5 road trips to take in winter

Winter Road TripsRoad trips are an amazing way to explore parts of Australia, so if you have the time, why not take one of these routes this winter?

Explorers Highway

This trail of the pioneers runs all the way from Adelaide to Darwin, passing through some amazing locations along the way. This eleven day trek covers more places than you’d think; on day one you’ll already be amongst it, visiting the Barossa Valley before settling in for the night in Port Augusta.

Port Augusta is the gateway to the Flinders Ranges, which you can explore on day two of your adventure, before heading on to Coober Pedy – where Mad Max III was filmed in 1985.

The rest of this trip is equally jam-packed, with Alice Springs, Uluru, Kings Canyon, Tennant Creek, Daly Waters, Katherine, Adelaide River, and other exciting places all squeezed onto the itinerary to make the most of this adventure.

For more information on this road trip, click here.

Rainforest Way

RainforestWayAn incredibly scenic drive through Queensland and New South Wales, the rainforest way shows off some of the best that both states have to offer.

This area of the New South Wales/Queensland border is made up of the remains of ancient volcanoes which bubbled with lava over 20 million years ago. Today, the landscape is all towering peaks and lush green valleys – it is a wonderland for the keen nature lover.
This vibrant, red-soiled landscape is home to 14 World Heritage listed national parks that are connected by the 650km circuit of road.

The drive can be broken into seven touring routes that can each be slotted into a single day, or you can spend a week or more really exploring the whole region.

Rainforest Way has been named by Australian Geographic as one of the greatest Aussie road trips.

Christmas in July (Sydney to Katoomba)

BluemountainsOnly two hours out of Sydney, you can find the small town of Katoomba; it is the gateway to the Blue Mountains, and offers spectacular nature walks through the gorgeous scenery.

In July, the town celebrates Yulefest; it is a time to really enjoy a Christmas feast with the right sort of climate (rather than the sweltering heat of December). Many local businesses participate in the tradition, which makes for a memorable trip to the Blue Mountains region.

This can be a one-day road trip, or you can extend your adventure and stay to enjoy all of the hospitality and scenery that Katoomba has to offer.

Broome to the Pilbara

Winter in Western Australia really breaks the stereotypes, with gorgeous wildflowers blooming from June to September.  This part of the country does require a four wheel drive, but you will see some of the most gorgeous scenery that the state has to offer.

The trip itself can be done in eight days, and covers 3,600 km as a return trip. No matter which roads you take through this beautiful part of the world, you are bound to be blown away by the scenery and serenity of Western Australia.

Visit locations such as the Karinji National Park (one of the oldest landscapes on earth), and stay at the eco retreat within; explore Karinji’s breathtaking gorges and take a swim in one of the gorgeous pools within.

After spending some quality time at Karinji, head south, stopping at places such as Carnarvon, Bush Bay, Shark Bay, and the nearby Hamelin Pools with their famous stromatolites.

Further south, there are more natural wonders in the Kalbarri National Park. In the park, the Murchison River has carved into the sandstone hills as it makes its way out to sea. Limestone pillars rise from the coastal dunes, and the ocean has broken away parts of the rocky shore in the coastal section.

From there it is a 5 hour drive back to Perth. For more information on this trip, click here.

Anywhere to Byron Bay

July in Byron Bay only means one thing: SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS. When one of Australia’s biggest music festivals graces the peaceful coastal town, punters will make the pilgrimage from almost anywhere.

A festival road trip is a great adventure to take on with your friends, so why not make the trip to Splendour? There are so many great places to stop at on your way to Byron, and if you get there a day or two early there is heaps to do in the town itself.

Popular places to stop include the Gold Coast, Lennox Heads, Nimbin, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, and Brunswick Heads (depending on which way you are coming from).

Once you’re in Byron, it’s time to get down at the festival, and have the muddiest time of your life –just don’t forget to pack your gumboots.

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