, and here they are.

To make each road trip even more interesting, all of these twelve best road trips in Australia have been given special Greek mythological names to make them more memorable.

Australia is the largest Greek island in the world, so yes, you’ll love it in Australia, especially if the weather is perfect.

The only problem with Australia is that it is huge. This means that if you want to squeeze in lots of beautiful sights, you will have to hit the road.

You will only see a small slice of Australia if you go on one of these road trips, but that’s enough to create great memories.

Anyone who goes on one of these fantastic myth-making adventures will most likely become spellbound by Australia.

The aim here is to give you enough information and itinerary advice so that you can experience some of the best places in Australia within a reasonable doable timeframe.

Remember, you will only be able to see a tiny portion of Australia in around 2 weeks, even if you have your own vehicle, so choose your adventure wisely.

1. The Goddess of Love 

Best Road Trips in Australia-Noosa
Noosa Main Beach

14 Nights required

2 Nights – Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland.

Spend a full day on Moreton Island. Catch an early morning ferry from Brisbane city and return later in the day.

The next morning take a walk around South Bank in Brisbane. Have lunch at one of the many fabulous eateries.

Early afternoon, drive to Noosa via Mooloolaba and Coolum Beach.

6 Nights – Noosa

  • Walk to Hells Gates and back along the National Park cliff-lined coast.
  • Catch a ferry to Noosaville and dine on some delicious fish and chips. Take a touristy boat ride past Makepeace Island.
  • Spend one day walking around doggy beach. Try and make it all the way around the coastline without turning back until you make it back to Hastings street.
  • Spend a sunny day lazing at the beach.
  • Go for a drive one day and stop at three fabulous beaches, including Sunshine Beach, Peregian Beach, and Coolum Beach. Have breakfast at Sunshine Beach. After that, trek up the steep Mount Coolum (208 m high) and enjoy the views. Then drive onto Mooloolaba. Go for a brilliant walk in Mooloolaba past the surf life-saving club along the coast near the marina area, around the bay, and onto the breakwater. Have a drink at the surf life-saving club after you return.
  • Go for a scenic drive to Montville. Go for a walk along the main street. Visit Maleny Botanic Gardens, then Noosa Botanic Garden, and seek out the Greek-style amphitheater (Circle of Love).

2 Nights – Harvey Bay

Go on a pre-arranged full-day tour to Frazer Island, the largest sand island in the world.

The native Butchulla people call it K’gari, meaning paradise. Swim in Lake McKenzie and float down crystal clear Eli Creek. Walkthrough the rainforests.

Return to beautiful Noosa the next day after your trip to Fraser Island. However, if you’re present during whale watching season (around late July to early November), go on this tour in the morning and return to Noosa later in the afternoon/evening.

3 Nights – Noosa (Make sure you stay at a different place in Noosa this time)

Spend two days doing anything you want, hopefully soaking up more of the sun.

On the morning of your departure, drive to Noosa Lookout and checkout where you’ve been.

Drive to Kings Beach and if the water looks tempting, go for a quick swim. Drive through the Glass House Mountains, and find the popular scenic lookout.

Drive over the mainland bridge to Bribie Island.

1 Night – Bribie Island

Bribie Island is 1 hour away from Brisbane Airport.

The Goddess of Love is waiting for you 🙂

2. The Midas Touch is Gold

Gold Coast Sea World

12 Nights required

2 Nights – Brisbane, the capital of Queensland

Take a walk around South Bank in Brisbane. Have lunch at one of the many fabulous eateries. Find something interesting to do.

Drive to the Gold Coast straight after checking out of your hotel.

7 Nights – Gold Coast

  • Visit one or two Gold Coast Theme Parks, with one of them being Sea World. Watch the entertaining dolphin show. Take a tourist helicopter ride over the Gold Coast strip. If you’re young at heart, visit a waterslide park in the afternoon.
  • Visit a few of the beaches and some of the chic beachside suburbs, including Surfers Paradise.
  • Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Rainbow Bay.

Explore the Gold Coast Hinterland. Visit Lavington National Park, Mount Tamborine, and Natural Arch/Bridge in Springbrook National Park. Enjoy a few beautiful walks.

On the morning of departure, head straight to Byron Bay.

3 Nights – Byron Bay

  • Laze around the beaches and relax in the cool town.
  • Walk to the lighthouse and experience the most westerly corner of Australia.

Return to Brisbane Airport directly from Byron Bay.

This Australian road trip is more valuable than gold.

3. Paradise Found

Best Road Trips in Australia Daydream Island

14 Nights required

Fly into Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland. Then take a joining flight straight to Hamilton Island. Alternatively, take a joining flight to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) airport.

3 Nights – Hamilton Island (a fantastic island within the Whitsunday Island group)

7 Nights – Airlie Beach (or maybe you want to stay on another island paradise for a few nights)

  • Make sure you visit Daydream Island for a full day. Be sure to visit the three mermaids.
  • Spend a day on Hayman Island, which you have to arrange beforehand.
  • Visit Whitsunday Island and prepare yourself to see one of the best beaches in the world, Whitehaven beach.
  • Fly over Heart Reef
  • Visit Long Island.

Flyback into Brisbane. Hire a car and drive straight to Noosa during the day.

4 Nights – Noosa

Now ask yourself, is this Paradise?

4. Great Magnetic Orpheus

16 Nights required – you won’t look back after taking this trip.

Arrive in Brisbane or Sydney and take a joining flight directly to Cairns.

5 Nights – Cairns

  • Rent a vehicle in Cairns.
  • Visit Green Island for the day.
  • Visit Fitzroy Island for the day. Spend some time on Nudey beach.
  • Tour the Great Barrier Reef.

Then drive to these locations.

2 Nights – Port Douglas

Visit the ancient Daintree Forrest.

4 Nights – Mission Beach, Dunk Island, or Hinchinbrook Island

Explore Dunk Island and Hinchinbrook Island.

4 Nights – Magnetic Island or Townsville

  • Visit Magnetic Island, situated just 8 km off the coast of Townsville.
  • Visit Orpheus Island.
  • Scuba dive the Yongala Wreck if qualified. Pre-arrange it before your arrival.

1 Night – Cairns

Fly back to Brisbane the following day.

Follow Orpheus, and you will never look back.

5. Lord Greek God

Lord Howe Island

14 Nights required

3 Nights – Sydney

  • Go to Bondi Beach. Go on the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk.
  • Catch the Ferry to Manly and spend an enjoyable day there.

Fly to the town of Alice Springs in the middle of Australia, better known as the Outback.

1 Night – Alice Springs

Hire a 4-wheel drive. In the morning, visit a few Art Galleries and then drive to Uluru. The drive will take about 5 hours to get there. I couldn’t believe it either.

3 Nights – Uluru Resort

  • Walk around Uluru.
  • On the second day, visit Kata Tjuta. Visit the Valley of the Winds and walk to the spectacular scenic lookout. When I visited, the place lived up to its name. The weather seemed perfect, and no way did I ever expect any wind. Gale force winds soon greeted me. It’s incredible!

1 Night – Kings Canyon

Do a guided Kings Canyon Rim Walk (3.5 hours) as soon as the sun comes up or soon after.

Straight after, drive back to Alice Springs and stop for a quick dip at Ellery Creek Big Hole. Go for a couple of more short walks at Stanley Chasm and Simpsons Gap if you’re up for it.

1 Night – Alice Springs

1 Night – Sydney

4 Nights – Lord Howe Island

This beautiful island is World Heritage-listed. To help keep it that way, they only allow 400 visitors at any one time on the island.

  • Spend a day climbing to the top of Mount Gower for spectacular views.
  • Feed the fish at Neds Beach.

If you want proof that the Greek Gods rule, then this is the trip for you.

6. The Twelve Olympians

the twelve apostles

10 Nights required

3 Nights – Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria.

Take the Great Ocean Road past the Twelve Apostles.

1 Night – Apollo Bay

6 Nights – Do your own research and have a great holiday.

Twelve Apostles or Twelve Olympians?

7. Hermes Opera

Port Stephens

11 Nights required

5 Nights – Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales.

  • Spend a day at Bondi Beach. Enjoy the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk.
  • Catch the ferry to Manly and spend an enjoyable afternoon there.
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and wonder about the botanical gardens.

2 Nights – Jervis Bay

  • Drive to Jervis Bay and check out Hyams Beach, known for its whiter than white sand.

4 Nights – Nelson Bay/Port Stephens

Blame it on Hermes if you don’t enjoy this trip. Odds are you won’t.

8. Go West, Young God

Esperence Western Australia Queen Fish

14 Nights required

3 Nights – Perth

  • Visit Kings Park and Cottesloe Beach.
  • Visit Rottnest Island for the day. Take a photo of a cute furry Quokka.
  • Visit Fremantle at night and have a drink at Little Creatures Brewery with Cupid (Eros).

On the morning of departure, after breakfast, drive straight to Mandurah.

1 Night – Mandurah
2 Nights – Margaret River
3 Nights – Albany

4 Nights – Esperance

  • See if you can catch a Queenfish.
  • Go on a day trip to Woody Island.
  • Check out Lucky Bay.

Depart Esperance as early as possible in the morning and spend the whole day driving back to Perth.

1 Night – Perth

Count yourself extremely lucky if you ever go on this dream trip.

9. The Golden Apple

Tasmania is also known as the “Apple Isle” because for many years. This is because it was one of the world’s major apple producers.

Overland Track Tasmania Golden Apple

14 Nights required

2 Nights – Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania.

Drive to the top of Mount Wellington for the great views.

Ride a mountain bike ride down the mountain as part of an organized tour if you like.

On the morning of departure, visit Horseshoe Falls at Mt Field National Park. Take the scenic drive towards Arthurs Lake in the Central Highlands.

7 Nights – Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park

Trek the Overland Track through Cradle Mountain over 5-6 days.

Make sure you start the walk before 12 pm because the first day is a challenging long walk. Remember, you have to reserve a spot. Make sure you do this months in advance.

This trip will require a lot of planning on your part, but since it is Australia’s greatest walk, it’ll be worth it.

I really enjoyed the experience, especially after it was all over since I found the walk extremely exhausting. Make sure you’re reasonably fit before attempting this.

If you’re extra fit, make sure you don’t skip climbing to the top of Tasmania’s highest peak. The mountain is 1,617 meters (5,305 ft) above sea level. I was way too exhausted at the time to attempt it, but I envied many other climbers who climbed it. They marveled at the whole island, with views to the blue sea all the way around the island of Tasmania.

On your last night, stay at the Cradle Mountain Lodge. Be sure to visit the Tasmanian devil sanctuary in the area as well.

On the morning of departure, spend the whole day making your way to the Bay of Fires. On your way through, visit Launceston for a short time.

4 Nights – Bay of Fires and Wine Glass Bay

Visit Wine Glass Bay (Coles Bay & Freycinet National Park).

1 Night – Hobart

Tempted?

10. The Greek Gods must be Crazy

The Gods Must Be Crazy

21 – 31 Nights required

It depends on how long you want to stay in certain places.

Drive from Perth to Darwin along the best coastline route you can come up with.

Rent a car or a 4WD (smarter option) in Perth and leave it in Darwin. Make sure you’re covered with outback roadside assistance. This would be one incredible road trip. You will cover over 4,000 km (2,485 miles) easily.

Take in these destinations, which include three World Heritage sites.

  • Shark Bay, Monkey Mia
  • Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef
  • Purnululu
  • Broome (Make sure you also visit Eco Beach, about an hour south of Broome)
  • The Kimberly
  • El Questro Wilderness Park, if you can make it.

Plan your trip carefully and leave your vehicle in Darwin (yes, named after Charles Darwin himself) and fly out from there.

If you go on this trip, I’m sure there’ll be loads of people who will think you’re crazy as well.

11. Darwin has balls could be one of the best road trips in Australia

This road trip honors Charles Darwin, the man who went against established religion.

Stay for as many nights as you want. At least he had the balls to go against established religion.

the devils balls

Interestingly, Cyclone Tracy was a tropical cyclone that hit Darwin on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 1974, which totally devastated the city of Darwin. The city recovered remarkably well after that. Did Darwin have something to do with it? You can only wonder.

From here, you can explore the Northern Territory, which is known as The Top End. You can find out where to visit in another post in Greek Gods Paradise showing you the best places in Australia.

See if you can make it to the Devils Marbles.

12. Star of Greece versus the Devil

Best Road Trips in Australia

13 Nights required

2 Nights – Glenelg, a seaside suburb of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia

Spend the first day in the premier beachside town of Glenelg.

The next day at approximately 10 am leave Glenelg and drive towards Kangaroo Island via Brighton road.

  • Go for a walk on Brighton Jetty.
  • Stop at Port Noarlunga and take a walk on the long jetty. Take a closer look at the rocky reef at the end of the jetty.
  • I dare you to go for a naked swim at Maslin Beach, Australia’s very first official nudist beach.
  • Make your way to the Star of Greece at Port Willunga and go for a short walk along the beach to pay your respects.
  • Visit the giant Buddha Goddess at Sellicks Hill overlooking the coastline and take a selfie.
  • Take the Myponga scenic drive over the dam and stop at Carrickalinga. Go for a quick swim in magical crystal clear blue water if you’re tempted, or take a short stroll along the pristine sandy beach.
  • Catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island at Cape Jervis. Make sure you will make it to your hotel by nightfall. Ensure you book the ferry beforehand and that you don’t miss it.

3 Nights – Kangaroo Island

Spend one day visiting Seal Bay, Remarkable Rocks, and Admirals Arch. Take a tour of Kelly Hill Caves. Find some Kangaroos.

Spend the second day visiting the American River, Island Beach, and Vivonne Bay.

Depart Kangaroo Island on a morning ferry. Your next destination is Victor Harbour.

  • Stop at the charming seaside town of Victor Harbour. Enjoy some fish and chips for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, walk along the causeway to Granite Island and explore the small rocky isle.
  • Go for a short drive along the coast from Victor Harbour to Horseshoe Bay, up to Goolwa, and back again.

1 Night – Victor Harbour

On the morning of departure, drive to the Barossa Valley (Wine Country).

Backtrack your way through Yankalilla and make your way back to Glenelg using a similar route to get to Myponga.

Once you’re back in the vicinity of Glenelg, make your way onto Cross road and drive eastward to the town of Stirling in the Adelaide Hills via the Heysen Tunnel. Take the scenic drive from Stirling through to Bridgewater and then head to the historic German town of Hahndorf. Spend a couple of hours in Hahndorf and go for a walk along the main tourist street. Then make your way to the Barossa Valley.

3 Nights – Barossa Valley

Spend the day exploring the most famous wine region in Australia.

Go for a drive to the Whispering Wall in Williamstown for a couple of hours. If you’re with someone, you can talk to them via the wall like a phone, even though you’re separated by quite a large distance.

On the morning of departure, drive towards the town of Melrose in the Flinders Ranges. Make sure you drive via the Mount Remarkable route.

Spend a couple of hours at Mount Remarkable. Take a short stroll up the mountain. Not all the way, maybe just up to the point where you will see a massive rock landslide. For Greek Gods sake, make sure you don’t fall.

3 Nights – Finders Rangers

Spend the first night in Melrose, Quorn, or Port Augusta, at the Flinders’ edge.

  • Wake up early and drive to Devil’s Peak. Walk the trail to the top of the peak and take in the awesome view. Think about the devil.
  • Once complete, go to the outback town of Quorn and have lunch there.
  • In the afternoon, walk to the top of the spectacular mountain called The Dutchmans Stern. Believe me, the view alone is spectacular. Bring something sweet to have for an afternoon snack.

Spend the second night in Quorn, Port Augusta, or Wilpena Pound.

Wake up early and drive to Wilpena Pound. Go and do the 10-12 hour return hike to the top of St Mary Peak (1,170m). This is the highest mountain peak in the Flinders Rangers formed by a humongous meteor crash.

Spend the third night in Wilpena Pound or Quorn.

  • In the morning, take a short tourist plane flight over the top of the crater for a spectacular view of the crater. Make sure you pre-arrange this to avoid missing out.
  • Discover an ancient aboriginal site to explore.
  • By 1 pm, depart the Flinders Ranges and slowly head back into Adelaide via the Clare Valley.

1 Night – Adelaide

Finish your trip in Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia.

This awesome trip will hopefully give you more respect for the Greek Gods.

Should anyone take any of these suggestions on board, good luck, and I hope you enjoy your Australian road trip.

All of these best road trips in Australia will give you an excellent appreciation of this huge Greek Island. Just make sure you do your part and plan it properly.

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