Hitting the Road in the Great ‘Down Under’

Hitting the Road in the Great ‘Down Under’

Hitting the Road in the Great ‘Down Under’

Australia is blessed with bountiful nature and endless photogenic assemblies of sheer coastal cliffs, snow covered mountains, some of the world’s favorite beaches, and an extensive variety of natural landscapes.

So, when traveling there take the  opportunity to hit the road, and indulge in experiences of surfing incredible waves, bushwalking along rugged coastlines, and seeing the wildlife up close.

Australia has a sizable network of stunning back-roads, a scenic drive across the nation is essential to discovering the Land Down Under.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Spanning over 150 miles between Victoria’s Torquay and Warrnambool is the Great Ocean Road, a classic Australian road trip across the nation’s southeastern coast that highlights spectacular limestone cliffs, quaint fishing villages and verdant rainforests.

Linger at Bells Beach in Torquay, the official starting point of the drive, and ride the waves at this world class surf spot before continuing on to witness Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet, the emblem of this serene seaside town.

Dating back to Y 1891, this lighthouse played a starring role in the popular national TV show, Round the Twist.

Through the depths of the rain-forest and under koala-filled canopied trees off the shores of Port Campbell National Park is the Great Ocean Road’s most anticipated destination: the Twelve Apostles.

This series of limestone stacks rise dramatically from the floor of the Southern Ocean.

At the tail-end of this route is Warrnambool, a historic city with a small town feel, known for its whale watching between June and September.

Famed as the nation’s most scenic drive, the Great Ocean Road is the best of Australia.

Tasmania’s East Coast

blurry ocean coast, Tasmania

Isolated by geography, the tranquil island of Tasmania boasts naturally stunning coastlines.

Its nearly 200-mile stretch between historic Hobart and picturesque Bay of Fires on the East Coast is particularly scenic. Stop by the seaside town of Swansea which overlooks Great Oyster Bay and take a detour to Freycinet National Park, Tasmania’s oldest.

See the sugar white beaches and kaleidoscope of flora and fauna that dot the horizon, ringed by azure bays and pink granite peaks.

Participate in bush-walking to Wineglass Bay for sweeping coastal panoramas, and continue along the road to the holiday seaside town of Bicheno.

Encounter kangaroos, pelicans and perhaps a rare Tasmanian devil for some unforgettable wildlife encounters.

Savor the bounty of fresh seafood available in this fishing town and dive into Tassy’s revered culinary scene by sampling its juicy salmon and tasteful crayfish.

End your drive along the island’s East Coast with a walk on the white sand beaches of the Bay of the Fires.

An aerial view of Wategoes Beach in Byron Bay

Beginning at the Port of Sydney, the 620 miles of the Pacific Coast that leads to Brisbane is lined with swatches lovely beaches, charming coastal towns and rugged hinterlands.

Cruise through the laid-back seaside destinations of Terrigal and Avoca Beach, where sparkling sandy beaches beckon sunbathers and surf bums to linger a little longer.

Venture to Port Stephens about 2 hours north and slide down the majestic dunes on a thrilling sandboard ride before swimming with dolphins in the nation’s dolphin capital.

Travel inland to Australia’s famed wine region Hunter Valley, indulging in an afternoon of tastings paired with delicate cheese boards and collection of chocolates.

Then continue along the Pacific Coast to Byron Bay, a popular beach-side town visited for its reliable surf breaks and, between June and November, for humpback whale sightings.

The Pacific Coast drive offers a taste of both urban and wild Australia.

These are Super motoring trips.

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