Australia is a huge country full of hidden places and with a lot of charm. Traveling through Australia in a caravan or motorhome is one of the best ways to travel the country: without haste, at your own pace and enjoying each of the little details of the way, without having to wait to reach the destination so that the trip is unforgettable.

In this article we leave you the 9 best routes to travel Australia by motor

All the maps in the article have been prepared by ourselves and are public so that you can open it on your computer or mobile phone and take it with you during your route through Australia . In all the maps we have indicated the road route and the places that we consider most important to see on the way, that you enjoy them a lot 🙂

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  1. Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is undoubtedly one of our favorite Australian routes . It begins in the town of Torquay, about an hour from Melbourne, and stretches for about 270 km kilometers along the coastline and enjoying spectacular ocean views. It is one of the most famous routes to travel through Australia by motorhome or car.

Twelve Apostles Great Ocean road Victoria

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Technical data of the route:

  • Departure Point: Torquay
  • Arrival point: Port Fairy
  • Distance: approximately 278 kilometers
  • Estimated days: 3 days to fully enjoy all the stops on the route.
  • Best time to do the route: From November to April

Map

On the map, in addition to the road route, we have indicated the points of interest that we have considered the most important.

 Mandatory stops on the route:

  • Torquay
  • Bells beach
  • Lorne
  • Triplet falls
  • Kennett river
  • Apollo Bay
  • Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Gibson Steps
  • Twelve Apostles - Visitor Facility
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Port Campbell
  • The Arch
  • London bridge
  • The Grotto
  • Bay of martyrs

Sunset Gibson Steps Great Ocean Road. Road Route

The best way to travel the Great Ocean Road is by renting a car, for which we recommend that you take a look at the Airport Rentals search engine to find the best price.

If you are looking for accommodation, you can search for it through Booking.com, which has more than 450 accommodations available on the Great Ocean Road. The accommodation that we liked the most on this route was the Apollo Bay Eco YHA

  1. Sydney to Melbourne

This is another of our favorite routes through Australia, a true wonder for lovers of the ocean and water sports such as surfing, kitesurfing and kayaking.

Whether you are living in Australia and want to do this route in sections, or if you come to tour Australia by motorhome on the way from Sydney to Melbourne, there are incredible places that you cannot miss.

Technical data of the route:

  • Departure Point: Sydney
  • End point: Melbourne
  • Distance: 1,110 km approximately
  • Estimated days: If you want to really enjoy the route by car or caravan, we advise you to dedicate at least 10 days to it.
  • Best time of year to do the route: From November to the beginning of March

Map

Here is a map so you can do the route on your own. We have also pointed out our favorite stops.

Most spectacular places on the route:

  • Sydney
  • Cronulla
  • Bundeena
  • Royal national park
  • Wattamolla Beach
  • Sea Cliff Bridge
  • Wollongong
  • Killalea Beach
  • Killalea State Park «The Farm»
  • Mystics Beach (Minnamurra Beach)
  • Minnamurra
  • Budderoo National Park
  • Minnamurra Rainforest Center
  • Kiama
  • Gerringong
  • Gerroa
  • Seven mile beach
  • The Famous Berry Donut Van
  • Kangaroo Valley
  • Hyams Beach
  • Booderee National Park
  • Cave Beach Camping Ground
  • Cave beach
  • Scottish Rocks
  • Lake Conjola
  • Pebbly Beach
  • Batemans Bay
  • Surf beach
  • Tuross Head
  • Narooma
  • Montague Island Light Station
  • Mystery Bay
  • Glass House Rock
  • Tilba Tilba
  • Mimosa Wines
  • Bermagui
  • Bega
  • Tathra
  • Kianinny Boat Ramp
  • Kangarutha Track
  • Hobart Beach
  • North Tura Beach
  • Merimbula
  • Pambula Beach
  • Eden
  • Ben Boyd National Park
  • Gipsy point
  • Croajingolong National Park
  • Cape Conran Coastal Park
  • Gippsland Lakes
  • Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve
  • Walhalla Historic Area
  • Fish creek
  • Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park
  • Phillip island
  • Mornington
  • Melbourne

Girl Hyams Beach Jervis Bay NSW Australia

3. From Brisbane to Cairns.

Although this route along the east coast of Australia passes some of the most impressive places we have seen in Australia, the road itself is a bit boring because it does not have direct views of the ocean, but the stops along the way are spectacular. It is probably the most famous route to travel Australia by motorhome.

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Technical data of the route:

  • Departure Point: Brisbane
  • End point: Cairns
  • Distance: approximately 1,820 km
  • Estimated days: 10 days minimum to be able to stop on the road and do an excursion
  • Best time of year to do the route: You can do this route throughout the year, but if you really like the heat from October to March, then these are the best months for you.

Map

What to visit when you are doing the route from Brisbane to Cairns:

  • Brisbane
  • Noosa Heads
  • Great Sandy National Park
  • Rainbow beach
  • Fraser Island
  • Lake McKenzie
  • Bargara
  • Mon Repos Beach
  • Cape Hillsborough National Park
  • Airlie beach
  • Whitehaven beach
  • Bowen
  • Mission Beach
  • Wallaman falls
  • Cairns

Noosa. Best motorhome routes in Australia

We did this route in a motorhome and we loved the experience. To search for a motorhome you can use the Motorhome Republic comparator .

4. Cainrs, Daintree Rainforest and Atherton Tablelands

If you are not going to spend a lot of time in Australia and you cannot spend weeks touring Australia by road, another option is to take a plane to Cairns, rent a car and from there travel the entire Tropical North of Queensland, which is wonderful.

routes to explore Australia by motorhome or car: Tropical North Queensland

Technical data of the route:

  • Departure Point: Cairns Airport
  • Arrival point: Cairns Airport
  • Distance: Circular Route
  • Estimated days: 3 - 4 days.
  • Best time of year to do the route: You will find better time in the dry season from May to October . If you don't mind getting a little wet because you're going to spend a lot of your time in the water, making the trip from November to April isn't a bad option either, at least you'll find fewer tourists.

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What to see in Tropical North Queensland

  • Cairns City
  • Kuranda
  • Palm cove
  • Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
  • Port douglas
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Mossman gorge
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Josephine falls

Australian Road Routes: Atherton Tablelands

We toured the Tropical North of Queensland with a rental car and we recommend that you take a look at the Airport Rentals search engine to find the best price.

If you are looking for accommodation you can search through Booking.com which has more than 400 accommodations available in Cairns and more than 230 in Port Douglas .

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5. From Sydney to Brisbane

This is one of the most popular Road Trips to travel part of the east coast of Australia by motorhome or motorhome, it is a route full of wonderful beaches and natural parks, if you want to know a little more what you are going to find on this route we will explain it all in our article: From Sydney to Brisbane: The Legendary Pacific Coast.

If you are a beach goer, you like nature and you choose the right time of year (especially in summer or near summer) and visit the places that we are going to recommend, I assure you that this road trip will be unforgettable. One of the most famous routes to travel Australia by motorhome.

Australia motorhome road tours: Surfers Paradise

Technical data of the route:

  • Departure Point: Sydney
  • End point: Brisbane
  • Distance: 1,100 km approximately
  • Estimated days: 1 week and if you can extend it to two much better.
  • Best time of year to do the route: January and February

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Recommended places to see along the way :

  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
  • Palm beach
  • Bouddi National Park
  • Copacabana Beach
  • Central Coast
  • Terrigal beach
  • The Entrance
  • Frazer Beach
  • Stockton Beach
  • Tomaree Mountain
  • Nelson bay
  • Hunter Valley Visitor Information Center
  • Seal Rocks
  • Elizabeth beach
  • Port Macquarie
  • Tacking Point Lighthouse
  • Crescent head
  • Coffs Harbor
  • Yamba
  • Byron bay
  • Nimbin
  • Snapper Rocks
  • Gold coast
  • Surfers paradise
  • Brisbane City

Australia motorhome road tours: Gold Coast

6. Darwin: Road Trip through Northern Australia

This is another road trip through Australia that you can do in a week. Take a flight to Darwin, rent a 4 x 4 and enjoy the wild north of Australia. The best is to tour Katherine Gorge and the Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.

I have to admit that this route surprised me a lot, I did not expect that I liked the north of Australia so much and I found it impressive, just what I had in my mind when I thought about the wild part of Australia : A spectacular landscape and a hilarious place to pass few days.

Kakadu National Park. Tour Australia by car

Technical data of the route:

  • Starting Point: Darwin
  • Arrival point: Darwin
  • Distance: Circular Route. About 1,200 km approximately
  • Estimated days: 1 week
  • Best time of year to do the route: From June to October, in the dry season .

Map

Recommended places to see on the way and waterfalls in which to take a bath:

  • Anbangbang Rock Shelter
  • Nadab Lookout
  • Gunwarddehwarde Lookout
  • Yellow water
  • Jim Jim Falls
  • Barramundi Gorge Waterfall
  • Gunlom Waterfall Creek
  • Katherine gorge
  • Magnetic Termite Mounds
  • Florence Falls
  • Buley rockhole
  • Tolmer falls
  • Wangi falls
  • Darwin

Northern Australia Route. Jim Jim Falls

The best way to do this route is to rent a 4 × 4 on your own, for which we recommend that you take a look at the Airport Rentals search engine to find the best price.

7 . Road Trip Canberra and Snowy Mountains (Kosciusko National Park)

This Road Trip is one of the great unknown of Australia, a road route that will surprise you for its beauty and for the few travelers you will find on the way.

We did this route through the interior of Australia by chance, improvising along the way and we liked it so much that we did not stop expanding it and we ended up arriving in Sydney a day later than we expected and at 11 at night.

Here we leave you our entire journey so you can replicate it and enjoy it as much as we do.

Best routes to explore Austalia by road. Snowy mountains

Technical data of the route:

  • Departure Point: Canberra
  • End point: Canberra
  • Distance: approximately 706 km
  • Estimated Days: 3 - 4 Days
  • Best time of year to do the route: In spring. From the end of October to the beginning of December.

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The best stops:

  • Canberra
  • Jindabyne
  • Thredbo
  • Kosciuszko Walk
  • Summit Walk
  • Charlotte Pass
  • Rainbow lake
  • Yarrangobilly caves
  • Yarrangobilly Thermal Pool
  • Black Perry Lookout
  • Jugiong

Yarrangobilly Caves Kosciusko National Park Australia road routes

The best way to do this route is by renting a car, for which we recommend that you take a look at the Airport Rentals search engine to find the best price.

If you are looking for accommodation, you can search through Booking.com, which has more than 300 accommodations available in the Snowy Mountains area.

8. Western Australia Broome - Karijini National Park - Ningaloo Reef

We confess, we have not yet made this route along the west coast of Australia, but we are looking forward to catching a flight to Broome, renting a motorhome and touring this entire area of ​​Western Australia.

We have been told about the wonders of Broome and the way that you can enjoy the beaches and the most beautiful landscapes in the world . I dream every day of being able to see those sunsets on the west coast of Australia, there is less. It is one of the most famous routes to travel through Australia by motorhome.

Tour Australia by motorhome. Western australia

Technical data of the route:

  • Departure Point: Broome
  • End point: Broome
  • Distance: 3,000 km
  • Estimated days: Minimum of 10 days to enjoy the beach and the Karijini National Park, if you can two weeks even better.
  • Best time of year to do the route: It is better to avoid this region during the summer months, because it is the rainy season in this part of the country and because it is too hot. May to September would be the best months to do this road trip .

Whale shark season at Ningaloo Reef runs from late March to late July. If you are planning to swim with these curious animals, plan your trip around these dates.

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The best stops:

  • Broome
  • Karijini National Park
  • Coral bay
  • Ningaloo Reef Dive & Snorkel
  • Sandy bay
  • Cable Beach

Western Australia. Karijini National Park

This route is ideal to do with a motorhome, with the Motorhome Republic comparator you can find the best price among the companies that rent motorhomes in Australia.

9. Tasmania by road

And in this selection of the best routes through Australia by road we could not forget Tasmania. We propose a 10-day route to discover the city of Hobart, the East Coast of Tasmania, Launceston and the wild West Coast.

If you prefer to take a shorter route because you are short on time, you can also finish this Road Trip in Launceston and leave the West Coast of Tasmania for other trips, as you prefer.

Road routes, Tasmania Australia

Technical data of the route:

  • Departure Point: Hobart
  • End point: Hobart
  • Distance: 1,418 km
  • Estimated days: 10 days.
  • Best time of the year to do this route: Although Tasmania can be visited throughout the year, we advise you to avoid the winter months of June, July and August because the days are shorter and you will have less time to go hiking and enjoy the scenery.

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Places of interest :

  • Hobart
  • Port Arthur
  • Hazards Beach
  • Bicheno
  • Bruny island
  • Freycinet National Park Visitor Center
  • Wineglass bay
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Binalong Bay
Launceston
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Stanley
Strahan

Bay of Fires, Tasmania. Tour Australia by motorhome

This route is ideal to do with a motorhome, with the Motorhome Republic comparator you can find the best price among the companies that rent motorhomes in Australia.

These are for us the 9 best routes to tour Australia by motorhome or by car, if you have traveled through Australia and want to share with us other road routes that you have loved please leave us a comment that we are looking forward to knowing more incredible places of this great country.

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