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Road Trip! Fantastic Natural places to visit to start 2018 right!

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Summer is here, and it’s hot and ready for the taking! We’ve compiled a list of a few amazing places to rock up to and rage (or at least have a nice picnic)! We’ve included a few spots all over the eastern half of Australia, both city and country, all accessible by vehicle. From coastal to quaint, we’ve got you covered.

Queensland

Hardings Paddock

Just a 45 minute drive from our very own Brisbane is the perfect weekend camping spot, also suitable for caravans! Explore a beautiful 2,200 hectares of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate. Enjoy bird watching, hiking, mountain biking and even horseback riding! Keep in mind there’s no power or water, so be prepared to really rough it. One campground is $12 per night.

Barron Gorge

If you’re further North in Queensland and feel like something fun and fresh, look no further than Barron Gorge! The Djabugay people are the traditional owners, and now they manage the land with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS). It’s one of the state’s most popular national parks, with gorges, waterfalls and cassowaries! Find lots of recreational opportunities here, but you can’t camp, so set up tent at the nearby Speewah Conservation Park, or just grab a hotel in one of the nearby towns.

Cassowary

New South Wales

Hermitage Foreshore Track

For those who prefer a more urban getaway, check out this Sydney gem! On this fast and fabulous trail, you can witness Shark Island, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the grounds of Strickland House! There are several different parking options here, all under $10. The hike takes anywhere from 30 minutes to half a hour, and you can take a pit stop at Nielsen Park for a pause at a picnic or their lovely cafe.

Sydney Harbour

The Old Grafton Road

Sometimes walking can be hard work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate nature and amazing views. Lee Atkinson is the author of 11 books and two smartphone apps about travelling around Australia. Check out her stuff to get inspired, and get started down Old Grafton Road. This land was constructed by Civilians during the 1800s, and this historical road includes a tunnel carved from the rock.

Original Historic Tunnel

Victoria

Croajingolong National Park

And if you are lucky enough to live South where it’s nice and cool, don’t miss Croajingolong National Park. Even if you live up north it’s worth a trip down for sure. Named after the Aboriginal people of the area, the park is known for breathtaking lookouts, rivers, sand dunes and water dragons. The park is 450kms east of Melbourne and 500kms south of Sydney. You can camp, boat, go for beach walks, or even visit Gabo Island Light Station, although you can’t get here by car.

Waterdragon Victoria

These are just a few ideas just to get you started. Where’s your favourite summer getaway?! Let us know in the comments! Once you hit the road be sure to tag us on Instagram; we love to see a customers putting our cars to great use!