Australian Mountain Road Trips

Date Posted: June 16, 2020

Mountain road through hills

Mountains, deserts, cities and coasts – Australia’s got them all. Most people think of Australia as quite flat – but it’s not the case. With numerous mountain road trips around the country, it’s hard to know which one and when to go suits you. From desert ranges to snow-capped mountains, we list some of the top mountain road trips.

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The Blue Mountains – NSW

Blue Mountains view

About: One of Australia’s premier mountain road trips, the Blue Mountains have a lot to offer. The area, west of Sydney, has a dense Eucalyptus tree forest which provides not only homes to many of Australia’s koala population but also a refreshing air quality for visitors. Eucalyptus oils mixed with water droplets disperse sunlight creating the distinctive ‘blue’ in the Blue Mountains. Katoomba, the main town in the Blue Mountains is considered the ‘hub’ by locals and tourists.

Distance From Sydney: 102km

Attractions: Jenolan Cave, cable car, glow worms, hiking

Best Time to Go: Winter months

Caravan Parks: Katoomba Falls Tourist Park, Wallacia Caravan Park

Average Price / Night: $45 (powered site)

The Grampians – Vic

The Grampians view

About: When driving to The Grampians, travellers often comment on the ‘bump on the otherwise flat horizon’ that gets more and more significant as you drive. The stunning and ‘compact’ mountain range that is The Grampians provides easy-access adventure perfect for travellers with time constraints. Highlights can be ‘done’ in a long weekend but you’ll need a little longer to explore every nook and cranny. Kids love the large number of local kangaroos that relax side by side with people.

Distance From Melbourne: 260km

Attractions: Stunning lookouts, hiking, wildlife, Aboriginal art and history

Best Time to Go: May – September

Caravan Parks: Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, Halls Gap Caravan Park

Average Price / Night: $35 (powered site)

The Snowy Mountains – NSW

Hiking in Snowy Mountains

About: The Snowies as the locals call them are, of course, snowy in the winter months. Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko (pronounced ‘Ko-zi-os-kow’) resides in The Snowies which provides stunning views of the area. In the warmer months, the mountains make for excellent mountain biking and hiking trails. Fresh-water fishing and kayaking are also popular. You might even spot one of Australia’s illusive platypuses in the many crystal clear waterways.

Distance From Sydney: 492km

Attractions: Skiing and snow activities, adventure, Mount Kosciuszko, wineries / distilleries

Best Time to Go: Winter months

Caravan Parks: Cooma Snowy Mountains Tourist Park, Jindabyne Holiday & Caravan Park

Average Price / Night: $36 (powered site)

The Flinders Ranges – SA

The Flinders Ranges road

About: Towing cliffs and quintessential Australian dusty red roads – the Flinders Ranges are a spectacular outback mountain range. SA’s most popular mountain road trip offers world-class starry night skies, wildlife and hiking trails. Visitors often remark that the landscape is like the surface of Mars. Home to Wilpena Pound, a giant ‘table-top’ mountain that fills with rainwater during winter to create outback waterfalls, the Flinders Ranges is a photographer’s dream. The Pichi Richi Railway is a historical steam train that winds its way through the mountains. 

Distance From Adelaide: 470km

Attractions: 4WDing, Wilpena Pound, Aboriginal history, Pichi Richi Railway

Best Time to Go: April – October 

Caravan Parks: Wilpena Park Caravan Park, Big4 Stuart Range

Average Price / Night: $36 (powered site)

Cradle Mountain – Tas

Cradle Mountain lake view

About: Located in the Central Highlands of Tasmania, Cradle Mountain is an iconic and picturesque wilderness retreat. Yep, this is where the infamous Tasmanian devils live too, giving you a chance to encounter the mysterious creatures. The area is blessed with stunning autumn colours, spring wildflowers and winter snow. Visitors often comment they’ve entered Jurassic Park – minus the dinosaurs.

Distance From Hobart: 320km

Attractions: Luxury spas, wildlife, hiking, wildflowers, Dove Lake

Best Time to Go: April to October

Caravan Parks: Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain

Average Price / Night: $65 (powered site)

Bluff Knoll – WA

Bluff Knoll view

About: Bluff Knoll is part of the Stirling Ranges in southern Western Australia. A popular mountain road trip from Perth and known for its stunning views. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the surrounding mountains, right down to the coast. Some of the hiking trails demand pretty decent fitness so be sure to pack carefully and check the difficulty ratings. Bluff Knoll is one of the few places in WA to experience snow. The area is home to 19 species of Australian mammals and over 1500 species of plants making hiking hugely popular.

Distance From Perth: 406km

Attractions: Wildlife, rock climbing, hiking, panoramic views

Best Time to Go: March – October

Caravan Parks: Mt Trio Bush Camp & Caravan Park

Average Price / Night: $38 (powered site)

The Glass House Mountains – QLD

The Glass House Mountains view

About: Colloquially known as ‘Glasshouse’ by the locals, the mountain range is popular for day-trippers from Brisbane. Depending on your time budget, this mountain road trip can be a ‘weekender’ if you’re coming from Brisbane. The Glass House Mountains are so striking against the surrounding area, it’s considered a ‘landscape of national significance’. Offering some simple walks to grade 5 hikes needing rock climbing/scrambling experience. Other activities on offer include picnicking and mountain biking.

Distance From Brisbane: 70km

Attractions: Aboriginal history, mountain biking, hiking, rainforest, birdlife

Best Time to Go: Cooler months

Caravan Parks: Glass House Mountains Caravan & Camping Park, Big4 Caloundra Holiday Park

Average Price / Night: $40 (powered site)

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