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Australia Fly-drive Holidays

Fly drive holidays Australia

Australia Fly-drive Holidays 

With so much to see in the Land Down Under, the best way to really get under the skin of Australia is to hire a car, get behind the wheel and head out the open road. That's where Flight Centre can help. Choose from a variety of regions and fly-drive itineraries below, or chat to one of our Travel Experts about tailor making your Australia fly-drive holiday to suit your needs and budget. 

Victoria & the Great Ocean Road

The state of Victoria, perhaps best known for the multicultural city of Melbourne, is home to the Great Ocean Road. This legendary driving route has been voted as the second-greatest road trip in the world – after Route 66 – and it’s easy to see why. The road meanders beautifully past serene beaches and above dramatic craggy coastlines, taking in landmarks like the iconic Twelve Apostles. Indeed, this drive is so much more than stunning coastal views; here you can find great hiking opportunities like the Otway Fly Treetop Walk, the Surf Coast Walk and Lorne Waterfall Walk – as well as the chance to see whales, koalas, kangaroos and platypus. Check out some of our sample Victoria fly-drive itineraries below.

Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef

To Australia’s north-east the state of Queensland embodies so many iconic Australian images. Here, you can dive the Great Barrier Reef, sail through the Whitsundays, explore the ancient Daintree Rainforest, acquaint yourself with the outback and experience the laid-back lifestyle on the Gold Coast. Take the opportunity to experience it all with a fly-drive holiday through this diverse state – our Travel Experts can tailor make a trip to suit you.

New South Wales

Visited on most Australia holidays, the state of New South Wales is so much more than just Sydney – although we highlight recommend spending some time in Australia’s most iconic city, seeing the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in particular. Hiring a car is the best way to explore the best of what New South Wales has to offer. Around a 90-minute drive from Sydney you'll find the Blue Mountains and a confection of breathtaking viewpoints, beautiful walking trails and iconic rock formations like the Three Sisters. Be sure to visit some of the Hunter Valley’s 120 wineries on your New South Wales road trip, and sample some of the best food and wine in Australia. Looking for an extra-special experience? The Hunter Valley region is perfect for a romantic hot-air balloon ride at sunset. Finally, venture to the far north of the state and stop-off in the hip surfer town of Byron Bay. Here you can learn how to ride the waves, try a skydive or simply soak up the relaxed beach-side atmosphere.

Western Australia

Western Australia is the most accessible destination in Australia, not to mention one of the most spectacular. Fly direct to the sunny city of Perth and, from here, drive to experience the best that Western Australia has to offer. Take a day-trip to Rottnest Island to grab a selfie with a quokka – the world’s happiest marsupial, kick back and taste the region's best wine and craft beer in Margaret River, visit the eucalyptus forests of Pemberton or get up-close to the local marine wildlife when you go whale and dolphine watching, or embark on a swimming with whale sharks tour from the Coral Coast. Find some of our favourite suggested Western Australia fly-drive itineraries below.


Flung off the south-eastern coast of Australia it’s easy to overlook Tasmania – but do so at your detriment. Indeed, this tiny island-state is one of the most diverse destinations Down Under. Start in the compact capital city of Hobart and drive past striking vistas as you road trip through the UNESCO-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and past the sapphire waters of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park.

The Top End

Situated in the far north of the Northern Territories are some of Australia’s most spectacular landscapes. Drive around Kakadu National Park to explore the rock formations, billabongs, waterfalls and plunge pools, then cruise through Nitmiluk National Park and the remarkable Katherine Gorge. And of course the most important thing about any road trip is making sure you take the time to get out of the car. Be sure to do just that in Litchfield National Park, where mesmerising hikes past waterfalls and dense forest await...

South Australia

Embrace Down Under’s wild side in South Australia. Gaze across the Great Australian Bight, where you can often see whales frolic, drive into the famous wine-producing regions of the Barossa or Clare valleys, and take the car ferry to Kangaroo island – home to kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, sea lions and penguins.