PLAN YOUR AUSTRALIAN DRIVING HOLIDAY

Australia is a great place for a driving holiday, with miles of open roads to explore. Whether you’re following a coastline of palm-fringed beaches, exploring a misty rainforest, heading inland to snow-capped mountains or enjoying the entertainment and excitement of a big city, Apex can get you on the road to discovery.

Australian self-drive holidays allow you the freedom to create your own unique and memorable experiences, so hit the highway or the road less travelled and start planning your next Australian road trip.

Grand Pacific Drive – Sydney to Jervis Bay Road Trip

This is a very popular drive from Sydney down the southern coast of NSW to Jervis Bay. Along the way you’ll find a stunning coastline dotted with sparkling white sand beaches, some lovely country towns, lush rainforest and waterfalls.

After leaving Sydney on the Princess Highway, take the Royal National Park exit and follow Sir Bertram Stevens Drive through the park and then join Lawrence Hargrave Drive along the coast road. Just South of Coalcliff you’ll cross the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, before heading into Wollongong.

Stay in Wollongong for a night and the next day explore the local area around Shellharbor, Kiama, and Shoalhaven before heading through Nowra and on to Jervis Bay.

For full details and a recommended itinerary, visit NSW for an expert guide to the Grand Pacific Drive.

Greater Blue Mountains Drive Road Trip

The Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney is million-hectare World Heritage-listed wilderness that is a great place to take a road trip. Head west on Sydney’s M4 motorway, across the Nepean River, and continue up the A32 highway through Wentworth Falls to Leura and Katoomba.

There are lots of accommodation & restaurant options in Leura & Katoomba, so this is a great place to stop, relax and enjoy the views.

Next stop is Blackheath, where you’ll find oak-lined streets lit up with the colours of spring and autumn. Blackheath is home to many artisans and has a laid back feel that makes it a great place to explore. Visit one of the stylish cafes or restaurants and then head to the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre. This is home to the Blue Mountains National Park & Wildlife Service where you can learn about the Aboriginal heritage, history, and ecology of the area.

Head further west to the town of Litgow, where you can take the long way home and visit Janolan Caves and Oberon. Alternatively, you can take the shorter route and head back towards Sydney, stopping off at Mount Tomah to see the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens and the town of Bilpin.

For full details and a recommended itinerary, visit NSW for an expert guide to The Greater Blue Mountains Drive.

Pacific Coast Highway – Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip

It doesn’t matter which way you go, this road trip has so many great places to explore along the way. Take your time and follow the coastline, stopping off at laid back beachside towns and cities. Discover world-class wineries, mile after mile of stunning coastline and beaches, and national parks with ancient rainforest walks.

This 1,000 kilometre drive has so much to offer travellers that we recommend taking 7-10 days.

For full details, trips, and itineraries, visit Tourism Australia for recommended touring routes.

Great Ocean Road – Melbourne to Adelaide Road Trip

This is one of Australia’s most iconic road trips. Starting from Melbourne, it's an easy drive south to Geelong and on to Torquay, where the Great Ocean Drive begins. From there the road passes along cliff tops, past surf beaches, and through ancient rainforests, before passing the slowly eroding Twelve Apostles.

Heading into South Australia, you pass through Mt Gambier and head north to Coonawarra. Here you’ll find one of the best wine growing regions in Australia, with several fine cellar doors to explore.

We recommend taking 4-5 days to complete the journey and for more information, visit Tourism Australia.

Around Tasmania – Hobart to Hobart Road Trip

For the ultimate Tasmania road trip, why not circle the whole island? This seven-day journey begins and ends in Hobart and passes by beautiful east coast beaches, through wild scenery in the west, and includes the Bay of Fires, Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay.

For full details and a recommended itinerary, visit Tourism Australia.

Western Australia – South West Coast from Perth to Esperance

Follow the coast road south from Perth on this epic 14 day road trip through the south west corner of Australia. Taking in Rottnest Island, Freemantle, Margaret River, Denmark and on to Esperance, this road trip allows you time to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery and discover the amazing food and wine of the region.

For full details and a recommended itinerary, visit Tourism Australia.