Australia Road Trip Directions,
Distances And Destinations Guide

The ultimate Australia road trip is driving around Australia which is a huge drive and commitment, for most travellers it's not going to happen.

Another option is to see Australia by planning shorter road trips when it suits your lifestyle. Make the most of your journey by planning a circular trip so that you don’t have to backtrack on the same road.

For example drive along the coast and return inland or drive the scenic way and return the direct route. The length of you holiday break determines how far you can travel on your Australia road trip, these examples are an idea of how far you can travel.

Australia's state and territories vary in size so these are suggestions only.

  • In a weekend or long weekend you will probably travel 2 or 3 hours away.
  • In a week you may travel around your own state or travel to a nearby state or territory.
  • In several weeks or a month you will be able to travel through several states or territories or stay in one state and explore.
  • Travelling for several months or more you will be able to travel around the east or west half of Australia, explore the Top End, Central Australia, southern Australia etc.

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Australia Road Trip - Exploring the Bungle Bungles in the Kimberley

"We camped in the Bungle Bungles which are in the Purnululu National Park and also in the Kimberley in Western Australia. The Bungle Bungles were not discovered until the mid 1980s, since then they have become very popular as a camping and tourist destination.

As you can see from the photo above the 'beehive' like domes are massive and so interesting. There are several walks to natural attractions within and near the domes like the Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm.

From the ground you can't tell how many domes there actually is, but a charter flight over the Bungle Bungles reveals how incredible and amazing they are. Unfortunately I did not go on a charter flight so I cheated and bought a postcard that shows the birds eye view!
I would love to be a bird and see that every day!"

Australia Road Trip State and Territory Distances

Below are estimates of how long travelling around each state or territory would take. it depends on how you are travelling, e.g. by car or towing a camper or driving a motorhome.

The minimum number of weeks would be a very quick look around and the larger number of weeks would be approximately how long it would take to see most destinations of interest.

The state averages are worked out by starting in the state itself and including touring the main roads and adding some side roads to smaller towns and destinations.

As Australia is an extremely large country, these estimates are to be used as a guide only for your Australia road trip. They are taken from several sources and averaged.


New South Wales and ACT - average 4,000 km in 2 to 6 weeks

Northern Territory - average 6,000 km in 2 to 6 weeks

Queensland - average 6,000 km in 2 to 6 weeks

South Australia - average 4,500 km in 1 to 4 weeks

Tasmania - average 1,500 km in 1 to 4 weeks

Western Australia - average 8,000 km in 3 to 8 weeks

Victoria - average 3,500 km in 1 to 4 weeks

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Australia Road Trip - Camping near the Beach

"Camping is a great Australian tradition that gets more popular every year. Camping near the beach, lake or river is so popular especially in summer time. Camping can be done in a campervan, a tent, a camper trailer, caravan or motorhome that suits you the best."

Australia's States And Territories Regions For Your Australia Road Trip Itinerary

Australia has many amazing and beautiful unique places to explore and include in your Australia road trip adventure.

This list will help you get destination ideas for when you start planning your Australian road trip.

Queensland has 14 regions for you to explore

  • Brisbane - The Capital city of Queensland.
  • Bundaberg - Four hours drive north of Brisbane, pristine beaches.
  • Capricorn - Home to Rockhampton and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Fraser Coast - Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, an excellent option for your Australia road trip itinerary.
  • Gladstone - Sub-tropical climate with stunning islands and beaches.
  • Gold Coast - Stunning beaches, theme parks and exciting nightlife.
  • Mackay - Tropical Mackay offers a vibrant city, secluded beaches.
  • The Outback - Awe inspiring landscapes with interesting country towns, people and pubs.
  • Southern Downs - Two hours from Brisbane - the layback lifestyle.
  • Sunshine Coast - Beautiful Noosa, Rainbow Beach, the hinterland.
  • Toowoomba - The garden city with charming rural townships.
  • Townsville - Coastal towns, rainforests, rugged Outback.
  • Tropical North Queensland - Great Barrier Reef and rainforests.
  • The Whitsundays - The Great Barrier Reefs beautiful islands.

New South Wales has 8 regions for you to explore

  • Sydney - The Capital city of New South Wales.
  • Sydney surrounds - Blue Mountains National Park and other delights.
  • North Coast - Great beaches and hinterland drives.
  • South Coast - 30 National parks, marine parks and reserves.
  • Snowy Mountains - Home to Mount Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Central - Stretches from the Murray River to the Queensland border.
  • Outback - Stunning landscapes and National Parks.
  • Lord Howe island - World Heritage-listed paradise.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Canberra - The Capital city of Australia.
  • Canberra is home to the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and much more.
  • Canberra is the gateway to explore historic townships, natural wonders, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains.

Victoria has 11 regions for you to explore

  • Melbourne - The Capital city of Victoria.
  • Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges - Perfect for the indulgent short break.
  • Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges - Close to Melbourne.
  • Mornington Peninsula - Near Melbourne, galleries, spas and cafes in breezy seaside villages.
  • Phillip Island - Great for seeing the wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Great Ocean Road - Famous coastal road trip drive.
  • Goldfields - Old Gold mining towns such as Bendigo, Maldon, Castlemaine and Ballarat.
  • Grampians - Enjoy very adventurous activities, explore the National Park and see the local wildlife.
  • High Country - Stunning mountain views, and delicious local food and unique wineries.
  • Gippsland - Admire the oastal scenes and wilderness on your self drive tour.
  • Murray River - Visit towns like Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura to see displays of the Murray Rivers history and have a cruise on a restored paddlesteamer.

Tasmania has 5 regions for you to explore

  • Hobart - The Capital city of Tasmania.
  • East Coast - Enjoy a nice climate, walking along the beaches, relaxing and going for adventure walks and other activities.
  • Launceston, Tamar and the North - Visit Launceston and surrounding area including the Tamar Valley wineries and many natural attractions.
  • The North West Coast - Plenty of cafes in main towns and seaside villages to appreciate the local food and enjoy the clean fresh air.
  • The Western Wilderness - One of the most unspoiled and wildest areas of Australia.

Northern Territory has 6 regions for you to explore

  • Darwin - The Capital city of Northern Territory.
  • Katherine and surrounds - Cruise the Katherine Gorge, visit Mataranka and many other thermal pools.
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta - Visit the stunning Ayers Rock and the Olgas and the many other natural attractions.
  • Kakadu & Arnhem Land - Anywhere in this area is spectacular, beautiful landscapes and wildlife.
  • Tennant Creek and surrounds - Barkly Tablelands, Cattle Stations, many 4WD tracks and the Devils Marbles.
  • Alice Springs and surrounds - The heart of Central Australia has stunning gorges, boundless desert landscapes, a perfect addition to your Australia road trip itinerary.

South Australia has 8 regions for you to explore

  • Adelaide - The Capital city of South Australia.
  • Barossa and Clare Valley - Barossa is the wine capital, Clare Valley is where you go to enjoy the rural lifestyle.
  • Eyre & Fleurieu Peninsula - More than 2,000 kilometres of Australian coastline with secluded beaches, adventurous tours and wildlife.
  • Flinders Ranges & Outback - The Flinders Ranges has been named one of Australia's outstanding national landscapes.
  • Kangaroo Island - See nature at its best and visit Kangaroo Island.
  • The Limestone Coast - Picturesque port towns such as Kingston SE, Robe and Beachport, where water sports are the main attraction.
  • Murray River - Enjoy a houseboat holiday, fishing and many water activities while admiring the view.
  • Yorke Peninsula - laidback lifestyle, the beaches of Yorke Peninsula are great places to go swimming, surfing, fishing.

Western Australia has 5 regions for you to explore

  • Perth - The Capital city of Western Australia.
  • Golden Outback - Beautiful clear skies and amazing landscapes make for a real Australian adventure.
  • South West - Towering forests to whale watching, fine food and wine, world class surfing.
  • Coral Coast - Beaches, exotic marine life, the Pinnacles, Monkey Mia, National reserves and the bluest ocean you'll see anywhere in the world.
  • North West - Cable Beach at Broome, the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park and feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia.

For more information about planning your Australia road trip have a look at this page Road Trip ideas. For your convenience this page includes links to all the Tourism Australia websites.

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