There are many incredible roadtrips you could choose to experience in Australia, all with outstanding views and unbelievable experiences on offer. This particular roadtrip is ideal if you want to see stunning coastlines spanning three beautiful states, beginning and ending in two awesome cities.
Your trip begins in the city of sun and the third largest city in Australia. Cuddle a koala bear and pet some roos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, or relax and enjoy the work of local artists at Roma Street Parkland. Visit the Mount Coot-tha lookout for breathtaking views of the whole city. Visit the beach style lagoon of Street’s Beach at Southbank to sunbathe on the sand or take a swim, then jump aboard the City Hopper to enjoy a free boat trip along the river, allowing you to take in views of the beautiful city.
Head down the coast and take in the scenic views of your next stop, best known for long, sandy beaches and incredible surf spots. Be sure to visit surfer’s paradise for a fab beach day and a cheeky surf, as well as amazing snorkelling and diving spots with over 50 species of fish to admire. Get your adrenaline fix at one of the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks such as Wet ‘n’ Wild or Dreamworld. Experience the natural beauty of the lush Hinterland with a stunning national park, charming mountain villages and the Gondwana rainforest. After a day of adventures head to Burleigh for breathtaking views of the sunset. Wake up early the following morning to dine at Q1’s breakfast buffet with stunning 360 degree views of the gold coast.
If you have some time to kill take a detour and head inland to Nimbin for a truly unique experience as you leave sunny Queensland and enter stunning New South Wales. This vibrant and colourful hippie town really is a one of a kind place, so it’s worth popping in for an hour even if you choose not to spend the night there.
Arrive in Byron Bay and enjoy yet another lovely beach, perfect for surfing. Take the walking route up to the lighthouse to experience some history and get some exercise. Enjoy scenic views during the walk and look out for whales if you’re lucky enough to be there at the right time of year.
Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie & Lake Macquarie
Travel down the beautiful coastline towards stunning stops such as Coff’s Harbour, Port Macquarie and Lake Macquarie. Whilst it isn’t necessary to stay overnight at all of these places, they’re all worth stopping to admire and taking some lovely photos.
We’re heading back inland for our next stop. You could spend days here enjoying several of the many scenic walks and visiting remote mountain villages, or just spend a day driving through and taking in the view. Camp at one of many free campsites, build a campfire and meet some other travellers. Wrap up warm for this stop – temperatures can drop below zero in winter!
Once you’ve had enough of the cold weather travel back to the sunny coastline and onwards to Wollongong. Surfing beaches and rock pools line the coastline. Trails encircle the forests and rocky cliffs of Mt. Keira in the Illawarra mountain range, which frames the city. Enjoy stunning beaches, a range of water sports and skydiving onto the beach.
Shellharbour is only a short drive south from Wollongong but is definitely worth stopping at for a couple of hours if not a night. Enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and catch a wave in the perfect waters. Have a picnic by Lake Illawarra, the ideal spot for some fishing or a swim. Explore the serenely green rainforest of Bass Point Reserve or take a walk through Blackbutt Forest Reserve and take in the varied wildlife and vegetation.
Onwards to the next beautiful area of coastline with some of the whitest sands in the world and great surf spots. Try out some water sports or meet some friendly kangaroos at Pebbly beach.
Next you’ll continue down the coast to Bermagui, where the Bermagui Blue Pool cannot be missed. There’s a larger and a smaller pool, filled with saltwater that has spilled over where the waves are so large. Take a swim then relax and watch the waves crash against the rocks.
Enjoy a scenic drive down the coast to the picturesque, postcard-perfect Lakes Entrance, leaving behind New South Wales for Victoria. Take in the views of the pristine turquoise waters and be sure to get some photos of where the ocean meets the lake, before taking a walk through the lakes and onto the long stretch of beach.
You’ll head inland for the next part of your trip where you’ll travel to the stunning Phillip Island. The Island is so small that you can explore it within a day, but it’s also possible to spend longer as there’s plenty to do. Take one of many walks featuring scenic lookouts for incredible views of the island. Watch the waves crashing against the rocks at the many beautiful beaches then enjoy seafood by the sea. The Nobbies boardwalk cannot be missed – take a stroll and enjoy the spectacular views including Seal Rocks and the Blowhole. And of course, you can’t go to Phillip Island and not see the adorable penguins. Learn all about their daily habits as you watch them returning from a day at sea, and know that your ticket purchase is helping to conserve their homes.
It’s time to travel upwards now, stopping at Mornington on the way to Melbourne, our final destination. Enjoy one of many scenic walking tracks or take a stroll along the beach, stopping for a picnic lunch with a sea view then relax in the naturally hot mineral springs.
Your final day will see you leaving the more remote Mornington for the exciting city of Melbourne. The most scenic route is via the coastal road, entering via the south of Melbourne. There’s plenty to do here to end your holiday on a high, from exciting water sports to lovely beaches, rooftop bars with amazing views of the city and quirky hidden cocktail bars.
And there you have it – your stunning tri-state adventure, observing some of the best that Australia has to offer. Happy road tripping!