The Great Alpine Road is Australia’s highest year-round accessible sealed road that winds through Victoria’s High Country. It is one of the few roads in Australia that passes through lofty mountains, valleys, forests, rivers, vineyards and farms, giving travellers the opportunity to sample the local food and wine, and fish, cycle, climb or ride along the way.
The Explorer’s Way follows the route of John McDouall Stuart, a famous Australian explorer who was the first to traverse the continent in 1862. This drive connects Australia’s south and north, from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory, and takes in many of Australia’s best-known icons, including the Flinders Ranges, Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock) (as a detour), Kakadu National Park (detour) and Darwin.
One of Australia’s ultimate adventure drives, The Savannah Way traverses the top end of Australia, linking Cairns in Tropical North Queensland with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia, via the natural wonders of Australia’s far north. Some sections of the road are suitable for 4-wheel drive vehicles only, but others are sealed, making it possible for anyone with a motor vehicle to complete sections of the drive.
A great alternative to the boring Hume Highway, this touring route is perfect for travellers between Sydney and Melbourne who have a little time up their sleeve to detour via the Snowy Mountains (it only adds 65 km to the journey). Coming from Melbourne, you take the Beechworth exit and literally head for the hills. The journey takes in the historic goldmining town of Beechworth; through “Man From Snowy River” country (Towong, Corryong), past the Kosciuszko Main Range and the towns of Tumbarumba and Khancoban; dams and power stations of the Snowy Mountains Scheme; the apple growing town of Batlow; before rejoining the highway at Gundagai.