Australia's greatest road trip named

Posted by: Cal on 17/04/2014

Category: General

When you think of Aussie's greatest and most famous road trip, what do you think of? The Great Ocean Road may be a common answer, as may be the 'Big Lap' road trip.

However, the answer to this question has been revealed as a less well-known, but equally breathtaking, route in Tasmania - the 'East Coast Escape'.

This Australian beauty took out the number two spot overall, and number one spot for road trips, on the Australian Traveller magazine's '100 Greatest Holidays Of All Time' list, beating out other renowned holiday greats to take the cushy position. In comparison, the Great Ocean Road came in at number 8 on the list.

The final spots were decided by a panel of 20 travel experts, who spent hours analysing over 12,000 nominations to reach a final list.

The East Coast Escape is a relatively unknown, 'secret' travel destination, but has a lot to offer drivers who are keen to take the road trip of a lifetime.

Editor of Australian Traveller magazine, Georgia Rickard, attributes the somewhat surprising results of the list to changing "travel palates".

"It's not enough to plonk yourself by a pool anymore - we want authentic experiences, unique destinations, and trips that enrich our lives in some way," she stated.

Ms Rickard added that the East Coast Escape was definitely deserving of its prime position on the list.

"If you've ever done it, you'd know why," she said. "It's absolutely breathtaking".

Best of all, this holiday road trip is an affordable option for Aussies, which means you'll be able to schedule it in even when you've just bought a brand new set of car tyres!

"The best thing about the East Coast Escape road trip is that the luxury is in the environment," Ms Rickard explained. "And you can absolutely do it without blowing the budget, there's plenty of affordable accommodation along the way."

On a five-day itinerary, this route will see travellers begin from Hobart and travel through Maria Island National Park, Orford, Swansea, Freycinet National Park, St Helens and Bay of Fires, according to Australia's official tourism website.

Highlights include photo opportunities at stunning Wineglass Bay, meeting abundant wildlife on Maria Island, and exploring the gorgeous, stretching coastline of Freycinet National Park and magnificent desert and sand dune landscape in the Bay of Fires.

Before you set out on the journey, it's best to ensure your vehicle and tyres are in fabulous condition. The easiest way to ensure this is by investing in a quality brand new set such as some Continental tyres.

However, checking your tread depth, tyre pressure and overall wear and tear is a great way to ensure you will be safe on the trip. And don't forget to pack some road-trip essentials such as a spare tyre, torch and jumper leads!