The most scenic caravan routes for Aussie wanderers with time
Do you love the freedom of jumping into your caravan and driving across our beautiful country? Wondering where you should go next? With the weather perking up for summer, now is the perfect time to start planning your next caravanning trip. So whether you’re travelling from West to East, North to South, or anywhere in between, we’ve got you covered with these stunning routes and stops across Australia.
From North to South or South to North
Depending on which side of the country you want to explore, there are wonderful routes from top to bottom on the East and the West coast. If you’re travelling within Western Australia travel up from Perth stopping at Kalbarri and Carnarvon. Then stop at Shark Bay to swim with dolphins, Coral Bay for some snorkelling in the Ningaloo Reef, and Exmouth to swim with the whale sharks. If you want to travel up even further, stop off at Eighty Mile Beach for some shell collecting, and finish in Broome for a scenic camel ride across the beach.
If you’re travelling on the East coast up to North Queensland, try the route up the NSW coast to Port Douglas. The Pacific coastline features over 48 national parks and 12 state forests along the way, with some truly stunning landscapes and views to explore. Include stops such as Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, and Noosa. You can choose to discover inland drives, cover the Daintree Rainforest on your way up, and enjoy the roads along the cliff faces dipping close to the ocean.
From East to West to West to East
If you’re tackling the longest journey across the country from one side to the other, the most scenic (and safest) way is to travel across the top or bottom of Australia.
Across the outback
Drive across the arid desert with red dirt and stunning sunsets as the backdrop. If you’re planning to make the pilgrimage to Uluru, you will require some careful planning around seasons. Be sure to add some scenery to your route depending on which way you’re traveling from.
For example, from the West, add Karijini National Park to explore some of the most stunning rock pools, creeks, waterfalls, red rocks, and gorges. You can also add Coober Pedy if you’re coming from South Australia to explore the opal capital of the world.
Tasmanian caravaners will enjoy the facilities of about 50 parks across Tasmania to accommodate them. Why not start at Hobart and stop at Port Arthur, Launceston, Devonport, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, and finish back at Hobart to make the most of the scenic loop.
When travelling around Australia in your caravan there are some very long distances between towns and temperatures soar over 50 degrees Celsius in the desert. Make sure you know the seasonal changes in each area of the country you’re travelling through. Also ensure you have adequate supplies and communications ready. Be well prepared with extra drinking water and a spare can of fuel. Plan your trip well to ensure you stay safe while travelling as it can be a long distance between petrol stations and convenience stores.
There are plenty of wonderful scenic routes to take around Australia, and caravanning is a brilliant way to see the country. Depending on where you are travelling from and to, you can try some of these scenic suggested routes and stops to make the most of your trip.
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