Everyone loves a good long road trip, so if you are heading off on a road trip this year and want to explore our wonderful Aussie landscapes, here are 5 awesome destinations that are worth including in your itinerary.
(And if after reading this you think you could use more ideas for crafting your itinerary, check out some of Bookmundi’s Australia tours for inspiration!)
Wilsons Promontory, VIC
Way down in Victoria is a knob of land known as Wilsons Promontory. Surrounded on three sides by the crashing Southern Ocean with granite headlands, natural beaches and plenty of wildlife, this is an area loved by the locals. Check out Squeaky Beach, so called because the sand ‘squeaks’, the historic 1859 lighthouse and the fabulous views from Mount Oberon. There is plenty of accommodation in the area from basic right up to luxury.
Kalbarri National Park, WA
Head north from Perth and you will find the awe-inspiring Kalbarri National Park with deep gorges carved out by the Murchison River, stunning views and numerous walking trails.
There are several breath-taking lookouts along the walking tracks, the most famous being Nature’s Window, which frames a perfect view upstream. So, if you want to get back to nature for a few days, then the Kalbarri National Park is the ideal salve for your soul.
Flinders Ranges National Park, SA
With spectacular gorges, impressive mountain ranges, Aboriginal Rock Art and sheltered creeks, Flinders Ranges has some of the most spectacular scenery in South Australia.
Check out the Wangarra lookout and the historic Hills Homestead, Old Wilpena Station, Stokes Hill Lookout and Brachina Gorge. You could also take the 28km Moralana scenic drive, visit the Sacred Canyon or capture a photo of the Cazneaux Tree, made famous by Harold Cazneaux in his 1937 painting, entitled “The Spirit of Endurance”.
Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
Heading to NSW? Well, you can’t visit our southern neighbour without a trip to Kosciuszko National Park. Home to the famous Snowy River, as well as Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain, the scenery is just stunning. Recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this park has a wonderful variety of native flora and fauna, including the corroboree frog and the mountain pygmy possum.
Located in the middle of nowhere, about 720 km south of Mount Isa, Birdsville is a rather quirky must-see destination. Originally, Birdsville was built to collect tolls from cattle being driven between Queensland and New South Wales, but now it is mainly famous for the Birdsville races, held annually in September. While you are in Birdsville don’t forget to visit “Big Red” – the 40m high sand dune, Burke and Wills’ old camp spot and of course, the Birdsville Hotel.
So, why not rent a car in Australia with Hertz and head off on the road trip a lifetime with your friends and family?!
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Which of these incredible road trips would YOU take?
This post was written in collaboration with Hertz Australia.
All thoughts, opinions and kilometres driven are, as always, my own.