Monday, January 6, 2014
Behind the Wheel on Australia’s Best Road Journeys
Goway and Air New Zealand team up to help travellers hit the open road downunder.
Anyone who’s cruised the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour or roamed the art-filled laneways of Melbourne will know that Australia boasts several of the world’s must-see cities. But the most memorable Australia tours are to be had on the road, with time to explore all this beautiful country has to offer.
The Great Ocean Road is one of Melbourne’s most popular day trips. But a day doesn’t really do this incredible region justice. The constant lashing these cliffs receive from the Southern Ocean inspired explorer Matthew Flinders to write that he had ‘seldom seen a more fearful section of coastline’. Flinders’ frustration is a photographer’s dream, with spectacular sights such as Loch Ard Gorge, London Arch and the famous Twelve Apostles.
The Road is best experienced on a journey between the arts-loving cities of Melbourne and Adelaide. A short drive inland is Grampians National Park, home to over 200 species of birds and 50 walking tracks. The park is particularly noted for Victoria’s largest collection of Koori aboriginal rock art. Of course, a stop in Adelaide’s wine country is a must before reaching the city.
If Victoria’s southern coast is Australia at its most dynamic, the country’s glamorous side can be seen further north. More than a popular base for Great Barrier Reef tours, Cairns is the gateway to North Queensland’s pristine rainforests, including the Daintree and Cape Tribulation.
While Sydney itself isn’t the most car-friendly town, it is within easy driving distance of the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley, both popular trips for wilderness and wine lovers. In the Blue Mountains, The Three Sisters and Jenolyn Caves are among Australia’s most impressive geological formations, while visitors from around the world are lured to the Hunter in search of a fine Semillon – the region’s signature wine.
The experts in arranging Australia vacations for over 40 years, Goway Travel has partnered with Air New Zealand to create the ultimate range of new self-drive Aussie adventures. Cruise along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide, connect the most memorable day trips from Cairns and Sydney, or journey deep into the outback with three more terrific self-drive itineraries.
Each self-drive trip includes airfare, accommodation, and car rental. For travellers looking to get the most out of their vacation, a Preplanned First Class self-drive option includes accommodation at 4-star hotels, plus a self-drive kit including maps, exclusive discounts and a AU$100 fuel card.
The 13 day Melbourne to Adelaide Coastal Drive (Preplanned First Class) starts at just US$3099/CA$3349, departing from Los Angeles or Vancouver with Air New Zealand. The 15 day Sydney and Great Barrier Reef Self Drive (Preplanned First Class) starts at US$3999/CA$4299, also departing from Los Angeles or Vancouver. Special fares are available from other cities across North America.
About Goway Travel
Since 1970, Goway has been providing unforgettable travel experiences to Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, idyllic island destinations and Latin America. Today Goway is recognized as one of North America's leading travel companies for individuals, families and groups to select exotic destinations around the globe. Goway has offices in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, and Sydney (Australia). For more information visit www.goway.com
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