Planning to visit Australia? In my opinion, the best way to see what this vast country of ours has to offer is to take one of these classic road trips in Australia. Especially if you have kids like us, road trips make family travel more practical, cost effective and allow for so much flexibility. 14 best road trips in Australia Uluru is a must see when you are planning a road trip in Australia We can’t rate an Australian road trip highly enough as a memorable travel experience. We like nothing more than throwing our bags in the back, putting some tunes on and hitting the open road. Instead of flying from point A to B and missing everything in between, the journey becomes just as memorable as the destination. We completed an 18-month road trip around Australia and this post breaks down our best road trips in Australia. But, even if you follow our two week vacation itinerary or three week itinerary for Australia, each of these Australian road trips can be driven in a 1-2 week period but for some of them, we recommend you take longer! 1. Great Ocean Road, Victoria The Twelve Apostles – Great Ocean Road, Australia The Twelve Apostles If I only had one piece of advice for driving the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, I would say don’t just rush to see the 12 Apostles for your tourist snap. Slow down and appreciate all this drive has to offer. AD Certainly, don’t drive it in one day like the tourist buses do from Melbourne. It deserves at least a few days. The Great Ocean Road is not only one of the famous road trips in Australia, but around the world as one of the best drives on the planet. Beginning one hour outside of Melbourne in Torquay, this drive stretches over 250-kilometres to Warrnambool and offers stunning coastal scenery, wildlife, waterfalls, hiking and beach side towns. AD Great Ocean Road Trip Highlights: great ocean road road trip map Great Ocean road road trip map AD 12 Apostles Loch Ard Gorge Port Campbell National Park Apollo Bay Read more 16 highlights of the Great Ocean Road YHA Apollo Bay Review Mantra Lorne Review – great place to stay on the GOR Looking for accommodation along the Great Ocean Road? has over 250 properties to choose from. Check the prices now for your dates of travel AD 2. Red Centre Way, Northern Territory Red Centre Way – West MacDonnel Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia Road tripping the Red Centre Way AD You can’t have a list of the best road trips in Australia without visiting the Outback. You’ll find it in almost every Australian state. The Red Centre is a drive in the Northern Territory you don’t want to miss. And instead of taking the Stuart Highway between Uluru and Alice Springs, consider taking the scenic route along the Red Centre Way and discover brilliant landscapes, gorges, canyons, camping and hiking trails of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Allow yourself plenty of time to take in the wonder of Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta, it really is the heart of Australia and there is more than one way to experience it. AD Red Centre Way Highlights: Sunset at Uluru in the Red Centre of Australia Uluru sunset AD Uluru Kata Tjuta Kings Canyon Glen Helen Gorge Related posts: 9 ways to experience the magic of Uluru Yes, you can do the Kings Canyon Rim Walk with kids Surprised by the West MacDonnell Ranges 34 Fun things to do in the Northern Territory Looking for accommodation in the Northern Territory? has over 170 properties to choose from. Check the prices now for your dates of travel AD Check out these road trip tips with kids: 3. The Savannah Way Road Trip, Queensland Boodjamulla National Park – Queensland, Australia Boodjamulla National Park AD The Savannah Way is one of the ultimate road trips in Australia across the top part of the country, stretching from Cairns in Queensland to Broome in Western Australia. That’s from East to West for those who don’t know, taking in a whopping 3,700 km. So far we’ve only driven the Savannah Way from Cairns to the Northern Territory border, but it was a highlight of our time exploring the northern section of Outback Queensland. AD Savannah Way Road Trip Highlights: Savannah Way Queensland road trip map Savannah Way Queensland road trip map AD Millaa Millaa Falls Undara Lava Tubes Cobbold Gorge Boodjamulla National Park Read more: Introducing the Undara Lava Tubes Is Boodjamulla National Park Queensland’s best kept secret? Ultimate guide to driving the Savannah Way AD 4. Cairns to Cape Tribulation Road Trip, QLD Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park – Queensland, Australia Cape Tribulation – great Australian road trip AD Tropical North Queensland has to be one of the most enchanting regions in Australia, if not the world. It’s home to two of our countries most iconic natural wonders; the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The best time to visit Tropical North Queensland is during the winter months when it’s not so humid and you avoid stinger season, although it might feel like the whole south of the country has migrated north with you. The Cairns to Cape Tribulation is one of the most popular road trips in Australia. The adventurous can go further up to Cape York! It’s on our bucket list for when we return! AD Cairns to Cape Tribulation road trip Cairns to Cape Tribulation Road Trip AD Cairns to Cape Tribulation Road Trip Highlights: Great Barrier Reef Port Douglas Mossman Gorge Cape Tribulation