Self Drive Itineraries

From epic self-drive holidays and 4WD adventures, Australian and New Zealand road trips range in length, difficulty and cover all manner of landscapes.

Australia One have many different self-drive itineraries available for customers. We can also specially tailer-make a self-drive if it’s required. Please contact us to find out more about our itineraries

Australia Itinerary: Self Drive 

Planning a Trip

Before any road trip, either short or long, it is important to be prepared. The following are a few tips to ensure a comfortable, safe, enjoyable and memorable trip.

Passes and Permits

Passes and Permits are necessary for travelling through certain parts of the Outback Australia and should be organised well before you begin the journey. If travelling into the desert parks of northern South Australia, you will need to obtain a Desert Parks Pass. It is issued by the Department of Heritage and Environment. Passes include detailed maps as well as information on first aid and survival skills.

What to take.

As a good deal of your holiday may be spent driving in the car, make sure you take lots of comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Even if travelling in summer, take at least one set of warm clothing because nights can still get cool in many inland parts of the continent. Soft luggage bags are ideal for packing as they can be squashed into small tight spaces. Essential items that you should not forget when travelling in Australia include plenty of water, hats, walking shoes and good socks, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and a camera. It is also a good idea to have tissues, snacks and maps in the car within easy reach. Remember to take important documents with you, such as your driver’s licence, vehicle registration, the details of your insurance policy, emergency contacts and medical prescriptions. It is also worthwhile making a note of any allergies you are aware of and your blood type.


New South Wales

10 day road trip: Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive

Drive from Sydney to Melbourne, and along the way stop to swim at the white sandy beaches of Jervis Bay, eat fresh oysters in Pambula and spot whales in Eden. Paddle up tranquil Gippsland rivers and hike to the southernmost tip of mainland Australia in Wilsons Promontory National Park. See seals, penguins and koalas on Phillip Island then round out this bucket-list road trip with award-winning a Mornington Peninsula wine.


10 day road trip: A tropical adventure from Cairns

On this 10-day adventure itinerary you’ll travel north from the tropical city of Cairns to the stylish beach villages of Palm Cove and Port Douglas. Along the way you’ll discover the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, spot huge crocodiles, try big game fishing, go white water rafting through World Heritage-listed wilderness, dare to bungy jump and even go skydiving. You’ll also taste some beautifully cooked, fresh-caught seafood along the way.


5 day road trip: Melbourne to Adelaide

Drive from Melbourne to Adelaide along one of Australia’s most famous coastal routes – The Great Ocean Road. Surf at Bells Beach, walk among the Twelve Apostles and sample wine in McLaren Vale on this five day journey along Australia’s dramatic south-east coastline.


6 day road trip: Circle Tasmania

Circle Tasmania in six days, starting and ending your journey in the capital city of Hobart. This spectacular trip takes in the untouched beaches along the east coast, the rugged wilderness of the west and must-see attractions including Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain and the Bay of Fires.

Western Australia

14 day road trip: Perth to Broome

A road trip from the most isolated city on the planet, Perth, through to Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, is an epic driving experience to say the least. In total, the distance is over 2,500 kilometres (1553 miles), which is the same distance as travelling between Paris and Istanbul, or a road trip from Montreal in Canada all the way through the United States to Miami.

South Australia

3 day road trip: South Australia’s Riverland

Only a 90 minute drive from South Australia’s capital city of Adelaide, the Riverland region along the Murray River offers a broad range of experiences. Whether you are looking to immerse yourself in the natural environment or discover locally produced food and beverages, this itinerary will help you locate all the hidden gems.

Northern Territory

5 day road trip: A loop through Kakadu and Litchfield from Darwin

Comprising the Arnhem, Kakadu and Stuart highways, Nature’s Way is the scenic route that links two of Australia’s most spectacular national parks: Litchfield and World Heritage-listed Kakadu. Both have an abundance of freshwater swimming holes and stunning waterfalls, and Kakadu is also lauded for its walks, Aboriginal art sites, escarpments and jaw-dropping views over Arnhem Land.

New Zealand: North and South Island

17 day road trip: Auckland to Christchurch

Soak up the wonders of nature with this relaxing and reinvigorating itinerary. Feel the magic of caverns filled with twinkling glow worms at the Waitomo Caves and marvel at the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Enjoy the spectacular ferry ride between the North and South Islands before heading south for whale and dolphin watching encounters, beautiful fiords and ancient glaciers.


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