Written by special contributor, Nicole Noel
Hiding some of the most spectacular sights on this humble planet of ours, the continent of Australia truly is every travel lover’s dream-come- true. Whether you enjoy a strong, urban vibe and plenty of picnic opportunities in Melbourne, or prefer to go somewhere off the beaten track such as the Karijini National Park in the West, there’s something for every family’s perfect bucket list. And most importantly, there is a huge number of family-friendly Australia road trips options that will fill your photo albums with some incredible memories. So, get your road-trip tunes ready, pack some of your favorite healthy snacks to stay in the spirit of Oz, and get the family ready for one of these ultimate Australia road trips!
Great Ocean Road
The name alone is bound to inspire some imaginative stories even while you’re still planning the trip, and for a good reason. Located in the state of Victoria, one end is in the town of Torquay, comfortably close to Melbourne, and the other stretches all the way to Allansford, giving you just over 150 miles of family fun.
Cameras at the ready, because every bit of this drive will be teeming with idyllic seaside photos just waiting to happen – the famous Twelve Apostles, the London Arch and the Loch Ard Gorge are the three most captivating natural sights on this trip.
Have you ever tried family surfing? Head to the Bells Beach just outside of Torquay! Stop by to the Split Point Lighthouse on your way to the Great Otway National Park, which might steal the spotlight of the entire trip! Book a tour, or grab a map, but don’t miss Erskine Falls, Lower Kalimna Falls and camping on Johanna Beach – your kids will love the magical nature there!
Legendary Pacific Coast
If you would like a view of the gorgeous east Australian shores, then the Legendary Pacific Coast ride from Sydney to Brisbane is the way to go! However, it’s crucial to have your car in flawless condition, and a professional mobile mechanic can help you prep for the road. That way, every stop to those charming little seaside towns will be free of worries.
Head to Lake Macquarie for a slow-paced historic lesson of the nearby towns such as Wangi Wangi, a family walk to the Belmont Lagoon, and if you and your kids are up for some fun, join a jet boat ride on the lake, and wrap it up with a visit to the famous Speers Point playground to make your youngsters happy! Go on a treasure hunt at the Hunter Wetlands Centre, and of course visit Byron Bay for a storytelling session on foot.
Next, bask on the beaches of the Gold Coast, and stop by at Sea World for a splash of adventure! Once you get to Brisbane, treat your little ones to a fantasy craze and book your Marvel exhibition tickets online, in advance.
The Red Centre Way
In addition to its breathtaking shores, Australia boasts a wonderful central region that is worth a road trip, as well. The Red Centre Way that starts in Alice Springs and ends in Uluru can take you through some of the most magical regions of the continent. Set a whole week aside for this long journey, and bring your camping gear, because this is the best outback experience you could possibly imagine!
This will be a nature-laden trip, so visit Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park, take a swim at the Ellery Creek Big Hole and watch the sunset from the Glen Helen Gorge. Stop by to see the famous comet crater, Tnorala, and head to Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. With plenty of picnic areas and bushwalks, you can make a whole day itinerary of enjoying some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes.
Finally, the magnificent Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to the most iconic natural landmarks of
Australia, two sacred rock formations rising above the Australian desert. Book a table under the desert
skies, take a camel ride with your kids and learn about the Aboriginal culture and art from the region.
These three wildly different Australia road trips will have you tempted to return to the Land Down Under for more than a single journey. From their pristine shores to the rugged inland, Australia boasts a variety of family-friendly fun that will make you fall head over heels in love with this incredible continent!
Nicole Noel is an avid traveler and a lifestyle blogger at HighStyleLife. She loves to explore different cultures and share her experiences. In her free time, she likes to prepare healthy and delicious food for her friends. If you want to read more from Nicole, you can find her on Twitter and Facebook.