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Top Ten Aussie Road Trips

March 7, 2013, 9:50 amYahoo!7

Whatever your reason, there is no better place to see and drive across than our very own sunburnt country. Just beyond your backyard there is a world of sights, experiences and amazing journeys to be had. The road is waiting.

Top Ten Aussie Road Trips - Nullarbor Plain
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There is definitely something alluring about a road trip. Whether it be the feeling of freedom as you're cruising down the highway with the windows down and the music way up, or the deep cultural experiences you find yourself soaking up along the way.

Whatever your reason, there is no better place to see and drive across than our very own sunburnt country. Just beyond your backyard there is a world of sights, experiences and amazing journeys to be had. The road is waiting.

1) Great Ocean Road, VIC

Looping around Victoria's southern coastline, the Great Ocean Road promises sweeping vistas of land and sea, lush rainforests, colourful towns and dramatic surf. Whether you choose to see it by car, bicycle, motorbike or on foot, it's an inspiring journey.

2) Snowy Mountains Drive, NSW

Whether travelling by car or motorcycle, this Snowy Mountains driving route is an opportunity to explore the region in all its glory. This route has the country's highest mountains, some of the most diverse flora and fauna, towns bursting with historic and cultural stories, and quirky entertainment and picturesque places to put your feet up.

3) The Savannah Way

The Savannah Way is one of Australia's ultimate adventure drives, linking Cairns in Tropical North Queensland with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia, via the natural wonders of Katherine in the Northern Territory.

4) Watagan Mountains, NSW

Exploring the Watagans National Park is a great alternative to the freeway drive to the Hunter Valley. The Watagans is the name given to the forested mountain range separating the Hunter River catchment and the Tuggerah Lakes system. The Watagans has a large number of recreation sites, with easy access from Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

5) Fleurieu Peninsula, SA

The Fleurieu Peninsula is a treasure chest of experiences. It is within easy reach of the city of Adelaide and provides the most diverse range of scenery, wildlife and activities. It's little wonder Australia's richest landscape art prize is staged on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Beautiful hills sweep down to sun-drenched beaches.

6) Huon Trail, TAS

Take a journey into a soft blue-green landscape, rich fertile valleys, winding waterways, old growth forests, mighty rivers and the Hartz Mountain National Park in Tasmania. The Huon Trail is a loop drive from Hobart down to the southernmost road in Australia and back again!

7) Nullarbor Plain, WA & SA

You can travel the 3800 km from Perth to Adelaide by rail, bus or plane, but it's an altogether different experience by road. The journey will take you about eight or nine days - and of course you might choose to reverse the itinerary and finish your trip in Perth. Either way, you will be rewarded by dramatic landscapes, soaring cliffs and spectacular views as you make your way across the country.

8) Yarra Ranges Motorbike Tour, VIC

Linking the Yarra Valley with the mountain areas around Marysville is the road known as the Black Spur Drive. Starting at Healesville and finishing at Marysville, Black Spur Drive is famous for its heady scenery of spectacular tall forests. The 27.9 kilometre drive winds its way up the Great Dividing Range.

9) Uluru, NT

You can drive to Kings Canyon from Uluru in three hours by taking the Lasseter Highway and Luritja Road. If you have a 4WD and a day's travelling time, take the unsealed Mereenie Loop from Alice Springs - you'll see a palm-fringed swimming-hole and 300-metre sheer cliff faces.

10) 4WD Kalbarri Wildflowers, WA

This tour is suitable for drivers with any level of experience and is a great day out for the whole family. The tour takes 6 hours, stopping along the way to enjoy points of interest. Enjoy views of the Kalbarri townsite, traverse the Pillawarra rangeland and explore unique rock formations in this rugged station country.

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