Road Trips this Coming Holidays

September is finally here and it brings with it the Term 3 school holidays and the opportunity for many Aussie families to take time out and enjoy a vacation prior to the busy Summer holiday season.

So with the weather warming up and the fatigue of a busy schedule starting to take hold, ProNovate takes a look at five popular driving destinations for families.

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1.Port Stephens

Located just over 200 km’s North of Sydney’s CBD, Port Stephens is a popular driving destination for families with little time to spare, taking up to 3 hours to complete the drive via the M1 Motorway.

If however you prefer a more “scenic” route, then the Old Pacific Highway is a must! The windy forest roads and cafes along the way will be sure to keep the kids from asking “are we there yet?”!

ProNovate’s score:

Drive: 5 Stars
Distance: 2 Stars
Destination: 4 Stars

2. Dubbo

Dubbo is a fantastic location to drive to with the kids, whether it be for a long weekend or a whole week. The 394 kilometre journey takes you over the Blue Mountains, through Ben Bullen State Forest and into the heart of New South Wales’ Orana region. On the way why not stop off at Mudgee and enjoy some of their fine cellar doors or cafes?

Once at Dubbo you can choose from many things to do such as the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Old Dubbo Goal, Western Plains Cultural Centre as well as some wineries.

ProNovate’s score:

Drive: 3 Stars
Distance: 3 Stars
Destination: 4 Stars

3. Barossa Valley

The Twelve Apostles

Perhaps more appropriate for older families, the Barossa Valley can be found around 8 hour’s drive North West of Melbourne’s CBD, just north of Adelaide.

However, perhaps one of the most scenic drives in the whole of Australia would take around 12 hours of drive time through the Great Ocean Road. Starting at Torquay Victoria, and winding its way through the coastline, the road was built by returned servicemen from WW1 between 1919 and 1932 and serves as the world’s largest war memorial.

The Great Ocean Road is Heritage Listed, reaching 243 kilometres in length and takes driver’s past beautiful scenery and landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles.

When you finally arrive at the Barossa Valley you won’t find it difficult to unwind, with walking trails and tours, food and wine attractions, art galleries and golf.

ProNovate’s score:

Drive: 5 Stars
Distance: 5 Stars
Destination: 5 Stars

4. Gold Coast

GoldCoast

The Gold Coast is like a paradise for young families. White sandy beaches, theme parks, water sports and wildlife sanctuaries, the Gold Coast has it all.

Located 850 km’s north of Sydney or about 80 kilometres south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast has been a popular destination for tourists near and abroad for decades.

Driving from Sydney the quickest way would be via the Pacific Highway (around 10 hours plus stops),

ProNovate’s score:

Drive: 4 Stars
Distance: 5 Stars
Destination: 5 Stars

5. Noosa

Looking for a decent road trip with a relaxing destination? Noosa is fantastic place to visit at any time of year, with warm weather, beautiful beaches, great shopping and a popular golf course. Be wary about visiting Noosa during the summer period as the township can get quite overcrowded, with some driving restrictions which disallow visitors to drive through or park within the Noosa town centre during the busier months.
Situated around 12 hours drive north of Sydney, and around 2 hours north of Brisbane, Noosa is a lengthy trip so make sure that you stop revise and survive every 2 hours. Coffs Harbour is located around 6 hours north of Sydney, and has some great hotels for families wishing to do the drive over two days.

ProNovate’s score:
Drive: 4 Stars
Distance: 5 Stars
Destination: 5 Stars
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