With the weather warming up, it is time to hit the road and explore our gorgeous country. I don’t know about you but a long drive does wonders for refreshing the brain and body.
Awaken your senses, rejuvenate and energise with a short getaways to one of Australia’s many beautiful destinations. The sun is shining, trees in blossom and it’s time to head out and have a fun time. Shake off those Winter blues and indulge in Spring getaways to make you feel the possibilities the new season brings!
So where can you go to, I hear you ask? We have gathered our favourite driving trips and short getaways from across Australia for you:
There are so many fantastic drives in Victoria to do. The most popular is the Great Ocean Drive, which runs along the south west coast of the state. While out the western side of the state, you can visit the Otways or Grampians National Parks or head south east through Gippsland for the most beautiful countryside you will ever see.
Closer to Melbourne, we love the Yarra Valley for visiting wineries (our favourites are Balgownie Estate in Yarra Glen and Innocent Bystander in Healseville), the Healesvile Sanctuary and the gorgeous town of Marysville.
Another popular drive out of Melbourne is to the Macedon ranges and Daylesford to the north of the city. Reconnect with nature, rebalance the body and mind at mineral springs and spas, and discover boutique wineries, organic producers and award-winning restaurants along the trail.
Another great drive is to hear to Phillip Island in the states south. Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. It is well-known for its famous penguin parade, large fur seal colony, native wildlife, exciting racing at the island’s Grand Prix circuit, its scenic coastline, quaint fishing villages, beautiful beaches, outdoor dining, and so much more.
In New South Wales, there are tourist drives and scenic road trips that let you explore at your own pace and spend time with the whole family on a new adventure.
Some of the most popular NSW drives include the Greater Blue Mountains Drive, the Legendary Pacific Coast along the North Coast of NSW, the Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney to Wollongong and the spectacular Kosciuszko Alpine Way in the Snowy Mountains or visit the Hunter Valley for some wine tasting.
Queensland is a large and incredibly beautiful state. From the rainforests of the tropical north to south east coastal roads, windy trails through the scenic hinterlands and as far as the sparse farmlands out west, Queensland is a diverse place with something to satisfy everyone.
SA has many self-drive routes highlighting wine regions (including the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra and Limestone coast), scenic coastal and Murray River drives, outback discovery routes, and the state’s freshest seafood and produce.
Cruise along at your own pace on a self-drive scenic tour of WA’s stunning coast, tall-tree forests and rolling country landscapes.
More than 12,000 species of wildflowers colour WA’s diverse natural landscapes between June and November every year. You can see the best of these dazzling displays in Perth, the South West, Coral Coast, Golden Outback and even as far north as the Pilbara following the wildflower self-drive trails.
Soak up Hobart’s convict history, tour the local brewery before driving to up Mount Wellington to admire superb views over the harbour. Next head to Freycinet National Park and the perfect curve of Wineglass Bay.