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As vast as Australia is, the drive to well-known landmarks and tourist spots is as exciting as the destinations themselves. In fact, if you are planning to go on an Australian trip, the best way to do it is definitely by car. Most of the land down under is best appreciated behind the wheel and traversing different landscapes. So here are top destinations in Australia you can only access and enjoy by car.
Yes, you read that right, the Twelve Apostles, but not the biblical kind. These are limestone stacks jutting up out of the coast. They are part of the Great Ocean Road route which includes epic beaches, lush rainforest walks, and countless wildlife. The shipwrecks found along the coast is one of the reasons you should get to the Twelve Apostles by car – it is obviously a lot safer that way.
Expect to drive 224 kilometres from Allansford to Torquay. Make sure to visit Loch Ard Gorge, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell National Park.
A biodiverse nature reserve which offers travelers sandstone escarpment, wetlands, and rivers. It is a protected area in the Northern Territory and is home to around 2,000 species of flora and fauna. You will find countless wildlife here from saltwater crocodiles to flatback turtles. Here you will find the Ranger Uranium Mine, one of the most productive uranium mines in the world.
Major attractions in the park include Anbangbang Billabong, Twin Falls, Nourlangie Rock, and Yellow Water.
Blue Mountains National Park
Another must-visit park is the Blue Mountains National Park which is part of The Great Dividing Range, located in west Sydney. It is a World Heritage Site, and for good reason, it has walking and hiking trails that will lead you through thick forests and a thriving wildlife. The highest point in the park is Mount Werong which stands at 3,986 feet above sea level. On your visit, make sure you see the sacred aboriginal site called the Three Sisters, the Jenolan Caves, and the Govetts Leap Lookout. You can also get to the Giant Stairway which will lead you down to the Jamison Valley.
Tanami Road is a known shortcut going from Alice Springs to Kimberley, passing through the Tanami Desert. This four-wheel track can give you access to the Red Centre road trip, a true Outback route which features cultural and heritage sites, ancient landscapes, and isolated swimming holes.
Along the way, make sure to stop by the remote town of Yuendumu and The Granites Gold Mine.
The Flinders Ranges
Found in South Australia, The Flinders Ranges also offers a good four-wheel drive experience. It stretches 380 kilometres north of Adelaide and is located in the mountain range of the same name. The mountain ranges themselves is 430 kilometres which stretches from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna. There are driving tracks in the ranges which will lead you to rugged terrains and clearings, the perfect way to get in touch with nature. Other spots you need to go to include the Mount Brown Conservation Park, Wilpena Pound, and the Pichi Richi Scenic Railway.
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