Real talk. We’re currently on a holiday hiatus right now, because what with potential job changes, our string of visitors, and both of us needing new phones, travel is off the cards for the immediate future. I am not allowed to book anything. Nope. Not even so much as a road trip.
Which, of course, means I now want to go EVERYWHERE and see EVERYTHING. So I thought I’d write a list right here right now of all the Australian road trips I’m just itching to take, so that when we once again roll round to travel booking time I’m not stumped for ideas. Which would be typical me.
Sydney – Byron Bay
Courtney’s trip earlier this year inspired me, and I wish I could go for just the day – alas, Byron is a little further away for us here in Sydney. So I’d make a 4 day trip of it, and stop off for a night each way at one of the cute AirBnBs that I found en route. There’s one that’s also a cat rescue shelter, and you can share your accommodation with a cute kitty! How adorable is that?!
Anyway, once in Byron I’d definitely go see the beach but, on account of still not having quite mastered that beach thing, we’d probably wander around the town a bit as I hear it’s quite eclectic. I’d also do my very best to see 20 dolphins in a wave, because surely it doesn’t get better than that?
Sydney – Jervis Bay
I’ve seen so many articles about Jervis Bay recently. The beaches look absolutely beautiful, and I’m hoping it’s got that laid back coastal vibe that the Sunshine Coast had, only a slightly shorter drive away from Sydney.
I can picture us staying near this beautiful beach, going for lovely walks – preferably on a boardwalk if I can at all find one, I’ve decided they’re my favourite kind of walk don’t ask me why, and maybe visiting Bowen Island or the Botanic Gardens. Also I could catch up on all that reading I’ve been meaning to do for ages.
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Alice Springs – Uluru
You can’t move to Australia and not make it to the red centre at some point. It costs a fortune but everyone I know who has gone says it’s worth it. I reckon this is one for a big celebration, but it’s going on the list anyway. We will make it, one of these days!
I mean, just look. Obviously we wouldn’t climb it, because even though the climbing ban doesn’t come into effect until 2019, we do respect the traditional owners of the land and their wishes. And they wish people wouldn’t climb it. So we won’t.
I’d also love to see the rock formations of Kata Tjuta nearby, and if we could possibly manage to see it in the same trip, maybe even the Aboriginal rock art at Cave Hill. We saw a recreation of the site at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, and it was amazing. To see it in real life would be even better!
All the way across the Nullarbor
While we’re talking outback, how much more outback can you get than a trip across the Nullarbor Plain? The name means no trees, and add that to the fact that the trip involves the longest straight stretch of road in the world (143km!) and you might get an idea of what magnitude of road trip we’re talking about here. This is a bring everything with you, no shower for a week kind of a situation. This isn’t normally my preferred kind of holiday, but if we had a van like Ben, I’d do it again.
I’d rent our Ben-a-like from Adelaide and drive to Perth via Esperance, which I think would take around a week to 10 days. Depending on where you stop. Things to see along the way include indigenous art at the Murrawijinie Caves, and the remains of NASA’s Skylab which crash landed near the Balladonia roadhouse in 1979.
The Great Ocean Road
This is another classic that I think makes it to the top of most ‘must do Australia’ type lists. My cousin took this trip last year and loved it, so I am now jealous. She managed to avoid most of the crowds, too, so I think there’s definitely a knack to timing and order of visit.
If you can make it there for sunrise or sunset all the better. I think this must be sunset but my geography is not world famous so I’ll move on from pure speculation.
This is another one you can do via camping, campervan, or hotel and I think my preference would be campervan, all else being equal. I know myself and I faff, so if we stayed in hotels I’d never get anywhere to beat any crowds. And camping ain’t happening.
The Sapphire Coast
For more majestic coastline views I’d head to the slightly lesser known Sapphire Coast, aka the southern New South Wales coast. Realistically we’d probably start out from Sydney, seeing as that’s where we and the car live, but the trip would start in earnest once we hit Bermagui. That’s already 7 hours away so we might need to stop before we’ve started, if you know what I mean. However, the Sapphire Coast itself isn’t all that huge, and would only take around two hours to drive the whole thing. So a slow approach would be most welcome, perhaps basing oneself in some chichi beachside accomm and pottering to some sights during the day. Like Horse Head Rock. I’d quite like to go there.
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If we went between June and November I’d keep a beady eye out for migrating whales along the coastline, too.
Perth – Margaret River – Esperance
You can see how much my blogging friends inspire my trips – I started with Courtney and I’ll finish with Lauren, who spent her mini-moon in Esperance and it looked absolutely gorgeous. If we don’t manage to do the Full Nullarbor, I think this would be a great mini version to do. I’d definitely stay in the same place Lauren did because it looks perfect, I’d definitely eat a lot, and I’d try and visit as many of those beautiful beaches as I could. What I’d do when I got there I have no idea but, details….
Next steps involve cross referencing the above with any excellent gluten free dining spots I can find, and affordable accommodation. In Australia, that’s always a gamble.
Do you have any recommendations for any of the above? I’m all ears (but don’t make them too good; remember I am on a travel booking ban).