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5 Spots I chose for my Australian Off-Road Adventure

Australia is well known for its picturesque beaches, breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife, it’s no wonder the country has been voted one of the best places to visit or live. Many who travel to the sunburnt country do so to escape from concrete jungles and the urban sprawl and experience what the wild, untamed, rugged nature of Australia’s outback has to offer. If you’re planning on heading down under for a road trip, be sure to check out these 5 spots off the beaten track.

Bitter Springs

Tucked away in Australia’s Northern most territory are the natural thermal pools known as Bitter Springs. The turquoise waters of this little-known tropical lagoon are so clear you can take picture perfect photos of yourself under the water. About 430km south of Darwin, the oasis can be found in the Elsey National Park, nestled between towering tree tops. The springs sit at a temperature of around 34 degrees Celsius year-round, meaning no matter the weather, it’s always a good time for a dip.

Glenworth Valley

New South Wales is home to some of the country’s most awe-inspiring scenery, it’s home to Australia’s only mountain range, the Blue Mountains, and 37 valleys, including the famous Hunter Valley. But there is a lesser-known valley worth stopping off at on your Australian tour. If you’re from outside Australia, then go for a car rental and head out towards the NSW central coast to explore the picturesque Glenworth Valley. Kayak along the beautiful Popran Creek, or try your hand at abseil down one of the Valley’s two sites. Being only 65km outside of Sydney makes Glenworth one of the state’s best secret camping spots.

Lancelin

If you’re a fan of sun and sand, then look no further than Lancelin. Thanks to the massive, white sand dunes, it’s garnered a reputation as a great spot for off-road adventures, and locals and tourists alike flock to the sleepy, West Australian, fishing town. Sand boarding is a popular pastime, and careening down those sun-soaked dunes is one of the biggest draw cards for tourists. But there are also plenty of great fishing spots as well as beautiful beach-front campsites to enjoy.

Tasmanian Peninsula

There are few drives as picturesque as the Tasmanian Peninsula. This winding stretch of road is home to some of the most stunning natural rock formations in the world. Make sure you allow plenty of time on your drive to stop and get up close to the spectacular scenery, especially Tasman’s Arch and the Devil’s Kitchen. If you’re lucky enough you might even catch a glimpse of a pod of Orcas frolicking off the coast line. 

Glasshouse Mountains

Located just an hour drive out of Brisbane, Queensland’s Glass Mountains are a perfect place for off-road adventure lovers. For those experienced 4WD enthusiasts, a successful trip down the Big Red Track is considered to be quite the coveted achievement, but for those looking for a more laid-back experience, the Glasshouse Mountains lookout point provides a spectacular view of the bushlands around the Sunshine Coast!

 

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Anton Lucanus

My work as a scientist has taken me around the world. I have a passion for traveling and exploring the world's most interesting cities. For work, I am currently attempting to build 10,000 digital libraries across the ...