Best Australian To Coastlines To Travel By Motorhome

Take a road trip around Australia's Most Beautiful Coastlines

Best Australian to coastlines to travel by motorhome

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!

Why you should road trip around Australia in a motorhome 


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.


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The best coastal drives in Australia 


Great Ocean Road, VIC

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:

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  • Visiting the Memorial Arch. Built between 1919 and 1932, during the Great Depression, the arch is a memorial to the 3000 returned WW1 soldiers who built the road.
  • The 12 Apostles: Formed millions of years ago, the 12 Apostles are rock formations that stand along the shore of Port Campbell. Although there are only 8 left standing, they’re still an incredible sight to behold and one that thousands of tourists add to their road trip itinerary each year.
  • Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay, along the Great Ocean Road and up through the Otways hinterland. Take in views of breathtaking waterfalls, surf one of the many beaches, or just explore the great outdoors and the wonders of this incredible park.


Bowman Scenic Drive, SA 

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:

  • Beachport Jetty: Need a great shot for your Insta feed? This one is sure to impress. Beachport Jetty is one of the longest jetties in South Australia, stretching out across the waters of Rivoli Bay. You might like to try your luck at catching a salmon while you’re there!
  • Pool of Siloam: In need of a therapeutic soak? This salt lake has such a high salt content that it is said to offer relief for aches and pains. It’s in a sheltered spot too, so it is very safe.
  • Other stops to add to your road trip itinerary include McArthur Place, Backler’s Lookout and Downs Lookout for spectacular views.


Grand Pacific Drive, NSW 

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:

  • Sea Cliff Bridge: Stretching 665 metres, this impressive bridge is truly a highlight of the Grand Pacific Drive. It offers a great opportunity to hop out of your campervan, stretch your legs, and take in the great view. You might even see migrating whales!
  • Park up your campervan and enjoy a picnic at Greenfields Beach. After lunch, head down to the water for a cooling swim or snorkel.
  • Known for having some of the best snorkelling in the area, Blenheim Beach is definitely worth a stop. The beach is surrounded by beautiful bushland, with parking nearby.


Indian Ocean Drive, WA 

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:

  • Nambung National Park offers an experience like no other! Discover the coastal plains and white sand dunes of The Pinnacles Desert, or walk the loop trail and boardwalk at Lake Thetis.
  • Home to Dynamite Bay – one of Australia’s top beaches – Green Head bays offer white sandy beaches where you can swim and snorkel. If you fancy fishing or scuba diving, there are some great offshore islands and reefs to explore too.
  • Enjoy a night of free camping at Lake Indoon (just 15 minutes drive along Coolimba-Eneabba Rd, off Indian Ocean Drive). This freshwater lake is perfect for water activities, swimming, and bird watching.


Great Barrier Reef Drive, QLD 

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:

  • Daintree National Park where you can walk beneath the emerald canopy of the rainforests of Mossman Gorge, take a crocodile cruise, and discover white sandy beaches and relaxing hideaways.
  • Stretching over 123 km in length, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. With white sandy beaches, coloured sand cliffs, rainforests, and unmatched natural beauty, this World Heritage-listed island is a must-see in your Australian road trip.
  • Spend a day in Port Douglas. If you’re here on a Sunday, visit the markets in Anzac Park where you can stock up on fresh produce, crafts, and tasty goodies.


Tasmanian Great Eastern Drive, TAS 

    • If you’re planning a motorhome trip in Tasmania, you must adventure down the Great Eastern Drive. This breathtaking 176 km drive journey takes you from Hobart to the Bay of Fires. Enjoy views of waterfalls, white sand beaches and so much more. Highlights include:

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  • Best known for the stunning beauty of Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park is a truly magical spot. Discover rocky coves, sheltered bays, and The Hazards – a spectacular granite mountain range.
  • Enjoy a picnic and a swim at Raspins Beach. With picnic tables, a playground, and plenty of parking, this beach is an ideal stop for families.
  • Great Oyster Bay is one of the most scenic stretches of water in Australia. Kayaking in the sheltered east side from Coles Bay is very popular, with many small and isolated beaches on the Freycinet Peninsula to explore.


Tips for a successful coastal drive in your motorhome 


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!


Get ready for your next coastal road trip with KEA 


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:


  • Should I consider a van conversion?
  • Which is the cheapest campervan?
  • Which RV dealerships are the best?
  • What does ‘self-contained’ mean?
  • What motorhome facilities do I need to consider?
  • Are second-hand motorhomes a good option?
  • What do I need to know about buying an RV?


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.