When it comes to gob-smacking views and selfie-indulgent scenery – Australia is simply made for the campervan road trip.
From divine beaches, tropical coastlines, lush hinterland, rainforests and outback – you can park-up in paradise whenever and wherever you like.
Here’s an overview of the country’s best drives and sights, where you can soak up the elements from the convenience of a campervan or motorhome.
Great Ocean Road – Victoria
The Great Ocean Road is undoubtedly Australia’s most iconic drive. And for good reason.
Expect breathtaking views along the entire stretch of the 250km ocean drive. The road deviates from pounding surf beaches and beautiful calm bays into lush forests and Aussie bushland crawling with Koala bears.
Other standouts include the incredible rock formations. Whilst the Twelve Apostles is impressive, continue on for more intimate and dramatic sandstone formations.
Great Green Way, Cairns – Queensland
The Great Green Way just happens to be one of Australia’s great viewing platforms. The view just keeps rolling on as you drive – for 457km between Townsville and Cairns.
Following the coastline of Queensland’s tropical north, expect endless beaches, palm trees, the Great Barrier Reef, islands, rainforests and cascading waterfalls.
Can there be such a thing as too much beauty? With palm-fringed deserted beaches, it just keeps getting better. Plan stops to avoid sensory overload.
Sydney Grand Pacific Drive – NSW
So you want cliff-hugging roads, seaside towns and the second oldest National Park in the world? OK, we’re hearing you. You need the Grand Pacific Drive.
The 138km route takes in bushland, rock formations and beaches of the Royal National Park, just 1 hour south of Sydney, and then travels along the coast stopping at lookouts across the namesake grand Pacific Ocean.
The showpiece section, featured in many motoring ads, is Sea Cliff Bridge – an engineering and sea-hugging marvel. Although a little on the short side, you can ride across it as many times as you like.
Rainforest Way – NSW
For tropical rainforest and hinterland splendour, you have to drive along the Rainforest Way. This comes with a challenge though – deciding which path to take.
The Tweed Range Scenic Drive is a worthy choice. The 90km loop, starting near Kyogle, heads straight to Border Rangers National Park and its World Heritage rainforests.
Be prepared for full immersion into the world’s largest sub-tropical rainforests. Step out of the campervan, walk through the forest and stand on the edge of an ancient volcano for even more breathtaking views.
Nature’s Way – Northern Territory
The Nature’s Way drive showcases the best of the Northern Territory. This diverse part of Australia’s Top End features wetlands of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, rainforests, swimming holes, and Aboriginal rock art on spectacular rock formations.
From Darwin, you head 250km to Kakadu to explore and view the wonder. If time permits, head further to Litchfield National Park for thundering waterfalls and more rainforests. Pull up in your campervan, anywhere, and create your own personal lookout.
Uluru (Ayres Rock) – Northern Territory
If you’re driving south from Darwin, you may as well continue to Australia’s spiritual centre.
Your first sighting of the world’s largest monolith will take your breath away. Drive around it. And drive around again. Pull up at the many vantage spots to admire the awesomeness of Australia’s red heart. Few places in the world allow you to get up so close to an international landmark in your campervan.
No matter where you drive in Australia, you can experience the wonder of the land down under at your own pace, and from your own van.
Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.