The Sunshine State is home to the nicest climate in the country, making it one of the best places to enjoy the open road.

Have you ever wanted to just get in the car and get away from it all?

The classic Aussie road trip is a rite of passage, with a number of people being able to recall piling into a car with mates and heading towards the horizon.

But Australia is such a huge country – where should you go?

Luckily for you, we’ve got that covered. In the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing you the best and most awe-inspiring and best road trips in each Aussie state and territory.

We’re heading up north to Queensland this week, where the endless sunshine and picturesque scenery both make for the perfect road trip.

Epic Cape York Drive

Queensland’s best road trip destinations - You'll need a 4WD to take on the Epic Cape York Drive, Australian Outdoor Living.
You’ll need a 4WD to take on the Epic Cape York Drive!

We’re kicking off with one of the longest road trips in the state: the 1,140-kilometre Epic Cape York Drive.

We should warn you – this trip really isn’t for the fainthearted. It takes you over some of the most unforgiving terrain in the state, meaning you’ll need a four-wheel drive and a bit of experience.

Starting in Cairns, you’ll travel north to Port Douglas. This leg provides lush tropical rainforests and activities including bungee jumping and scuba diving.

On the second day, you’ll travel through Mossman and all the way up to Cape Tribulation. Stop in Mossman and enjoy stunning walking tracks, swimming holes and waterfalls before taking the next step in your journey.

Daintree Forest is another absolute must-see; if you have the time, take a ride on the treetop zip line!

Cape Tribulation, your next stop, is where the bitumen ends and the true adventure begins.

Take your time to explore World Heritage-listed forests and reefs – you won’t regret it.

When you’re done, head to Cooktown on the iconic Bloomfield Track and enjoy a mix of coastal, rainforest and inland scenery.

The final three days of your trip will take you through historic goldmines, picturesque campgrounds and plentiful fishing spots.

Head up to Cape York and relax, knowing you just completed one of the best road trips in Australia.

The Savannah Way

This route is a network of roads that stretch across the top end of Australia following a path set out by 19th century explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

Road-trippers can expect incredibly diverse landscapes, including sandstone wilderness, lush tropical forests, colonial and gold mining heritage and thousands of years of Indigenous history.

The drive is over 750 kilometres of sealed road, but travellers should still be careful of making the trek in the wet season.

This road trip begins in Cairns, stretches through the Atherton Tablelands and Undara, the dramatic sandstones cliffs of Cobbold Gorge and finishes up in Karumba.

If you plan on swimming at one of the many beaches, make sure you obey the warning signs – there are lots of crocodiles in this part of the country!

The Central Queensland Outback Drive

Queensland’s best road trip destinations - Outback Queensland features some of the most beautiful sunrises in the country, Australian Outdoor Living.
Outback Queensland features some of the most beautiful sunrises in the country.

We’re finishing up with the longest route on our list: The Central Queensland Outback Drive.

The incredible road trip will take you through the Great Dividing Range and past some of rural Queensland’s most incredible landscapes.

Beginning in Rockhampton, you’ll head west to the town of Emerald where you’ll find a great local museum, botanic gardens and a heritage railway station.

Detour through the Central Highland gem fields on the next leg to Barcaldine and see if you can get your hands on a precious stone or two!

Over the next few days, you’ll travel through Longreach, Springsure and Carnarvon Gorge, giving you the opportunity to soak in the rural lifestyle.

The gorge is one of Australia’s prettiest natural wonders, with sandstone cliffs, tropical plants, Aboriginal rock art, waterfalls and rock pools.

This region is worth stopping in for a couple of days if you can spare the time.

Finally, head through Biloela and check out Mount Scoria and the nearby Kroombit Tops National Park.

Finish up back in Rockhampton and take a well-earned break!

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