While days on the open road through barren tracts of land have their own inherent appeal, distances can be very long in Australia, especially through the vast Outback. Still, there’s no denying the freedom that comes with having your own wheels, whether it’s exploring one region in depth, getting far off the beaten path, not worrying about a schedule or enjoying one of Australia’s iconic road trips.
If you’re travelling around Australia for an extended time, you might want to consider buying a vehicle when you get here. Otherwise ridesharing is also an option, and a short-term, local car rental to explore an area before moving on via plane, bus or train is also a great way to travel.
Although petrol/gas can be expensive in the outback, Australian roads are generally in good condition and road rules are straightforward. Driving in Australia can be an excellent way to see the country!
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Australia is full of popular driving routes that both capture the country’s essence and offer superb scenery, from east coast road trips to epic Outback voyages. Here are some of our favourite road trip ideas: