4 GREAT PLACES IN AUSTRALIA TO TAKE YOUR OFF ROAD CARAVAN

The best way to see some of the most beautiful and remote places in Australia is in an off road caravan. With the right off road set up and adventure on your mind, the following four places offer a stunning array of natural beauty, historical landmarks and ancient sites to keep you active, engaged and in awe of all that Australia has to offer:

 

1. Great Otway National Park and surrounds, Victoria

 

 

The Great Otway National Park is an exquisite stretch of land, taking you through pristine temperate rainforests and past rugged sections of coastline along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Only 3 hours from Melbourne, a great starting point is Forrest outside of the Otways, a vibrant town renowned for its mountain biking and bush walking trails.

From here the adventure begins. You can visit several beautiful waterfalls along unsealed roads, such as Stephensons Falls, driving past towering gums and ancient tree ferns. Another great back road to take is from Deans Marsh along Penny Royal Valley Road, past lush farmland, berry farms, hillside hamlets, eventually popping out behind Lorne, a bustling coastal village with one of the best swimming spots along the coast.

From here you can enjoy all that the Great Ocean Road has to offer, visiting many great beaches along the way, from Wye River to Skenes Creek and Apollo Bay, and dipping back into the Otway Ranges to see unique sights such as the glow worms at Melba Gully, koalas at Cape Otway or the hair-raising Otway Fly treetop walk located deep within the Otways. There are several campsites within the Otways and surrounding state forests where you can set up for the night, some with basic amenities and others without any.

A good end point is to drive through to Johanna Beach. With its beautiful sand dunes and wild windy beaches it makes another great starting point to travel on to the 12 Apostles, the Blow Hole and other great attractions scattered along the Great Ocean Road.

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2. Kosciuszko National Park, NSW

 

 

A land of wild brumbies, snow gums, snow capped peaks and lush river valleys it’s easy to see why Kosciuszko National Park is a popular place to travel. An expansive national park, it covers 6,900 square kms and is located in the south-east corner of NSW, close to the Alpine National Park in Victoria.

There are many unsealed roads you can take along mountain passes blanketed by snow gums and alpine wildfowers down into lush temperate valleys carved out by rivers and streams. Some of the great sights you can see along the way include Mt Kosciuszko, the tallest mountain in Australia which has a great walking track to the top, and the pristine waters of the Snowy River with several hiking trails alongside it.

Caravan travel is recommended between summer and autumn due to the cold, icy and slippery conditions on the roads, often requiring wheels to be chained. Within the national park, there are also some great camp sites you can visit and stay for the night.

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3. Cape York Peninsula, Northern Queensland

 

Taking your off road caravan to Cape York Peninsula, the most northern point of Australia, is a wild adventure you'll never forget. There are several beautiful national parks and reserves you'll pass on your way up, requiring a 4WD to negotiate many of the unsealed roads and tracks.

Cape York Peninsula is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas in Australia. Starting from Cairns you pass through some of the most beautiful heritage listed tropical rainforests in the country, with towering trees hanging with vines and old fern species that are a throwback to Gondwana land. Along the way you can stop in at Lakefield National Park, with its lakes, lagoons and swamps that serve as a wildlife sanctuary for many wetland birds, crocodiles and aquatic life, such as barramundi. Along the Daintree river take a boat trip and watch saltwater crocodiles bask in sunlight along its river banks. There are also incredible beaches you can visit from Port Douglas to Cooktown and up to Cape York, with swampy mangroves and sparkling oceans on display.

Venturing further north you can visit the beautiful Fruit Bat Falls at Jardine River National Park, and navigate water crossings and roads that become more rugged and challenging as you go along, all the way up to Seisia Holiday Park.

The main thing to keep in mind before set off into is humidity, crocodiles and the wet season. A tropical climate, humidity is the highest from October to December and you'll need a good air con unit and fans installed to sleep comfortably at night. When navigating water crossings, swimming or setting up site beside waterways, do this with extreme caution and look for designated areas away from crocodile habitats. Travel can also only be done outside of wet season as many sections of the road will be flooded and inaccessible. There are also many caravan site options along the way.

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4. Flinders Ranges, South Australia


Travelling to the Flinders Ranges will truly remind you of just how old the Australian continent is. The Flinders Ranges are a remarkable formation of prehistoric mountains 200km from Adelaide that stretch 430km from Port Pirie to Lake Callabona. A semi-arid climate they project a timeless beauty and ancient soul that is truly captivating.

Wilpenna Pound is the prime attraction and hosts the highest mountain, St Mary’s Peak, in the range. From the middle of the Pound you have 360 degree view of the Flinders Ranges and can marvel at the intricate folded and faulted sediments that make up its mountains. There are many terrific hikes in the ranges offering beautiful mountain views, quiet peaceful gorges where you can stop for a swim, aboriginal sites where you can marvel at ancient rock paintings, and settlement buildings such as Old Wilpena Station you can tour.

Travel is along unsealed and corrugrated roads and recommended from autumn to early summer, as temperatures near 40 degrees in the middle of summer making many activities hard to do. There are several campsites located at the base of the mountain that make a great starting point to explore the mountains.

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Preparing for off road travel

Off road caravans allow you to visit remote spots, stay close to nature and with your creature comforts by your side. The essential features you will need in your caravan to go off road include a raised chassis, rear cutaways for river crossings, fortified frames, heavy duty tyres, extra water storage, off grid power supplies and more to withstand the harsh Australian climate and terrain. You will also need a 4WD on many roads and enough supplies so you can stay off grid for long periods of time.

Once you have all of this organised you will be ready set off into the wild and experience some of the most incredible sights Australia has to offer. And when get home it will also serve as a future inspiration to plan your next big off road caravan adventure. 


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