THE NEW AUSSIE ROAD TRIP

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WELCOME KANGAROO ISLAND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA -

Australia is one hell of a coun­try. It is blessed with epic and ever-chang­ing scenery, from turquoise wa­ters and pock­ets of trop­i­cal par­adise to red sands and stun­ning gorges. It’s time to hit the road and see it all, be it on a big lap from state to state or a few days away by a quiet river some­where.

There’s noth­ing like the open road and pitch­ing a tent or set­ting up a car­a­van to make you feel com­pletely free: it’s the re­set but­ton we all need to hit. Best of all, it’s cheap to do.

If you think car­a­van­ning is re­served for older gen­er­a­tions, think again: there are more car­a­van­ners and campers in the 30-54 age bracket than any other. So­cial me­dia sites are lit­tered with breath­tak­ing images from young fam­i­lies criss­cross­ing the coun­try, whose chil­dren spend their days ex­plor­ing crys­tal-clear creeks and be­ing home schooled.

Car­a­van parks ain’t what they used to be ei­ther. They of­fer myr­iad ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, from un­pow­ered tent sites to lux­ury vil­las, and boast wa­ter­parks, jump­ing pil­lows and loads of other ac­tiv­i­ties to keep the kids amused (with not an elec­tronic de­vice in sight). The one thing that hasn’t changed is the op­por­tu­nity they present to spend time with fam­ily, deepen bonds and cre­ate mem­o­ries.

Which brings me to Es­cape’s spe­cial edi­tion mag­a­zine which is on sale now in su­per­mar­kets and newsagents. It’s de­voted to the new Aus­tralian road trip and in it we’ve se­lected some of the best places to visit and set up camp, and filled the pages with in­spi­ra­tion, tips, tricks and ad­vice to help you get out there, leave the day-to-day be­hind, and have lifechang­ing ad­ven­tures.

JANA FRAW­LEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL EDITOR

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