Australia Travel Guides

Australia is big, bold, and beautiful and with so much to see and do you’ll need to plan your trip carefully. Use the Apex Australia Travel Guides to get a feel for each destination and the local gems you can find along the way. Learn about the history of Australia and aboriginal culture. Explore the rainforest, reefs, islands, beaches, and mountains. Or simply kick back, relax and enjoy your time down under.

Taste of the Tropics: Cairns to Townsville Travel Guide

Aerial view of couple walking along a long, sandy beach, Mission Beach, North Queensland

It’s one of the most popular road trips in Queensland, but the driving route from Cairns to Townsville is dotted with serene places to relax and soak up the tropical vibes. Don’t forget your sunglasses.

Read our Cairns to Townsville Travel Guide.

Rainforest to Reef: Cairns to Port Douglas travel guide

Aerial view of pontoon, catamaran and surrounding reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Slow your roll and check out all the amazing tropical attractions, unique towns and interesting things to do when you’re driving from Cairns to Port Douglas. It’s not far but you’re in for a fun time.

Read our Cairns to Port Douglas Travel Guide.

Whitsunday Wandering: Cairns to Airlie Beach travel guide

A diver exploring an open cathedral-like structure in the ocean, MOUA, John Brewer Reef, North Queensland

Take your time journeying between Queensland’s northern capital and the gateway to the Whitsundays to discover the best of the tropics. And it’s not all about the beaches.

Read our Cairns to Airlie Beach Travel Guide.

Forest Floored: Cairns to Daintree travel guide

Four people gathered around a small fire in the rainforest near a river, Walkabout Cultural Adventures, North Queensland

What a difference 110 kilometres make. When you’ve explored Cairns head north to the world’s oldest rainforest and all the region has to offer. This is nature at its wildest.

Read our Cairns to Daintree Travel Guide.

Rural Retreat: Brisbane to Toowoomba travel guide

A tractor on a trailer sits on the roadside near a heritage antique centre, Esk, Queensland

Get a taste of country life and take a driving tour to Queensland’s Darling Downs. Small towns and big scenery is all part of the allure of this particular road trip.

Read our Brisbane to Toowoomba Travel Guide.

A Vine Vision: Brisbane to Stanthorpe travel guide

A couple walks through rows of flowering lavender bushes, Kooroomba Vineyards, Queensland

Looking for the perfect combination of decadence and activity on your next road trip? Explore the Scenic Rim and Granite Belt to enjoy the best of fine food and wine and the great outdoors.

Read our Brisbane to Stanthorpe Travel Guide.

Sunny Delight: Sunshine Coast to Noosa travel guide

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

When you’ve got a car to get you there, you can take a week to explore all this region – famous for its stunning beaches and lush hinterland – has to offer.

Read our Sunshine Coast to Noosa Travel Guide.

Southeast Sojourn: Gold Coast to Springbrook travel guide

Close-up of six rainbow lorikeets sitting on a plate, Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Queensland

It starts with vast stretches of sand then rises into the mountains and the coolness of ancient rainforest. For adventures in the great outdoors, there’s no better holiday than this.

Read our Gold Coast to Springbrook Travel Guide.

Fine Wine Wanderings: Adelaide to Barossa Valley travel guide

The silhouette of man backlit in a cellar filled with wine bottles, Chateau Yaldara, Lyndoch, Barossa Valley

It’s not far from South Australia’s capital, so on this particular road trip you’ll be spending the bulk of your time exploring a single region. But since the Barossa is a world-renowned wine region, you’ll find plenty to stay occupied.

Read our Adelaide to Barossa Valley Travel Guide.

It’s About Lime: Adelaide to Mount Gambier travel guide

A tall, cubist-style building sits in a distant green paddock beyond vineyards, d’Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale

It starts with vast stretches of sand then rises into the mountains and the coolness of ancient rainforest. For adventures in the great outdoors, there’s no better holiday than this.

Read our Adelaide to Mount Gambier Travel Guide.

Jump to It: Adelaide to Kangaroo Island travel guide

Three people stand before a rock formation that appears to balance near the edge of a cliff, Flinders Chase National Park

So you want amazing wildlife and epic landscapes? Then head to South Australia’s incredible Kangaroo Island, where you can immerse yourself in nature and return with a million five-star memories.

Read our Adelaide to Kangaroo Island Travel Guide.

Coast With the Most: Adelaide to Port Vincent travel guide

A small boy on a beach at sunset casting a fishing line into the waves, Browns Beach, South Australia

Head north from Adelaide on an incredible South Australian road trip that takes visitors to the Yorke Peninsula, where there’s more than 700 kilometres of coastline waiting to be explored.

Read our Adelaide to Port Vincent Travel Guide.

Red Earth and Reef: Perth to Geraldton travel guide

Aerial view of a line of shacks and jetties on the edge of a small, flat island in turquoise water, Abrolhos Islands, WA

You’ve got wildlife, both on the land and beneath the sea. Then there are the spring wildflowers. And don’t forget the exceptional national parks. A trip along the Coral Coast is a natural adventure.

Read our Perth to Geraldton Travel Guide.

Best of the West: Perth to Margaret River travel guide

In a timber-lined room, four people sit at a table tasting wine. There are barrels in the foreground, Margaret River

Be sure to hire a surfboard or at least pack your swimsuit. Oh, and leave space in your luggage so you can carry that wine home. When you’re on this West Australian road trip, you get the best of nature and the farm.

Read our Perth to Margaret River Travel Guide.

Go West: Perth to Esperance travel guide

Aerial view of a bright pink body of water surrounded by bush near the ocean, Lake Hillier, Recherche Archipelago, WA

You’ve ticked off a few of the great Aussie driving holidays, but have you taken on the Great South West road trip? It’s more than a thousand kilometres of epic beaches, amazing wines and incredible scenery.

Read our Perth to Esperance Travel Guide.

Reef Bound: Perth to Exmouth travel guide

Coral Bay

When you’re ready to visit Ningaloo, forget about airports. This once-in-a-lifetime road trip is an opportunity to explore all the Coral Coast has to offer: incredible landscapes, sheep station stays and all the marine life you can handle.

Read our Perth to Exmouth Travel Guide.

Best of Tasmania: Hobart to Launceston Travel Guide

View over the water of the Derwent River to a large contemporary building housing Mona, Hobart, Tasmania

Even if you only have five days, this incredible Tasmanian road trip reveals the finest Apple Isle attractions. Sip cool-climate wines, walk to secluded bays and stop at bakeries seeking out the best scallop pie on the Great Eastern Drive.

Read about this road trip from Hobart to Launceston.

Convict Connection: Hobart to Port Arthur Travel Guide

View from a high cliff of the sea cliffs at Cape Hauy plunging into the ocean, Tasman National Park, Port Arthur

Don’t be fooled into thinking the former penal settlement is all there is to see. The readily accessible Tasman Peninsula is home to world-class walks, incredible landmarks and fascinating history. Plus, you can see much of it in three days.

Read about this road trip from Hobart to Port Arthur.

High Hopes: Launceston to Cradle Mountain travel guide

A person stands on a bridge overlooking a snow-covered forest, Enchanted Walk, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

It’s world famous for its natural beauty, so head to Cradle Mountain to enjoy first-class hiking up soaring peaks and around glacial lakes. Along the way you can stop to meet Tasmanian devils, go fly fishing and discover the area’s history.

Read about this road trip from Launceston to Cradle Mountain.

By the Bays: Launceston to Freycinet Travel Guide

A woman leans on a wine barrel in the barrel room at Pipers Brook Vineyard, Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Take the road less travelled in northern Tasmania. Pause in the Tamar Valley to visit world-class wineries, play a round at what might be the country’s most spectacular public golf course then spend days relaxing at Bay of Fires.

Read about this road trip from Launceston to Freycinet.

Mountain High: Sydney to Blue Mountains travel guide

The Scenic Skyway cabin passes over the Jamison Valley, Katoomba, at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains

For those with a love of spectacular scenery, there’s no better road trip than one unveiling the rugged beauty of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. From epic walks to a string of charming villages, it’s a destination sure to please.

Read about this road trip from Sydney to Blue Mountains.

Relaxation Bottled: Sydney to Hunter Valley Travel Guide

The scenic grounds of Krinklewood Vineyard at Broke in the Hunter Valley

A lot can be done in three days, particularly in Australia’s oldest wine region. Whether you spend your days tasting the region’s specialty drops or mix it up with fine food and other indulgences, the Hunter Valley has you covered.

Read about this road trip from Sydney to Hunter Valley.

Water World: Sydney to Jervis Bay Travel Guide

Aerial view of the coastal town of Huskisson on Jervis Bay

When it’s time to relax in a serious way, take a week-long road trip to the NSW South Coast. You’ll discover some of Australia’s best beaches and a multitude of ways to experience them, from sea kayaking to freediving.

Read about this road trip from Sydney to Jervis Bay.

Surf’s Up: Sydney to Newcastle Travel Guide

Visitors watch the daily pelican feeding at The Entrance on the NSW Central Coast

Leave the hustle and bustle of Sydney behind on a road trip north. The city of Newcastle has shrugged off its industrial image and now attracts sea changers and holiday makers in search of sparkling beaches and a relaxed vibe.

Read about this road trip from Sydney to Newcastle.

Pure Gold: Melbourne to Bendigo travel guide

Bendigo Court Buildings Rosalind Park

There was once gold in these hills, but these days it’s all its other attributes that make Bendigo shine. This thriving city in central Victoria delivers excellent food and wine, as well as culture and nature.

Read our Melbourne to Bendigo Travel Guide.

Range Roving: Melbourne to Falls Creek Travel Guide

Horse riders in the Victorian High Country on a ride with Bogong Horseback Adventures, near Tawonga

This is one of Victoria’s most adventurous destinations. Take a road trip to the High Country to discover resort towns where skiing dominates in winter and hiking and mountain biking take over the trails when the snow melts.

Read our Melbourne to Falls Creek Travel Guide.

Ocean Vision: Melbourne to Port Fairy Travel Guide

A southern right whale and her calf in the Logans Beach nursery, Warrnambool, Victoria

If you’ve never travelled along the Great Ocean Road, you haven’t experienced Australia’s most scenic coastal drive. Spend four days exploring the snaking route connecting charming towns, spectacular scenery and wild beaches.

Read our Melbourne to Port Fairy Travel Guide.

A Vine View: Melbourne to Yarra Valley Travel Guide

A couple on a viewing platform looking at the cascades of the Steavenson Falls, near Marysville, Yarra Valley

Leave the bustling city streets behind and venture into charming countryside, much of it patterned by rows of grapevines. Although the Yarra Valley is famous for wine, it’s also a perfect destination for lovers of food, art and nature.

Read our Melbourne to Yarra Valley Travel Guide.