Flying is quicker but in Australia it’s certainly true that the journey can be as important as the destination, especially in a land dominated by expansive outback landscapes.

In our ‘The 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia‘ list, road trips very nearly came out of top, only pipped by the opulence of a Kimberley cruise.

So here are the 10 Greatest Roadtrips of Australia (with the number they finished overall in the 100 Greatest Holidays in brackets). Best hope you’ve got some long service leave up your sleeve.

4. Journey from Cairns to Cape York

Trip to the Tip, from Cairns to Cape York (15)

5. The Savannah Way

Cross the Savannah Way, Queensland to Northern Territory to Western Australia (17)

6. Great Alpine Road, Victoria

Road trip the Great Alpine Road, Victoria (29)

7. The Gibb River Road, WA

Tackle the Gibb River Road, Kimberley, Western Australia (46)

8. The Pacific Coast Road trip

Road trip the Legendary Pacific Coast, Sydney to Brisbane (53)

9. The Coral Coast Drive

Drive the Coral Coast, Perth to Exmouth, Western Australia (61)

10. Outback Central Arnhem Highway road trip

Drive the Central Arnhem Highway, Northern Territory (66)


See the full list: The 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia


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