If you’re planning a road trip around Australia, stop what you’re doing.
Out of the 193 different United Nations countries, here are four reasons you should consider visiting the land Down Under? I mean, it was only visited by just over 7 million international tourists during the year ending May 2015, according to Tourism Australia. Plus Sydney is only in TripAdvisor’s top 25 world destinations.
Not convinced? Here are more reasons to plan a road trip holiday to Australia.
1. The amazing driving routes
The Great Ocean Road
People always talk about the Great Ocean Road, starting in Torquay near Melbourne and running for 243 kilometres west around the coast to Warrnambool. One of the most popular driving routes, it homes ancient rock pillars, world-renowned walking trails and stunning waterfalls
If you find yourself in Western Australia, drive down to Cape Naturalist to start an epic, once-in-a-lifetime road trip. The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park can be driven in less than two and a half hours, and you definitely will want to see the state’s largest show cave, the historic 19th century Ellensbrook House and unusually shaped Sugar Loaf Rock.
2. The sights are beautiful
Australia’s outback includes vast, sweeping plains and dramatic mountain ranges that are like nowhere else on Earth, you definitely cannot see the Mars-like red sands, rugged vegetation and plethora of native animals anywhere else.
The Wet Tropics of Queensland, two and a half hours north of Cairns, contain flora that closely represent what existed on Gondwanaland 50-100 million years ago. This luminous region is even World Heritage-listed!
3. Home to the best beaches
The famous Gold Coast covers about 57 kilometres worth of Queensland coastline, with an amazing 100 hectares of pristine National Park. It’s likely you’ve heard of it thanks to the many theme parks located in and around Surfers Paradise, such as Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild. For a bit of extra cash try staying in the luxury coastal hotel that overlooks some of the glimmering golden beaches here as you explore the region on your road trip.
Popular Bondi Beach
If you are venturing around Sydney, definitely visit Bondi Beach, about 20 minutes outside of the CBD. Activities such as a surf, swim, relax, shop, dance, eat or play will keep you busy. You could also do some whale watching, play golf or visit the popular Bondi Farmers Market, which is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday.
4. The cities are modern
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s most liveable city 2013-14 is a must visit location. There is a major sporting event (Australian open) on at one of the five inner-city international-standard sports stadiums, and have a ride on the famous tram system – the largest outside of Europe – still looking historic and classy
‘The City of Churches’ would definitely interest you.Tt hosts some of the country’s top festivals (such as Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide and the Adelaide Fringe)
And then there’s Sydney. The New South Wales capital got around 8.5 million visitors last year, states Destination NSW (a mix of domestic and international tourism), all visiting the awe-inspiring Sydney Opera House, climbing the 141-metre-high Harbour Bridge, partying in trendy Darling Harbour and relaxing in the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
Australia: One of the most special places to road trip in the world.