One of the greatest ways to experience the unique landscapes, towns and landmarks of Australia is through a road trip. “With a rental car and domestic travel insurance in place your family can get to know your own backyard a whole lot better, discovering towns and scenery you’ve never seen before,” said Dean Van Es, the CEO of Fast Cover. If you’re itching to see Australia, one of these road trips may just be for you!
The Great Green Way
This 340 kilometer stretch of highway is called the ‘Great Green Way’ for a reason. As you travel between Townsville and Cairns in North Queensland, the road takes you through a lush, tropical landscape. You’ll be able to explore the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforests and the Great Barriers Reef as well as twelve mainland national parks. The drive is no longer than 5 hours in total, but you can easily take a number of days to enjoy the sea views, explore the rainforest, wander through the towns of Cardwell, Tully or Mission Beach and eating the fresh local produce.
Adelaide to the Red Centre
You will never forget the sight of Australia’s red centre. Experience the outback by sleeping under the stars, exploring the strange underground town Coober Pedy and learning the stories of the Dreamtime as you arrive to Australia’s iconic landmarks: Uluru. On the way you can also stop to explore the Flinders Ranges.
Kangaroo Island is a 155 kilometer long and 55 kilometer wide island less than four hours’ drive from Adelaide. The island offers close encounters with protected wildlife, with over a third of the island protected National Parks. From a four wheel drive you can explore unsealed roads that take you by soaring cliffs, over sand dunes and across wetlands. There are a variety of self-drive itineraries you can use to take full advantage of your time on Kangaroo Island.
The Legendary Pacific Drive
The Legendary Pacific drive takes you over 923 kilometres on the eastern coast from Sydney north to Brisbane. There are various coastline cities to visit along the way including Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Dorrigo National Park and Coffs Harbour. You can stop to enjoy the wineries of the Hunter Valley and numerous beaches, spotting wildlife such as the dolphins at Nelsons Bay and the platypuses in Nymboida, as well as enjoy a day or two in one of Gold Coast’s theme parks.
The Grand Pacific Drive
Starting outside of Sydney, this road trip takes you by beaches, rainforests, and seaside towns on the way to Wollongong. There you can enjoy various activities, spend the day on the beach or explore the shopping district. If you want more excitement, the action park Jamberoo is just another thirty minute drive away.
The Great Ocean Road
This road is known around the world as one of the best destinations for a road trip. The 250 kilometres between Torquay, just outside of Melbourne, and Warrnambool offer fantastic coastal views, waterfalls, plenty of hikes you can tire yourself on, as well as the chance to encounter native wildlife. You can view the towering twelve apostles and enjoy the surf at Bells Beach.
The Gibb River Road
The Gibb River road has a reputation for being one of the more wild outback Australian roads. The 660 kilometer track takes you from Derby outside of Broome through the breathtaking Kimberley region and to Kununurra on the eastern border of Western Australia. From a four wheel drive you can experience beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes and the dramatic gorges of the Kimberley.
Taking a road trip is one of the greatest ways to get up close and personal with the unique wildlife and landscapes Australia offers. In such an expansive country, there are numerous roads to choose from that offer experiences everyone can enjoy.
Fast Cover is an Australian travel insurance company who provides fast and simple cover to Australians up to the age of 99. 44 pre-existing medical conditions are automatically covered, including diabetes, high blood pressure and pregnancy up to and including the 23rd week. A wide-range of adventure activities are also covered, including bungee jumping, scuba diving, kayaking and safari. You can get a quote online at fastcover.com.au