Australia is a big country.
OK, you probably already know that… but do you realise how big it actually is? It can be quite staggering!
If you tried to drive from one side to the other – let’s say from Brisbane to Perth – it would take you almost a week, assuming you did about eight hours of driving a day.
Here’s another way to look at it: driving from Brisbane to Perth is the same distance as driving from Lisbon to Moscow. You could go through at least 10 European countries in the same time it would take you to get from Australia’s east coast to its west coast.
It’s these vast distances that often make it necessary to use some domestic Qantas flights if you want to see several different places on a trip to Australia. But there are some other options for a few of the routes.
Some of Australia’s cities have beautiful countryside and a whole range of things to do between them. So why not consider hiring a car or a campervan and driving between Melbourne and Sydney, for example? You can even book your international Qantas A380 flights from London to arrive in Melbourne and then leave from Sydney, so you don’t need to backtrack.
When it comes to the driving (and, remember, Australians drive on the same side of the road as the UK), you can go directly from Melbourne to Sydney along the Hume Highway in about ten hours – but that’s the quick way, not the scenic way. There are two routes that you should consider to really make the most of the journey. One is a heritage trail along inland roads. The other is the natural coastal route. Let’s have a look at the coastal drive in detail.