Driving Vacations Downunder

For the motoring enthusiest Australia offers some top quality scenic drives. The list below hardly scrapes the surface of what the Country has to offer the driving tourist.

Bloomfield Track:

You’ll need to own a four wheel drive for this road, but it’s definately worth it… linking the the town of Cape Tribulation to Cooktown, it snakes through the world heritage rainforests of Queensland, where the coastlines are spectacular and the wildlife colourful and quirky. Fuel is pretty expensive in this area of Oz and the route is a reasonable size – so it’s a handy little number if you’re touching down at Cairns Airport.

Pacific Coast:

If you’re flying in to Sydney Airport or Brisbane International then the Pacific Coast drive definately is a must. Meandering along the East Coast between the two cities, it takes in the rugged coastline of the Pacific and the amazing ocean views. A well worn trail for surfers and sun worshipping tourists, it runs alongside numerous beautiful bays, beaches and seaside villages. Another handy thing about this route is that it’s a reasonable length, so you won’t have to pay through the nose for petrol!

Fraser Highway:

This is another 4WDjob, but it’s a great drive, and a must if you are into camping. Head off road to the sandy deserts and tropical rainforests of this incredible island. Located just off the coast of Hervey Bay in Queensland, it’s a once in a lifetime off road experience for the explorer behind the wheel. Again fuel is pretty cheap in Queensland so you can save a few bucks here!

Mereenie Scenic Drive:

For the ultimate Outback experience, drive Northern Territory’s Mereenie Loop Trail. The road links Alice Springs, the hub of Australia’s red centre, with the remote desert lodges of Glen Helen, Kings Canyon and Uluru. The route through this dramatic part of Australia covers about 720 miles and should be experienced over three to five days to explore the numerous walking trails, sightseeing trips, amazing gorges and picture perfect swimming holes.

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