Australian Driving Holidays – Apex Car Rentals Australia

Australia is a great place for a driving holiday and the size of the country makes renting a car the ideal way to get around. Australia’s roads are well maintained and outside of the main city centres are largely uncluttered. Australia also boasts a world class tourism infrastructure that makes it easy to access places of interest and the spectacular natural environment.

An Australian self-drive holiday allows you the freedom to create your own unique and memorable experiences. The following road trips highlight the variety of journeys you can take in Australia. From tropical far north Queensland to the temperate island of Tasmania, there is so much to explore. And when you’re ready to hit the road, book your car hire at one of our Apex Car Rental locations in Australia.

Cruising the Cassowary Coast: a road trip from Cairns to Townsville

Man and woman sitting on rock looking out over a bay, Hawkings Point, Magnetic Island, Townsville, North Queensland

It’s a spectacular part of North Queensland. And for intrepid road trippers, Chris and Sarah, there’s plenty to see – waterfalls, cassowaries and tropical islands among them – along the way.

Read about this road trip from Cairns to Townsville.

Tropical Temptation: a road trip from Cairns to Port Douglas

A woman swims below the ocean’s surface with a number of coral bommies and many small fish, near Cairns, North Queensland

This is the part of Queensland where the rainforest meets the reef. On their road trip from Cairns, Chris and Sarah discover there’s plenty to explore – waterfalls, mountain villages and Indigenous culture – on the way to Port Douglas.

Read about this road trip from Cairns to Port Douglas.

Long Way From The Top: a Cairns to Airlie Beach road trip

Aerial view of Airlie Beach, North Queensland, showing the marina, town and surrounding islands

Want to see the best North Queensland has to offer? Then come along with Sarah and Chris as they take a driving holiday from Queensland’s northern capital to the Whitsundays central.

Read about this road trip from Cairns to Airlie Beach.

Short and Sweet: Cairns to Daintree Rainforest road trip

A woman stopped on a boardwalk in the midst of a rainforest setting, Cape Tribulation, North Queensland

When you think you’ve seen it all, there’s still the Daintree. It’s where two World Heritage Sites, the rainforest and the reef, meet and the opportunities to explore both seem almost endless.

Read about this road trip from Cairns to Daintree Rainforest.

Country Roads: a Brisbane to Toowoomba road trip

A red bridge over a lake in the manicured Japanese Gardens, Toowoomba, Queensland

The most obvious route is not always the best one. Chris and Sarah take the long road to the Darling Downs and discover the interesting history and gourmet goodness of southern Queensland.

Read about this road trip from Brisbane to Toowoomba.

Best of the Scenic Rim: a Brisbane to Stanthorpe road trip

A person is dwarfed by a seemingly teetering boulder near a sheer rock face in Girraween National Park, Queensland

In search of the good life in all its forms, Chris and Sarah go an adventure that includes epic hikes but also the chance to kick back and relax with a nice glass of red.

Read about this road trip from Brisbane to Stanthorpe.

Beach and Beyond: a Sunshine Coast to Noosa road trip

Aerial view of Noosa, showing the town, beach and headlands, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

In these parts, you don’t have to spend hours on the highway to get the best of both worlds: the sun, surf and sand of Noosa and the lush tropical vibes of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Read about this road trip from Sunshine Coast to Noosa.

Beach Meets Bush: a Gold Coast to Springbrook road trip

A woman goes down boardwalk stairs towards the ocean, Greenmount Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland

You don’t need much time to see the best of both worlds. Sarah and Chris head to Queensland where its southeast corner is packed with adventure, even if you only have a few days to enjoy it all.

Read about this road trip from Gold Coast to Springbrook.

Valley Vision: an Adelaide to Barossa Valley road trip

An emu on the road, with more behind it, on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Wine is absolutely fine, but when you’re heading to Australia’s best-loved gourmet region, you should also add a side of the Yorke Peninsula’s outstanding wildlife and beaches.

Read about this road trip from Adelaide to Barossa Valley.

Just Add Lime(stone): an Adelaide to Mount Gambier road trip

A person snorkelling in dark blue water near a rock ledge, Kilsby Sinkhole, Mount Schank, South Australia

Raise a glass of shiraz, paddle past coastal dunes and dive into a salt lake. Taking the road south, Chris and Sarah discover they can indulge their connection to nature and love for some of the finer things in life.

Read about this road trip from Adelaide to Mount Gambier.

Leaps and Bounds: an Adelaide to Kangaroo Island road trip

A view through a cave-like formation at rocks surrounded by sea. Some fur seals can be seen on the rocks, Kangaroo Island

You better believe there’ll be animals. On a five-day trip to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, Sarah and Chris get in touch with their wild sides. Hiking, nature trails, ocean swimming… This is a destination with it all.

Read about this road trip from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island.

Heading for the Coast: an Adelaide to Port Vincent road trip

Browns Beach, Yorke Peninsula

To enjoy a beach holiday without the crowds, Sarah and Chris take off to South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula and its 700 kilometres of pristine coastline just two hours’ drive from Adelaide.

Read about this road trip from Adelaide to Port Vincent.