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Australia's Great Road Trips

View Poll Results: Which road trips have you done?
The Big Lap: Circumnavigation of the island.
0
0%
The Great Ocean Road, Vic
75.00%
Gibb River Road, WA
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0%
Tasmania's East Coast
25.00%
Cairns to Cape York, Qld
12.50%
Perth to Ningaloo, WA
12.50%
Great Alpine Road, Vic
50.00%
The Savannah Way
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0%
The Nullarbor, SA
12.50%
Pacific Coast, NSW & Qld
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Australia's Great Road Trips

Old May 9th 2022, 1:01 pm
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As a recent immigrant I thought it behoves me to venture a little bit further than my local liquor store or servo, or an expedition to the office even, and actually get out to see some of this great country. I was interested in which trips people have done, their views on which they enjoyed most or others they would recommend.

I think it beats watching two old men shout at each other on telly anyway. 😉

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As a recent immigrant I thought it behoves me to venture a little bit further than my local liquor store or servo, or an expedition to the office even, and actually get out to see some of this great country. I was interested in which trips people have done, their views on which they enjoyed most or others they would recommend.

I think it beats watching two old men shout at each other on telly anyway. 😉
Not done it as a road trip, but I have travelled by coach up and down Tassies east coast, staying in various little towns. Stunning scenery, lovely people, very peaceful. Bicheno, Triabunna and Scamander are my favourites. The west coast is equally great but not so accessible, and is wilder, both in scenery and weatherwise.
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As tourists a few years ago we drove from Melbourne to Adelaide over 4 days/3 nights. Night stops in Torquay, Port Campbell
in Vic, and Mount Gambier in SA.
Lots of impromptu short stops en-route.
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Canberra to Perth return solo for a race meeting in a car without cruise control. I was younger and sillier then…
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I don't think I've done any of those on the list - though a friend and I drove from Brisbane down to Wangaratta and back via Sydney and Kosciuszko in 1962, camping along the way. And my wife and I drove in a convoy of six or seven cars from Perth to Port Hedland on Highway 95 (which was mostly gravel, then; not much bitumen) in 1971 - also camping - and back down the coast road: Highway 1, Google tells me. It took about a week each way, if I recall correctly. We also drove around Tasmania for a week in 1975, but that was just in and out with no real purpose. All good stuff.

I wouldn't like to drive across the Nullabor. We took the train from Melbourne to Perth in late '70. Much easier!
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+1 The great ocean road. Alice Springs to Uluru is also a good drive, especially if you go via Kings Canyon
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I wouldn't like to drive across the Nullabor. We took the train from Melbourne to Perth in late '70. Much easier!
Wife doesn't like the train unfortunately, says it makes her feel sick. Wouldn't be so bad but she falls asleep in the car and starts drooling on the upholstery or loses sticky food items under the seats which only get retrieved months later when your reaching around blindly trying to find something else.
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Oh dear. a bit of bad luck there, Charism! We loved the train journey - and marvelled that the view out of the window was exactly the same two mornings in a row.

I've also wanted to cross Canada by train - for the same reason as for the Nullabor: boring scenery. Reportedly, it's all wheatfields, until you reach the Rockies (coming from the east, this is), and drivers have difficulty staying awake. I'd like to do the cross-Siberian rail-trip too, but never quite made it. There's a great book about train journeys, for those who like that sort of thing. It's "The Old Patagonian Express", by Paul Theroux. Written some time in the '70s. it tells of his trips from the USA down to the bottom of Sough America. It's many years since I read it, but I recall the pleasure I got from reading it. He wrote some other books about train travel - I've only just remembered that, If you Google "Paul Theroux books" you'll find a list of them.
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A couple of other Australian road trips I have done not on the list - both from Melbourne:
  • Up through central VIC/NSW/QLD to Cairns then back down the coast
  • Up to Broken Hill via Mildura, across to Port Augusta then back along the coast
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Oh dear. a bit of bad luck there, Charism! We loved the train journey - and marvelled that the view out of the window was exactly the same two mornings in a row.
And you can drink!

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Oh dear. a bit of bad luck there, Charism! We loved the train journey - and marvelled that the view out of the window was exactly the same two mornings in a row.

I've also wanted to cross Canada by train - for the same reason as for the Nullabor: boring scenery. Reportedly, it's all wheatfields, until you reach the Rockies (coming from the east, this is), and drivers have difficulty staying awake. I'd like to do the cross-Siberian rail-trip too, but never quite made it. There's a great book about train journeys, for those who like that sort of thing. It's "The Old Patagonian Express", by Paul Theroux. Written some time in the '70s. it tells of his trips from the USA down to the bottom of Sough America. It's many years since I read it, but I recall the pleasure I got from reading it. He wrote some other books about train travel - I've only just remembered that, If you Google "Paul Theroux books" you'll find a list of them.
My dad had always wanted to do the train journey from Perth to Sydney when he read about the Indian Pacific train journey as a young lad he eventually “booked” his tickets in the UK (he said it was cheaper to do so) he then came out to visit (his annual visits to us) stayed with us for 6 weeks and headed off on his train journey (he was 80) when he arrived in Sydney (which he thought was wonderful…he just loved Aussies and their attitude) he said he was glad he made the train journey but he did find it boring after the first 1.5 days.
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The Pacific Coast choice is a bit of a tricky one. Whilst the coast is beautiful, the road or motorway as it is now rarely sights the coast. It's constant exiting the motorway for the beauty.

I did a road trip from Sydney to Adelaide via Albury once. I thought the leg from Albury to Swan Hill following the Murray was quite amazing. The food bowl of Australia.
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. I thought the leg from Albury to Swan Hill following the Murray was quite amazing. The food bowl of Australia.

If you are a golfer there are some great country courses along there too.
  • Albury
  • Howlong
  • Corowa
  • Yarrawonga & Black Bull
  • Cobram/Barooga
  • Tocumwal
  • Deniliquin
  • Rich River (Moama)
  • Barham
  • Murray Downs
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