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introducinlyric
post Oct 17 2009, 09:19 PM
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found this list on news.com.au although they didnt mention any in the NT area but i wanted to share regardless

New South Wales

SNOWY MOUNTAINS DRIVE
This drive is not about racing to the summit of Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko, 2229m. It's about meandering through spectacular Alpine country, admiring the mountains from different angles – poised over a cuppa beside a stream at a picnic table, or from a cafe in a quaint town, perhaps.
The Snowy Mountains Drive, a 496km sealed, return route starts at Cooma. Poplar trees line the pretty township of Berridale, where you can deviate slightly for Dalgety, on the banks of the Snowy River. Dalgety is the only town not flooded by the great Snowy Scheme.

Enter Kosciuszko National Park for Thredbo village. Abandon the car for a chairlift ride, and a 13km return walk to the summit, taking in a landscape of herb fields, wildflowers, limestone gorges, and glacial lakes.
If you decide to pull out at Khancoban and head west to Albury, then you can still claim victory. Because by this stage you have in fact completed the Kosciuszko Alpine Way, the 175km leg from Cooma.
Return via parks, idyllic streams, more lakes, kangaroos and wild horses. Every Australian should have this drive on their to-do list

Snowy Mountains Drive


THE LONG PADDOCK
To some city slickers, the name of this drive might seem a bit cheeky. But it's actually steeped in Australia's pastoral history. Throw in a stagecoach or two, as well.
The Long Paddock, along the Cobb Highway, is a 610km sealed road from Moama, paddle steamer central on the banks of the Murray River on the Victorian border, to Wilcannia in central west NSW – which overflows with period sandstone buildings.
The Cobb Highway follows the original Cobb & Co route that linked the outback towns of Deniliquin, Hay and Wilcannia to the twin townships of Moama and Echuca.
This same path was also a major stock route, where drovers herded cattle great distances to markets. 'The Long paddock' is a colloquial term that refers to the grassy land beside the tracks, where cattle could feed for "free". Oi Oi Oi.
Along the way, forests of gums give out to sheep country and roll through historic river towns

The Long Paddock


DARLING RIVER RUN
This drive follows Australia's greatest river system through Outback NSW.
The route with sealed and unsealed roads, around 1000km, starts on the black soil plains of Walgett, central north NSW, and heads south west to the semi-arid countryside of Wentworth, across the river from Mildura.
Along the banks at Brewarrina are the heritage listed Aboriginal fish traps, known as Baiame's Ngunnhu. Made of stone walls, around 500m long, the ancient Dreamtime site is believed to be over 40,000 years old.
The sight of mulga trees and red dirt at Bourke signal the gateway to Outback NSW. Bourke is where eye surgeon Fred Hollows is buried along with his glasses.
Broken Hill is the darling of the run, resplendent in precious metals, birthplace of BHP, Pro Hart and Chips Rafferty.
No more dog-legging, head south under blazing skies, blue and red, to Wentworth, passing lakes, red river gums, goannas and flocks of coloured parrots.
But if you want something darker, check out paddle steamer wrecks along the way.

Darling River Run


THE RAINFOREST WAY
This delectable selection of luscious green treats is showcase of tropical rainforest and hinterland. With a half-dozen drives of around 90km on offer, the only problem is selecting which one.
A highlight is the Tweed Range Scenic Drive, a 90km loop starting near Kyogle. The all-weather gravel road heads into Border Rangers National Park, a World Heritage rainforest area.
Pack a picnic lunch to relax in the cool and aromatic settings, surrounded by tall cedars and mossy, Antarctic beech trees. Lush bushwalking trails shoot off in all directions.
At the Pinnacle lookout, 919m above sea level, stand on the edge of an ancient volcano for spectacular coastal and escarpment views. The lookout provides one of the best sunrise-viewing platforms in the country.
Waterfalls cascade down cliffs and trickle into streams, refuges for lyrebirds and frogs. In fact, the park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a vast refuge for the world's largest sub-tropical rainforests. The significance is both enormous and beautiful.

Rainforest Way


PACIFIC COAST TOURING ROUTE
This is Sydney to Brisbane. Most of us have delighted in the latest piece of road upgrade to get us to Queensland faster, but this drive makes use of the long, slow, sealed, scenic route of 940km.
Think of it as a way to appreciate the offerings on the other side of the Pacific Highway.
From Sydney, the first deviation is though wine country, the Hunter Valley. Australia's oldest wine growing region is where rolling green hills lead to vineyards and historic villages.
Once loaded up with wine supplies, head north along Bucketts Way for the country villages of Stroud and Gloucester – gateway to the mountain grandeur of Barrington Tops.
Further north, head over the eastern side of our national highway to the relaxed coastal town of South West Rocks for pristine beaches and tiny coves.
While Bellingen and surrounds offer up bird-filled valleys of waterfalls and rainforest, Grafton blossoms with jacaranda trees.
And of course, there is still the hinterland and coastal hippie-magic of Byron Bay. Slow and steady wins this race.

Pacific Coast



Western Australia


THE GUNBARREL HIGHWAY
If "extremely harsh" is part of your adventure vocabulary, then this is a drive for you.
The word 'highway' is very generous descriptor for the 1400km unsealed track, which stretches from Wiluna in the central west to Yulara in the Northern Territory (430km south west of Alice Springs).
Attractions include the Giles Weather Station, an important measurement and forecasting meteorological site, in use today.
The station was originally established to support atomic weapons tests conducted at Emu Plains and Maralinga; and was also enlisted for rocket testing at Woomera.
Over in the Northern Territory side, there is Lasseter's Cave, where a gold prospector hung out for 25 days without food and water in 1921.
Like we said, this one is about the challenge of the journey itself.

The Gunbarrel Highway


THE GIBB RIVER ROAD
This is a showcase of the Kimberley region spanning 670km, and is another gutsy drive, along sealed and unsealed roads, requiring planning and equipment.
The adventure begins on the west coast at the pioneer town of Derby and heads north-east to Wyndham, for the state's first croc farm, and where the King River meets the Cambridge Gulf.
The Kimberley region, considered one of the world's last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas, is a beautiful and dramatic backdrop of red-earth, rock gorges, waterfalls and natural swimming pools. Add abundant Aboriginal rock carvings and bird life to the mix.
Mitchell Falls is the largest of the waterfalls and provides cooling ponds and caves.
Other highlights include the Windjana Gorge, 3.5km long and 100m wide, where pools of fresh water crocodiles live. The Bungle Bungle Range in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park is acre upon acre of bizarre orange and black striped, beehive-shaped domes, which jut from the ground.
The drive could end at Kununurra, surrounded by more unusual rock formations, but head to sleepy Wyndham for a photo opportunity with The Big Crocodile, a 20metre long sculpture.
Just be careful near the muddy banks.

The Gibb River Road


THE EYRE HIGHWAY
This is Australia's iconic piece of road, which includes the longest stretch of straight road in the Australia, 146km.
The Eyre Highway has carried many migratory Australians, hauling their lives east or west.
The sealed route begins in the goldfield town of Norseman (600km east of Perth) and stretches across to Port Augusta in South Australia (300km north of Adelaide) for an epic 1675km trip.
The Nullarbor Plain is the centrepiece, a slab of limestone that stretches 1200 km above the Great Australian Bight. And is reportedly the world's largest.
A signpost at Balladonia, 191km into the journey, signifies the beginning of the Australia's longest straight road, which sometimes doubles as an emergency landing strip for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
In the heat of the day, this is where a single, lone tree can shade a group of kangaroos, and where the sight of a wild camel or roadhouse can stir excitement.
Short signposted detours allow visits to stunning sea cliffs of the Great Australian Bight.
This is a thinking, almost spiritual journey.

The Eyre Highway



THE WARLU WAY
The 2480 km partly unsealed Warlu Way traverses the northwest from the white sands of Coral Bay, across red dirt trails, to the striking colours of Broome.
The name Warlu refers to the Aboriginal Dreamtime serpent that created the magnificent landscape, weaving through it, depositing ponds and rivers along the way.
Ningaloo Reef at Coral Bay is where the adventure begins by swimming with the world's largest fish, the whale shark. Other dazzling fish and coral reefs are only metres from the shore.
Karijini has plummeting gorges with waterfalls, and breezy mining towns, while Millstream-Chichester National Park is a true desert oasis.
Back on the coast, for sapphire seas, the Burrup Peninsula boasts the world's largest collection of indigenous art. The natural rock art gallery has thousands of Aboriginal engravings, dating back 20,000 years.
The historic towns of Cossack, Roebourne, Port Hedland and Marble Bar, lead to Broome's legendary Eighty Mile Beach, where camel sunset rides rule.
The colour and richness of the regions that the Warlu Way explores – Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley – are the envy of the world. There is a lot to be proud of here.

The Warlu Way



THE GOLDEN QUEST DISCOVERY TRAIL
Gold, gold, gold, is what this drive is all about. For 965km, along sealed and unsealed roads, you can explore the history of the West Australian goldfields.
The looped drive begins at Coolgardie and heads north to Windarra before returning south via Kalgoorlie-Boulder, taking in 25 significant sites.
There is green habitat at Rowles Lagoon, and endless glows of pink and blue at sunset, when cloud permits, and carpets of wildflowers, when season permits.
Further north, the remote town of Laverton is on the edge of the Great Victoria Desert. The town honours the early explorers and prospectors of the region via the Great Beyond Explorers Hall of Fame.
Heading back south, the goldfields town of Menzies shows off fine-looking stone buildings.
It ends in Kalgoorlie, home to Australia's largest open-cut operating gold mine, and a city with modern cafes and restaurants where you can find a great cup of liquid gold – coffee that is.

Golden Quest Trail




Queensland


GREAT GREEN WAY
Queensland is blessed with a diversity of landscape, which is the envy of the country. Yet, it is mostly our beautiful tropics that gets them salivating. And deservedly so.
Although the Great Tropical Drive is an ambitious route of 2079 kilometres that loops Cairns, Townsville and Cooktown, a segment of it called the Great Green Way is the real gem.
The Great Green Way, a sealed road, weaves 457km along the coast between Townsville and Cairns.
For "reef" action, visit Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville, billed as the "world's largest living coral reef aquarium". But only a boat ride away is the Great Barrier Reef and glorious Magnetic Island.
Just north, the green foliage and cascading waterfalls of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area begins. Hiding inland is the delightful rainforest village of Paluma.
Thunderous Wallaman Falls is Australia's largest single sheer-drop waterfall, while Murray Falls offers a more delicate spraying of the face.
Long palm-fringed beaches open up around Mission Beach, with views to Dunk and Bedarra Islands. And more giant ferns, golden sands, turquoise waters continue to Cairns.
Dip along the coast or in hinterland swimming holes. This lush tropical drive is very cool, indeed.

Great Tropical Drive



MATILDA HIGHWAY
Queensland's epic size easily lends itself to the epic road trip. The Matilda Highway provides one such avenue, at 1812km long.
Starting at the single pub village of Barringun (population 4) on the NSW border, the highway cuts the through the heart of the state right up to the town of Karumba, on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
And as you might expect, the highlight of this journey is outback. That means weather
beaten characters, pubs, tall-tales, gidgea trees and endless sunsets.
The sealed Matilda Highway visits Charleville, where Qantas had its first commercial flight, and Longreach for Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Outback Museum.

In the town of Barcaldine, 518km west of Rockhampton, six heritage pubs offer the challenge to lift the conversation above wool and politics. This is where shearers started the Australian Labor Party.
Have a drink at North Gregory Hotel in Winton where Banjo Paterson first publicly performed Waltzing Matilda.
Pass through Cloncurry, birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor, and Burke and Wills Junction, which directs attention to the first explorers to attempt this arduous journey to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
With plenty of outback pubs along the way, it's lucky the roads are fully sealed. The bulldust comes thick and fast. So Aussie.

Matilda Highway



THE SAVANNAH WAY
This is where adventure combines savannah lands and outback. Although the Savannah Way stretches across the country from Cairns to Broome, WA, the 1138km Queensland portion, with some unsealed roads, to the Northern Territory Border, is a stunning showcase of Queensland's Top End.
From Cairns, the tropical rainforests give way to the food bowl of FNQ, Atherton. Platypus streams and plantations of tropical fruits, coffee, and sugar, ramp up into Queensland's highest town, Ravenshoe, for waterfalls and hots springs.
Fossick for gold in Georgetown, and discover the glory of Croydon's gold mining history, once the state's second largest inland town.
The vast wetlands, teaming with birdlife, open up around Normanton, 715km into the journey. Burketown is Australia's barramundi capital, and also world famous for its striking cloud formation known as 'Morning Glory'.
Journeying through savannah grasslands, Hells Gate, 50km from the Northern Territory, arrives with one of the world's oldest landscapes. The staggering rock formations also boast one of the world's greatest outdoor art galleries of indigenous rock paintings.
Feel the spirit of Dreamtime. Feel the spirit of adventure.

Savannah Way



DIG THE TROPIC
This newly-conceived drive of 567km runs the length of the Capricorn Highway from Rockhampton to Barcaldine, where it joins the Matilda Highway for Boulia.
From the country's beef capital, through mining towns, to another beef town, this is a "geo-journey". It's all about discovering minerals and fossils in prehistoric burial grounds. Think gemstones and bones of beasts.
The ancient Capricorn Caves just outside of Rockhampton is where fossils of giant ringtail possums and marsupial lions with meat-cleaving teeth were found.
Mining has also uncovered our past and beasts. Mount Morgan, 170 million years ago, was the habitat for Jurassic theropods dinosaurs and aquatic Plesiosaurs. Jeepers.
Along the Capricorn Way are towns with the names of gemstones - Sapphire, Rubyvale, Emerald and Opalton, and features the largest sapphire fields in the Southern Hemisphere.
At Winton, you can see the remains of Capricorn dinosaurs. The Age of Dinosaurs Museum is a work in progress, but currently has a preparation room showing fossils. It's also a chance to get involved in a real dig.
It all ends at the Stone House Museum at Boulia with a display of vertebrate and invertebrate fossils. Gotta dig that.

Dig The Tropic



VALLEYS AND VINES DRIVE
Just when city-slickers might be thinking that the "Great Drive" is out of reach, along comes the Valleys and Vines Drive, right on the doorstep of Brisbane.
The 894km circular, sealed route from the city explores the best parts of the surrounding regions, north and south. And is another Lowndes family favourite.
This drive is about dazzling the senses - golden sands, dramatic green landscapes and tasty wine country.
Firstly, it heads south to the Gold Coast and luxuriant hinterlands for Queensland's first national park, Mount Tamborine. The tranquil rainforest settings are divine. Take in the glitz of the Gold Coast, even if it's just the sands of the world famous beaches.
Head north for orchards, roadside stalls and the pretty town of Boona surrounded by hills.
Encased by granite rocks and national parks, Queensland's wine growing territory, Stanthorpe appears, showing off its 45 wineries. The route continues through the fertile lands of Warwick and Toowoomba towards dairy country and towns of Maleny, Montville and Mapleton.
It all ends in swish Noosa, for some sunning, wining and dining, all before driving home. Has a drive to Noosa and back ever been so lovely? Or taken so long?

Valleys and Vines Drive




Victoria



GREAT SOUTHERN TOURING ROUTE
This drive encompasses our great cities, and Great Ocean Road.
From Melbourne, the 777km circular sealed route heads straight for the state's next largest waterfront city, Geelong.
From there, it's fun in the sun when the route heads south to seaside orquay for big wave action and Norfolk pines. This is the official start of the Great Ocean Road, and perhaps the unofficial point for the nation's surfing capital.
More beach pursuits and fishing follow in little Lorne and Apollo Bay. The route then heads inland through Otway National Park for lush rainforest.
Buffeting winds and seas have helped shaped the dramatic cliff landscape between Princetown and Port Campbell, including the great limestone stacks off the coast, Twelve Apostles. Fairy penguins waddle below.
Indulge the historic fishing village of Port Fairy, before leaving the Great Ocean Road, back towards the big smoke, but via the Grampians National Park for wildflowers, waterfalls and more rock formations.
And yet, you still have to experience the gold rush of the 1800s via Ballarat and Sovereign Hill.
With such beauty and diversity, and quality of preservation, the Great Southern Touring Route is easily one of the world's greatest drives.

GSTR





THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD
From the gateway of the state's major ski fields, this 308km sealed road heads south-east from Wangaratta to the flowering Gippsland city of Bairnsdale.
If you can push aside robust red wines and gourmet food, this trip is about delicious alpine scenery.
OK, then. Permission granted to stop at cellar doors at Milawa for the purpose of staple fuel - cheese and wine. But provided you burn it off on a walk in Mount Buffalo National Park admiring cascading waterfalls and views of the Alps.
The handsome gaol in Beechworth is where Ned Kelly served time as a teenager, in 1870. The historic town has a wonderful collection of well-preserved buildings, many of them sandstone.
At the foothills of the Alps is the drop-dead gorgeous town of Bright, backgrounded by countryside, and forests of pine and eucalyptus. Myriads of colour are provided by pioneer-era planted trees such as elms, poplars, chestnuts and oaks. Autumn is divine.
Within the valleys are access points to snowfields and lookouts to drink in mountain views.
The route descends into forests of snow gum towards the white-water rafting town of Omeo, before levelling out to farming plains. Celebrate the completion with fine wines collected along the way.



TOURING THE MURRAY
The "Mighty Murray", Australia's largest river acts as a natural border between Victoria and NSW. Touring the Murray, a 657km sealed route, which traces it from the banks of the picturesque city of Wodonga, the largest settlement along the river, to Mildura, citrus fruit heaven.
From Wodonga, the route firstly loops east to discover Corryong, the town that commemorates Horseman extraordinaire, Jack Riley , immortalised in Banjo Paterson's famous big poem of 1890, 'The Man From Snowy River'. The local boy now lies in a little cemetery on a hill.
Heading west, the beautiful wine region of Rutherglen appears, with cellar doors aplenty. And later, Yarrawonga offers up its enormous lake for fishing and boating.
The twin townships of Echuca and Moama - once paddle steamer central with the world's largest fleet, gloriously captures a bygone era. Take a ride on one of the historic vessels and soak it up. Red gum trees line the river and startlingly protrude from it.
Before the arrival of the railways in the 1850s, the Mighty Murray was the country's mighty inland highway.
Enjoy our pioneer history at Swan Hill. In fact, toast important Australian history along the entire route.


SYDNEY TO MELBOURNE COASTAL DRIVE
There comes a time when the sparkle of the emerald city, Sydney, lures us north. This 1160km sealed drive is also one of the state's best drives.
While it might be tempting to bypass Wilsons Promontory, you would miss the bushland delight of mainland Australia's southernmost coastal point. One of Victoria' favourite playground is where eucalyptus meets rainforest.
Lakes Entrance, 'an oldie but a goodie' holiday spot, joins the ocean and lakes. The fabulous unspoilt Ninety Mile Beach seems endless; much longer than its namesake.
Further along, the granite headlands and secluded beaches of Croajingolong National Park form a UNSECO recognised refuge, home to 300 bird species and 1,000 native plants. Add bats, possums, owls, hawks and seals.
Over the border, it's fishing towns and villages. Eden with its deep harbour is one of the nation's whale watching capitals.
Further north, The National Trust villages of Tilba arrive, a collection of colourful timber houses and stores, including a classic general store. Cafes are perfectly placed.
Prepare yourself for more forests and beaches - hundreds and hundreds of kilometres. By then you will have arrived in Sydney with a tanned face. So Sydney, you'll fit right in.



CAPITAL & COUNTRY TOURING ROUTE
It is time to hit the nation's capital. Woo-hoo! Excited yet? How about if we add wine to the mix, or perhaps a spa?
This is another epic trip from Melbourne to Sydney, 1090 km, but this sealed route highlights the treasure-trove villages and towns through the goldfields. And there is that wine too, of course.
From Melbourne, it is straight to country towns Macedon, Kyneton and Woodend, for antique hunting, and boutique wine hunting. Nearby Daylesford is at the heart of spa country.
The famously eerie Hanging Rock, which featured in the 1975 film, is at Woodend. Wineries adorn the ranges.
Maldon is a National Trust village with streetscapes of stone cottages and shop fronts with wide verandas of corrugated iron roof. The surrounding countryside boasts more wineries and cellar doors.
The town of Castlemaine is grand and ornate, while Bendigo, the big gun of gold towns, is Victorian splendour. And there's Shiraz in them hills.
The route then heads into paddle steamer territory for the twin townships of Echuca and Moama, tracing the river to the fertile lands of Rutherglen wine region. From Wodonga, it's into NSW, where Canberra beckons. Sydney shouts from afar...




South Australia



OODNADATTA TRACK
This renowned unsealed track explores the remote desert country in the northern part of the state.
The 620 km route, which was originally carved out by aborigines, begins in Marree, former hub of Afghan camel-train drivers, and finishes at Marla, a small town serviced by the modern replacement version, The Ghan train.
The track is much about railway history as it is about springs, wells, and lakes, even if they are of the salt variety.
Take trails to observation points to view Lake Eyre. At full capacity it becomes Australia's largest lake, spreading 9,690 square km. The white salty crusts are a brilliant white, while the water takes on subtle pink hues. And when the rains arrive, so do thousands of waterbirds, including pelicans and gulls.

Along the way, vast plains of red stone resemble planet Mars. Old telegraph stations, railway sidings and buildings from the old Ghan Railway appear.
The town of Oodnadatta was the terminus from Adelaide during 1890 to 1929, before the track was eventually extended to Alice Springs.
When the railway line moved in 1980, so did most of its population. But the remnants of its history and the imprinted landscape are indeed enthralling.

Oodnadatta



KANGAROO ISLAND DRIVE
Australia's third largest island, is increasingly garnering national attention because of its natural beauty and diversity of wildlife. High end lodges are helping too.
The 420km circular navigation of the island, on sealed roads, begins from the eastern end of the Island at Penneshaw, where visitors are delivered from the mainland, via Cape Jervis.
Seal Bay, 100km into the journey, is the first attraction of the trip, and the island's most popular. This is where the cute and whiskered sea lions spread out on the beach to bask and play.
Further on, the sweeping sandy beach of Vivonne Bay has been declared Australia's best beach, after an evaluation of the nation's 10,000 beaches. The surf is great too.
In Flinders Chase National Park, native animals abound, including koalas, wallabies, echidnas, platypus, fur seals, goannas, possums, bandicoots. And of course, the island's namesake, kangaroos.
The colourful flora includes eucalypts, banskia, bottlebrush and wattle – classic Aussie natives.
One third of the island consists of national parks with varied landscapes of pristine beaches, wetlands, lagoons, coastal cliffs and enormous granite boulders.
While bird watchers drool over the 267 recorded species, including cockatoos, pelicans and penguins, all of Australia is drooling over this little bit of protected paradise


Kangaroo Island Drive



THE EYRE HIGHWAY
This is Australia's iconic piece of road stretching 1675 km, starting at the head of the Spencer Gulf, Port Augusta to the goldfield town of Norseman in Western Australia (600km east of Perth).
The legendary route has carried many migratory Australians, hauling their lives west or east. If pesky sandgropers try to claim it as their own, claim "possession" as most of it resides in South Australia.
Through mining and grain growing belts, the sealed road leads to The Nullarbor Plain, which is the centrepiece of the journey – a great slab of limestone that stretches 1200 km above the Great Australian Bight.
Short signposted detours allow visits to the stunning sea cliffs of the Great Australian Bight.
In the heat of the day, this is where a single, lone tree can shade a group of kangaroos, and where the sight of a wild camel and roadhouse can stir excitement.
Flat and almost treeless is what it this drive is mostly about. But there is excitement at Border Village, the quarantine checkpoint on the border, where fruit and veg are confiscated.
Oh yeah, and there's the longest straight road in Australia, 146km long, signposted with "90 mile straight". But that excitement wanes after only a few kilometres. Nevertheless, this a must-do journey.

The Eyre Highway



YORKE PENINSULA DRIVE
Sun, sun, sun. Yorke Peninsula is a coastal playground.
The vibe of the peninsula lends itself to chill-out style driving and discovery. Easy sealed roads, gorgeous coastline and windswept hair. Vroom. Vroom.
Fuel up at Port Wakefield on the top eastern edge of the peninsular to begin the return 490km sealed-road journey.
Heading west, the first stop is Kadina, an inland copper town, which is the peninsula's largest (population 4000), and boasts examples of early-settler, Cornish architecture. Kadina, along with seaside towns, Wallaroo and Moonta, celebrate their Cornish heritage via the annual Cornish Festival.
Dramatic coastal scenery, and world renowned surf beaches, can be found at the southern tip of Yorke Peninsula in Innes National Park. Emus play here, too.
Unspoilt ocean waters make diving and snorkelling popular. Two underwater Maritime Heritage Trails have 18 shipwrecks to explore. The sheltered bays and coves are perfect for swimming and picnicking frolics.
And jetties strategically placed all around the peninsular make fishing easy; although you can catch large whiting right off the beach at Port Victoria.
This is a drive with so many good distractions, that you'll easily forget about plans.

YORKE PENINSULA DRIVE



FLEURIEU WAY TOURING ROUTE
Yes, it is more fun in the sun. And another peninsular. But add a touch of nudie beach, glorious wine country, and new fandoogled GPS technology.
Around one hour's drive south of city-slicking Adelaide, the 235 km sealed Fleurieu Way Touring Route begins at on the eastern side at Strathalbyn, antique-hunting heaven, and weaves around the peninsular to the coastal town Port Noarlunga, a popular diving spot.
In a first for Australia, this route comes with a high tech personal guide. GPS devices can be hired from visitor information centres, which plug into your car's cigarette lighter. Not only do you get the drive's highlights, but also insider tips from locals.
Local winemaker, Rebecca Wilson, talks up McLaren Vale – one of the nation's best wine producing regions, with 50 wineries and dozens of cellar doors, for tippling. Wilson has been awarded producer of "Australia's Best Red".
Regional produce overlflows at Victor Harbor Farmers market. And along the way, there are steam train rides, horse-drawn tram rides, and colonies of waddling penguins.
With eyes on the home stretch at Maslin Beach, it is time for wild abandon – cast off the togs for the nudie beach. The scenery is spectacular, in more ways than one.

Fleurieu Way



feel free to add drives/roadtrips you think should be added to the list - i will add drive in the NT area soon


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Ahh I love Australian road trips... it was a great country to drive in... no traffic!
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QUOTE(sianeth @ Oct 18 2009, 09:03 AM) *

no traffic!


that would be ideal.

i need to go on more roadtrips...i miss 'em


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I'd love to do more road trips around Australia. In Dec-Jan this year we drove from Nowra NSW to Melbourne then sailed to Tassie and drove around there before coming home and it was stunning.


that sounds great smile.gif did u blog about it


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Northern New South Wales is the perfect place for a Road Trip, loads of small towns located around Byron Bay with it's famous beaches and whale watching. Absolutely stunning views as you drive along, you literally have ocean views out one side of the car and mountain greenery out the other side. I was always afraid of crashing because my eyes were never on the road.

That's my two cents and now for the plug... A great place to find accommodation in the area is www.byronbayholidayaccom.com.au
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post Oct 22 2009, 07:39 PM
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QUOTE(johnny_mac @ Oct 22 2009, 02:05 AM) *

and the great ocean road


yes i agree although i havent done it myself but been told its amazing and it looks it


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Hey all...I'm planning a road trip and leg 1 is from Brisbane to Uluru...any one know of anything along the way or a minor detour that would be worth checking out?
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hi Undone, Im a little confused if you think that leg 1 is a day trip?

Brisbane to Uluru would be done in at least 5 stages

Day one - Brisbane to Blackall (965km)

Day two - Blackall to Mt Isa (861km)

Day three- Mt Isa to Tennant Creek (661km)

Day Four - Tennant Creek to Alice Springs (508km)

Day Five - Alice Springs to Uluru (440km)

Remember though, a road trip isnt just about getting to your destination - its about the journey - so dont rush it. My suggestion is to spend at least 2 nights in every town, have a look around and go from there!!!


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I have no intentions of this trip being a day trip. I know it will be a long road trip...but only stage 1 of an even longer road trip. I'm just wondering more if there is something of particular interest along the way that we should make sure we check out. I'm not from Australia and will only have been in the country for a week or so when this road trip is started, so I'm not sure of what I should make sure I check out in my travels.
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Another quick Q. Why would I head up to Mt. Isa? Wouldn't heading in the direction of Middleton and Warburton be the better course?
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If you have a fully equipped 4WD, and are an experience 4WD'er, then by all means take on the Plenty Highway. But you had better be experienced and have all the equipment as this is nearly as REMOTE as it gets. If you dont have the right gear, dont even think about it.

The way I have said is the shortest way for a 2WD vehicle to travel, and it will keep you within cooee of some sort of civilisation.


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For anyone interested in possibly the most famous Australian roadtrip (The Great Ocean Road) here's an article with a few recommended spots on the way.

Great Ocean Road - http://nomadshostels.com/Trip-Ideas/great-...toria-australia
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QUOTE(ck10_9 @ Dec 20 2009, 10:01 PM) *

We took on the plenty highway in a 4wd - It can be done in one day, we took 7-8 hours
Gemtree caravan park is a nice place to stop and do some fossicking

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Check out our blog post on Gemtree and the Plenty if you like?

http://twopomsandatruck.blogspot.com/2009/...plenty-hwy.html


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QUOTE(kateyc @ Dec 21 2009, 04:06 PM) *

For anyone interested in possibly the most famous Australian roadtrip (The Great Ocean Road) here's an article with a few recommended spots on the way.

Great Ocean Road - http://nomadshostels.com/Trip-Ideas/great-...toria-australia


nice find smile.gif i want to do this drive


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Ahhh the Great Ocean Road.

It is really great - but no matter what time of year you visit the great ocean road, you always need a jumper. We have been in Winter and then in Summer and on both occasions it was windy and cold, as most of the attractions like the apostles are all on the water/cliff edge.

The scenery and little towns are great - but do take your wallet, as we found just a site in a caravan park with two adults and two kids set you back dearer than any caravan park in Australia and that's saying something.

Not mentioning names, but one caravan park wanted to charge us $58.00 for one night, for a non powered site on a grassy area near the front noisy entrance with slab or anything for our caravan - more than double what we normally pay.

It would certainly pay not to go in peak season either, especially if you are a traveller on a budget.

Try and look at some of the free campsites a little further along in the camps 5 book.

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its very informative and helpful.
u have explain everything.........
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QUOTE(tiger_lily @ Oct 21 2009, 11:29 PM) *

I'd love to do more road trips around Australia. In Dec-Jan this year we drove from Nowra NSW to Melbourne then sailed to Tassie and drove around there before coming home and it was stunning.




Australia is huge, and road trips are a great way to see it. See some Australian road trips for yourself, with photos of Australian road trips and step by step ideas for Australian road trips you can take down under.Nowra NSW to Melbourne is really best road trip.
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Hi

Thanks for sharing this nice information information. I have got lot of information from this post . Keep sahring more and more information

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As we have all said there are great road trips around this awesome country.

I did one about 10yrs ago took 4 weeks and headed south from Brisbane down the Newell highway, stayed over night at the Dubbo zoo (had to book worth the money ).

Then down to Echuca from there down to the great ocean road. and back up to the Grampians then back to Dubbo.

Up to Lightning ridge across the mallee country through a place called Come By Chance ( one side of the road does not talk to the other a really strange place but worth a visit), then through to Wee Waa and onto Narrabri and finally back home to Brisbane a short 5,000 kilometre trip by Australian standards
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Hey I just downloaded the travel club app mytravelsos. It says I have a personal assistant and full legal/medical coverage while on vacation. Why should I be paying a monthly fee if it only covers a couple of weeks of vacation for me?
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