You can make this trip in a regular car, but a four-wheel-drive will let you access a few more sights. Crocodiles prevent you swimming in Kakadu National Park, but there’s lots more to see including ancient rock art. Drive the loop and come back via Litchfield National Park, where there are idyllic croc-free waterholes and creeks to swim in.
Take this classic hippie trail offers all sorts of sites and stops along the way. From the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour to The Honey Place at Urunga you can play the complete tourist or avoid the crowds and stop at some of the quieter beaches and fishing villages. Arrive in Byron Bay, cool your feet in the sea, cruise the cafes and then head to Nimbin for a trip back to the sixties and seventies.
Tassie is now on many people’s bucket lists to see well before retirement. It is one of the most unspoiled islands on earth and it doesn’t matter which way you travel around it, there’s plenty to see and do. Around 40 percent of Tasmania is protected either as a national park or World Heritage site. You can climb the famous Cradle Mountain, visit historic Port Arthur, taste a curry scallop pie and local cold climate wines.
You can now get from Cairns to Cooktown on sealed roads via the Atherton Tablelands, but 4WD and off-road fans prefer the way up through the rainforest via the Bloomfield Track. It starts at Cape Tribulation and can be impassable after heavy rains. It’s an unforgettable experience full of spectacular views, creek crossings, secluded beaches, a rainforest archway, majestic plants, unexpected wildlife and history.