VW Arteon in Tasmania
LEXUS NX in Adelaide Hills
VW Touareg M1 Pacific Highway
10: Highway 1 TAS
The Apple Isle is often forgotten. If you think Tassy is boring, think again.
Vineyards and wooded hills give way to dramatic rugged coastline stops. Tasmania can be surprisingly dry and has a population of 515,000, less than most of the mainland capital cities. You could easily drive much of it in a day, but is best enjoyed at leisure.
9: Adelaide Hills, SA
The district is known for pretty German-inspired villages and is a short drive from the Adelaide CBD.
Cool climate vineyards and pretty towns set in rolling green hills are dotted through the area. Ideal for a boozy day trip as long as the driver stays on orange juice, the hills are as gorgeous now as they were in Victorian times.
*Part of the Targa Australia rally course.
One word of caution, school zones are 25kph.
8: Albany WA
Albany is around 415 km south-east of Perth, WA. It is just off the National Highway 1 at the southern end of Australia’s largest state, Western Australia. If you think WA is dreary, think again.
The over-night trip from Perth takes in pretty villages and dramatic national parks. Albany is known for the beauty of its beaches.
WA is a remote 5 hour plane ride from the East Coast.
7: WalHalla, VIC
WalHalla, is a tiny mining village west of Melbourne.
It has just 20 permanent residents in a steep, narrow valley. Mining ceased long ago, and has been replaced by tourism as the main source of income. There is still a chance for have a spot of lunch with a tasty beer to wash it all down.
With space at a premium, the fire station was built over the creek.
6: Daylesford VIC
The town was a favourite with wealthy Victorians who took advantage of the natural springs. We stayed at the Lake House.
Visit Hepburn Springs, or pack a picnic lunch. There are plenty of parks with romantic nooks to sit and watch the world go by. The area is a favourite with gay travelers with many businesses owned and operated by same-sex-attracted couples.
5: The Hunter Valley, NSW
The hunter region is long known lengthy boozy lunches.
It is one of Australia’s wine producing areas and is an easy drive a few hours north west of Sydney. There are plenty of hotels and B&Bs.
We stayed at the slightly run-down Hunter Valley Resort. The Lovedale Long Lunch is a yearly event promoting local produce. The progressive lunch takes in local wineries, with buses giving everyone the chance to eat, drink, and be merry. Our advice is to stay locally, for obvious reasons.
4: The Pacific Highway
Recently renamed as the M1, the road stretches from Sydney to Brisbane.
We’ve done this trip in a day, which takes 11 hours with breaks.
It is part of the National Highway 1, and takes in beautiful sandstone escarpments as you leave Sydney. As you wind north, you pass pretty beaches and wide, green pastures. There are plenty of stops, and pretty places to stay.
It’s even better if you step off the main road every now and then. See our Very Gay Roadtrip video. https://youtu.be/cARCZjEzT_4
3: The Granite Belt, QLD
This pretty wine region in QLD, is best seen from the deck of a winery.
There are plenty of places to stay locally. Try Allure for a luxury glamping experience.
Local tours of wineries give a tired driver the chance to take in the food and drink without worrying about spending even more time at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.
2: Daintree National Park
Fly to Cairns, then drive to some of the most breath-taking scenery the world has to offer.
The Daintree is one of the most ancient forests on the planet. The deep green palms and opal blue water, meld with long white beaches in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
It’s hot and steamy in summer, and when the driving rain isn’t, you can take a leisurely walk. It’s preferable to the deadly stinging jellyfish in the surf.
1: National Highway 1
This one is going to take some time. 14,000km of ever changing scenery will take more than a Sunday afternoon to knock over.
Put it on your bucket list, and take a few months off.
Life is too short not to see this great country. You could throw in a few great train journeys for good measure.