The 40 Days Cruisin’ Great Australian Outback Adventure 10048 km
G’day mates! It’s time to experience aCruisin’ Great Australian Outback Adventure showcasing some of this diverse country’s most vast and dramatic landscapes. Collect your motorhome or campervan from the Cruisin’ branch in Brisbane and spend a day exploring the sunny capital’s attractions before beginning your 40 day motorhome outback journey of a lifetime. Venture past handsome red countryside, see a crocodile or two, take a moment to appreciate the sacred beauty of Uluru in the heart of the country’s Red Centre, sample some of Australia’s supreme wine in South Australia, be inspired by the world-famous Ocean Road in Victoria and finish your trip with a relaxing week by the beach on the beautiful New South Wales coast. This trip will fill your photo album with unforgettable moments and sights and leave you craving to see more of the gigantic and diverse Land Down Under. Let the motorhome hire adventures begin!
Day 1: Brisbane
Day 2: Brisbane to Toowoomba
Day 3: Toowoomba to Miles
Day 4: Miles to Roma
Day 5: Roma to Augathella
Day 6: Augathella to Longreach
Day 7: Longreach to Mt Isa
Day 8: Mt Isa to Camooweal
Day 9: Camooweal to Threeways Roadhouse
Day 10: Threeways Roadhouse to Dunmarra
Day 11: Dunmarra to Katherine
Day 12: Katherine to Darwin
Day 13: Darwin
Day 14: Darwin to Mataranka
Day 15: Mataranka to Daly Waters
Day 16: Daly Waters to Tennant Creek
Day 17: Tennant Creek to Alice Springs
Day 18: Alice Springs to Uluru
Day 19: Uluru
Day 20: Uluru to Marla
Day 21: Marla to Coober Pedy
Day 22: Coober Pedy to Port Augusta
Day 23: Port Augusta to Adelaide
Day 24: Adelaide to Mount Gambier
Day 25: Mount Gambier to Portland
Day 26: Portland to Apollo Bay
Day 27: Apollo Bay to Lorne
Day 28: Lorne to Geelong
Day 29: Geelong to Melbourne
Day 30: Melbourne
Day 31: Melbourne to Lakes Entrance
Day 32: Lakes Entrance to Eden
Day 33: Eden to Sydney
Day 34: Sydney
Day 35: Sydney to Newcastle
Day 36: Newcastle to Coffs Harbour
Day 37: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Day 38: Byron Bay
Day 39: Byron Bay to the Gold Coast
Day 40: The Gold Coast to Brisbane
DAY 1: BRISBANE
Pick up your motorhome rental vehicle from the Cruisin’ Brisbane branch and experience a relaxing day in Queensland’s capital before beginning yourAustralian outback adventure. Enjoy a morning coffee down at Southbank, ride The Brisbane Wheel for astonishing views or splash around inStreets Beach in the middle of the city. Choose from one of the many restaurants to dine in and spend a luxurious night at Brisbane Holiday Village with resort facilities and a central location.
DAY 2: BRISBANE TO TOOWOOMBA
Time: 2 Hours
Brisbane to Toowoomba
Head west with your motorhome towards Toowoomba: Queensland’s Garden City. Visit the Japanese Garden with over 200 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants or appreciate Toowoomba’s beautiful location from Picnic Point perched on the Great Diving Range. Take a self-guided heritage tour of Russell Street, home to the city’s most iconic landmarks and buildings. Visit Cobb & Co Museum and witness Australia’s largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Stay at BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park for central accommodation with great features.
DAY 3: TOOWOOMBA TO MILES
Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Toowoomba to Miles
Venture to the peace and quiet of country Miles, located just over 200 kilometres from Toowoomba. Watch as the landscape transforms out your window, changing into the dramaticAustralian outback. Explore Miles Historical Village, a recreation of a Queensland country town at the turn of the centuryand visit the post office, general store and atmospheric pub. The town is also great for fossicking, fishing, trail-bike riding and horse riding.
DAY 4: MILES TO ROMA
Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Miles to Roma
Hop in your motorhome and rome towards Queensland’s popular country town of Roma. Here you will find a number of things to do and see. Stop by Queensland’s oldest building, Romavilla Winery, and appreciate its historical façade or visit the impressive 3D Clay Mural detailing the fascinating history, industry and culture of Roma. Check out the town’s largest Bottle Tree, wander along the Roma Heritage Trail or visit The Big Rig, a seven million dollar living memorial to pioneers of Australia’s oil and gas industry and a must for anyone’s self-drive motorhome itinerary in the outback. Stay at nearby Big Rig Top Tourist Park Roma, central to the town’s main street.
DAY 5: ROMA TO AUGATHELLA
Time: 3 Hours
Roma to Augathella
Then next stop on yourCruisin’ Great Australian Motorhome Adventure is the scenic country town of Augathella. Stay at nearby Cobb & Co Caravan Park and orientate yourself with the town on the self-guided heritage trail that showcases Augathella’s most historically significant buildings. Appreciate the intricate detail of the many murals in Main Street depicting the history of Augathella and look out for the wrought iron sculptures along the way. Enjoy a sheltered picnic or BBQ at the facilities beside the Warrego River and appreciate the silence and beauty of the natural area.
DAY 6: AUGATHELLA TO LONGREACH
Time: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Augathella to Longreach
Navigate further towards the heart of central Queensland to Longreach, named after the Long Reach of the Thomson River. Absorb the friendly nature of the town and appreciate an enthusiastic welcome from the locals. Learn about the history of Australia’s iconic aviation company at the QANTAS Founders Museum or stop by the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Enjoy a relaxing three course dinner cruise down the Thomson River or peruse the many art and craft stores in the town centre. Stay at Longreach Tourist Park with its spacious powered and ensuite facilities ideal for motorhomes and campervans of all sizes.
DAY 7: LONGREACH TO MT ISA
Time: 7 Hours
Longreach to Mount Isa
Continue on your motorhome hirejourney to Mt Isa in the Gulf Country region of Queensland. Wander around the city centre and marvel at the unique feel of this industrial hub. Don’t miss the Isa Experience Gallery where you will encounter this country town’s rich mining history and culture. Take some time and enjoy a picnic lunch at charming Outback Park or visit Riversleigh Fossil Centre offering a unique insight into the development of mammal mega fauna over the past 30 million years.
DAY 8: MT ISA TO CAMOOWEAL
Time: 2 Hours
Mt Isa to Camooweal
Just 188 kilometres north-west of Mt Isa is your next destination on the Cruisin’ Great Australian Motorhome Adventure, the charming town of Camooweal. On your way appreciate ‘Tojo’s Highway’ built during World War 11. No trip to the gateway of the Northern Territory is complete without visiting Camooweal Caves National Park. Marvel at the deep sinkholes that were formed when water percolated through 500 million year-old layers of dolomite. Walk the short distance to Little Nowranie Cave and enjoy the peaceful bush setting. Stay at Camooweal Roadhouse Caravan Park for a convenient and comfortable stopover.
DAY 9: CAMOOWEAL TO THREEWAYS ROADHOUSE
Time: 6 Hours
Camooweal to Threeways Roadhouse
Continue your motorhome hire outback adventure up Barkly Highway to award-winning Threeways Roadhouse. This stopover will give you a taste of the isolated country lifestyle and warm hospitality. Spend a cosy night in at the restaurant and bar before returning to your powered sight and appreciating the clearoutback sky.
DAY 10: THREEWAYS ROADHOUSE TO DUNMARRA
Time: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Threeways Roadhouse to Dunmarra
Take a trip to the fun-filled Bluewater Lagoon, an area equivalent to three 50 metre swimming pools and a safe swimming environment year round. Stroll around the world-class marina village with its tropical ambience and array of shops, bars and restaurants. Take a day trip to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and explore all its wonders.
DAY 11: DUNMARRA TO KATHERINE
Time: 3 Hours 15 Minutes
Rise early and drive to your next destination where the outback meets with the tropics in beautiful Katherine. Enjoy a delightful dose of the great outdoors and explore the world-famous Katherine Gorge and the surrounding rivers. Take a scenic flight to truly appreciate the rugged and colourful landscape or explore the local markets, shops and galleries. You won’t want to forget this magic destination off your motorhome itinerary. Stay at shady and scenicRiverview Tourist Village.
DAY 12: KATHERINE TO DARWIN
Time: 3 Hours 18 Minutes
Katherine to Darwin
It’s time to head further north to the capital of the great Northern Territory of Australia, Darwin. Wander around the city centre stretching your legs after a long few days of driving and enjoy alfresco dining at the scenic Darwin Waterfront Precinct. Peruse the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and appreciate the intricate detail of the Aboriginal art collection. Learn about the town’s rich history at the USS Peary Memorial or WW11 Oil Storage Tunnels or relax at the Deckchair Cinema (dry season only).
DAY 13: DARWIN
Rise early and enjoy a hearty breakfast in one of the city’s atmospheric cafes before making your way to the outstanding natural beauty that is World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Take a culture and wildlife tour and see Kakadu through Aboriginal eyes, enjoy a guided walk or embark on a 4WD adventure tour. Don’t hesitate to marvel at the spectacular waterfalls in the Jim Jim and Twin Falls region or witness sacred Aboriginal rock art. Don’t miss a chance to croc spot in the Yellow Water and East Alligator region – take a tour to be on the safe side!
DAY 14: DARWIN TO MATARANKA
Time: 4 Hours 20 Minutes
Darwin to Mataranka
Navigate back down famous Stuart Highway towards the small but perfectly formed town of Mataranka, home to just over 300 residents. Explore the surrounding area including the relaxing Bitter Springs, a fringed thermal pool just 3 kilometres from the town centre. In the town centre wander around and drink in the unique feel of this outback oasis. Enjoy a coffee or smoothie at Stockyard Gallery Café where you can also purchase Aboriginal art or visit Never Never Museum with its WW1 displays. Stay at Territory Manor Motel & Caravan Park which holds a Barramundi Fish Feeding show twice a day and has a mouth-watering onsite restaurant.
DAY 15: MATARANKA TO DALY WATERS
Time: 2 Hours
Continue your great motorhome adventure to Daly Waters, marvelling at the iconic red Australian outback as it passes you by. Pull up at the caravan park before exploring the Daly Waters Aviation Complex, Australia’s first international airport and an important landmark during World War 11. Here you will see the original Qantas hangar building and the remains of the radio and navigational buildings. Spend the rest of the day at true blue Daly Waters Historic Pub crammed with decades of memorabilia. The pub is situated on the old droving track and is the idea place for sampling mouth-watering Barra and getting to know the locals.
DAY 16: DALY WATERS TO TENNANT CREEK
Time: 5 Hours
Daly Waters to Tennant Creek
The next stop is the vibrant town of Tennant Creek approximately five hours’ drive from Daly Waters. Admire this dry and rugged town surrounded by red soil and sparse trees. Get a taste for life in the 1930’s gold rush at Battery Hill Mining Centre by taking an underground tour or view the artwork of the local Warumungu people at NyinkkaNyunyu. Ride through an authentic ranch on horseback at nearby Kelly’s Ranch and hike or fish in the flora and fauna rich Tennant Creek.
DAY 17: TENNANT CREEK TO ALICE SPRINGS
Time: 5 Hours 50 Minutes
Tennant Creek to Alice Springs
Rise early and continue your motorhome journey down Stuart’s Highway to friendly Alice, surrounded by red sand. Take a self-guided walk around town or join a tour and learn about Alice’s indigenous and pioneering history. Visit Alice Springs Desert Park where you will see a Spangled Grunter or Marbled Velvet Gecko or stop by the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve once used to relay messages between Adelaide and Darwin. Dine out at one of the atmospheric pubs before getting an early night at BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park.
DAY 18: ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU
Time: 5 Hours 45 Minutes
Alice Springs to Uluru
It’s time to visit the world famous and sacred Uluru. Leave Alice early and make the long drive through Australia’s red centre to this iconic Australian outback destination. Arrive in the early afternoon and explore the art galleries of the area. Purchase an indigenous art work or two and simply appreciate the magnificent isolated beauty of this part of Australia. Stay at Ayers Rock Campground and spend the night admiring the clear starry sky.
DAY 19: ULURU
Wake up refreshed and ready to explore this iconic destination up close and personal. Walk around the base of the iconic rock to discover its amazing textures and colours. Take a guided walk to Kantju Gorge where you’ll see examples of Anangu rock art and learn about their culture. In the late afternoon don’t miss the spectacular sunset where you will see Uluru lit up in all its red glory. Don’t forget to take your camera.
DAY 20: ULURU TO MARLA
Time: 6 Hours
Uluru to Marla
Travel out on the same magnificent road; appreciating the vibrant colours of the earth. Turn off the Lasseter Highway back onto Stuart Highway and head south to the town of Marla. Just before you arrive at your destination be sure to stop by the Ghan Railway Line and watch as it disappears in a straight line towards the horizon. Visit the opal settlement of Mintabie just west of the town before settling down at Traveller’s Rest Caravan Park. The town has 24-hour fuel, accommodation, a general store and restaurant.
DAY 21: MARLA TO COOBER PEDY
Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Marla to Coober Pedy
It’s time to leave your motorhome rental on the surface and delve underground to explore the unique South Australian town of Coober Pedy. Navigate through the dry and cracked landscape, dotted with holes made by miners. Visit the Old Timers Mine and discover an underground home, take a scenic flight over the area or fossick for opals. Stay at unique Riba’sUnderground providing an underground oasis to escape the heat of the South Australian outback sun.
DAY 22: COOPER PEDY TO PORT AUGUSTA
Time: 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Cooper Pedy to Augusta
Your next destination on this epic Australian motorhome hire adventure is the charming and scenic city of Port Augusta just 322 kilometres north of Adelaide. Enjoy the cool presence of the waterways at the head of the Spencer Gulf and experience the ‘Tunnel of Time’ at Wadlata Outback Centre. Visit the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens with its sand hills, clay flats and desert fauna and flora before dining out at one of the top notch seafood restaurants at the top of the Spencer Gulf.
DAY 23: PORT AUGUSTA TO ADELAIDE
Time: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Welcome to the South Australian capitalof Adelaide, colloquially known as the City of Churches. This charming city offers an endless range of things to do and see. Take a scenic drive to the Clare or Barossa Valley to try a range of famous Australian wine from one of the 200 cellar doors or enjoy a peaceful cruise up the Murray River. Visit one of the local beaches and wander around the city admiring its many churches. Buy fresh produce from the Central Markets or drive into the picturesque Adelaide hills home to the German village of Hahndorf.
DAY 24: ADELAIDE TO MOUNT GAMBIER
Time: 4 Hours 41 Minutes
The next destination on your motorhome hire adventure is Mount Gambier. Start at the Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre and collect your information pack. Peruse the many galleries and shops in the area, stop by the parks and gardens, enjoy bush walks to suit any level and marvel at the natural beauty of The Blue Lake and Umpherston Sinkhole.
DAY 25: MOUNT GAMBIER TO PORTLAND
Time: 1 Hour 20 minutes
It’s time to cross into Victoria and embark on one of Australia’s best motorhome hire drives; the glimmering Great Ocean Road. Experience plunging coastline and spectacular ocean views before arriving in the charming town of Portland, ideal for a much needed dose of R&R. Fish off the shore, enjoy a fresh-aired coastal walk or visit the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre and step inside the rib cage of the Sperm Whale skeleton. Take a self-guided walk of the historical buildings or enjoy a ride on the foreshore cable tram and look out for seals below.
DAY 26: PORTLAND TO APOLLO BAY
Time: 3 Hours 35 Minutes
Continue along the Great Ocean Road to the mesmerising seaside village of Apollo Bay at the foothills of the poignantOtways. Sample fresh seafood, throw a line off the jetty or seek out hidden gems in one of the many antique stores. Take a trip to the iconic 12 Apostles, the postcard image for the Great Ocean Road. Dine at one of the waterside restaurants offering beautiful views and enjoy fruits of the sea caught by the locals.
DAY 27: APOLLO BAY TO LORNE
Time: 1 Hour
Appreciate the Mediterranean atmosphere of beautiful Lorne, just a few hours’ drive from Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road. Lie back on one of the white beaches, explore the charming Erskine Falls and the surrounding gully or experience awe-inspiring views over Loutit Bay. Wander through the boutique stores and cafes in the town centre and appreciate the beauty of Victoria’s leading coastline.
DAY 28: LORNE TO GEELONG
Time: 1 Hour
Complete your motorhome adventure along the Great Ocean Road and arrive in the culture city of Geelong. Enjoy a scenic picnic at Geelong Botanical Gardens, wander around the waterfront and relish a long lunch in one of the hip cafes dotted around the city. Witness thousands of works at theGeelong Art Gallery or explore the eerie rooms of the Old Geelong Gaol.
DAY 29: GEELONG TO MELBOURNE
Time: 1 Hours
Spend a lazy morning in Geelong before venturing towards Australia’s cultural capital of Melbourne with its endless alleyways, galleries, boutique shops and cafes. Explore the city centre and appreciate the grandiose Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. Wander alongside the Yarra and stop by the SeaLife Melbourne Aquarium. Visit the Melbourne Musuem in charming Carlton Gardens and afterwards enjoy a visit to the IMAX theatre.
DAY 30: MELBOURNE
Spend another day in Victoria’s vibrant capital. Visit the Melbourne Zoo or explore some of the more hip inner city suburbs including St Kilda with its cafes and prime waterfront location. Enjoy the rides at Luna Park or spend the afternoon wandering down quirky Brunswick Street appreciating the individuality of the locals. Dine in one of the city’s best restaurants before heading back to BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park.
DAY 31: MELBOURNE TO LAKES ENTRANCE
Time: 4 Hours
Journey to Australia’s greatest inland network of waterway: Lakes Entrance. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the pristine sands of Ninety Mile Beach and sample some of the area’s best seafood at one of the town’s restaurants. Take a boat cruise of the area or visit Nyerimilang Heritage Park with its historic homestead and beautiful coastal location.
DAY 32: LAKES ENTRANCE TO EDEN
Time: 2 Hours 45 Minutes
Enjoy the charming seaside atmosphere of this boutique whaling town located on the New South Wales coast. Take a whale cruise in peak season or wander along beautiful Aislings Beach. Learn about the rich history of the place at Eden Killer Whale Museum with its informative display of whaling gear, photographs and boats. Visit nearby Ben Boyd National Park for bushwalking, bird watching and a relaxing family picnic.
DAY 33: EDEN TO SYDNEY
Time: 6 Hours
You will now find yourself far from Australia’s outback in the vibrant metropolis of Sydney, an absolute must on your motorhome hire adventure around Australia. Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for spectacular views or take the ferry ride past the Sydney Opera House to cultural Manly known for its laidback surf vibe and top notch eateries. Visit The Rocks for fantastic nightlife and wander along the Sydney Quay for beautiful lit up views of Sydney.
DAY 34: SYDNEY
Spend a second day exploring New South Wales’ vibrant capital. Take a sky walk on Sydney Tower for amazing views of the city or spend a day visiting the animals in Taronga Zoo. Catch the bus to beautiful Bondi Beach with its iconic surf culture or spend the day shopping along George and Pitt Streets. Visit Darling Harbour later in the evening to dine in an exciting atmosphere. Stay at BIG4 Lakeside Sydney Holiday Parklocated in Sydney’s scenic Northern Beaches.
DAY 35: SYDNEY TO NEWCASTLE
Time: 2 Hours
Venture up the beautiful East Coast of Australia towards the seaside city of Newcastle. Explore one of the city’s eight surrounding beaches, enjoy the magnificent views from charming Nobbys Lighthouse or enjoy a dose of history at Fort Scratchley Historic Site. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to the scenic Hunter Valley with its delightful cellar doors and restaurants.
DAY 36: NEWCASTLE TO COFFS HARBOUR
Time: 4 Hours 25 Minutes
Enjoy spectacular views of Coffs Harbour from Sealy Lookout, an elevated platform over the forest. Spend the day exploring the upbeat city centre or swim with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic. Experience a firsthand glance of the Big Banana and eat out at the Jetty Strip with its variety of cafes and restaurants available.
DAY 37: COFFS HARBOUR TO BYRON BAY
Time: 3 Hours
Continue up the coast and relax by the many beaches of Australia’s Hippy Capital, Byron Bay. Partake in one of the many water-based activities available to you including kayaking, canoeing, swimming, surfing, body boarding and boating. Experience a scenic hot air balloon over the coastline for unforgettable views and enjoy a night out at one of the area’s best restaurants or bars.
DAY 38: BYRON BAY
Hire a surfboard and take a morning surf lesson before walking to Cape Byron Light House for panoramic views. Experience a magnificent tandem sky dive over the coastline or spend the afternoon getting pampered at one of the towns many health and beauty salons. Spend the afternoon at your caravan park using the great facilities and catching up with fellow campers.
DAY 39: BYRON BAY TO THE GOLD COAST
Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Byron Bay to The Gold Coast
Experience the dazzling beauty of Queensland’s Gold Coast with its myriad of beaches, theme parks, fresh seafood, nightlife and health spas. Visit Surfers Paradise, Australia’s nightlife capital, for a drink or two or enjoy a more low key night in the beachside suburb of Broadbeach. Enjoy lying in the sun at one of the areas many patrolled beaches and spend a night at Dracula’s, Australia’s longest running dinner theatre.
DAY 40: THE GOLD COAST TO BRISBANE
Time: 1 Hour
This is where your Cruisin’ Great Australian Motorhome Hire Outback Adventure comes to a close. Spend a laidback day relaxing before taking a river cruise of the Brisbane River or simply wandering around the city centre. Wind down from your Great Australian Motorhome Outback Adventure and relax in the subtropical weather before returning your motorhome to our Cruisin’ Brisbane depot.