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Australia’s 5 most spectacular road trips

Hit the road to take in Australia’s diverse scenery on any of these five unforgettable routes – witnessing waterfalls, rainforest, flame-red canyons and sunsets that sink over lilac seas and ochre cliffs.

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The sight of the Twelve Apostles is the main draw of the Great Ocean Road

The sight of the Twelve Apostles is the main draw of the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is probably the most famous stretch of tarmac in Australia, winding along the extraordinary coastline of Victoria from Torquay to Allansford. You’ll see koalas hanging from the treetops, ochre cliffs that glow at sunset, shipwrecks, rainforest, waterfalls, golden beaches and the Twelve Apostles – a collection of enormous limestone stacks rising out of the crashing surf off the shore of Port Campbell National Park. Get some shuteye before you begin cruising the cliff-top roads in Torquay at Bush to Beach Studio 1, where guests will find a little footpath that leads down to the sea.

Gibb River Road, Western Australia

Pass sacred Aboriginal sites, outback cattle stations and multi-tiered waterfalls on the Gibb River Road

Pass sacred Aboriginal sites, outback cattle stations and multi-tiered waterfalls on the Gibb River Road

For more intrepid roadtrippers, this adventurous drive requires a 4x4 to tackle its rough, dusty orange tracks. Traversing the remote landscape of Western Australia’s Kimberley region, you’ll pass sacred Aboriginal sites, outback cattle stations and the multi-tiered waterfalls of Bell Gorge that lead down to sandstone swimming pools. Start your trip in Broome, where you can ride a camel along the town’s Cable Beach at sunset and hire a car before heading to Derby (the starting point of the Gibb River Road). Check into The Courthouse B&B and relax in the outdoor swimming pool, or drive five minutes to Cable Beach.

Red Centre Way, Northern Territory

The rounded rocks of Kata Tjuta form one of the Red Centre Way's main attractions

The rounded rocks of Kata Tjuta form one of the Red Centre Way's main attractions

On this 5-day circular drive through central Australia, you’ll quickly be awed by the gargantuan, wild and burnt-umber desert landscape. Along the way, you’ll discover flame-red rocky gorges and canyons, swimming holes dotted between the peaks of the West MacDonnell Ranges, kangaroos hopping over undulating sand dunes and natural monuments like Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and the unmissable Uluru; this enormous sandstone monolith is sacred to the Anangu tribe of Indigenous Australians and is one of the best settings for a sunset anywhere in the world. The Red Centre Way journey starts in Alice Springs, where you can check into the highly rated Wilmots on Dixon.

East Coast (Brisbane to Cairns), Queensland

Visit the famous surfing hotspot of Noosa as you drive up Australia's East Coast

Visit the famous surfing hotspot of Noosa as you drive up Australia's East Coast

The East Coast route is one of the most popular road trips in Australia, taking you past some of the most magnificent natural wonders of the southern hemisphere. There’s the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island, with gleaming white beaches and inland rainforest), and the paradisiacal Whitsunday Islands. Stop off in national parks, visit the famous surfing hotspot of Noosa, skydive over tropical islands and azure seas, and finish your adventure with a tropical sailing trip or a visit to the ancient rainforest of Cape Tribulation. Check into Kookas B&B in Cairns for the terrace and outdoor swimming pool with rainforest views.

Great Eastern Drive, Tasmania

Take in Tasmania's wild, untouched coastline driving from Hobart to the Bay of Fires

Take in Tasmania's wild, untouched coastline driving from Hobart to the Bay of Fires

The Great Eastern Drive starts in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart and ends up in the Bay of Fires, where white sands are backed by burnt orange lichen-covered boulders and lapped by crystalline sea. Follows wild, untouched coastline through national parks, over mountains and past the historic ruins of the Port Arthur convict settlement, it’s a road trip experience that’s guaranteed to make you fall in love with Australia’s peaceful and visually arresting island state. Treat yourself to a glamorous stay at MACq 01 Hotel, overlooking Hobart harbour before setting off on your road trip adventure.