Planning on taking a road trip around Australia with a caravan or camper trailer in tow? Trying to find somewhere to park your rig so you can check out the sights in and around any of the cities can be a huge pain in the butt, which is why we’ve put together a top 20 list of things to see around Australia where access/parking will be little to no hassle at all - no matter how much space you need.
1. Great Ocean Road
243 kilometres of coastal road stretching from Torquay to Allansford that just can’t be missed. Incredible views, some good swimming in the summer months and, of course, the 12 (8 now) Apostles.
2. Sovereign Hill
Step back in time to the 1850s when you visit this open-air museum with plenty of things to see and do, located just a couple of hours outside of Melbourne in the town of Ballarat.
3. Silo Art Trail
Taking you 344 kilometres through eight small Victorian towns, you’ll see eight breathtaking artwork pieces which have been painted on the sides of towering silos. A must for pretty much anyone travelling through the NW-Victoria area.
4. Penguin Parade at Phillip Island
Cute little Fairy penguins making their way from the ocean to their burrows at sunset is pretty close to cuteness overload.
This is sort of a mixture of Victoria and New South Wales - the towns of Echuca and Moama are situated on opposite sides of the mighty Murray River, which also separates the states. Heaps of things to keep you busy (we strongly recommend lunch and one of the paddlesteamers!).
New South Wales
6. Hunter Valley
I mean…. Wine country. Need we say more? Packed with lots of great wineries to visit, and while you’re there if the weather permits, take a ride in a hot air balloon - it’s definitely worth it!
7. Blue Mountains
Less than an hour out of Sydney the Blue Mountains boast spectacular views, great hiking and bushwalking trails to suit all fitness levels, and galleries and guesthouses aplenty.
8. Waterfall Way
Driving this route of just under 200 kilometres will take you from Coffs Harbour to Armidale, during which time you’ll travel through five (count them, FIVE) national parks where you’ll be able to check out waterfalls that’ll leave you amazed.
9. Freycinet National Park
Situated on the eastern coast of Tassie, Freycinet National Park is a photographer’s dream - a brilliant meeting of dark green granite mountains and rather dense forest with the clean sand and deep blue of Wineglass Bay. If you’re driving through Tassie, you really must check it out.
10. Port Arthur
Switch gears and head to the south of Tasmania to visit the historic site of the 19th century penal settlement - while remembering the fallen that fateful day back in 1996.
11. Daintree Rainforest
It’s the oldest rainforest in the world, roughly 1,200 square kilometres in size. And while it’s pretty impossible to see it all, there are both two- and four-hour guided tours taking you through some magical scenery (without you getting lost!).
12. Fraser Island
Beaches, freshwater pools and panoramic views can all be found on the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, a 10-minute ferry ride east of the mainland. Some inland tracks aren’t suitable for towing though, and a 4WD - not AWD - is a must for this trip.
13. Cape York
For the adventurous, getting REALLY off the beaten path and taking a trip to the tippy top of Queensland (and Australia, actually) is an absolute hoot. Depending on the route, you might be doing some pretty advanced four-wheeling including river crossings, steep ascents/descents and more. There are a couple of options route-wise though, so go for the one most suited to your abilities/rig setup.
14. Kangaroo Island
A relatively short ferry ride (2.5hrs) southwest of Adelaide is Kangaroo Island. There, you can find myriad wildlife including koalas, penguins, sea lions, lots of different birds - and of course kangaroos! Interestingly, the species of kangaroo found on the island (aptly named Kangaroo Island Kangaroo) aren’t actually found on the mainland at all, and are the calmest of all roo species.
15. Barossa Valley
Like the Hunter Valley in NSW, the Barossa Valley - located 60 kilometres northeast of Adelaide - is another renowned part of Australia known for creating some really outstanding drops, especially Shiraz. Pretty much sells itself, doesn’t it?
16. Coober Pedy
You’ve not actually been ‘Back ‘o’ Bourke’ until you’ve visited Coober Pedy. Famous for not only its spectacular opals but also its homes, churches, museums, bars and hotels - because they’re all underground. Yes, because Coober Pedy is SO bloody hot in summer, they decided to take life underground to escape the heat.
17. Cable Beach
Fan of sunsets? Experience what could be the very best sunset this planet has to offer at Cable Beach, a lowly 3 kilometres out of the town of Broome (which is also definitely worth a visit, if only to check out the Aboriginal art galleries).
18. Margaret River
Ctrl+c, ctrl+v Hunter Valley and Barossa Valley. Yes, this is another must-visit for anyone who has a taste for good wine. Add to that the amazing marine life that’s just waiting to be explored with some snorkelling gear and some great beach breaks and we’ve got a stew going!
Like the ‘tree falling in the woods’ thought, is it really a list of things to see in Australia without Uluru on it? Yes, it’s pretty far from everywhere but trust us, it’s worth the trip. Take a walk around it (not over, please) and you’ll marvel in its size and presence. The national park it’s located in also offers lots of other beautiful rock formations to see.
20. Kakadu National Park
On top of some picturesque swimming spots, waterfalls, rainforests and croc-spotting on the Yellow Water Billabong cruise, there are over 5,000 Aboriginal rock art sites scattered throughout the park - some many thousands of years old.
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