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Who the hell doesn’t love a good road trip? Sure, travelling O/S is great and all that jazz, but the price tag? Not so much.
With summer knocking on ya’ door, we pulled together a few great options for your next road trip.
GO FORTH AND PUT PEDAL TO THE METAL, GOOD PEOPLE.
SYDNEY TO JERVIS BAY
If you’re all about those coastal drives (who isn’t, tbh), then the road trip from Sydney to Jervis Bay should be right up yer alley. It’s a journey marked by several beaches, so y’all know the drive’s going to be scenic as hell.
SYDNEY —-> SEA CLIFF BRIDGE
Photo: Grand Pacific Drive.
Whichever route you and your gang decide on, make sure it includes a drive along Sea Cliff Bridge. JUST LOOK AT THAT THING. MAN MEETS NATURE AND ALL THAT.
SEA CLIFF BRIDGE —-> ILLAWARRA FLY TREETOP WALK
Photo: Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.
Head back inland, soaking in the lushness of NSW’s forests, toward the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk. Once there, you can hang out with all the birds and the bees and the little monkeysssss. NOTE: there’s no actual monkeys there, we just couldn’t not take up the chance to whack in a Mean Girls quote.
ILLAWARRA FLY TREETOP WALK —-> KIAMA
Photo: Visit NSW.
THAR SHE BLOWS. Drop by Kiama‘s blowhole to see nature’s more kick-ass / furious side. The drive to this natural landmark is certainly worth it.
KIAMA —-> SHOALHAVEN RIVER (NOWRA)
Photo: @shoalhavenriverfestival / Instagram.
There are a heap of cafes in Nowra – just drive up to one of ’em, grab something to eat and have yo’self a picnic on the bank of Shoalhaven River.
SHOALHAVEN RIVER —-> JERVIS BAY
Photo: Wiki Australia.
Ah, Jervis Bay‘s infamous Hyams Beach. Why can’t life be as beautiful as your offensively white sand. Why? WHY? WHYYYYY. The area is full of decent things to see, so our advice is to hit the road with a fully charged phone (in case you get lost) and explore this damn-fine locale. It really is Australia at its best.
MELBOURNE TO PHILLIP ISLAND
As any true-blue Victorian will know, the tried-and-tested trip from Melbourne to Phillip Island is nothing but ace times. Our advice, however, is to throw yo’self into everything your first stop – the Dandenong Ranges – has to offer. The drive there starts off with urban scenery as you leave the city, then shifts to offensively beautiful natural sites as you near the ranges. Gotta love those man-made vs. mother nature juxtapositions, right?
MELBOURNE —-> DANDENONG RANGES
Photo: Visit Victoria.
The Dandenong Ranges is jam-packed with epic stuff to do and see. Pretty much anywhere you drive will leave your jaw on the floor. Of the many, here’s our three favourite things to soak in while you’re there:
Photo: Geppetto’s Workshop / Facebook.
Look, we’re well aware that we’re recommending visiting a toy store to an audience whose Hot Wheels days are behind them, but we reckon Geppetto’s Workshop is 110% worth swinging by. C’mon, guys. Embrace that inner-child of yours and whatnot.
Photo: Piggery Cafe.
You’ll undoubtedly be happier than a pig in mud after a feed at the Piggery Cafe. We guarantee that the drive there is worth it, and if you’re of the vegetarian persuasion, then they’ve got options for you too.
KOKODA TRACK MEMORIAL WALK (1000 STEPS)
Photo: Visit Dandenong Ranges.
If you’ve grown up in Victoria, you would’ve undoubtedly heard of 1000 Steps. It’s the perfect stop off for those wanting to get the ol’ pulse racing via some pretty arduous exercise. Even if you’re not all about that #Fitspo life, it’s a good way to hit reset when you’ve been driving for too long – just don’t climb all of ’em.
DANDENONG RANGES —-> PHILLIP ISLAND
Photo: Phillip Island Chocolate Factory.
Yep, that’s no joke a chocolate waterfall. You can find it at Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. Get in your car. Turn it on. Take in the breathtaking sites on your way and go there. Go there now.
PERTH TO GERALDTON
The length of the drive from Perth to Geraldton makes it a great one for long weekend getaways, but if you’re in a position to do so, we recommend taking a few extra days off so that you’ve got enough time up your sleeve to keep your sightseeing a chilled affair.
PERTH —-> CERVANTES
If you’re not a local of WA, then we’re happy to inform you that the drive to the Pinnacles is one of the most gawjus in existence. The place itself is a must-see for those who are impressed by nature’s weirdness. For those who aren’t, it still makes for a great ‘Gram opportunity.
CERVANTES —-> JURIEN BAY
Get your aquatic fix of scuba diving / snorkelling / swimming / windsurfing / surfing / fishing in Jurien Bay. FYI: the water is as clear as a friggin’ crystal. Make sure you take advantage of petrol stations whenever you see them as they’re few and far between.
JURIEN BAY —-> GERALDTON
Look, as you’d now be well aware, most of the trip from Perth to Geraldton involves interacting with the ocean to some extent. Just embrace it and get amongst Geraldton’s finest beaches on your time off.
One of the best things about our land that’s girt by sea is that its travel opportunities are pretty much limitless (Australia, you’re #KillingIt). These are but a few options, y’all. Get your research on and find a route that’s gonna tick all the boxes on your end.
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Photo: Grand Pacific Drive.