Discover The Best Road Trip Itineraries In Australia
Wednesday 18th September 2019
By Ely Power
Travel Australia With Campervan Hire
To appreciate the real Australia and its wealth of wonders, you need to forget flights and hit the highway. And campervan hire is the perfect way to do it. In a land laden with magnificent landscapes, rushing from one top attraction to the next would be shooting yourself in the foot - the most spectacular sights and hidden gems lie off the beaten track!
With over 850,000km of road, Australia takes the gold for extraordinary campervan holidays. Whether you’re looking for cultural hotspots, culinary delights, ancient relics, natural splendour or outdoor adventure, an Australian road trip will deliver. Travel in a campervan and you’ll enjoy the freedom and flexibility to wander wherever your heart takes you, exploring each place at your own pace.
Not sure of the best road trips for campervans in Australia? We understand how tough it is to decide between its incredible destinations so to help you plan your adventure, we’ve gathered all of our travel itineraries in one spot. All you have to do is choose your favourite route.
As a holidaymaker, Camplify helps you find the perfect campervan, motorhome or caravan so that you can experience the joys of van life - without having to own one yourself. Interested? Learn more about Camplify for hirers here.
Can you take on the longest and straightest road in Australia? Stretching 1,500km from the goldfields of Western Australia to the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, the semi-arid Nullarbor Plain translates to “no trees” in Latin. That isn’t a very fair title given its thriving wildlife, including blue-bush, wildflowers, camels, kangaroos, and emus. Not to mention its quirky roadside appeal - think space junk and Christmas ornaments! So pick up your campervan rental in Perth and embark on a true Aussie road trip across the Nullarbor.
This route is all about record-setting, from the world’s longest golf course at Nullarbor Links and Australia’s largest open-cut gold mine (or the ‘Super Pit’) to the famous 90 Mile Straight and the deepest cave dive ever at Cocklebiddy Cave.Awe at the Great Australian Bight’s limestone bluffs and Nullarbor National Park’s 90m-high Bunda Cliffs along the way.Then take a mandatory photo with the Big Roo at Border Village before driving deep into iconic Nullarbor scenery: vast, endless plains with gigantic road trains. When you’ve finally conquered this renowned journey, explore Adelaide’s many laneway bars, farmer’s markets, and golden beaches. You’ve earned it!
Sure, you can drive straight from Adelaide to Melbourne in about eight hours but it’d be remiss to skip so many special spots. Especially when in a campervan. Take the road less travelled and you’ll soon discover why Western Victoria is one of Australia’s most remarkable regions.
First up is Murray Sunset National Park, a beautiful wilderness complete with not one, not two but three pink lakes! Victoria’s closest thing to the outback yet still accessible by 2WD vans, it boasts easy walking trails, ancient artefacts and amazing wildlife. Next, head for the gorgeous Grampians Ranges, marvelling at the 200km Silo Art Trail along the way.
Once at Halls Gap, take your pick of its plenty hikes. Our favourites? Boronia Peak makes for an unbeatable sunrise excursion, while the Chatauqua Peak Loop Walk offers incredible views without hordes of hikers. Kooyoora State Park and Mount Macedon are also home to some terrific trails, like Melville Caves Southern Lookout and Camels Hump. From there, Australia’s cultural capital is only one hour drive away.
Travelling the Great Ocean Road is a legendary Aussie adventure. Hugging the rugged coastline, the drive spans 244km from Warrnambool to Torquay. With jaw-dropping scenery, charming beach towns and natural wonders at every turn, this road trip is an absolute must! Hire a campervan in Adelaide and take your time driving to Melbourne - while you can speed through the route in a single day, it pays to go slow.
Explore the Naracoorte Caves, stop by the fishing village of Port Fairy and its whitewashed cottages, take the causeway to Griffiths Island or check out the extinct volcano at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Australia’s first National Park. Whatever you do, don’t forget to bring your camera! The Great Ocean Road is a picture-perfect paradise, so snap away at the Bay of Islands, the Grotto, London Bridge and, of course, the Twelve Apostles.
Grab a bite to eat at Apollo Bay or Lorne, the two most popular seaside towns on this journey, before a stroll down Maits Rest Rainforest Walk to see its glimmering glow worms. On your last day, surf the awesome waves at Bells Beach in Torquay before pulling up to the coolest city in the country.
Connecting a thriving cultural hub to a sunny seaside city, this campervan-friendly route is one of Australia’s most popular road trips. Stretching over 1,000km along the striking coastline, you’ll enjoy a string of oceanside villages, breathtaking views and incredible wildlife the whole way from Melbourne to Sydney.
Melbourne is a melting pot of style, sports, arts and gastronomy. With bustling attractions for the whole family - such as Southbank, the Queen Victoria Markets and Brighton Beach - you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away! Just imagine soaking in the hot springs at Mornington Peninsula, exploring Buchan Caves and making it to Australia’s southernmost tip at Wilsons Promontory, Victoria’s oldest National Park.
Then it’s on to the beautiful beach towns. From Lakes Entrance’s waterways and Mallacoota’s kayaking paradise to Merimbula’s surf breaks and Narooma’s dazzling blue waters, you’ll be sorted for seaside escapes. And that’s before you immerse yourself in Ulladulla’s aboriginal culture, swim in crystal clear Jervis Bay or visit Kiama’s erupting blowhole.
When you arrive in Sydney, the adventure continues! With its magnificent Harbour, gorgeous beaches, endless entertainment, rich history and icons like the Sydney Opera House, the capital of NSW will never disappoint.
Bound for Byron Bay along the Pacific Highway, a classic road trip filled with awesome activities and stunning scenery as it winds up the Eastern coastline. Covering over 800km of blissful beaches, National Parks and seaside towns, this is the ultimate campervan adventure!
Along the way, once-in-a-lifetime experiences will keep on coming. Hike along sandstone cliffs and their otherworldly liesegang rings at Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast. View the Hunter Valley vineyards from above in a hot air balloon. Splash in the century-old ocean baths at Newcastle, one of Lonely Planet's top ten cities of 2011. Swim with wild dolphins in the turquoise waters of Port Stephens. Surf the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Canoe under the stars near bohemian Bellingen. Soak up Yamba’s year-round sunshine at Angourie Blue and Green Pools. Have we convinced you yet?
There’s even more magic in-store when you arrive in Byron, with its famous artisanal markets, quirky Arts & Industry Estate and unbeatable beaches - sunbathe at clothing-optional Belongil, have a picnic at Wategos or surf The Pass. It’s safe to say that the Sydney to Byron Bay road trip is unforgettable!
For a tropical campervan adventure, start your road trip in Cairns and cruise all the way up to Cape York. This North Queensland itinerary brings you 1,800km to the top of Australia, with the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef joining you on your journey.
Tour through the ancient Daintree Rainforest, wander down Four Mile Beach and cuddle with koalas at Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat. From thrilling off-road excursions across Lakefield National Park to peaceful bird watching at Chilli Beach, this road trip offers outdoor activities for every camper. Tackle the 4WD Frenchman’s Track towards Moreton Telegraph Station or visit Australia’s most croc-infested waters by the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on your way to Bramwell Station.
Further north, camp at Thursday Island. Nestled in the Torres Strait, you’ll enjoy spectacular sea views, native wildlife and mouth-watering local seafood. Another unmissable stopover is Roko Island, a family-run pearl farm offering tours and fishing charters for an exotic island experience. When you arrive in Cape York, at last, walk across its dramatic molten rock until you reach the “Tip of Australia’ sign. You’ve made it!
Tasmania is famed for its raw natural beauty, abundant outdoor adventures and secluded camping spots. What’s more, its manageable size makes for the perfect loop in a cosy campervan.
Begin your road trip in colonial Launceston, one of Australia’s oldest cities. As you head out of town, pay a visit to the purple fields of Bridestowe Lavender Estate or the blue waters and red rocks of Bicheno. Then take a dip at Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park or board a ferry to Maria Island, a World Heritage-listed National Park home to Tasmanian Devils - the state’s very own mascot.
Other must-visit pit stops include Port Arthur’s convict settlement, Mt. Wellington’s vistas and Hobart’s Salamanca Markets. Finally, no Tassie road trip would be complete without camping by Cradle Mountain. Here, you can hike to your heart’s content provided you remember to pack some warm gear! When you have to say goodbye to the great outdoors, take a short but scenic drive back to Launceston.
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