Five great Aussie road trips

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No plans yet for the Easter long weekend? Here’s our round-up of five iconic Aussie road trips to inspire you to pack up the car and explore some of the country’s best driving routes.

The Great Ocean Road

One of the world’s most scenic driving routes awaits on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, which traverses a 660km coastline from Torquay, near Melbourne, to Port Fairy. Best completed over three days, the drive takes in stunning surf beaches, historic villages, lush rainforests and, of course, the iconic 12 Apostles.

Cairns to Cape York

Adventurers will love exploring the rugged landscapes of Cape York in one of the few destinations where two World Heritage-listed areas – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef – sit side-by-side. Beginning in Cairns, this driving route is best done over about seven days with a choice of a coastal or inland route to the top of the country. Once you get to the country’s northernmost point, why not extend the trip with a few days in the Torres Straight Islands? Thursday Island is just 30km from the Peninsula.

The Savannah Way

There aren’t many places in the world where you can drive 3,700km in one direction without ending up in the ocean or in another country, but Australia’s iconic Savannah Way allows you to do just that. Traversing the top end of the country between Cairns in Queensland and Broome in Western Australia, this epic driving route includes 15 national parks and five World Heritage-listed areas, making it a must-do on any bucket list.

The Coral Coast

The desert meets the sea on this scenic coastal drive that covers about 1,000km from Perth to Exmouth in Western Australia. This driving route is best completed over at least 10 days, with highlights including the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, watch the sunset from The Pinnacles or go bush walking in Kalbarri National Park.

Tasmania's East Cost

Swim with the dolphins in Wineglass Bay, gorge on oysters after a hike in the Freycinet Peninsula and take in the stunning natural beauty of Maria Island. These are just a few of the highlights of the stunning driving route on Tasmania’s East Coast, traversing from Hobart to the Bay of Fires. Allow at least five days to take in this route, and book your trip before too many more people discover it.

Top tips for safe driving this holiday season

- Keep a safe distance at all times with the vehicle in front

- Take regular rest breaks, at least every two hours

- Always wear your seat belt

- Take extra precautions when driving in bad weather

- Avoid distractions, including listening to loud music and texting while driving

- Keep your vehicle in top condition with regular services and maintenance

- Check your vehicle insurance is adequate and up-to-date

- Practice defensive driving and try to anticipate what could happen ahead

- Stick to the speed limit

- Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol

- Buy, install and use a cradle for your phone