I’ve been living in Australia for over six months and I’ve barely done any travel around. In all fairness I’ve been dealing with the shock of the costs over here and been busy getting myself properly set up. Work certainly gets in the way of travel… for now! My restless feet have become itchy and so I started to research where in Australia I’d like to go most on some road trips, in the not-so-distant-future. I’d love to walk into a Volkswagen dealer tomorrow and buy a car and set off. If I could jet off tomorrow this is where I’d go:
The Yarra Valley:
I thought I’d start with somewhere that’s not too far from my adopted home, Melbourne. The Yarra Valley refers to the region surrounding the Yarra river in Australia. Here you’ll see striking scenery, the puffing billy railway and numerous beautiful sanctuaries and reserves. To be honest, the Yarra Valley is an easy enough day trip from Melbourne but I’ve just never got around to it. One day – soon!
The Great Ocean Road:
I think this Australia’s version of the great highways along the Californian coast. I want to drive past the Twelve Apostles, snap photos along the coastline that seems to go on forever and listen to bad music really loudly while breathing in the salty air. Some roads in Australia are really boring to drive but I think the beautiful scenery and cliffs will make this a beautiful drive.
Mitchell Falls, The Kimberly:
Honestly, I’m a bit of a sucker for waterfalls – I love them. I’ve been known to plan my travels around destinations with decent waterfalls just so I can enjoy them. The Mitchell Falls, within The Kimberly offer beautiful cascading waterfalls with bright green water – it looks like such a beautiful sight.
Ok, so I know this shouldn’t be on my “road trip” list because, well, it’s not really that easy to drive to an island, but bare with me. I’d like to drive to Airlie beach and get a ferry to the Whitsunday Islands. If you’re curious why I want to go here so badly, consider that there’s pale white sand, bright blue waters, great temperatures and even a heart shaped island – what more could you want in a holiday destination?
Australia is a large, large continent and planning a road trip here can be overwhelming. Planning a few “key” places you really want to see, like I’ve done here, is a great way to ensure you can tick of your essential places, all while enjoying others along the way. If you have any suggestions of places I should visit before I leave Australia, let me know in the comments. If you’re curious about the Australian Working Holiday Visa please check out the post I wrote about it.