Central Australia

By Hostelling International / Photo by Amandabhslater

Central Australia's Overland Car Tours Will Drive Your Escape and Elevate Your Consciousness

With its wide-open spaces and diversity of landscape, central Australia is the car tourer’s nirvana—so long as you don’t mind the distances. From crossing the Nullarbor to a weekend through the Blue Mountains, here are some other great central Australia drives.

Greater Blue Mountains Drive: New South Wales

Whether you have a day or a week, you’ll find at least part of this 1,200 kilometre route to suit you. Winding through stunning world heritage scenery from Goulburn in the south to Muswellbrook in the north, the core loop also offers 18 discovery trails branching off for you to explore. greaterbluemountainsdrive.com.au

Great Tropical Drive: Queensland

Go from outback to the beach; palm-fringed beaches to tropical rainforest, on this drive that takes you between Cairns and Townsville along the coast and back through the inland. More than 2,000 kilometres of Far North Queensland await you. greattropicaldrive.com.au

Cape to Cape: Western Australia

Time short? Pack the most into this 110-kilometre loop from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south through beautiful Margaret River. downsouth.com.au

The Red Centre Way: Northern Territory

Allow yourself at least seven days to explore the heart of Central Australia with this route through the Western MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon and Uluru. This is also known as the Mereenie Loop. travelnt.com

Coast to Coast: Tasmania

Driving just under 300 kilometres will get you across Tasmania from Hobart to Strahan – a winding journey through farmland, historic villages and alpine wilderness to the lush west coast. You can loop back through the north coast of the island to really make a journey of it. discovertasmania.com.au

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