Australia Self-Drive Tours & Itineraries

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Australia's Twelve Apostles
Map of Melbourne to Great Ocean Road: Self Drive Tour - 5 Days
Melbourne to Great Ocean Road: Self Drive Tour - 5 Days

On this five-day self-drive trip, explore the coastal capital city of Melbourne and then hit the open road. One of Victoria's most scenic drives, Great Ocean Road provides plenty of exciting pit stops—explore the surfing town of Bells Beach, discover the waterfalls of Lorne, zipline through the Otway Ranges, and visit The Twelve Apostles rock formations. On the way back to Melbourne, do some sightseeing in Ballarat, known for its Gold Rush heritage and indigenous art.

Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast
Map of Ultimate Australia Self-Drive Tour - 20 Days
Ultimate Australia Self-Drive Tour - 20 Days

Explore the East Coast of Australia at your own pace on this 20-day self-drive tour. Stop in Sydney and the beautiful Gold Coast, learn to surf, and go hiking in the rainforest in Queensland. See unique Australian animals in the many nature preserves and enjoy the sun-soaked beaches on the coast. Snorkle to see the Great Barrier Reef, venture to the Australian outback to visit a sacred site, and go white-water rafting as you experience all Australia has to offer.

Stop to check out the iconic Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
Map of Self-Drive Tour: From Melbourne to Adelaide - 14 Days
Self-Drive Tour: From Melbourne to Adelaide - 14 Days

Explore the natural beauty and diverse wildlife on this two-week coastal adventure of Victoria and South Australia. Starting and ending in Melbourne, you'll drive along Australia's southern edge navigating the Great Ocean Road and choosing to stop on your schedule until you reach Adelaide. Along the way, you'll discover dramatic rock formations like the famous Twelve Apostles, meet kangaroos and fur seals on Kangaroo Island, and learn about aboriginal culture in Grampians National Park.

Drive through the heart of Australia "red center" in the outback
Map of Australian Outback Self-Drive Tour- 18 Days
Australian Outback Self-Drive Tour- 18 Days

Cover the rugged terrain and sweeping desert landscape of the Australian Outback on this epic self-drive excursion through Victoria, South Australia, and Northern Territory. Begin your 18-day tour in trendy Melbourne and fly to arty Adelaide where you'll pick up your rental car and drive on your schedule to Darwin on the opposite coast. You'll explore four major national parks, spot endemic wildlife in their natural habitat, visit rural towns, and discover ancient Aboriginal art.

Australian Coast
Map of Southeast Australia Self-Drive - 22 Days
Southeast Australia Self-Drive - 22 Days

Explore southeast Australia on this combination self-drive and flying tour on this comprehensive 22-day itinerary. Start your trip in quirky Melbourne to explore hidden alleyways and eclectic coffee shops, then pick up a car and explore the coast. Spend a few days in Tasmania, then end your trip in Sydney and the beautiful nature of the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley Vineyards.

Byron Bay
Map of The Best of Brisbane & the Gold Coast - 6 Days
The Best of Brisbane & the Gold Coast - 6 Days

Experience the best of Australia's less-visited yet beautiful East Coast. This includes highlights of Queensland, like the eclectic metropolis of Brisbane and the endless beaches and shimmering skyscrapers of the Gold Coast. You'll also take day trips to charming Byron Bay, visit a koala sanctuary, and go off-the-beaten path on self-drive road trips to rainforest-covered national parks.

Aerial view of Australia's Gold Coast
Map of Australia East Coast Family Road Trip: Brisbane to Sydney - 10 Days
Australia East Coast Family Road Trip: Brisbane to Sydney - 10 Days

Independent travelers will love this 10-day family road trip across Australia's spectacular east coast. Traverse the stunning Gold Coast hinterland as you wind through charming towns, rainforest detours, and sweeping bays before experiencing the iconic sights of Sydney. You and the family will get to cuddle koalas, surf 100-foot dunes, and marvel at the majestic humpbacks during a whale watching cruise.

Southern lights over Hobart
Map of Off-the-Beaten Path Australia: Melbourne & Tasmania Road Trip - 11 Days
Off-the-Beaten Path Australia: Melbourne & Tasmania Road Trip - 11 Days

Explore the rich history of Melbourne and Tasmania on this itinerary, which includes guided tours and a self-guided road trip across Tasmania. Spend two days in Melbourne and travel down the epic Great Ocean Road. Fly to Tasmania's capital, Hobart, and drive north to historical convict towns like Longford and Oatlands. Take in Tasmania's lake country and a glimpse of the southern lights along the way.

Melbourne
Map of Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days
Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days

Embark on an eight-day adventure down Australia's marvelous southeastern coast. Begin with city tours of Melbourne, an eclectic coastal capital quickly emerging as a tourism hotspot. Then get behind the wheel for an unforgettable road trip down the famous Great Ocean Road, which stretches for 150 miles (241 km) amid golden beaches and unspoiled natural parks. In these natural wonderlands, you'll enjoy outdoor adventures and First Nations culture in equal measure.

Kangaroo Island
Map of Ultimate Australia: Cities, Reefs, Rainforests & Outback - 21 Days
Ultimate Australia: Cities, Reefs, Rainforests & Outback - 21 Days

This packed three-week adventure delivers the best of Australia. Discover the nation's culture capital of Melbourne on food tours and wildlife excursions before heading down the famed Great Ocean Road to the romantic fishing villages and rugged outback of South Australia. Then, fly north and explore the Great Barrier Reef before finishing the trip in Sydney with tours of its famous sights and hiking trips to nearby mountains.

Nitmiluk National Park
Map of Northern Australia Road Trip: Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield - 8 Days
Northern Australia Road Trip: Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield - 8 Days

See the highlights and hidden corners of Northern Australia's "Top End" on this eight-day, self-drive adventure. Start in Darwin and drive east, staying in secluded inland towns before looping back toward the coast. Explore remote national parks, cruise down rivers for spectacular views (and crocodile spotting), meet the native wildlife at a local sanctuary, and search for First Nations rock art on a sunset hike.

The setting sun turns the cliffs at Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park a brilliant red
Map of Australia & New Zealand Natural Wonders Road Trip - 21 Days
Australia & New Zealand Natural Wonders Road Trip - 21 Days

Natural beauty is at the forefront of this three-week road trip through Australia and New Zealand. Explore Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef in tropical Cairns, and take in the breathtaking beauty of Uluru in the Red Centre. Once you hop over to New Zealand, you'll see frozen glaciers, steaming thermal vents, and everything in between as you crisscross some of the most scenic highways in the world.

Outback road trip
Map of Ultimate Outback Self-Drive Adventure: Darwin to Uluru - 12 Days
Ultimate Outback Self-Drive Adventure: Darwin to Uluru - 12 Days

For sheer outback adventure, there's no beating this 12-day Aussie road trip, which starts at the tip of the Northern Territory. From there you'll hit the road south to visit protected wetlands, sacred Aboriginal sites, unspoiled national parks, deep gorges—even the alien abduction capital of Australia. The last stop is the vast deserts of the Red Plains and the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock), where you'll immerse yourself even more in Aboriginal culture and enjoy an otherworldly dinner you won't soon forget.