A road trip without the right tunes is just a commute. Music makes any trip more memorable and what better way of exploring Australia than cruising in a campervan while belting out some top Aussie tunes.
10. AC/DC – Highway to hell
If you’re hitting the road early, we can guarantee that a bit of AC/DC will have you wide-awake and revved. Just watch your speed!
9. Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
Fans of early ’00s alt. rock, denim and tambourines – we got you covered.
8. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
If you haven’t tried out some lead singer Peter Garrett-style dance moves around the campfire (or at least in the privacy of your own campervan) you haven’t really had the complete Australian road trip experience.
7. Silverchair – Straight Lines
After a four-year hiatus from the music scene, Silverchair returned with this beauty. Just try and drive in straight lines while listening.
6. Powderfinger – (Baby I’ve Got You) On My mind
There were far too many Powderfinger songs to choose from this popular Aussie rock band, but in the end we had to narrow it down to one. And what a choice!
5. Hunters and Collectors – Throw Your Arms Around Me
Taking the pace down a notch, this 1984 classic is perfect for a sunset drive.
4. Crowded House – Don’t Dream it’s Over
Whether you’re travelling Australia in sunshine or rain, the heat of summer or even during winter, this song should be on your playlist. Although not technically from Australia, they have been adopted by their Tasman cousins (sorry Kiwis).
3. INXS – By My Side
Probably the biggest band to come out of Australia – INXS is an Australian institution and loved by generations.
2. Cold Chisel – Khe Sanh
Although a song about the Vietnam province, this song will always be a favourite in campervans and motorhomes on the road.
1. Men at Work – Down Under
Yes, we had to. We’ve written before about the many benefits of travelling Australia in a campervan, but one we may have forgotten is that no one else has to know about this guilty pleasure!
No matter where the open road takes you, having the right road trip playlist is an essential ingredient to making your Australian holiday or backpacking experience truly memorable. It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling with friends or going it alone, great Australian music always makes for the best company.
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.