I-Spy. Red dust. Roadhouse meat pies. ‘Big’ things. These are the icons of Aussie road trips, mainstays of family holiday lore. And an Australia road trip is the best way to see it all. 

More vast and varied than nearly any other country on earth, Australia boasts a lot of outback and a lot of coastline. This means bucket-loads of exploring awaits, much of which is best done by car or campervan. We’ve given some of Australia’s best road trip routes a rough rating (Beginner, Intermediate or Hardcore), but it all depends on your family, how you like to travel, and how much experience you have had. 

Don’t forget plenty of food, water, fuel, first aid, a radio, maps, planning and all the bits and bobs you’ll need to keep safe and have a ball on your own Aussie road trips.

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20. Sydney to Dubbo, NSW
20. Sydney to Dubbo, NSW
Zebras are among the many friendly residents of Taronga Western Plains Picture: Shutterstock

This tried and tested route is a good dummy run for beginner road-trippers from the east coast. In Dubbo itself lies the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, a huge family hit. The sprawling, open air zoo can be explored on hired bikes, on foot, or in your car.