Tasmania

Freycinet National Park - you've heard of famous Wineglass Bay but have you heard of Hazards Beach, Honeymoon Bay and Coles Bay? If you only visit one place in Tassie, make it Freycinet National Park.

Bay of Fires - situated on the north east coast of Tasmania, the Bay of Fires is a region of white beaches, blue water and incredible rock formations (orange-hued granite) in which the colour is produced by a lichen. Don't miss Binalong Bay at the southern end.

Cradle Mountain - one of the most popular short walks in Tasmania is the 6km circuit walk around Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain as your backdrop. Family friendly and on a sunny day it's nature at it's best.

Port Arthur - possibly the best historical site I’ve been to in Australia. A violent and troubled history which played such an important role in Australia's past, yet it’s pastoral beauty brings this contrasting sense of peace and happiness.

Hobart - Historic, walkable, picturesque. Hobart is Australia's second oldest city and its charm will have you returning for more. Don't miss Salamanca, Battery Point, Mt Wellington, MONA museum and the harbour.

aus-roadtrip2.jpg

Victoria

Melbourne - if you love culture, a great restaurant scene, coffee, festivals, the arts, shopping, markets and sports, you'll end up like me and wanting to live in Melbourne.

Bright - this alpine town three hours drive from Melbourne is seductive in so many ways. Besides the cafes, the river, the cycling, the mountains and the brewery, everyone is so happy and friendly which I think says it all.

Wilsons Promontory National Park - possibly Australia's best kept secret. Incredible walks and hikes, great camping and some of the most gorgeous beaches in the country - don't miss Squeaky Beach!

Great Ocean Road - famous for a reason and lives up to the hype. Charming towns are dotted along the rugged coastline, my favourite being Lorne, but the star of the show remains Port Campbell National Park - home to the Twelve Apostles.

aus-roadtrip5.jpg

New South Wales

Jervis Bay - some of the most pristine, natural and beautiful beaches to rival anywhere in Australia can be found in Jervis Bay, protected by National Parks and Marine parks. Swim at Hyams, Greenfield, Chinamans and Greenpatch, Do the White Sands Walk.

Mudgee - a great alternative to that other wine region, the Hunter Valley. Cycling around the Mudgee wine region makes for a unique experience. Not only that, you'll fall in love with the heritage buildings, wide streets, parks and country charm.

Byron Bay - that legendary surfing town that draws thousands of visitors each year, many never leave. Not only famous for beautiful beaches but the alternative lifestyle, it's healing powers, and the hinterland. Must do: the coastal lighthouse walk.

Sydney - is there a more stunningly beautiful harbour city in the world? Make sure you jump on a ferry to Manly, walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee, explore the Rocks District and either walk across or climb the Harbour Bridge.

aus-roadtrip1.jpg

Queensland

Gold Coast - famous for fun and rightly so, and especially great if you have kids. Dreamworld is the best theme park and if you're visiting for that Gold Coast sun and sand don't miss Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, Greenmount and Rainbow Bay.

Town of 1770 - a diversion from the highway between Brisbane and Cairns makes "1770" a sleepy and charming town and one of only three places on the east coast where you can see the sun set over the water. Do the LARC Tour and kayak with Liquid Adventures.

Whitsunday Islands - 74 islands make up the Whitsundays and if you're into sailing, snorkeling or just digging your toes into the purest, whitest sand at Australia's most famous beach, Whitehaven, put this place on your bucket list! Do the Ocean Rafting tour.

Daintree Rainforest - older than the Amazon and where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef it makes for a nature lovers paradise. Highlights include Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge and the road trip from Port Douglas to Cape Trib.

Boodjamulla National Park - Outback Queensland's best kept secret and a natural wonderland. Beautiful gorges and waterfalls, lovely walks, kayaking and camping.

aus-roadtrip4.jpg

Northern Territory

Katherine Gorge - a series of 13 deep sandstone gorges carved out by the Katherine River on its journey from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea. I recommend the sunrise gorge cruise, go kayaking, and the 3.2km loop walk up to Barrawei Lookout.

Kakadu National Park - from wetlands, to sandstone escarpments, waterfalls, swimming holes, billabongs and rivers, Kakadu teems with wildlife and abundance. See and do: Gunlom Falls, Yellow Water Cruise, sunset at Ubirr, Nourlangie Rock Art, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Twin Falls, and Jim Jim falls.

Litchfield National Park - just an hours drive from Darwin making for a great getaway. Wonderful waterfalls, swimming holes and walks. I loved Buley Rockholes, Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, and Walker Creek.

Darwin - literally a HOT destination in more ways than one and the perfect winter getaway for those in the south. A vibrant, multicultural and historical city and uniquely Australian. Check out Mindil Beach markets, the Waterfront, Cullen Bay, East Point Military Museum, and don't miss dinner at the Ski Club for sunset!

aus-roadtrip3.jpg

 

Other Travel Expert Articles You May Like:

  1. Things To Do In Bright - Beautiful Bright, just three hours from Melbourne, makes for a great weekend getaway or a longer stay
  2. Things To Do In Broome - All about Broome and the vast array of things you can do in this picturesque Australian town
  3. Things To Do In Coffs Harbour - 10 things to do for those looking to spend a few days, or even a week, in the region
  4. Things To Do In Jervis Bay - Whilst most people head to the north coast, under-developed Jervis Bay offers some of the best beaches not only in the state, but Australia
  5. Things To Do On Fraser Island - Fraser Island is the world’s largest island made entirely of sand
  6. Things To Do On Hamilton Island - Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most family-friendly holiday destinations located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef
  7. 11 Things To Do In Cairns - If you’re thinking of going tropical for your next family holiday, consider this North Queensland town
  8. 5 Things To Do In Byron Bay - Byron Bay is that legendary beach town famous for its surfing culture, stunning hinterland and alternative lifestyle
  9. 6 Ways To Do Great Barrier Reef - There are many different towns and jumping off points for experiencing the reef from various locations along the Queensland coast
  10. 9 Things To Do In Hobart - If you love the sound of a walk-able city centered around a harbour with historic neighbourhoods, historic buildings and a good local vibe - pack your bags as Hobart delivers

Other Categories You May Like:

  1. Holidays with Family
  2. Romantic Holidays
  3. Pet Friendly Holidays
  4. Events and Festivals
  5. Discover Australia