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The Great Australian Road Trip

There’s a lot of road to cover on a driving holiday in Australia. From the pristine wilderness of southern Tasmania to the tip of Cape York, taking to the open road is a great way to see more of our beautiful country.

However, there are a few things to remember when choosing this type of holiday:

  • Choose a scenic route with lots of options for stop-offs so the holiday can start as soon as you get behind the wheel. Driving holidays can have one or many destinations, just make sure there is plenty to see and do along the way so you don’t spend hours and hours in the car.
  • Before you leave, make sure your car is ready for the trip! Have it serviced and carry some extra water or even fuel as it can sometimes be a long time between towns and service stations.
  • If you’re heading to the outback, make sure you’re equipped to go off road. This means a 4WD of some sort, you don’t want to break down in the middle of nowhere because your suspension can’t handle a bumpy dirt track or two.
  • Avoid driving too much after dark as cattle and wildlife often congregate alongside outback highways at night. As cute as they may be, kangaroos can come out of nowhere and do some serious damage to your car.
  • Prepare a general itinerary of your trip and carry a map of the area you are going to. A GPS is well worth taking especially if you are planning to go off the beaten track (and off the bitumen).
  • Your road trip doesn't have to incorporate every state or territory – unless you plan on taking a year to circumnavigate the country! Choose a few destinations and explore them in more depth rather than trying to cram everything into one trip.
  • One of the most important things to do is share the driving. There is nothing worse (or more dangerous) than facing down a seemingly endless stretch of road with your eyelids drooping and your mind wandering, so take it in turns with friends and family.

Remember, your driving holiday can take as long as you like so give yourself plenty of time. The roads are often very busy during the holidays and the longer you can travel the more you are going to see, experience and enjoy.

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Deal Expert, Sydney
Monday, March 14, 2011
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