5 best RV camping road trip holidays in Australia
Classic campervan holidays are making a comeback as a travel trend. Whether you’re looking to recreate childhood memories or take off on your first Australian road trip, here are the highways to cruise.
- September 2019
Who says you can’t take it with you? As a happy camper you can bring everything –including the kitchen sink – on an adventure to remember, travelling all over the countryside in a Winnebago.
Tropical coastline, QLD
Bring your snorkelling gear, as you’ll pass kilometres of Great Barrier Reef on the scenic drive north to Cape Tribulation. It's not just coastal magic however – after watching the sun rise over the beach, you can head inland to meander through tropical rainforest . “If you want to see the real North Queensland, ask a local – they’re full of great surprises off the tourist map,” says Stuart Lamont, CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia.
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Pacific Coast, NSW
Wake to the sound of waves lapping the shore at First Sun Holiday Park opens in new window in Byron Bay after a 9.5-hour coastal joyride from Sydney, stopping at Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. Then take the inland road 9.5 hours south-west to Dubbo where you can get up close with wild animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo opens in new window before heading back via the Blue Mountains.
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South Coast, WA
Pack the family in for this great outdoorsy adventure, pausing in small wheat belt towns before setting up base in Albany. Once there, have fun splashing with the kids in the gentle waves of popular Middleton Beach in summer or watch migrating whales from the cliffs of Torndirrup National Park between July and October. For bonus parenting points, take a detour to see the fossils, reptiles and birds of Denmark Dinosaur World opens in new window on the way back to Perth.
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Great Ocean Road, VIC
Breathe in as the sea breeze rolls in from the Great Ocean Road on a six-hour scenic drive to Port Fairy. Along the way, dip your toes in the water at Torquay, lunch in Lorne, visit the light station at Cape Otway and marvel at the Twelve Apostles as the sun sets over the Southern Ocean. Stay at Port Fairy opens in new window, where you can see glass blowing at Eclectic Designs opens in new window or do a heritage walk.
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Red Centre, SA/NT
Leave the big smoke in a cloud of red dust as you roar out on this 1536-kilometre road trip of a lifetime along the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs. Remember to fill the tank at Glendambo, ahead of the next 255 kilometres to Coober Pedy – the underground town where opal was first discovered in 1915. Take regular breaks before claiming your campervan spot at Alice Springs, then finish with a daytrip to Uluru. This road trip is best done in the cooler winter months.
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