Take to the road

Choose your bucket-list driv­ing trip and go!

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want to re­ally see this great coun­try? Road trip­ping is the way to go. From bucket-list coastal drives to a trip down his­tory lane, there’s a drive to suit you for a hol­i­day to re­mem­ber. Pack your sense of ad­ven­ture and go!

ROCK­HAMP­TON TO WIN­TON, QUEENS­LAND

Want a trip that takes in plenty of his­tory? Start in Rock­hamp­ton, then head to Capricorn Caves and ex­plore, stay­ing on­site in the car­a­van park or camp­ground. Head to the cen­tral west via Lon­greach, and visit the Aus­tralian Stockman’s Hall of Fame or Qan­tas Founders Mu­seum. Fol­low scenic back roads to Win­ton, home of the Waltz­ing Matilda Cen­tre, the first mu­seum ded­i­cated to a song! And don’t miss the largest col­lec­tion of Aussie fos­sils at the Age of Di­nosaurs Mu­seum. out­back­queens­land.com.au; capri­corn­caves.com.au

GREAT EAST­ERN DRIVE, TAS

A drive up the east coast of Tas­ma­nia is a mag­nif­i­cent trip you can do in two days or 10. Be­gin in Ho­bart, then weave through scenic sea­side vil­lages and set up at hol­i­day parks that look out to sea, such as Big4 Iluka On Fr­eycinet, right on beau­ti­ful Coles Bay. From Or­ford, get a ferry to car-free Maria Is­land, a moun­tain­ous wildlife pre­serve with a ghost town from its pe­nal colony days. Other high­lights in­clude the awein­spir­ing nat­u­ral beauty of Wine­glass Bay and Fr­eycinet Na­tional Park. Get snap-happy at Bi­na­long Bay, part of the Bay of Fires, widely re­garded as the most beau­ti­ful spot in all of Tassie. dis­cover­tas­ma­nia.com.au/whatto-do/self-drive/east­coast

CO­RAL COAST, WA

Look­ing for amaz­ing wildlife, pris­tine beaches and nat­u­ral won­ders? Head to the Co­ral Coast. There’s a range of self-drive trips, in­clud­ing the Ul­ti­mate Bucket List Itin­er­ary, which be­gins in Perth and takes in the Pin­na­cles Desert in Cer­vantes. Eat fresh seafood in Ger­ald­ton, then bask in the beauty of Kal­barri. Swim with dol­phins, snorkel at Nin­ga­loo Reef and watch a mag­i­cal sun­set at Mon­key Mia. Be wowed at Fran­cois Peron Na­tional Park, known for its red cliffs, white beaches and turquoise wa­ters. The hol­i­day parks along the way of­fer a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion, in­clud­ing fam­ily cab­ins and pow­ered car­a­van sites. aus­tralias­co­ral­coast.com

AROUND THE BAY, VIC

The Bel­lar­ine and Morn­ing­ton penin­su­las boast beau­ti­ful coast­lines. If you want a leisurely trip with many stops, this is the route. On the first leg, me­an­der to Queen­scliff, vis­it­ing gor­geous his­toric streetscapes, Gee­long’s colour­ful wa­ter­front and the cel­lar doors that dot the high­way. Cross the bay on the car ferry and spend time in fa­mous Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula towns Sor­rento and Port­sea where there’s an ar­ray of hol­i­day parks. More cel­lar and farm doors are to be found on the way back to Mel­bourne, but make the time to climb up to Arthurs Seat for the in­cred­i­ble views and stroll the board­walks of Cape Schanck that snake above the tur­bu­lent wa­ters of Bass Strait. vis­itvic­to­ria.com/things-to-do /Tour­ing-routes/aroundthe-bay-tour­ing-route

SOUTH OF SYD­NEY, NSW

Leave the hus­tle of the big city be­hind and take in the ver­dant val­leys where the South­ern High­lands meet the Shoal­haven at Kan­ga­roo Val­ley. From there head to the his­toric town of Berry (don’t miss the Donut Van), then drive south among rolling hills to­wards beau­ti­ful Jervis Bay, where white-sand Hyams Beach is a high­light. On the way back, jour­ney up Grand Pa­cific Drive, cross the Sea Cliff Bridge and through the Royal Na­tional Park. vis­itnsw.com

Ex­plore the awe­some Capricorn Caves, Qld. Walk the beach trails on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, Vic­to­ria. Hire a boat to cruise Cur­ram­bene Creek in Jervis Bay, NSW. Start in Ho­bart, then take in the scenic east coast by road, Tas.

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