One of the biggest problems with planning a family vacation right now is that your options may be quite limited. Due to the global pandemic, many resorts are completely closed off, which is why the majority of government bodies and health organisations propagate socialising within your closest family. Generally speaking, going on a road trip is one such idea. Instead of staying in motels or hotels, you could rent/buy a camper or even go on a camping trip. Here are six potential Australian Road Trip Tours that you could take on.
1. The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a trip that spans from Torquay to Allansford, and it’s generally one of the first suggestions that most Australians will give you when you ask about road trip ideas. When you pick the right season to embark on the trip, you’ll face mesmerising views and favourable road conditions. Along the road, you will also encounter a 19th-century shipwreck which is, on its own, a sight to behold. The cliffs and beaches you will see along the way are some of the most incredible testaments of nature.
2. Hobart to Launceston
For those looking to complete a Hobart to Launceston trip, this is a journey that takes four days, which is why it’s great for an extended weekend or a short holiday. It also gives you a great opportunity to get to know the island of Tasmania as well as possible. Of course, you can also take it a bit slower and expand your itinerary to as many as 14 days. In fact, why not do both of these things, thus experiencing this majestic island in two completely different ways.
3. The Savannah Way
Since this particular trip is across the outback, you should definitely be prepared for what lies ahead. You should take a powerful vehicle (preferably a 4WD) and make sure that it’s in optimal condition. Also, if you plan to work a bit on upgrading the vehicle’s performance, now’s the right time. For instance, you could look for the ideal tires for these road conditions or even look for outstanding motor accessories. This is also one of the areas with some incredible national parks (Boodjamulla National Park). This alone can turn the trip into an educational one.
4. The Big Lap
Those who are quite ambitious and aren’t afraid of this continent-country’s staggering vastness might want to embark on the so-called Big Lap. This is a road trip that is 15,000 kilometres long. It connects the seven capital cities skirting almost the entire Australian coastline. Keep in mind that this journey will take you through all the Australian biomes and landscape types. It will also give you a chance to travel the entirety of the continent in a single trip, which is definitely something that not many people can boast with.
5. Cairns to Cape York
For those planning a Queensland-based adventure, the road trip from Cairns to Cape York is an adventure that you shouldn’t miss out on. This will allow you to visit the Australian tropical north and experience a road trip adventure like no other. Because some of these instances are quite challenging, you should probably pick a 4WD vehicle just so that you stay on the safer side. To ensure favourable road conditions, you should probably pick a date between May and October. The itinerary itself can be downloaded online.
6. Gibb River Road
Families and individuals planning to explore Western Australia have the best chance of experiencing this beautiful countryside by going on a Gibb River Road adventure. This route is also a part of WA’s economic history, seeing how this 660-kilometer road was cut to facilitate numerous cattle stock drives. One piece of advice for those who plan to take on this adventure – the petrol on this road trip tends to be quite expensive. So, if you’re taking a rental car on this trip, make sure to go for the one that runs on diesel.
In the end, it’s not the destination but the fun that you have along the way that matters. This depends on choosing the right itinerary and the right duration of the journey. In other words, before committing to certain road trip ideas, you should definitely conduct thorough research. Most importantly, it would help if you made sure that everyone else is on board. After all, you’re probably not taking this voyage on your own.