What Is the Best Itinerary for a Campervan Road Trip in Australia?
There are lots of itinerary options for a campervan or motorhome road trip in Australia. In fact, one of the main advantages of hiring a campervan or motorhome is that it will give you the freedom to follow whatever plan you choose. Also, you can change your plan at any time, if you wish.
That said, there are certain attractions and destinations that Australian backpackers, families, friends, or partners will all enjoy. Whatever else you choose to put on your itinerary for your road trip in Australia, these places will add to the adventure.
Most road trip, travel, and backpackers Australia guides focus on a handful of popular destinations, and they neglect those out-of-the-way places that can really make your road trip in Australia memorable. In a motorhome or campervan, you can enjoy these destinations and attractions without sacrificing any comfort.
5 Amazing Places to Visit on Your Australia Road Trip
Here are five of the best places to visit on a road trip in Australia.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road runs along the southwestern coast of Victoria. If you value scenery, this destination is an excellent itinerary addition to your road trip in Australia. With your motorhome or campervan, you can easily stop along the way to explore the beaches, scenic outlooks, and the many hiking and biking tracks along the route.
You can also stop to get photos of the famous Twelve Apostles limestone rock formations. You can make stops at places like Anglesea, Birregurra, Apollo Bay, Cobden, and many others. These places have many local flavours, including breweries, farmer’s markets, art galleries, and historic sites.
Finally, the Great Ocean Road offers eco-tourism activities, such as paddling, treetop walks, and swimming experiences involving seals and dolphins.
Kakadu National Park
National parks are an excellent addition to any road trip in Australia. Many have motorhome and campervan parks with basic amenities. Kakadu, about 170 km outside of Darwin, is a perfect example, with sites like the Kakadu Lodge offering power hookups and facilities. This part is huge, with vast wetlands, stunning waterfalls, and interesting rock art.
You can fully immerse yourself in nature with ranger-guided experiences, and there is plenty to see, whether you prefer birdwatching or croc spotting. Walking tracks crisscross the park, and if you bring your bicycle or boat, you can fill multiple days here with different outdoor adventures.
Keep in mind that Kakadu has multiple seasons, so choose the best time to visit.
Valley is one of Australia’s best wine regions. Depending on who you ask, it might actually be the top place to taste Australia’s world-famous wines. Sitting about 142 km from Adelaide, it is most famous for its accessible Riesling wines.
There are plenty of motorhome parks along the 40-km long wine trail, so you can find a place to stay as you safely enjoy the local wineries.
Wine is certainly on the itinerary here, but there are also many art galleries and artist studios and well-maintained biking and walking tracks for those who want to enjoy the scenery in this attraction section of South Australia. Finally, several conservation parks, a model train facility, and outdoor pools make this a very family-friendly itinerary option as well.
Perth and WA
Perth offers the best of both worlds. It features great beaches and easily accessible nature alongside an attractive mix of urban attractions. You can spend time at the Perth Zoo or the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA), or take a dip in one of a long list of attractive beaches in and around the city.
Fremantle is a laid-back suburb on the Swan River with a great cafe culture, quality cuisine, and numerous small art galleries and community theatres, which offer a taste of WA’s accessible arts scene.
There is also plenty of nature, including whale watching tours, paddling excursions, fishing on the Swan River, and ecotours in the neighbouring Peel Region.
Best of all, Perth has a huge menu of motorhome parks both within the city and surrounding natural areas, including the Swan River and Valley.
Grand Pacific Drive
This 140-km route starts near Sydney, at Royal National Park. It then progresses along the coast through Wollongong, Kiama, and Shellharbour. Technical, the route ends in Shoalhaven, but you can add on another 250 km and travel all the way down to Sapphire Coast (and then on to Melbourne if you so choose).
Why drive this section of NSW? You get to enjoy the best the state has to offer, including stunning sea cliff views, amazing beaches, some of which are almost completely deserted, and plenty of charming towns.
Attractions range from the exciting (Australia’s longest zipline in Illawarra) to the delicious (wine tasting and restaurants at Coolangatta Estate). There are also plenty of places to pull off the road and have your own adventure. With a campervan or motorhome, you can bring your bicycles, surfboards, kayaks, or other outdoor equipment with you on your road trip.