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8 off the beaten track destinations in Australia

Looking to take the road less travelled in Australia? Ditch the same old tourist route, hop in a camper and do things your way. For a country that spans over 7 million miles there are an abundance of secret spots to uncover, here’s a few of our favourites to get the ball rolling.

Kakadu National Park

Experience rich Aboriginal culture in all its glory with over 5000 aboriginal art sites across the park. A 2WD can cover the majority of the park, but make sure one of your stops is Ubirr for the ultimate in sunset goals.

Measuring in at the size of Slovenia, it’s a hard one to miss when in the Darwin area!

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Devil’s Marbles

Nearly 400 km north of Alice Springs, the Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is definitely remote but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth making the effort to visit. Huge granite boulders scatter the valley so take a short self-guided walk to get amongst them or scramble from boulder to boulder. If you can, get there for sunset when it’s less toasty out and makes for even more spectacular photos.

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Coober Pedy

This place looks straight out of a movie – probs because it is! This opal mining town was the set for the 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdrome and it’s this apocalyptic landscape that attracts people – plus the chance of finding their very own opal. Coober Pedy is hot hot hot and to survive the heat while digging for opals, the hardy people of the town decided to dig and live underground meaning you can enjoy underground hotels, churches and restaurants!

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Nullarbor Links

Do you like golf? Would you like over 1,000 kilometres of golf? Yep that’s right, the world’s longest golf course – an 18 hole-er with a par of a humungous 72 can be found in South West Australia. Running along the Eyre Highway, each hole is in a participating town or roadhouse, making it a great way to break up monotonous travel and is also plain good fun!

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Phillip Island, Victoria 

Phillip Island is only an hour and a half from Melbourne making it a great stopping point if you’re travelling through the East Coast. Especially if you love penguins. Get ready for cuteness overload as you watch the world’s smallest penguins come home after a long day fishing. Your admission also helps support the conservation of these little guys too -win win!

Arnhem Land

Home of the digeridoo and the Yolngu people, this region of Australia is an incredible insight into aboriginal heritage and culture. You’ll need a permit to visit and we recommend joining an organised tour. Make sure you see Gunbalanya with its ancient rock art, listen to Dreamtime stories and find out how the Yolngu people live off the land.

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Karijini National Park

Head west for freshwater pools, unforgettable views and a natural spa. After a long day of walking across mighty gorges and swimming in spring-fed pools beneath Fortescue Falls, you’ll want nothing more than to sink into the heart-shaped spa pool at Hamersley Gorge.

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How do all these places sound? Like they belong on your bucket list?

There’s nothing worse than getting somewhere you love and having to jump to catch a scheduled flight or bus out of there. With the flexibility of a camper van, you can spend as little or as much time you like so you can explore every corner of Australia on your terms.

7 day road trip: The best of Victoria!

Cover Victoria’s highlights in 7 days! Coastal drives along the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles, bushwalking in the Grampians and gold panning in Ballarat. You may or may not hit gold but this road trip will leave you enriched.

Day 1 – Melbourne to the Yarra Valley

Drive time: 1 hr
Yarra Valley

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Western Australia Camper Adventure – Perth to Esperance

Fancy getting off the tourist trail and exploring some of Australia’s best beaches and untouched wilderness? Then head to Western Australia, the perfect place for a camper adventure! The next question is, do you go north to Broome or south to Esperance? For the most beautiful beaches in the world and for shorter driving times definitely go south! After asking many locals 9 out of 10 recommended this route – and WOW I am so glad we took their advice. So buckle up, and take a look at what you could do on your camper adventure…

Perth

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The Ultimate 13-Day Campervan Trip: Rocky Mountain High Trail

Here’s the second blog instalment from our professional campervanner (that a thing?) Sophie Lott. She’s taking us on the road trip of a life time, so get ready to hit the Rocky Mountain high trail, no looking back…

Want to experience the freedom of America’s open roads, but fancy getting away from the East and West coast tourist trails? Well, we’ve found a route that is perfect for you! The Rocky Mountain High road trip allows you to immerse yourself in the rustic charms of the Native American soil, whilst plunging you into the fresh alpine landscapes of Colorado and New Mexico. This route offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of busy tourist attractions and offers you a more authentic experience of America’s environmental beauties.
Rocky Mountain Trail
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Top 7 campervan spots on West Coast USA!

Today’s blog comes from our roadtrippn’ extraordinaire Sophie Lott, she’s a pro on all things campervan. Here’s her take on the best places for parking up your campervan in good old USA….

Fancy an adventure filled with campfires, starry nights, great company AND the freedom to roam wherever you want, whenever you want? Then going by camper is for you. The States was made for road trips with its vast open roads and beautiful scenic routes. We have handpicked the top 7 locations we think are a must see on any West Coast road trip!

1. Death Valley

Death Valley
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