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The Great Australian Road Trip: An itinerary for travelling all the way around Australia

The Great Australian Road Trip: An itinerary for travelling all the way around Australia

The Great Aussie Roadtrip

Driving around Australia in a campervan sounds like a romantic dream come true doesn’t it? Well it pretty much was which is why I’ve finally got round to sharing my experience.

I spent nearly 18 months in Australia with my boyfriend, Sam. We worked for 8 of those months and travelled in a campervan for 10. We bought an old campervan from Gumtree and we were tense every time we drove the van, fully expecting it to give up and break down and leave us stranded in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, the old thing never did give up and it got us all the way around Australia in just under a year. However, for peace of mind, we highly recommend looking into insuring your car with CTP insurance. Check out ROLLiN’ Insurance’s guide to find out more about how you can be protected during your travels.

After a very long time wracking my brains and studying the map I’ve managed to list the itinerary from our Australian road trip in a campervan. We didn’t travel with a road trip itinerary, a time schedule or a budget. We stopped when we found a place we liked, we stayed for longer if we liked it a lot and we found jobs when we ran out of money. We caught fish for our dinner and camped on the beach. It was a really simple way to live but we loved it.

VW campervan in Australia

Here’s where we went:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne (if you’re a night owl, there’s tonnes to do in Melbourne at night)
  • The Great Ocean Road
  • Adelaide
  • Streaky Bay
  • Crossed the Nullarbor
  • Norseman
  • Coral Bay
  • Exmouth
  • Mackerel Island (where we worked for 5 months)
  • Cape Range National Park
  • 80-Mile Beach
  • Broome
  • Kununurra
  • Bungle Bungle Range
  • Darwin
  • Dally Waters
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Cairns
  • Kurunda
  • Daintree Rainforest / Cape Tribulation
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Magnetic Island
  • The Whitsunday Islands
  • Airlie Beach
  • Agnes Water/ 1770
  • Hervey Bay
  • Rainbow Beach
  • Fraser Island
  • Noosa
  • Brisbane
  • Surfer’s Paradise
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney

I’m sure a few of you are wondering why we missed out so much of the south and didn’t even go to the centre. It’s now something I really regret but I guess it’s just a good excuse to go back some day. We were offered jobs on the west coast which is which is why we cut across and missed out the south and although we wanted to go to Uluru, we were sure our campervan would break down and didn’t want to risk driving all that way.

If anyone else is planning a similar trip or has taken a massive road trip, let me know!

Read more:

Travelling around Australia in a campervan – My FAQs

Monica’s mini guide to buying a campervan in Australia

How to survive living in a campervan for a year…with a boy


Friday 16th of June 2017

My girlfriend and myself are planning on doing a 12 month trip around Australia next year. Just bought the van and plan on fitting it out in the next 6 months. We plan on travelling and following the fruit picking seasons. Any advice on getting work on the farms. We are both Australian and have both worked in hospitality, how hard is it to pick up hospitality work? We plan on working a month and travelling for 3.


Wednesday 21st of June 2017

I'm afraid I didn't do any fruit picking work so I don't know about that but I found that hospitality work really depends on your personality. If you show up to the restaurant before it gets busy and ask to speak with the manager and can prove in that 5 minutes that you're nice, friendly, polite, hardworking, have lots of experience, you're smart and likeable then you'll always always always find work! Good luck, I hope you have an incredible time!

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Tuesday 11th of April 2017

[…] ticket to Australia and had the most amazing time of my life as I travelled through Asia and around Australia in a battered old campervan. From the moment that ticket was booked I was hooked on travel and I’ve barely stopped […]


Tuesday 25th of October 2016

Wow, stumbled across this blog trying to get some travel advice. Love it. Awesome information for our next trip to Australia. Thanks again.

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Wednesday 8th of July 2015

Hi ,at the very beginning of planning a long travel in Australia....looking forward to read about your experiences,the doos and donts etc cheers marc


Thursday 12th of March 2015

Hey there! Stumbled across your blog trying to finalise my camper van packing itinerary. I am about to head off around Australia in my little yellow camper… No time schedule for a return. Planning to write my way around and keep a blog. Will definitely be subscribing to your blog now. Thanks for the helpful tips.


Sunday 15th of March 2015

Have a great time Christina. I'm jealous, I'd love to be setting off in my camper again!