Australia is a huge country with more to see than you can shake a stick at. Along with Russia, Canada and the United States, it’s not uncommon for Australians to spend their lives seeing more of other countries than they do their own simply because of the sheer size of it. Thankfully though, this is where road trips best come into play.
Taking a road trip in Australia is just something everyone needs to do at least once in their lives. Unlike other countries with multiple routes and dense populations, Australia is primarily spread out along the coast, making road trips simple for navigation but lengthy for drive times. The benefit though is if you have a few days and pick up a car with Europcar Australia, you can see those points in between the major cities that might otherwise be overlooked.
One place of note is Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Popular for schoolies (end of year parties for high school students) and vacationers all over the world, the Sunshine Coast is only an hour north of Brisbane and far more laid back than the hectic Gold Coast that lies just south of Brisbane. It’s no short drive from Sydney but it does make for an epic road trip that will create memories to last a lifetime.
Beaches and Shopping
Head to the small towns of Alexandra Headlands, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore to have a good time in a small town feel. The towns are perched right on the water and run together almost seamlessly. There are few things as great as spending a day relaxing on the beach and then dining at one of the many restaurants lining the beachfront.
From here you can see a ton of Australia’s native animals in a variety of settings. Take a trip to the Australia Zoo (former home of the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin) that is relatively nearby, or swing by the University of the Sunshine Coast, which just happens to be built on a nature reserve with kangaroos living on campus!
If you’re heading up the highway from Brisbane you may notice a few peaks jutting out from an otherwise flat landscape – these are the Glasshouse Mountains and a few of them are actually climbable. Take a few hours off of your trip and ascend one yourself – driving by pineapple plantations in the process.
Heading further north though towards the great town of Noosa, you’ll enjoy first class relaxation in a spot renowned as a getaway for the Australian elite. In addition, it’s from here that you can hop a boat for Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island that can be driven on (so long as you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle). This can’t be done in a few hours so be sure to allot enough time to properly enjoy it!