The Most Instagram-Worthy Road Trips in Australia

Lauren Powell

We’re not sure how it happened, but the long, long weekend that is Easter is upon us. No complaints from here! If you haven’t already booked an escape from the places on your your bucket list, we have the perfect plan for you: a road trip! We’ve rounded up the most Instagram-worthy road trips (because if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it didn’t happen, right?) for you to discover over the upcoming four-day weekend. Scroll down, rally your troupes, and hit the open road.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cruise the winding roads of Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road to experience the most spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife, rain forests, and waterfalls. Explore the sweet seaside towns and isolated beaches that occupy the famous 243km stretch of road. Don’t miss the natural wonder that is The Twelve Apostles— a collection of limestone stacks off the dramatic coastline. 

Sydney to Brisbane Drive, New South Wales/Queensland

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One of the most travelled Australian road trips, the scenic Sydney to Brisbane trip, is jam-packed with beautiful beach after beautiful beach and quaint seaside town after quaint seaside town. Spanning over 1000kms between two of the country’s major cities along the pacific East Coast, this journey is one of the most diverse—expect dense national parks, rolling winery hills, picturesque hinterland, and crystal clear waters. If you can extend your trip by a few days, we’d highly recommend it.

Red Centre Way, Northern Territory

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When you think of the true Australian outback, the Red Centre Way is exactly that—think brilliant red landscapes, sand dunes, gorges, and kangaroos. It takes you through central Australia’s diverse landscape and iconic destinations such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Don’t forget your Blundstones and cork hat.

Cairns to Cape Tribulation, Queensland

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Home of the iconic Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, and Mission Beach, Tropical North Queensland is one of the most enchanting regions in Australia. The 250-300km drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is the definition of spectacular. Start in Cairns, enjoy a strip of beaches including one of the most impressive in Northern Queensland, the palm tree-lined Ellis Beach, make your way up to Port Douglas while admiring views of the rainforest mountains on one side and the Coral Sea on the other, take a swim at the pretty Mossman Gorge, and finally cross the Daintree River by ferry before exploring Cape Kimberley and Cow Bay. Road trip, more like dream trip.

East Coast Escape, Tasmania

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Freycinet Peninsula, Coles Bay Wineglass Bay, Bay of Fires—need we say more? The east coast of Tasmania is arguable one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world and it’s right on our doorstep. Enjoy spectacular scenery, national parks, historic landmarks, postcard views, and charming seaside towns the entire stretch. Add in the exceptional culinary offering and its one trip you’ll never forget. Explore, relax, or adventure—this destination has it all.

Flinders Ranges, South Australia

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The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, starting about 200km north of Adelaide and stretching for over 430km from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna. Ruggedly beautiful and magically colourful, this 540-million-year-old landscape looks otherworldly. Escape the city for stunning scenery, peaceful gorges, and nature like you’ve never seen it before. Watch out for the emus!

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