Dotted with beautiful beaches, incredible scenery, and fabulous townships, Australia has one of the longest coastlines in the world. From the Great Ocean Road in Victoria to Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef Drive, Australia’s coastal drives each offer something unique to discover. In this blog, we take a look at some of the top Australian road trips to add to your must-see and must-do list!
There’s simply no better way to explore Australia than by campervan. Over recent years, more and more travellers are making their dreams come true by buying a campervan and hitting the road! From the latest self-contained vans to pop-top campervans, there are motorhomes for sale to suit every type of traveller.
Travelling by campervan means you can enjoy having all of your home comforts in tow. Enjoy sleeping in your own bed each night, the convenience of your own bathroom, and the room to carry everything you need.
Not only that, but you’ll save money on accommodation by travelling in a self-contained vehicle and taking advantage of holiday parks or freedom camping.
Taking an Australian road trip by campervan also means you’ve got lots of flexibility! Stay in the places you love for longer, and move on from those you don’t. There’s nothing quite like travelling in your own home on wheels!
Let’s take a look at some of the fantastic coastal drives you can explore by campervan.
Of course, the world-famous Great Ocean Road has made the list of the best coastal drives in Australia!
This scenic road is a wonderful road trip to enjoy in your motorhome or campervan. Located in the state of Victoria, the Great Ocean Road stretches between Torquay and Warrnambool. This drive covers 664 km and takes approximately 9.5 hours to complete. But, of course, we suggest taking your time and soaking up all the sights along the way. This is an immensely popular road trip, showcasing beaches and rainforests. Some of the must-dos along the way include:
Also known as Limestone Coast, Bowman Scenic Drive is a must-do road trip in South Australia. Located around the town of Beachport, on the Limestone Coast, it offers great views and deserted beaches. As it’s close to the Warrnambool, it could be considered an extension of the Great Ocean Road. So, if you want to extend your Great Ocean Road trip, add the Limestone Coast to your itinerary.
Some of the highlights along the way include:
The Grand Pacific Drive (aka the Low Road) is another stunning coastal area to discover in your motorhome. Located in New South Wales, this drive starts about an hour south of Sydney at Stanwell Tops and follows the coast for 140 km, with a few diversions around Wollongong, to Nowra. Highlights include:
Western Australia can probably claim the prize for the longest coastal drive with its Indian Ocean Drive. This drive from Perth to Ningaloo follows the coast for an impressive 1250 km. Highlights include:
A trip to Queensland is not complete until you’ve taken a road trip along the Great Barrier Reef Drive. This 140 km drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is a must-do in Queensland. You’ll be treated to spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef along with some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots, from World Heritage sites to national parks. Some of the great highlights include:
Coastal driving is great but be mindful when you’re travelling. It’s important to note that environments close to salt water can be very harsh on vehicles, including campervans and motorhomes.
Salty air can also impact many areas of a caravan or motorhome, including the general paintwork and items like brake, suspension, and engine components.
Roof-top items like hatches and solar panels will also get quite dirty. Regular washing and cleaning is a fairly simple solution to reducing salt-induced problems. Also important are regular inspections on any corrosion-prone items to make sure they are still functional.
With those small reminders in mind, the Australian coast is yours to enjoy!
Imagine the freedom of loading up your very own campervan and heading off on a coastal cruise when the mood takes you! Be spontaneous and take advantage of a sunny long weekend, or enjoy the excitement of planning for an extended getaway. Buying a campervan means you can do it all!
The first step is to start researching motorhomes for sale. And one of the best places to look is at KEA ex-rental campervans for sale. You may have lots of questions such as:
For answers to all of the above and more, it’s definitely worth a chat with your local KEA dealer. Simply walk into your nearest dealership and ask as many questions as you like. The friendly KEA team are motorhome and campervan experts and can help you find the best campervan or motorhome to suit you and your travel lifestyle.
Ready to buy a motorhome with KEA? Take the first step and check out the great range online today.