Along the coast, through mountains, rainforests and deserts, there are drives in Australia that will leave one with inspired memories for a lifetime. Every state has more than one, here we will present you with some of the best that can be found in this southern land.
Along the west coast of Victoria with stunning views of the Southern Ocean is the Great Ocean Road. Well known around the world to motoring enthusiasts as one of the great drives of the world, this two hundred kilometre drive is sure to excite.
Along its way are rugged mountains and dramatic sheer drops as the road meanders between the ocean and mountains. One of the most famous of Australia’s attractions can also be found here: the Twelve Apostles.
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Driving through its deep green rainforests of the Great Australian Divide, the Black Spur Drive has always inspired. Beginning in Healesville and ending at Narbethong, this eleven kilometre drive has hair pin turns that will keep one attentive.
The drive heads through the western part of the Yarra Ranges National Park. One can find the deep forest that the long winding road travels through, with its huge ferns and tall rainforest trees, truly striking.
In the Snowy Mountains, near Canberra, is the Kosciuszko Alpine Way. The dramatic mountains rise on both sides of the road from Jindabyne to Khancoban as it travels through the National Park (See Snowy Mountains Map) past Mount Kosciuszko.
In this Snowy Mountains region there are fine summer mountain retreats and world class winter snow resorts:
The Caves Road in the south west of Western Australia travels through Margaret River, one of the most scenic regions in the state. This narrow, yet well paved road winds its way past farms, forests and world renowned wineries.
Just over 110 kilometres long, it connects Busselton with Augusta. Named after the many limestone caves that are found here, four of them which you can visit: Yallingup, Mammoth, Lake and Jewel Caves.
The ocean scenery does not disappoint, either. With wonderful beaches, fishing and world class surf you would probably want to spend more time in this region:
Those in Sydney would find the nearby Blue Mountains well worth exploring. The main road, the Great Western Highway, traverses the Great Australian Divide to the west from regional Sydney has charming small towns along the way, dramatic scenery spots and the mountain rainforests of the Blue Mountains National Park to explore.
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Photo: The Road and Ocean Beckon
Photo: The Great Dividing Range