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Driving in Australia

Australia is a large country, as indicated by the comparison maps below. In order to enjoy your holiday, we recommend that you research your intended travelling route thoroughly, particularly your travelling distances. It is far better to travel at a leisurely pace, exploring the many attractions of Australia, rather than spend each day driving long distances. Aim to cover 150 - 250 kilometres per day and you will experience Australia in comfort.

Australia vs Europe
Australia - Europe
Australia vs USA
Australia - USA
Adelaide

             
1542 km
958 mi
Alice Springs              
2063 km
1282 mi
3012 km
1871 mi
Brisbane            
4288 km
2664 mi
2746 km
1706 mi
4560 km
2833 mi
Broome          
3143 km
1953 mi
2324 km
1444 mi
1717 km
1067 mi
3962 km
2461 mi
Cairns        
3053 km
1897 mi
1511 km
934 mi
3415 km
2122 mi
1865 km
1159 mi
2727 km
1694 mi
Darwin      
728 km
452 mi
2270 km
1411 mi
1674 km
1040 mi
5016 km
3117 mi
3054 km
1898 mi
3781 km
2349 mi
Melbourne    
2724 km
1693 mi
3630 km
2256 mi
4384 km
2724 mi
2250 km
1398 mi
5954 km
3700 mi
4045 km
2513 mi
3452 km
2145 mi
Perth  
1420 km
882 mi
2644 km
1642 mi
996 km
619 mi
5234 km
3252 mi
2546 km
1582 mi
4000 km
2485 mi
868 km
539 mi
4144 km
2575 mi
Sydney

Driving Matrix (kilometres / miles)

Safe Driving In Australia

When driving in Australia, you must always drive on the left hand side of the road, obey all traffic signals and signage, and wear a seatbelt whilst in a vehicle. The driver must have their licence with them at all times when driving. It is recommended that familiarise yourself with the Australian road rules before driving in Australia to ensure you have a safe and trouble free holiday.

*Please note you will be charged for any traffic infringement, speeding or parking fines or road toll fines that you incur.

Travel Restrictions

To ensure your safety, Apollo has some travel restrictions for certain vehicles. Two Wheel Drive vehicles can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads or well maintained access roads less than 500 metres long to recognised campgrounds.

Four Wheel Drive vehicles can be driven on recognised unsealed tracks but may only travel to the following remote areas with the express written permission of Apollo: Any Islands (excluding Tasmania), Simpson Desert, Gunbarrel Highway, Cape York (North of Daintree River), Oodnadatta Track, Birdsville Track, Tanami Track, Gibb River Road, Kalumburu Road, Warburton Road, Strzelecki Track, Cape Leveque, Bungle Bungles and any other remote area. No vehicle is permitted on the last 2 kilometres of the Lennard River Gorge Road , the Canning Stock-route, The Lost City in Litchfield Park and the Telegraph Road section of the road to Cape York.

Restriction Maps
Western Australia - Kimberley Region
Northern Territory - Top End Region

Apollo Welcome Pack

Road Maps & Extra Information

All Apollo customers are supplied with a complimentary magazine when picking up their vehicle. This magazine includes discount vouchers, campground guides, travel tips, local/regional information and other helpful information. If you would like any more information, our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you decide where to go, what to see and the best routes to travel.

Breakdown & Accident Assistance

All Apollo vehicles are serviced and maintained to the highest industry standard. In the event you run into mechanical difficulties on your holiday, Apollo offers 24hour roadside assistance for your peace of mind. If you require assistance, please call Apollo on 1300 798 212 and we will help to get you back on the road as soon as possible.

Australian toll roads

Please be on the look-out for toll roads as you tour Australia. You will likely pass through toll roads if you are driving your campervan through metropolitan Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria.

When driving a rental vehicle in Australia, you are responsible for paying toll fees, so it is important to be aware of these roads before you travel. Refer to the table below for an overview of Australian toll roads and how to pay*. Fees and charges to travel via toll roads vary by state.

Toll Road How to pay
Queensland  
Gateway Bridge, Gateway Extension and Logan Motorway Call 1300 046 842
New South Wales Register for an e-PASS for travelling in New South Wales on www.roam.com.au
Cross City Tunnel Call (02) 9033 3999
Eastern Distributor Call (02) 8356 2200
M2 Cannot be paid after passing through an "E" lane. The fine will be sent to Apollo.
Lane Cove Tunnel and Falcon Street Gateway Call 133 111 if travelled less than 7 days.
M4 - Western Motorway Can pay by cash or visitors e-PASS, otherwise the fine will be sent to Apollo.
M5 - South West Motorway Call 1300 658 652
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel Call 131 865
M7 - Westlink Call 13 8655
Victoria  
Western and Southern CityLink You can purchase a CityLink pass prior to travel or by midnight on the third day after your nominated day of travel by calling 13 26 29, or at participating Australia Post Offices and the Melbourne Airport Carpark.
East Link Toll - Breeze

You can buy a trip pass before or up to 3 days after your trip on EastLink online www.breeze.com.au, by calling 13 54 65, or at participating Australia Post Offices.

If you have a valid CityLink account, it works on EastLink and you shouldn't need to buy a trip pass.

*Please note: The table above has been compiled in good faith and was correct when published. Apollo is not liable should the information above be incorrect or incomplete.

Featured Australian Touring Routes

10 Day ultimate road trip - Perth to Exmouth

10 Day ultimate road trip in Western Australia

Start: Perth
End: Exmouth
Distance: 2290km

The Ultimate Road Trip winds its way from Perth to Exmouth in Western Australia, offering you every opportunity to immerse yourself in all that Australia's Coral Coast has to offer.

Day 1: Perth to Geraldton - Approx 420 kilometres
Travel north along the Indian Ocean Drive via the Pinnacles Desert. Continue north to Geraldton where you can treat yourself to some of the freshest seafood in WA, particularly the famous western rock lobster. Overnight: Geraldton

Day 2: Geraldton to Carnarvon - Approx 480 kilometres
Continue north to the tropical fruit town of Carnarvon. Sample the abundance of fresh flavours at local mango and banana plantations along the Gascoyne Food Trail. Overnight: Carnarvon

Day 3: Carnarvon to Exmouth - Approx 370 kilometres
Head north along the North West Coastal Highway to the pristine Ningaloo Reef and its unspoiled beaches. Between late March and early July swim with the giant whale sharks ? the world?s largest fish. Overnight: Exmouth

Day 4: Exmouth
Spend your day snorkelling the vibrant coral gardens of the Ningaloo Marine Park. Nearby, Cape Range National Park offers rugged scenery of deep canyons, limestone ranges and spectacular gorges. Overnight: Exmouth

Day 5: Exmouth to Coral Bay - Approx 150 kilometres
Discover Coral Bay ? a snorkeller?s paradise with calm, protected waters and hundreds of fish and coral species. Overnight: Coral Bay

Day 6: Coral Bay to Shark Bay - Approx 590 kilometres
Head south to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. Follow the interpretive signage along the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive including the Stromatolites and Shell Beach. Overnight: Denham

Day 7: Shark Bay
Spend some time at the water?s edge meeting the friendly bottlenose dolphins of Monkey Mia (first feed is from 7:30am). Unwind on a cruise aboard a magnificent catamaran before ending your day wining and dining by the beach. Overnight: Monkey Mia

Day 8: Shark Bay to Kalbarri - Approx 390 kilometres
The popular coastal holiday town of Kalbarri is located at the mouth of the Murchison River, and is the last destination on your return journey. Overnight Kalbarri

Day 9: Kalbarri
Spend the day exploring the Murchison River gorges in Kalbarri National Park. Enjoy a fishing tour, river cruise or one of the many activities on offer. Overnight: Kalbarri

Day 10: Kalbarri to Perth - Approx 590 kilometres
Stop in at Kalbarri?s coastal gorges on your way south. Break your journey at charming Northampton, declared a historic town by the national trust in 1993 before continuing your journey south to Perth.

Big4 Holiday Parks presents the North Coast of NSW - A year round Family Playground

Big4 Holiday Parks presents the North Coast of NSW - A year round Family Playground

Stretching more than 900 kilometres, The Legendary Pacific Coast offers something new to explore around each turn. The rolling green hills, enchanting towns, friendly people and tourist destinations combine to create family holiday memories that last a lifetime. Those who know the hidden gems of the North Coast like the back of their hand are BIG4 Holiday Parks, with more than 20 holiday parks located right along the coast, there are so many unique experiences to be had.

Start your journey south from the top of NSW at BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park, where you can experience the wonder of the ocean on the North Coast in winter by taking the kids on a whale watching tour, before relaxing in the Park?s heated pool while the kids show you their best whale breaching impressions.

After listening to whale song, the kids can let their hair down to music of another sort at BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park?s disco under the stars. The kids can groove the night away every Saturday in the school holidays while you plan a little peace and quiet at your next stop, BIG4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park. With an onsite Tranquillity Centre, you can enjoy a calming massage as the kids burn energy and build up an appetite on the GoKarts.

Continue along the coast to BIG4 Nambucca Holiday Park for a spot of fishing straight off the park, or drive a short distance to the V-Wall for fishing there, famous for its artwork covered rocks. Reel in your dinner and create an everlasting memory by painting a rock together.

If delicious local cuisine is a holiday highlight, just a quiet 65km drive away is the inviting seaside town of South West Rocks. It?s well worth paying a visit to the road side food stalls to find distinctive local ingredients to cook up a storm at in the impressive camp kitchen at BIG4 South West Rocks whilst the kids play in the fenced pool, heated spa and playground area.

With tummies full, continue your adventure south to be entertained by the renowned buskers on the Town Green near BIG4 Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park. After grooving the day away with Port Macquarie?s local musicians, settle in for a quiet night at BIG4 Sundowner Tiona Tourist Park and watch the unbelievable sunsets that settle over Wallis Lake. Then make your way to BIG4 Karuah Jetty and experience a bird watchers paradise right outside your cabin door.

For a daring wildlife encounter, you can feed the sharks and rays only a short drive from BIG4 Soldiers Point Holiday Park at the Australian Shark and Ray centre. An exhilarating experience and the only place in the world where you can feed the creatures while in the water with them!

As you reach the final stop along your North Coast adventure, re-live all the exciting moments in the tropical resort pool complex at BIG4 NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park and plan your next holiday knowing that whatever getaway you choose, you?ll make memories to last a lifetime with BIG4.

 

SPECIAL OFFER
BIG4 North Coast New South Wales Special Offer - Stay 7 nights for the price of 6*

Available at the following BIG4 Holiday Parks

*Terms & Conditions

  • Offer expires on 30/04/2012 12:00:00 AM
  • Valid from 1 March - 30 April 2012
  • Offer only applicable at participating parks (as listed)
  • Offer not valid over the Easter long weekend (Friday 6 April - Monday 9 April inclusive)
  • Subject to availability
  • Not available with any other offer
  • Must quote or enter promo code HWK746 when booking online via BIG4.com.au or over the phone
  • Available on all accommodation types
Offer available only in one continuous stay at the participating park
Tasmania's Adventure Island 9 nights/10 days

Tasmania's Adventure Island 9 nights/10 days

Start & End: Hobart
Distance: 1135km

Day 1 - Hobart - Explore historic Battery Point and Salamanca Place. Experience the thrill of a downhill bike ride on Mt Wellington with Island Cycle Tours. Overnight Hobart.

Day 2 - Bruny Island eco-cruise - Spend the day with Bruny Island Charters and enjoy an amazing cruise from Adventure Bay along the coastline of South Bruny. See sheer-faced sea cliffs, seals, dolphins and sea eagles. Overnight Hobart.

Day 3 - Tasman Peninsula - (93km, 1 ½ hours). Explore the spectacular Tasman Peninsula and the convict history of Port Arthur. Take a cruise or an evening ghost tour. Overnight Port Arthur.

Day 4 - East Coast - (237 km, 3 hrs). Drive north along the East Coast to Freycinet National Park. Walk to Wineglass Bay, try abseiling, sea kayaking or a four-wheel motorbike tour. Overnight Freycinet.

Day 5 - East Coast to Launceston - (173 km, 2 ½ hours). Travel to Launceston. Take the chairlift ride across Cataract Gorge and discover the innovative Inveresk Cultural Precinct and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Overnight Launceston.

Day 6 - Launceston to Cradle Mountain (181 km, 2 ½ hours). Travel west to Cradle Mountain. On the way, get close to a Tasmanian devil at Trowunna Wildlife Park and tour the Marakoopa Caves to see the glow worms. Overnight Cradle Mountain.

Day 7 - Cradle Mountain - Enjoy a walk in Cradle Valley - circumnavigate Dove Lake or climb to the summit of Cradle Mountain. Indulge in a luxurious spa experience at Cradle Mountain Lodge. In the evening, take a wildlife-viewing tour. Overnight Cradle Mountain.

Day 8 - Cradle Mountain to Strahan (151km, 2 hours) Drive to Strahan - pause at Rosebery to walk to Montezuma Falls, the highest waterfall in the state. From Starhan, take an all-terrain vehicle tour to Henty Dunes or a scenic flight over the wilderness. Overnight Strahan.

Day 9 - Strahan - Take an inspiring Gordon River cruise across Macquarie Harbour - or ride the West Coast Wilderness Railway through the King River Gorge and pristine wilderness to Queenstown. Overnight Strahan.

Day 10 - Strahan to Hobart (300km, 4 hours) Start early to drive through Queenstown to Hobart. Stretch your legs at Lake St Clair. Detour to Mt Field National Park and get close to a platypus at the Something Wild Wildlife Sanctuary. End in Hobart.

Sunshine Coast Coastal Drive

Sunshine Coast Coastal Drive

Caloundra to Rainbow Beach

Start: Caloundra
End: Rainbow Beach
Distance: 206km

One of Queensland's best scenic routes has to include driving alongside the gorgeous coastline of the Sunshine Coast through to Rainbow Beach, the gateway to World Heritage Listed Fraser Island. Taking on the 206 kilometers, you should begin your journey in the coastal town of Caloundra and head north past Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore and Marcoola. Follow the coastline route past Twin Waters, Marcoola and Coolum Beach. Enjoy further coastal vistas when heading through Peregian Beach, Marcus Beach, Castaways Beach and Sunshine Beach until you reach Noosa Heads. From Noosa, head inland towards Cooroy and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, past Gympie and through the Toolara Forest before you reach your final destination of Rainbow Beach within the Cooloola Region.

Must See & Do:

  • View one of the many ships travelling along the coastline from Kings Beach or watch the kite surfers play at nearby Happy Valley
  • Make a stop at Mooloolaba and enjoy the many restaurants, cafes and boutique shops, or take the family to UnderWater World.
  • Stretch your legs and stroll along the coastal path at Alexandra Headlands to get the best views of the coastline
  • Test your golfing skills at the Hyatt Regency Coolum Golf Course - home of the Australian PGA Championships
  • Spot Australian wildlife in its natural habitat at Noosa National Park
  • Visit the Eumundi Markets who have an ethos of ?make it, bake it, grow it, or sew it' on a Wednesday or Saturday morning
  • Take a guided tour of the Gympie Gold Mining & Historical Museum
  • Feed the dolphins at Tin Can Bay near Rainbow Beach

Sunshine Coast Coastal Drive Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Caloundra to Noosa (overnight in Noosa) 68 kms
Day 2 Noosa to Rainbow Beach (overnight ) 138 kms
Brisbane to Gympie

Sunshine Coast Hinterland Drive

Brisbane to Gympie

Start: Royal National Park (Sydney)
End: Gympie
Distance: 188km

Explore the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and the hidden treasures captured within its small towns and villages. Start your journey in Brisbane and take the Bruce Highway north. Take the turn off at Beerburrum as your starting point to explore the heritage listed Glass House Mountains. Continue on to Beerwah, made famous by the Irwin family as the home of Australia Zoo then wind your way up into the Blackall Range taking in the awe inspiring views. Visit the well known towns of Maleny and Montville. Head further inland to Kenilworth and through to Imbil until you reach Gympie.

Must See & Do:

  • Walk/hike one of the many tracks and trails in the Glass House Mountains or even take one of them on and climb to the top in order to see breathtaking views of the whole of the Sunshine Coast
  • Visit Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo at Beerwah and watch one of the many live wildlife shows at the Crocoseum. Make sure you also visit the Wildlife Warriors Hospital onsite at the zoo.
  • Explore the quaint shops, art galleries, providores and souvenir shops at Maleny and Montville
  • Stay overnight in one of the many cottages and cabins scattered throughout the Hinterland and enjoy a relaxing evening by the log fire
  • Learn new skills at a hinterland cooking school such as The Long Apron in Montville, Spicer's Tamarind in Maleny or On the Ridge in Kureelpa
  • Take a detour to see Lake Baroon, a stunning waterhole encased within the lush green hills
  • Take a guided tour of the Gympie Gold Mining & Historical Museum

Sunshine Coast Hinterland Drive Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Brisbane (CBD) to Maleny (overnight in Maleny/Montville ) 92 kms
Day 2 Maleny to Gympie (overnight ) 96 kms
Grand Pacific Drive

Grand Pacific Drive

Start: Royal National Park (Sydney)
End: Bomaderry/Nowra
Distance: 140km

Grand Pacific Drive is the award winning coastal drive encompassing 140km of some of the most spectacular scenery and coastline in NSW. From the Royal National Park (world's second oldest) to Wollongong and onto Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven, the route traverses through dramatic coastal scenery, quaint villages, over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge and through the bustling city of Wollongong. Experience Grand Pacific Drive's ?beyond' into the Southern Highlands, Canberra and the South Coast.

Must See & Do:

  • Drive through the spectacular Royal National Park
  • Stop at the magnificent 'Bald Hill' lookout
  • Park and walk over the Sea Cliff Bridge
  • Enjoy Wollongong's beaches and thriving restaurant/cafes precincts
  • Visit Nan Tien Temple - the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Visit Kiama Blowhole or try some local wine at nearby wineries
  • Visit the spectacular Seven Mile Beach
  • Enjoy some side trips to Mt Keira, Minnamurra Rainforest or Lake Illawarra

Grand Pacific Drive Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Sydney (CBD) to Wollongong (overnight Wollongong) 90 kms
Day 2 Wollongong to Shoalhaven (overnight Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama or Shoalhaven) 77 kms
Day 3 Shoalhaven to Southern Highlands via Berry & Kangaroo Valley (overnight Southern Highlands) 72 kms
Day 4 Southern Highlands to Canberra (overnight Canberra or return to Sydney)  
Toowoomba, Western Downs and Surrounds

Toowoomba, Western Downs and Surrounds

Start: Brisbane
End: Toowoomba
Distance: 1,170km

Relax and enjoy country hospitality and scenery at its finest with this fantastic touring route through the Western and Darling Downs. The Western Downs are now looking better than ever after the recent rains, and there is no better time to visit. This route takes you through a beautiful and varied landscape from breathtaking mountain scenery to flat, grassy plains, past winding rivers and through tree-lined country towns.

Must See & Do:

  • Relax by the Macintyre River in Goondiwindi.
  • Experience inland fishing at its best in St George and surrounds.
  • Learn about Roma's heritage and oil mining history on the Historical Walk.
  • Enjoy some great country hospitality with a pub lunch in Dalby.
  • Explore the unique landscape of the Bunya Mountains National Park on the well-maintained walking tracks.
  • Take in a show, shop or have a picnic in one of Toowoomba's beautiful parks.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Brisbane to Toowoomba (overnight Toowoomba) 126 kms
Day 2 Toowoomba to Goondiwindi (overnight Goondiwindi) 222 kms
Day 3 Goondiwindi to St George (overnight St George) 201 kms
Day 4 St George to Roma (overnight Roma) 196 kms
Day 5 Roma to Bunya Mountains National Park (overnight Bunya Mountains or Kumbia) 293 kms
Day 6 Bunya Mountains National Park to Toowoomba (overnight Toowoomba) 132 kms
The Great Southern Touring Route

The Great Southern Touring Route

Start & End: Melbourne, Victoria
Distance: 807 kilometres

This amazing self-drive touring route offers the very best of Victoria’s attractions, coastal scenery, cities and towns, history and heritage all in a flexible, compact, touring package. Starting from Melbourne, the city that prides itself on being a great city, the route can be traversed clockwise or anti-clockwise, and provides unlimited opportunities to journey off the official path at any point to explore even more of the region’s extraordinary attractions.

The Great Ocean Road:
Geelong, less than an hour from Melbourne, is beautifully nestled on the shores of Corio Bay. The city’s new waterfront is a popular highlight. You can take a pleasant detour to the seaside village of Queenscliff. Then drive the spectacular Great Ocean Road from Torquay, Australia’s surf capital, through the Mediterranean-style resort of Lorne to Apollo Bay, paradise by the sea, and the Great Otway National Park.

As the Great Ocean Road continues into the rugged Shipwreck Coast region, where scores of ships have been wrecked in the treacherous coastal waters, the majesty of the Port Campbell National Park, home of the famous Twelve Apostles, begins to unfold. Blowholes roar while the sea boils around towering rock stacks.

The Grampians:
The Great Southern Touring Route leaves the coast near Port Fairy and heads north toward the Grampians National Park. Character-packed towns along the way provide a glimpse of Australian rural life. Nearing the Grampians, the enormity of the ranges becomes apparent as they begin to dominate the horizon.

Ballarat Gold fields and spa Country:
Following the Western Highway into the major regional city of Ballarat. The city is at the centre of a region filled with a fascinating and sometimes rowdy golden past, and gateway to the sparkling attractions of Spa Country. Gold was first discovered in the 1850s, leaving a lasting legacy of beautiful streetscapes in the region’s cities and towns.

Five Days on the Great Southern Touring Route

Day 1 Melbourne to Lorne 140 kms
Day 2 Lorne to Warrnambool 208 kms
Day 3 Warrnambool to Halls Gap 196 kms
Day 4 Halls Gap to Ballarat 148 kms
Day 5 Ballarat to Melbourne 115 kms

For more information please phone 1300 655 990 or visit www.greatsoutherntouring.com.au

Melbourne Adelaide Touring Route

Melbourne Adelaide Touring Route

Route: Melbourne Adelaide
Distance: 1,073 kilometres (coast) 1,018 kilometres (inland)
Suggested Time: 4 Days

From Melbourne, travel along the Great Ocean Road through the coastal towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell and Warrnambool. The drive reveals dramatic coastal scenery, especially near Port Campbell where the famous Twelve Apostles are located.

Continue to Mount Gambier, surrounded by ancient volcanic sinkholes and crater lakes, including the spectacular Blue Lake. From Mount Gambier, choose to travel along the coast or venture inland.

Coast
Visit small fishing ports of Port MacDonnell, Beachport and Robe, centres for lobster-fishing fleets. Follow the road beside the Coorong National Park, a haven for bird-life, and on the way stop to learn about the local Aboriginal culture. Continue through Meningie to Wellington where you cross the Murray River and travel to Strathalbyn.

Inland
Travel north to the historic town of Penola and the world-famous Coonawarra wine district, renowned for its red wine varieties. Visit the impressive Naracoorte Caves World Heritage Fossil Site, to see the latest Australian mega fauna unearthed in this active fossil site. Continue onto Tailem Bend to cross the Murray River and travel to Strathalbyn.

From Strathalbyn travel to Goolwa and join a river cruise that takes you to the mouth of the Murray River and into the Coorong. Visit the popular seaside town of Victor Harbor and catch the Horse Drawn Tram to Granite Island, renowned for its Little Penguin colony. Continue onto Adelaide, via McLaren Vale with plenty of opportunities to sample local produce and wine, or travel to Kangaroo Island via the ferry which departs from Cape Jervis.

The Great Alpine Road

The Great Alpine Road

Route: Bairnsdale to Wangaratta
Distance: 308 kilometres

Experience the Great Alpine Road, one of the great touring routes of Australia.
For more than 300 kilometres, discover the splendour of valleys, mountains, forests, rivers and ocean; one of the finest and most diverse combinations of scenery imaginable in the country. It’s adventure… it’s stylish… it’s fascinating… above all, it’s one of the great touring experiences.

Highlights:

  • Touring Routes: Six touring routes on sealed roads reveal many sights and experiences which are often just a short drive from the main road. History, regional food and wine, mountain vistas, adventure activities, little-known back country roads and the southern hemisphere’s biggest network of inland waterways just waiting to be discovered.
  • Summer in the High Country: Victoria’s alpine areas are the height of adventure in summer, with activities ranging from downhill thrills on mountain bikes to mastering the art of fly fishing in alpine streams.
  • Explore the National Parks: The Alpine National Park is the high point of your Great Alpine Road journey which peaks at 1825m over Mt Hotham. Just 30 minutes from the Great Alpine Road, the Mt Buffalo National Park is one of Australia’s oldest.
  • Ride or Walk the Rail Trails: The Murray to Mountains and East Gippsland Rail Trails promise spectacular rural scenery, superb local produce and a living history easily accessible from the Great Alpine Road.
Gourmet Food and Wine Drive 130 kms
Golden Heritage Drive 140 kms
Great Alpine Discovery Drive 90 kms (36km unsealed)
Mt Buffalo Drive 54 km
Wine and Gold Drive 27 km
Gippsland Lakes Drive 88 km

For more information please visit www.greatalpineroad.info

Outback & Sapphire Gemfields Loop

(Departing from Rockhampton)
Duration: From 1 - 4 Nights

Explore the road less travelled and enjoy a detour full of surprises. The stretch of highway between Rockhampton and Mackay is known as being a little less than exciting and a trend is starting to emerge among travellers to partake in an exciting detour via the Sapphire Gemfields, just West of Rockhampton before heading North to Mackay.

Rockhampton
From Rockhampton, follow the Capricorn Highway west towards Emerald. This drive boasts stunning scenery and easy access to Blackdown Tableland National Park.

Blackdown Tableland National Park (2 hours)
Located just outside of Blackwater, Blackdown Tableland is a popular overnight destination for campervans and tents. The National Park has stunning bushwalks, swimming holes, and aboriginal artwork.

Sapphire Gemfields (2 hours or 3.5 hours from Rockhampton)
The Sapphire Gemfields located just west of Emerald are literally a hidden treasure and is a true Outback experience within a short drive of the East coast. With a variety of accommodation options and some award winning jewellery galleries, that would rival those of Sydney & the Gold Coast, this area is the richest and largest sapphire fields in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you can enjoy tours of small underground sapphire mines and even try your hand in one of the local fossicking parks. For a more 'hands-on' experience join a full day tag-a-long tour. Everyone who visits the Gemfields is sure to leave with a souvenir sapphire!

Sapphire Gemfields - Mackay (4.5 hours)
From the Sapphire Gemfields, continue your journey north following the Peak Downs Highway. Enjoy stunning views of Peak Range and be sure to take a break in the country town of Capella before continuing your journey on to Mackay. This highway is abundant with native wildlife, and livestock roam freely throughout the Gemfields region so caution is needed when driving.

More Time?
Venture 3.5 hours south of the Sapphire Gemfields to unforgettable Carnarvon Gorge - its grandeur which will leave you breathless. Carnarvon is famous for its deep sandstone gorge, spectacular cliffs, moss gardens and a variety of fauna and flora. The ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, including the most extensive examples of stencilling in Queensland, are at least 19,000 years old. Ensure you leave yourself ample time to enjoy this special part of Australia. Deluxe cabins and camping facilities are available.

Rockhampton's Geo History

(Departing from Rockhampton)
Duration: From 0 - 3 Nights

Rockhampton
From Rockhampton head west along the Capricorn Highway and take a short detour to the historic township of Mount Morgan.

Mount Morgan (35 minutes)
Discover the rich gold mining heritage of Mount Morgan - one of the world's most important gold discoveries! Here you have the chance to view 200 million year old Jurassic Dinosaur footprints up close, on the ceiling of old mining caves with TMC Guided Tours.

Mount Hay (20 minutes from Mount Morgan or Rockhampton)
Find a great memento a little further along the highway at Mount Hay Gemstone Park. A result of volcanic activity millions of years ago, Mt Hay is home to the famous "Thunder-Egg". A hands-on fossicking experience will give you the chance to not only find these unique stones but also have them cut and polished to take with you as your own souvenir.

Capricorn Coast & Islands

(Departing from Rockhampton)
Duration: From 0 - 3 Nights

Rockhampton
From Rockhampton take a short 20 minute drive North to the friendly township of 'The Caves'.

Capricorn Caves
Visit the award winning Capricorn Caves just north of Rockhampton and take a journey through Queensland's largest privately owned caves. Follow the Scenic Highway on to the Capricorn Coast.

Yeppoon (45 minutes)
The gateway to the Capricorn Coast, Yeppoon is a magical beachside community, well known for its delicious seafood. Take time to explore the coastline and the safe swimming beaches. Don't miss a sailing charter or day cruise to the Keppel Bay of Islands and visit the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Accommodation options are available on Great Keppel Island & Pumpkin Island.

Emu Park (15 minutes)
Along the Scenic Highway lie 13 of Queensland's most beautiful beaches. Take the coastal walk at Kemp Beach for magnificent views across the sparkling ocean to the Keppel Islands. Emu Park is also home to the Singing Ship, a soaring white sculpture on the headland, designed as a monument to Captain Cook.

Koorana Crocodile Farm (15 minutes)
As you make your way back to Rockhampton from Emu Park, be sure to visit the Koorana Crocodile Farm. The excitement of seeing a crocodile feeding is something you won't match anywhere. From February to Easter you may also see baby crocs hatch! A perfect spot for lunch - croc burgers are the house specialty! Evening dining and spotlight tours are also available for groups.

More Time?
Venture 30 minutes North of Yeppoon & immerse yourself in the Byfield Rainforest. Enjoy world class Pottery galleries, Rainforest Retreats & Canoe Adventures.

More Australian Touring Routes

Matilda Touring Route

The Matilda Highway
Start: Sydney, New South Wales,
End: Karumba, Gulf of Carpentaria
Distance: 2,725 kilometres

The Matilda Highway is a place of colourful characters, remarkable history and a landscape endless in time and space. This is a place where dinosaurs left their footprints, ancient culture was recorded on rock faces and people will say g'day and share a yarn.

Savannah Way Touring Route

4WD Adventures - The Savannah Way
Start: Cairns, Tropical North Qld,
End: Broome, Western Aust.
Distance: 3,609 kilometres

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.

Cairns to Cape York Touring Route

4WD Adventures - Cairns to Cape York
Start: Cairns, Tropical North Qld
End: Cape York
Distance: 921 kilometres

If you love bushwalking, four wheel driving, wildlife, fishing, birdwatching or camping then Cape York is the place for you. The Cape York region is one of the largest wilderness areas in the world that remains relatively untouched, maintaining its original beauty and a variety of sights.

Pacific Coast Touring Route

Pacific Coast Touring route
Start: Port Douglas, Tropical North Qld
End: Gold Coast, South East Qld
Distance: 1,928 kilometres

From swaying palm trees to sandy white beaches, the Pacific Coast Touring Route is a drive that will put you in touch with Australia's love affair with the ocean. Learn to dive, snorkel with turtles, watch humpback whales, try white water rafting or even sail a yacht. On the Pacific Coast Touring Route the journey truly is the destination!

The Great Murray Touring Route

The Great Murray & Outback Touring Route
Start: Melbourne, Victoria,
End: Broken Hill, Outback New South Wales
Distance: 768 kilometres

Mildura & Murray Outback will overwhelm your senses. From the outback city of Broken Hill stretching south through the ancient deserts to Mildura and Swan Hill on the shores of the Murray River, this region has so much to offer.

The Overlander's Touring Route

The Overlander's Way
Start: Townsville, North Queensland,
End: Tennant Creek, Central Australia
Distance: 1,563 kilometres (2,071 kms to Alice Springs)

Linking the Great Barrier Reef to Outback Queensland, The Overlander's Way will give you a unique insight into Australia's proud pioneering history and culture that gives Australia its charm. The fully sealed highway travels into the heart of Northern Territory, offering adverture seekers an unforgettable journey from the reef all the way to the 'rock' (Uluru), in the centre of Australia.

The Great Inland Touring Route

The Great Inland Way
Start: Sydney, New South Wales
End: Cairns, Tropical North Qld
Distance: 2,653 kilometres

The only way to really appreciate the size and history of this big country is to head inland. Travel from Sydney to Dubbo in central New South Wales all the way to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. The Great Inland Way will show you sprawling rural homesteads, outback country pubs, gold mining towns, craggy volcanic peaks and ancient rock art.

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