It’s no secret that Australia is teeming with incredible destinations to see and explore; the most difficult part is deciding which ones to do first! To help you cull that never ending list into an achievable travel itinerary, we’ve listed out seven of our favourite bucket list destinations that, we believe, are all a must-see and do for road travel in Australia.
Esperance, Western Australia
Roughly an 8 hour drive from Perth, Esperance offers some of the most breathtaking coastal views in all of Australia. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed trip or something a little more adventurous, this remote town has got it all. Think national parks, glorious beaches, art and culture, and arguably the best sunsets in the world.
Blue Mountains, New South Wales
While best known for incredible lookout points, there’s actually far more to the Blue Mountains than meets the eye. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful mountain walk and Three Sisters view, a cable car ride overlooking the valley, the opportunity to scale the canyons or getting up close and personal with the world’s oldest cave system, the Blue Mountains is an absolute must for your bucket list. There’s also the opportunity to enjoy this incredible region from the comfort of a luxury retreat, where you’ll get to indulge in everything from horse-riding and wildlife safaris to exquisite local wines and cuisine.
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Located in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania, Cradle Mountain is an adventurer’s dream. Offering magnificent ancient rainforests, thriving wildlife habitats, countless Aboriginal historic sites and the world-renowned Overland Track, Cradle Mountain is a must-see for anyone who appreciates nature’s best handiwork. You’ll also have the opportunity to cruise across the magnificent Lake St Clair and witness a seasonal display of native wildflowers between late spring and summer.
Litchfield, Northern Territory
Litchfield has been home to Aboriginal people for thousands of years and remains an important location to the Koongurrukun, Mak Mak Marranunggu, Werat and Warray people. It also remains largely untouched, making it a truly incredible destination to explore. With a number of stunning waterfalls, gorgeous natural pools, scenic bushwalks and the opportunity to get amongst it all in a 4WD expedition, there is so much to see and do on a trip to Litchfield.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Known as one of the best wine regions in the world, Barossa Valley offers endless opportunities to enjoy award-winning wines while taking in truly incredible views – including some of the oldest vines anywhere. You don’t need to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy the region, either. Explore the beautiful natural landscapes by hot air balloon, indulge in the many fine dining experiences, hike the glorious national parks or enjoy a night under the stars with some of the country’s top glampsites.
Cobbold Gorge, Queensland
Situated right in the heart of outback Queensland and around six hours drive from Cairns or Townsville, Cobbold Gorge is an ancient geological site that lives up to its promise of a true outback experience. Despite being roughly 10,000 years old, Cobbold Gorge is actually the youngest (and most accessible) of Queensland’s gorges. It’s also a fantastic place to explore by stand up paddleboard or with a guided tour where you can learn about the rich history of the area.
Mount Buffalo, Victoria
Take in the incredible mountain views, thriving waterfalls and abundant wildlife at Mount Buffalo National Park. Situated in Victoria’s high country, this natural wonderland invites you to camp, swim and explore the many sites on foot, including The Horn – the highest point of Mount Buffalo which sits at 1,723m. If you come during winter, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy some snow play at Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley.