With hundreds of places to go and thousands of things to see in Australia, planning a summer road trip can be overwhelming. After all, the country is brimming with natural beauty and offers once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Just where do you start?
If you haven’t got an itinerary yet, we can help. Check out our list of top Australian destinations you can visit on your self-drive adventure this summer. And yes, if you want to experience Australia’s beauty and adventures to the fullest, rent a campervan and drive around the country.
1. Sunshine Coast (QLD)
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Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Apart from beaches though, you would also love the region’s rich wildlife and breathtaking scenic drives.
2. Gold Coast (QLD)
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Located south of Brisbane, Gold Coast is a popular summer destination thanks to its sun-kissed beaches and great surfing spots. It is also a family-friendly destination , with theme parks like Sea World and Dreamworld where your kids would love spending time in.
3. Blue Mountains (NSW)
BY Amanda Slater
If you’ve never tried bush walking before, you really should experience it at least once. And the best place to do it in Australia is NSW’s very own Blue Mountains. With cool temperatures throughout the year, you can enjoy the scenic views from any of the region’s walking trails.
4. Hunter Valley (NSW)
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Drive your camper to the country’s oldest wine growing region and sample fine wines that only Hunter Valley an produce. Home to 150 cellar doors, vineyards, award-winning wineries and health spas, Hunter Valley is truly a wine enthusiast and gourmand haven.
5. Grampians National Park (VIC)
The rocky mountain landscape of Grampians National Park provides the ideal setting for hiking, canoeing and fishing. The park is also home to wildlife species that include wedge tail eagles, koalas, emus and kangaroos. If you are feeling more adventurous, why not scale the sandstone mountains and rock formations?
6. Great Barrier Reef (QLD)
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Who has not heard of the Great Barrier Reef? And who doesn’t want to see the only living thing in the world that is visible from outer space? Go diving or snorkeling and experience the reef’s rich biodiversity up close.
7. Barossa Valley (Adelaide)
BY Kyle Taylor
Visit Adelaide’s wine region and discover why Barossa Valley is a favourite summer destination. Home to over 70 cellar doors and 150 wineries, the area is also popular for its fresh produce and world-class restaurants. There are food and wine trails you can drive your campervan through, to satisfy your inner gourmand.
8. The Great Ocean Road (VIC)
BY Harris Walker
If you want to feast your eyes on breathtaking natural landscapes and still be able to stop and admire unique flora and fauna and go surfing, then you shouldn’t miss out on The Great Ocean Road adventure. The drive takes you through lookouts of magnificent coastlines, from which you can watch powerful waves crash onto the cliff side.
9. Adelaide Hills (Adelaide)
BY Michael Coghlan
Driving your campervan through Adelaide Hills is something you shouldn’t miss doing this year. Go on a tour of cellar doors to sample the region’s world famous wine products such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and more.
10. Coral Coast (WA)
BY Julie Edgley
If you are up to seeing more of Australia’s marine life, you certainly won’t be disappointed with what the Coral Coast has to offer. With over 1,000 kilometres of immaculate beaches, one-of-a-kind landscapes and rich endemic wildlife, it is not surprising why the Coral Coast is a favourite tourist destination regardless of the season.
Wherever you decide to go in Australia this summer, you won’t run out of things to do and see that will make your road trip truly memorable. So what are you waiting for? Rent a campervan from Apollo Motorhome Holidays today and let’s get this summer adventure on the road!