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5 Magical Places to Visit on a Road Trip in Australia

Australia is such a vast country that it may seem as though the best way to travel across it is by air. However, you get to see much more of this beautiful country if you take to the roads. And might I add that beautiful is quite the understatement. With places like the Great Ocean Road and Bay of Fires to add to your road trip in Australia, you’re guaranteed an epic adventure. 


If you decide to experience Australia by road, take a look at campervan hire websites like DriveNow and hire a campervan so that you can really immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of the places that you visit. If you are trying to decide where you want your trip to take you, here are five magical places you may want to visit.


Road Trip in Australia, Places to See things to do


Road Trip in Australia, Places You Should Visit


Road Trip to Uluru


Uluru is arguably the most iconic natural sight in Australia. It rises from the ground in the middle of a vast isolated landscape. This incredible sandstone rock formation is best visited at sunrise or sunset when its color seems to change to a burning red.


sydney with family, road trip in Australia


Sydney Harbor is a Must for Your Road Trip


Sydney is a colorful and cosmopolitan city that is the perfect destination for a road trip in Australia. Especially memorable is the stunning harbor area with its famous Bridge and Opera House. Take a stroll around the nearby Botanic Gardens and get some of the best views of the entire harbor.

If you have some time venture over to the iconic Bondi Beach, where you can enjoy the memorable Bondi to Coogee walk, swim at the famous Bondi Icebergs Pool, and just sit back and relax with a drink and enjoy some people watching. Bondi 38 offers fantastic beachfront accommodation options for the whole family. 


Head to Arnhem Land on Your Australian Road Trip


For anyone who wants to see the natural side of Australia, Arnhem Land is the perfect choice for a road trip. This is the home of untamed scenery at its best where you can wonder at the beauty of pristine beaches, lush green forests and rivers where fishing opportunities abound. This land is occupied by the Yolngu people and you can immerse yourself in their culture.


The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef


The Iconic Great Barrier Reef


The natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef cannot be explained, it has to be seen first-hand. The Reef covers an area of more than 1,429 miles and it’s home to an array of fascinating marine life. You can swim and snorkel in the area or you can explore the reef aboard a sailboat.


Margaret River Near Perth is a Great Option


The Margaret River region it’s just a 3 hour drive, south from Perth. It’s a wine lover’s paradise as there are many vineyards to visit. This is also a popular destination for surfers and it’s home to some of the best caving experiences in Australia. Mammoth Cave in particular presents an impressive sight and is completely wheelchair accessible. Visit this cave and you can see the longest straw stalactites in a cave that is open to tourists.


Road Trip in Australia,
Kakadu National Park, Three Sisters


Kakadu National Park for the Adventurist 


If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure then Kakadu National Park can give you nearly 20k square kilometers of it. That’s the size of Slovenia! This natural playground is home to native Aboriginal people who have occupied the Kakadu area continuously for at least 40,000 years. Renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites, there are more than 5,000 recorded sites illustrating Aboriginal culture over thousands of years. 


Road Trip in Australia,
The Great Ocean Road


The Great Ocean Road a Breathtaking Scenic Drive


Explore the Great Ocean Road which was built by soldiers from 191 to 1932 and dedicated to those killed in WWI. It’s the largest memorial road in the world and it’s magnificent. Winding through a wide array of terrains along 151 miles of southern Australia’s Victorian cities. 


Kangaroos in the forest


Kangaroo Valley is a Great Escape


Not far from Sydney and Canberra is Kangaroo Valley. It’s a popular escape for nature lovers and of course kangaroos. With its green pastures and brilliant creeks lining the rainforest, you’ll find a variety of native flora and fauna and a slow way of living. 





Bay of Fires is an Otherworldly Place to Explore


Bay of Fires along Tasmania’s east coast stretches over 50 kilometers from Binalong Bay to Eddystone. Named by Lonely Planet as the hottest travel destination in the world, it’s considered one of the most beautiful places in Australia. You can walk along sugar-white beaches, swim in the crystal clear ocean, and feel like you are the only human on earth.


Australia is such a huge country that you cannot see it all in one go unless you have a lot of time to spare. For instance, Highway 1, which connects the main cities of the country, is 14,935 kilometers long. This is before you even think about stopping off and visiting places along the way. If you decide to road trip in Australia, take time to plan before you leave and choose the destinations that you most want to visit. This helps to make sure that your trip is as exciting and memorable as you want to be.

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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