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Road Trip Stops

The best part about a road-trip is not arriving at the destination, it’s about all the places and people in between that truly leave an impression. So the next time you’re starting off on an all Australian road adventure, why not stretch your legs at some of these amazing stops?

QLD: For Animal Lovers

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Only 50 minutes from the Gold Coast, its likely many families have passed this attraction heading south of Brisbane. It’s definitely worth checking out though, housing over 130 of Australia’s favourite cuddle creatures.

Cape Hillsborough National Park

Travelling north of Brisbane your way to the pointy end, Cape Hillsborough National Park is the perfect place to spend a day. The national park is scattered with rainforest, eucalypt forest, beaches and headlands. If you’re there for breakfast your dinner, you’ll likely be sharing your meal with the resident kangaroos and wallabies!

Hervey Bay

Road trips don’t have to be long. If you find yourself staying on the Sunshine Coast, why not take a day trip to Hervey Bay, approximately two-and-a-half hours away and home to the Humpback Whale, who like to flock to the Queensland coast with the rest of us during the cooler months! You’re best off to visit between late July and November for a chance to see them.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Hervey Bay

NSW: For Lookouts

Sublime Point Lookout

The NSW South Coast is a must-do road-trip for photography lovers, with ample opportunity to capture an amazing shot at some of Australia's, most picturesque lookouts. Sublime Point offers one such view, with 17 beaches visible from the lookout at Bulli Tops. The lookout is at the end of a 45 minute, sometimes difficult walk, so come prepared.

Hervey Bay

Road trips don’t have to be long. If you find yourself staying on the Sunshine Coast, why not take a day trip to Hervey Bay, approximately two-and-a-half hours away and home to the Humpback Whale, who like to flock to the Queensland coast with the rest of us during the cooler months! You’re best off to visit between late July and November for a chance to see them.

One Mile Beach

Just two hours north of Newcastle is Forster, home to One Mile Beach. Anyone with little ones knows the magnetic pull of a beach with sand dunes, and here the kids can slide or toboggan down One Mile Beach till their heart’s content while you enjoy the panoramic view from above.

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Sublime Point

VIC: For Beach Lovers

Queenscliff

The Great Ocean Road is the essential road trip for Victorians, and any Australian for that matter. With such great beaches to choose from, you may want to make it an extended holiday! On the Bellarine Peninsula is Queenscliff, a historic village with ample safe swimming spots for families. We’ve heard the fish and chips are worth sampling too!

Point Roadknight

On the stretch between Torquay to Lorne, stop at Point Roadknight to walk along its 700m beach, and if you brought the boat along, you can access a ramp here too. Considered one of the safest beaches in the Anglesea area with few rips, this is one place where you can truly relax.

Gibson Steps

If you want to get up close and personal with the 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps is your pass to the beach. An 86 step staircase takes you down the cliff face; however it is important to know that it is not suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. The sheer drama of the scene hints at its unpredictability and visitors are advised to be aware of the ocean conditions.

Queenscliff

Gibson Steps

SA: For Foodies

Barossa Valley

If agriculture and farmers markets are on your radar, the Barossa Valley is not just an essential stop on your road trip; it should be a destination in itself. Self-guided, cycling and walking tours of the region will satisfy all lovers of fresh, Australian produce. While you’re there, visit Maggie’s Farm Shop, and sample Maggie Beer’s famous recipes from the Picnic Fare Menu before attending a Verjuice demonstration.

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is home to spectacular vineyards and you can follow a Shiraz trail from McLaren Vale to Willunga by bike. For a more family friendly visit, the town has a number of award winning restaurants to enjoy, as well as art galleries and a range of annual festivals and events.

Barossa Valley

McLaren Vale

NT: For Rewarding Walking Tracks

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon is one of the most impressive landmarks in the Northern Territory and a must-do for road-tripping families. Part of the Watarrka National Park, it is located approximately halfway between Alice Springs and Uluru. Walking tracks to view King’s Canyon range between 6 and 22 kilometres, but all promise spectacular views of the gorge below.

Uluru

Just because the iconic Uluru is best viewed by walking, it doesn’t mean you have to do all the hard work yourself! For a different experience, try a camel tour at either sunrise or sunset for the most impressive views, and allow yourself to be totally at the disposal of the red tinted landscape.

Kings Canyon

Camel Tour Uluru

WA: For Marine Lovers

Ningaloo Reef

Travelling north on the North West Coastal Highway, be sure to stop at Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, a reef that starts just metres from the shore and at some parts of the year is home to whale sharks, the world’s largest fish.

Cable Beach

You simply cannot bypass Cable Beach on a tour of Western Australia, a town steeped in a history of pearling. In the late 19th century, Broome was producing 80% of the worlds supple of ‘mother of pearl’ shell and today the legacy remains. Now produced on farms, pearling remains a central industry in Broome and a visit to the town and nearby Cable Beach will endlessly fascinate history, marine and jewellery lovers alike.

Cable Beach

Ningaloo Reef

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