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Top 10 Scenic Highways in Australia

Silverton, Broken Hill

Are you planning to explore Australia by road? For many people around the world, driving through the Red Centre or following the stunning coastline is on the bucket list. Some of Australia's most iconic highways such as Victoria's Great Ocean Road definitely live up to their reputation. Lesser known highways such as the New England Highway are also worth a visit. 

Stuart Highway

View of Uluru, Australia

To experience Australia's real outback, there is no better way than to drive through the Red Centre from top to bottom. The road takes you past famous sites, and it is even just a short turn off to see Uluru.

Starting Point: 

Darwin, Northern Territory

Finishing Point: 

Port Augusta, South Australia

Total Distance: 2720km

Highlights: The unique town of Cooper Pedy, explore the West Macdonnall Ranges in Alice Springs, stop in for a meal at the Daly Waters pub, cruise along Katherine Gorge and visit Darwin's modern waterfront.

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Rated as one of the most scenic drives in the world, this coastal highway will take you past some of Australia's top landmarks. Enjoy beautiful seaside towns like Anglesea and Lorne, and walk along the clifftops at Loch Ard Gorge.

Starting Point: 

Torquay, Victoria

Finishing Point: 

Peterborough, Victoria

Total Distance: 200km

Highlights: Get your photo taken at the Twelve Apostles, enjoy the magnificent views at Loch Ard Gorge, visit Great Otway National Park and enjoy a meal at popular seaside towns such as Apollo Bay.

Bruce Highway

Glasshouse Mountains, Bruce Highway

Queensland's most famous road will take you from the busy city of Brisbane to some of the most sought after coastal resorts in the country. Enjoy hours of stunning beaches including the famous Whitsundays Islands.

Starting Point

Brisbane, Queensland

Finishing Point

Cairns, Queensland

Total Distance: 1665km

Highlights: Stop in at the Glasshouse Mountains or Australia Zoo, visit Rockhampton, Take a cruise to Hamilton Island, spot cassowaries at Mission Beach and scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef.

New England Highway

girraween national park, queensland

It isn't on the list for many international travellers, but for a taste of rural New South Wales the New England Highway is perfect. For any country music fans, head toward the Golden Guitar.

Starting Point: 

Maitland, New South Wales

Finishing Point: 

Toowoomba, Queensland

Total Distance: 750km

Highlights: Take a tour of the Maitland Gaol, see the famous Blue Heeler cattle dog statue in Mussewellbrook, Enjoy views of the Hunter River and visit Australia's home of country music, Tamworth.

Tasman Highway

Tasmania East Coast

Tasmania is a beautiful part of Australia, and following the Tasman Highway will let you experience just some of it's highlights as you travel between the two largest cities; Launceston and Hobart.

Start Point:

Launceston, Tasmania

Finishing Point: 

Hobart, Tasmania

Total Distance: 415km

Highlights: Swim at Cataract Gorge, see incredible lavender farms, visit the Bicheno Blowhole as you head along the coast, and find a bargain at Hobart's Salamanca Markets.

Brand Highway

The Pinnacles, Western Australia

Western Australia boasts some of the most stunning beaches in the world, and you can find many of them along the coast north from Perth. See other-worldly landscapes and discover unique wildlife.

Start Point: 

Perth, Western Australia

Finish Point

Geraldton, Western Australia

Total Distance: 420km

Highlights: Cruise to Rottnest Island and meet the local quokka population, see the Pinnacles near Cervantes, stop in at the Big Lobster, and visit the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton.

Great Alpine Road

Great Alpine Road, Victoria

Snow-covered mountains and ski resorts isn't usually what visitors think of when they picture Australia, but Victoria's Great Alpine Road can show you a whole new side of this country. See beautiful landscapes and visit charming local villages as you cross through the Alpine National Park. 

Start Point: 

Bairnsdale, Victoria

Finish Point: 

Wangaratta, Victoria

Total Distance: 305km

Highlights: Historical areas in Omeo, Mount Hotham ski resort, art gallery in Bright, Great Alpine National Park, hiking trails in Wangaratta.

Barrier Highway

Outback New South Wales, Barrier Highway

As the sign welcomes you to Nyngan, you are now in the outback. Outback New South Wales is like nowhere else, with the incredible Broken Hill one of the highlights.

Start Point:

Adelaide, South Australia

Finish Point

Nyngan, New South Wales

Distance: 1100km

Highlights: Sample some wine in the Barossa Valley, admire the sunset from The Living Desert in Broken Hill, visit some of the city's local galleries and see the sign welcoming you to the outback in Nyngan.

Great Northern Highway

Great Northern Highway

This is not a road trip for the faint-hearted as you will travel through some of Western Australia's most remote regions, but the golden outback has plenty of surprises to offer visitors.

Start Destination: 

Perth, Western Australia

Finish Destination: 

Kununnara, Western Australia

Distance: 3180km

Highlights: Visit the Mount Magnet mining museum, explore Karijini National Park, relax on the sands of Cable Beach, and go on a wilderness adventure through the stunning Kimberley region. 

Eyre Highway

Bunda Cliffs, Nullarbor Plain

One of the ultimate road trips wishes for Aussies is to cross the vast Nullarbor Plain. The Eyre Highway makes crossing one of the world's most remote regions possible, providing great coastal views and plenty of quirky little towns along the way.

Start Destination: 

Port Augusta, South Australia

Finish Destination

Norseman, Western Australia

Distance: 1670km

Highlights: Experience the Nullarbor and even play a round of golf, see the Bunda Cliffs, and stop in many small, remote towns.