In my opinion, the best way to see what this vast country of ours has to offer is to take one of these classic road trips in Australia. Especially if you have kids like us, road trips make family travel more practical, cost effective and allow for so much flexibility. 14 best road trips in Australia Uluru is a must see when you are planning a road trip in Australia We can’t rate an Australian road trip highly enough as a memorable travel experience. We like nothing more than throwing our bags in the back, putting some tunes on and hitting the open road. Instead of flying from point A to B and missing everything in between, the journey becomes just as memorable as the destination. We completed an 18-month road trip around Australia and this post breaks down our best road trips in Australia. But, even if you follow our two week vacation itinerary or three week itinerary for Australia, each of these Australian road trips can be driven in a 1-2 week period but for some of them, we recommend you take longer! 1. Great Ocean Road, Victoria The Twelve Apostles – Great Ocean Road, Australia The Twelve Apostles If I only had one piece of advice for driving the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, I would say don’t just rush to see the 12 Apostles for your tourist snap. Slow down and appreciate all this drive has to offer. AD Certainly, don’t drive it in one day like the tourist buses do from Melbourne. It deserves at least a few days. The Great Ocean Road is not only one of the famous road trips in Australia, but around the world as one of the best drives on the planet. Beginning one hour outside of Melbourne in Torquay, this drive stretches over 250-kilometres to Warrnambool and offers stunning coastal scenery, wildlife, waterfalls, hiking and beach side towns. AD Great Ocean Road Trip Highlights: great ocean road road trip map Great Ocean road road trip map AD 12 Apostles Loch Ard Gorge Port Campbell National Park Apollo Bay Read more 16 highlights of the Great Ocean Road YHA Apollo Bay Review Mantra Lorne Review – great place to stay on the GOR Looking for accommodation along the Great Ocean Road? Booking.com has over 250 properties to choose from. Check the prices now for your dates of travel AD 2. Red Centre Way, Northern Territory Red Centre Way – West MacDonnel Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia Road tripping the Red Centre Way AD You can’t have a list of the best road trips in Australia without visiting the Outback. You’ll find it in almost every Australian state. The Red Centre is a drive in the Northern Territory you don’t want to miss. And instead of taking the Stuart Highway between Uluru and Alice Springs, consider taking the scenic route along the Red Centre Way and discover brilliant landscapes, gorges, canyons, camping and hiking trails of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Allow yourself plenty of time to take in the wonder of Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta, it really is the heart of Australia and there is more than one way to experience it. AD Red Centre Way Highlights: Sunset at Uluru in the Red Centre of Australia Uluru sunset AD Uluru Kata Tjuta Kings Canyon Glen Helen Gorge Related posts: 9 ways to experience the magic of Uluru Yes, you can do the Kings Canyon Rim Walk with kids Surprised by the West MacDonnell Ranges 34 Fun things to do in the Northern Territory Looking for accommodation in the Northern Territory? Booking.com has over 170 properties to choose from. Check the prices now for your dates of travel AD Check out these road trip tips with kids: 3. The Savannah Way Road Trip, Queensland Boodjamulla National Park – Queensland, Australia Boodjamulla National Park AD The Savannah Way is one of the ultimate road trips in Australia across the top part of the country, stretching from Cairns in Queensland to Broome in Western Australia. That’s from East to West for those who don’t know, taking in a whopping 3,700 km. So far we’ve only driven the Savannah Way from Cairns to the Northern Territory border, but it was a highlight of our time exploring the northern section of Outback Queensland. AD Savannah Way Road Trip Highlights: Savannah Way Queensland road trip map Savannah Way Queensland road trip map AD Millaa Millaa Falls Undara Lava Tubes Cobbold Gorge Boodjamulla National Park Read more: Introducing the Undara Lava Tubes Is Boodjamulla National Park Queensland’s best kept secret? Ultimate guide to driving the Savannah Way AD 4. Cairns to Cape Tribulation Road Trip, QLD Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park – Queensland, Australia Cape Tribulation – great Australian road trip AD Tropical North Queensland has to be one of the most enchanting regions in Australia, if not the world. It’s home to two of our countries most iconic natural wonders; the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The best time to visit Tropical North Queensland is during the winter months when it’s not so humid and you avoid stinger season, although it might feel like the whole south of the country has migrated north with you. The Cairns to Cape Tribulation is one of the most popular road trips in Australia. The adventurous can go further up to Cape York! It’s on our bucket list for when we return! AD Cairns to Cape Tribulation road trip Cairns to Cape Tribulation Road Trip AD Cairns to Cape Tribulation Road Trip Highlights: Great Barrier Reef Port Douglas Mossman Gorge Cape Tribulation Read more: How to visit the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Things to do in Cairns, Queensland 2 day getaway to the Daintree Rainforest from Port Douglas Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation road trip 16 Best things to do in Port Douglas with kids Sleeping in the Cape Trib Beach House Looking for accommodation in Cairns? Booking.com has over 300 properties to choose from. Check the prices now for your dates of travel Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation Road Trip, Queensland Watch our video playlist of our road trip from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in the Daintree Rainforest. AD 5. Sydney to Brisbane Drive, NSW QLD Why the Gold Coast is the best place to live in Australia View from Tumgun Lookout, Burleigh Heads NP The popular east coast road trip from Sydney to Brisbane, known as the Legendary Pacific Coast, is one of the best Australian road trips – certainly the most traveled. AD Stretching 900 kms along the Pacific Coast corridor, the Sydney to Brisbane drive has something for everyone: stunning beaches, green rolling hills, beach side towns, riverside towns, wineries, the hinterland, wildlife watching, and every water sport imaginable. Sydney to Brisbane road trip Highlights: Sydney to Brisbane road trip map One of Australia’s most popular road trip – Sydney to Brisbane AD The Hunter Valley Port Macquarie Coffs Harbour Coast Byron Bay Kingscliff Gold Coast Read more: 48 hours in Sydney A guide to Hunter Valley wine tasting 12 reasons Byron Bay is a great family destination Best Things to do in Coffs Harbour 22 Things to do in Port Macquarie Kingscliff NSW, a hidden gem of a surfing beach town Yamba NSW: Is this Australia’s best kept secret? North Coast NSW road trip: Lennox Head to Brisbane Road Trip 48 hours on the Gold Coast AD Looking for accommodation in New South Wales? Booking.com has over 500 properties to choose from. Check the prices now for your dates of travel 6. Darwin > Kakadu > Katherine > Litchfield road trip, NT Kakadu National Park – Australia The beautiful Gunlom Falls, Kakadu AD If you are exploring the Top End of Australia in the Northern Territory then a looped road trip from Darwin taking in Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park is a must not miss road trip in Australia. Starting and finishing with some of the best sunsets in Australia at Darwin, this drive then takes in the incredible wetlands and wildlife of Kakadu, the stunning gorge scenery at Katherine, and the waterfalls and swimming holes of Litchfield. Highlights: Kakadu – Litchfield Road Trip Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia Sunrise cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong AD Mindil Beach markets & sunset (Darwin) Yellow Water Billabong Cruise (Kakadu) Gunlom Falls (Kakadu) Ubirr Sunset (Kakadu) Sunrise Cruise (Katherine Gorge) Florence Falls (Litchfield) Related posts: How to explore Kakadu National Park 5 highlights of Litchfield National Park 14 photos of Katherine Gorge Highlights of a Northern Territory road trip Looking for accommodation in the Northern Territory? Booking.com has over 170 properties to choose from. Check the prices now for your dates of travel AD 7. Gibb River Road Trip, Western Australia Gibb River Road, The Kimberley, Western Australia The Kimberley region is a great Australian road trip AD One of the most adventurous road trips in Australia is The Gibb River Road in Western Australia, a famous dirt track that takes you through the heart of The Kimberley, one of Australia’s last wilderness frontiers. If you’re into your 4-wheel driving, this could be your ultimate adventure. The entire Gibb runs for approximately 700 kilometres beginning near Derby and ending near Kununurra and takes in brilliant gorges, waterfalls, cattle stations and plains, rich aboriginal history, Boab trees, 4-wheel driving and great camping. You can do the Gibb in either direction but road conditions depend on time of year and completion of grading work. Travel is only recommended once the road has been graded after the wet season (around May) until the end of October We didn’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle so only did the northern section, going into Emma’s Gorge and El Questro and back out.