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Ultimate Road Trips No. 2 – The Great Ocean Road, Australia

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                                                                          12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road

White sandy beaches, clear and sparkling ocean, lush rainforests, arid and remote outback stations, vibrant cities and an abundance of wildlife – these are just a few of the highlights during a self-drive holiday in Australia. With vast distances involved, the key in Australia is to allow enough time to explore each region – and combining self-drive with rail and air if time is limited.

Take the renowned Great Ocean Road west from Melbourne, with its rugged, wild coast where the road hugs the cliff and stunning views are around every corner. See the geological formations of the twelve apostles, and head inland to explore Grampians National Park. From here, either head back to Melbourne or continue west into South Australia – hopping over to Kangaroo Island for a fantastic opportunity to view endemic wildlife, before finishing the drive to Adelaide. For the more adventurous, consider heading north from Adelaide, exploring the outback in the Flinders Ranges, or further north to Coober Pedy – a town in a climate so arid that the residents live underground, and where opal mining is both an industry and a hobby.

This is just one possible road trip out of a great many possibilities in Australia. Other favourites include the combination of temperate rainforest and beautiful beaches in southern Queensland, the wine regions of Margaret River in Western Australia, or the rugged wilderness found in the Kimberley region of north Western Australia. Consider adding in a journey on the famous Ghan or Indian Pacific trains – both provide a unique opportunity to experience the vast expanse of Australia, whilst appreciating the engineering feat of these rail routes that provide a lifeline to remote outback communities.

                                                                       London Bridge, Great Ocean Road

 For more information on road trips in Australia, call our office on 01323 446550, see our website www.experienceholidays.co.uk or email me at angie@experienceholidays.co.uk and we can work together to plan an itinerary to suit your preferences and requirements.



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