Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and every weekend thousands of families pack up their car, take to the roads and head towards their favourite cities, beaches or National Parks for fun and adventure. If you’re a tourist, however, and you’re new to the vast roads of Australia, taking to the road for an unforgettable driving experience may not be as simple as you might think. The last thing you want to do is pack up your car for a road trip without any idea where you’re going!
Australia has hundreds of life-changing and epic stretches of road that are perfect for solo and family trips, but if you don’t know where to look, these highways and dirt roads could remain forever elusive. Let’s take a look at some of the best roads in Australia that you have to experience before you die, and see if you’re not tempted to take a road trip down under!
Nullarbor Plain, Southern and Western Australia
In 1867, the South Australian government surveyor E.A Delisser was tasked with naming the stunning 1, 201km stretch of road that passed from Norseman to Ceduna. Creatively, he turned to the term ‘nullus arbor’, a Latin phrase describing an area of ‘no trees’. Aptly, the term couldn’t be more correct.
Not only is the Nullarbor Plain extremely flat, but the landscape is entirely baron, making it one of the most strange but iconic roads in Australia. Furthermore, when it comes to interesting sights along the way, there are a number of interesting stop-offs, including a manual telegraphic repeater station built in 1887!
The Gibb River Road, Western Australia
The Gibb River Road is famous with four-wheel drive enthusiasts all over Australia, and every year millions of off-road vehicles tear along the 709km stretch. The appeal is quite obvious as soon as you see the open road ahead; clear blue skies, stunning mountain ranges and rusty-red soil dominate the landscape. From cockatoos and kites to eagles and crows, the Gibb River Road offers nothing but pure and simple off-roading.
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Carved out of the Victorian coastline by ex-servicemen after World War 1, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is a memorial to all the Australian soldiers killed in the war. The 255 km stretch from Warrnambool to Torquay was completed in 1932, and it is regularly described as one of the most beautiful and great roads of Australia.
There are also a number of major attractions along the route too, including London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles. Port Campbell is a standout highlight of the Great Ocean Road, with its towering rock stacks, gorges, blowholes and a stunning vantage point overlooking the offshore islets. According to research, the coastline that runs parallel to the Great Ocean Road is around 15 million years old, and scientists continue to discover skeletal fragments that have accumulated beneath the sea.