Top 3 Scenic Drives in Australia

31/10/2013

Bay of Fires - Tasmania

Bay of Fires – Tasmania

Australia is an incredible country, personified by diverse landscapes and contradictory climates, wondrous fauna, emerald pockets of rainforest and the dry scatterings of an intricately woven bushland. While the best kept secrets of the Great Southern Land are best explored on foot, with your eyes wide open and mouth agape, the winding scenic roads weaving the country together is the next best option, as great vistas reveal themselves over several horizons and the continent undulates before us all, unable to be conquered by wheels alone. If you have the curiosity and the time to take Australia by road, here are five flavoursome road adventures you won’t forget anytime soon.

 

Blackall Range Drive – Sunshine Coast

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Luscious volcanic soils give birth to rainforests and a maze of rugged mountains – doesn’t it sound truly picturesque? Better known as the Blackall Ranges, this stretch of natural craftsmanship begins at Landsborough, through to Maleny, Montville, Flaxton, Mapleton and Cooloolabin – while there are many worthy stops along the way, make sure you keep your gaze peeled for glimpses of Bribie and Moreton Island, sub-tropical island promises of whale watching and beach dozing; take in the heights of Mt Coolum and the iconic Glasshouse Mountains, and the rolling valleys scattered between these rises, as the Sunshine Coast wows you with fresh appeal and the sweetest fruit you’ve ever tasted.
 

The Great Ocean Road

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The black sea of tarmac stretching along the riptide coastline of Victoria is one of Australia’s most loved drives, even for those with their noses planted deep within the latest XF review; though the 243km memorial does not betray a high class appeal expected by some, it is simply unforgettable. Strung along an expanse of national park land, shipwreck beaches and natural monuments to the marvels ofMother Nature, The Great Ocean Road will stay with you long after you leave it behind. Why not stay a while and explore the Angahook-Lorne State Park, spy a cuddly koala, revel in the musical compositions of native birdlife and camp under a spread of stars? You might not get an opportunity like this again; The Great Ocean Road is supposed to be savoured and enjoyed, don’t speed past but slow down and stop.

 

Lap The Island State

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While you may be attracted to the stop gaps in tourist sights and snippets, head further south and hire a car for a wondrous lap of Tasmania, the island state at the bottom of the world – well, almost. The willowy road are in good nick, as Targa Florio inspired rally tests the wits of the region best drivers annually, demanding a well graded track and plenty of variation. Road quality aside, you’ll be swept away by the pristine wilderness of the Apple Isle, as Tasmania exudes a residue of colonial history, from Roseberry and Zeehan, to the pretty Swansea and the stately Launceston. Do you consider yourself a foodie? Make sure to stop by the local markets in Hobart and taste the most sumptuous seafood you’ve ever pleasured your tastebuds with.

Have you been on an Australian road trip lately? Tell me about it. Send me an email nand add a new dimension to the road-side experience.

Lucy the Landy – always!

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