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How long does is take to road trip Australia

How long does it take to road trip Australia?

Are you ready for a break from the ordinary? Australia is waiting under the equator, spoiling to delight and excite you with cobalt ocean waters, sprawling cities, ancient canyons, and temperate rainforest hideaways. There’s more to the land of G’day mate than meets the eye.

 

How big is Australia, really?

The land down under takes out two titles simultaneously, earning the accolade of largest island and smallest continent in a single geographical breath. Covering 7.7 million square kilometres – or thereabouts – circumnavigating the coastline alone without stops or sightseeing would take two weeks and a day.

It’s hard to explain the distances between cities and major towns outside of hard numbers to anybody who’s used to driving a couple hours here and another few there to completely change their world for a day. Here’s a few to get started:

  • Melbourne to Sydney: 13.5 hours (1,062km)
  • Sydney to Brisbane: 10.5 hours (922kms)
  • Perth to Adelaide: 29 hours (2,696km)
  • Adelaide to Melbourne: 9 hours (738km)

There’s a lot of territory to cover on a single self-drive trip. Let’s get started on your great Australian driving holiday.

 

What to Do and Where to Go?

Australia is a big place, brimming with possibilities, potential routes and innumerable stop-overs, depending on your holiday speed. Wine and cheese lovers should consider the Barossa Valley, while wonder-seekers may find themselves completely enthralled by Kakadu National Park; explore the corners and trails of the Daintree or drive the Great Ocean Road, snapping pictures of the 12 Apostles.

Not sure where to start? Here are six self-drive itineraries to get your motor running.

 

Essential Australia

 

Penguins Phillip Island Nature Park

Penguins Phillip Island Nature Park

The Odyssey Tour

  • Trip Length: 19 Days
  • Starting Point: Melbourne
  • Do it…
    • Pal around with penguins at Cape Woolamai
    • Tick the Great Ocean Road off your bucket list.
    • 4WD Kangaroo Island
    • See the sun shine over Uluru

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Geordie Bay Rottnest Island

Geordie Bay Rottnest Island

West to East Discovery

  • Trip Length: 16 Days
  • Starting Point: Perth
  • Do it…
    • Revel in the wonders of Rottnest Island
    • Eat fish and chips on Bondi Beach
    • Wind down the Daintree River
    • Explore the reefs of the Coral Sea

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Base Walk Tour Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Base Walk Tour Uluru (Ayers Rock)

City, Rock, Reef

  • Trip Length: 12 Days
  • Starting Point: Sydney
  • Do it…
    • Cuddle a koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park
    • Be awed by Alice Springs
    • Snorkel the depths of Coral Cay
    • Catch a show at the Opera House

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Intrepid Feasts

 

Fishing Mt Borradaile Arnhemland

Fishing Mt Borradaile Arnhemland

The Top End

  • Trip Length: 6 Days
  • Starting Point: Darwin
  • Do it…
    • Get up close with a croc in Darwin
    • Skim the edges of the Arnhem Land and learn more about Indigenous traditions.
    • Take a swim in the crystal clear waters of Gunlom.

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Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre Garden

Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre Garden

The Wine Lover’s Paradise

  • Trip Length: 4 Days
  • Starting Point: Adelaide
  • Do it…
    • Sip a white wine at the cellar door of Jacobs Creek.
    • Taste decadence with a cheese platter at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop.
    • Celebrate the boutique excellence of the Clare Valley.

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Winery Hunter Valley

Winery Hunter Valley

The Mountains, Wine and Beach

  • Trip Length: 6 Days
  • Starting Point: Sydney
  • Do it…
    • Feed kangaroos and snuggle with koalas
    • Sample the Hunter Valley Wine region, boasting over 120 cellar doors.
    • Enjoy dinner by the beach in Port Stephens.

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Not content with bite-sized snippets? Want to see and do more? Speak to our ANZCRO travel specialists and let us help you plan your next trip.