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Top Tips for Driving in Victoria

Hats off to Victoria for being the perfect state to explore if you’re a lover of gastro food, great coffee and superb scenery.

Driving in Victoria is an absolute breeze thanks to its compact size and great destinations. The hardest part is deciding where to go first.

3 Victorian road trips to tick off your bucket list

If there’s one route that eclipses all others for its spectacular scenery, it would have to be the Great Southern Touring Route. Taking in the iconic Great Ocean Road, plus other gems like the Grampians and Victoria’s spa country, this is a road trip that anyone of almost any driving ability can handle.

A trip alongside the mighty Murray River is another must-do road trip in Victoria. This route—known as the River Run by locals—takes you from Albury Wodonga to Mildura, and lets you really appreciate the incredible role that the Murray plays in Australia’s history. Don’t forget to book in a boat ride at some point to truly appreciate the majesty of the third-longest navigable river in the world!

If you want to get off the beaten track in Victoria, then the Great Alpine Road is a beautiful, meandering drive through Australia’s High Country. You’ll travel on one of Australia’s highest roads, and you’ll be rewarded with some breathtaking views as you wind your way up and around Mt Hotham and Dinner Plains.

While not exactly a road trip, a drive out to Wilsons Promontory—affectionately called ‘The Prom’—is a must. You could easily tack it onto the end of your Great Alpine Road adventure. Home to mainland Australia’s most southerly point, The Prom is a pristine wilderness that is popular with campers, bushwalkers and lovers of wildlife.

Get more inspiration for driving in Victoria here.

Checklist for driving in Victoria

There are less kilometres to travel between towns in Victoria, making it a lot easier to get around than most other states. That said, it still takes a little planning to make sure your Victorian road trip is a complete success. Here are some tips for driving holidays in Victoria, so you can hit the road with complete peace of mind:

  • Allow more time than you think you’ll need. There’s so much to see and do in Victoria’s regional towns, from delicious food to galleries to historical icons. Then there are all the photo opportunities along the way!
  • Carry a current road map and plan your trip carefully. Don’t forget to allow for stops every two hours to give the driver a break.
  • Check your tyres, water, oil and fuel before setting off. Make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip ahead—if you can, get your car serviced before you go.
  • It may be a good idea to carry a satellite phone or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) if you’re planning to spend a while off the beaten track. While most parts of Victoria have mobile phone coverage, there will be some areas where your phone won’t work.
  • Check the road conditions. If you’re heading up into High Country in the colder months, check ahead to make sure roads are open.   
  • Make sure your car insurance is up-to-date. Before you set off on a road trip around Victoria, check your car insurance policy. If you’re towing a caravan, you’ll want to make sure it’s insured too.

And remember, one of the best ways to prepare for a big adventure is to talk to people who have done it before you. They’ll have some great tips, and are sure to get you excited about the road ahead!