Summer Splendour – Road Trips for the Whole Family

Whichever state you arrive in Australia, there is always an epic adventure that you can embark on. A road trip can be a great way to see some of the attractions and companies like Europcar Australia offer up affordable rates that make your dream road trip a real possibility. Wherever you live, these regional suggestions can get you inspired to start planning your own exciting summer escapade.

Road to Canberra

Photo By: Maarten Thewissen

South Australia Summer Ideas
If you love wine, then South Australia is the perfect destination for your summer holiday. You can drive from winery to winery in places like the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley and McLaren Vale. If the whole family is along for the ride, be sure to check out the national parks and beaches in Yorke Peninsula. The area is perfect for adventurous travellers, with outdoor activities like fishing, surfing, hiking, swimming, snorkelling and even scuba diving. Summer events, like the Kernewek Lowender and the Paskeville Field Days, are fun festivals you should also consider if they happen to coincide with your schedule.

Tasmania Summer Ideas
Although it is separated from the Australian mainland by the Bass Strait, the state of Tasmania is still a wonderful place to visit in the summer. The twice-daily Spirit of Tasmania Ferries can bring your car over easily, which gives you the freedom to explore Tasmania at your own pace and according to your own itinerary. Bay of Fires is easily the most popular spot to explore, thanks to its scenic beauty, but Bicheno is an even better beach for those who enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving. Other fabulous places to explore in Tasmania include Cataract Gorge Reserve, Port Arthur, and the state capital of Hobart.

New South Wales Summer Ideas
NSW is Australia’s most densely populated state, and it offers visitors lots of opportunities to explore. If you have already toured Sydney, head instead to the Southern Highlands. The drive is beautiful, and the entire region has some incredible landscapes that offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life in Sydney. In Bowral, hike along the Bradman Trail and stop for tea in the middle, or see Fitzroy Falls and the Wombeyan Caves as you pass through Moss Vale.

Queensland Summer Ideas
This is perhaps the most popular state for summer holidays, thanks to the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast. For something a little more interesting and unusual, consider heading to a rodeo or a festival in the Queensland Outback. You could drive to Mackay to take in the incredible Art Deco architecture that lines the streets, or you might even want to go whale-watching along the Fraser Coast. Driving from Cairns down to the Gold Coast can be a wonderful way to pass along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef as well.

Western Australia Summer Ideas
As the largest of the six states, Western Australia is definitely one you will want to see by car. Perth is the state capital, and it makes for a great start to your road trip. The journey from Perth to Broome hugs the coast along the Indian Ocean, and allows visitors access to some amazing natural sights. Travellers will love the secluded landscapes in Kimberley, the Ningaloo Reef at Exmouth, and the wild dolphins at Shark Bay.

Victoria Summer Ideas
Most travellers in Victoria head straight to Melbourne, but the best route to take is actually via the Great Ocean Road. This stunning road trip option runs along the coast all the way from Geelong to Portland, and along the way it offers travellers the chance to surf in Torquay, see the Twelve Apostles rock formations out at sea, hike through Angahook-Lorne State Park, and dine at some of the charming roadside cafes along the way.

No matter where you live Australia, a road trip can take you to new and exciting locations. Each of these destinations would be a wonderful place to explore on your summer holiday.

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