Over the past 2+ years, we have features many different Australian travel experiences. We are highlighting the top 10 nature experiences in Australia, as chosen by Australia.com in a two part blog series. This is part two. In part one, we took you to the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania, exploring the seasons and regions of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, swimming with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef, and trekking through the Larapinta Trail. In part two, the rugged nature of this land down under.

  1. The Great Barrier Reef

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle Great Barrier Reef Photo Credit: Australia.com

Great Barrier Reef

Blue Linckia Starfish and Coral on the Great Barrier Reef: Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Great Barrier Reef

Photo Credit: Great-Barrier-Reef.com

The Great Barrier Reef is so well-known and so vast; it is difficult to even summarize what you can do on a holiday on the reef. We have featured quite a few blog posts about the Great Barrier Reef already; here are a few for your reading pleasure:

Great Barrier Reef Excursions

5 Port Cities to the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef with Kids Part One

The Great Barrier Reef with Kids Part Two

Whitsunday Islands

Hiring a Car for a Great Barrier Reef Holiday

Great Barrier Reef Car Hire Map

Great Barrier Reef Car Rental Map Photo credit: Budget.com.au

Of course, you aren’t using a car while exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea, and surrounding islands, but you will want to have a car to get around and see the sites in each of the port cities that give you access to the reef. Here are the main port cities in Queensland where you can hire a vehicle that will allow you get around on your own schedule.

Cairns Budget Car Rental

Port Douglas Budget Car Rental

Townsville Budget Car Rental

Mackay Budget Car Rental

Rockhampton Budget Car Rental

  1. Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Rocks

Remarkable Rocks Photo Credit: South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources

Cape Willoughby Lighthouse

Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Photo Credit: Australia.com

Kangaroo Island Sunset

Kangaroo Island Sunset Photo Credit: Australia.com

Kangaroo Island has so many things to do on a relatively small island. There is plenty of wildlife to see, not just kangaroos. You can also find koalas, wallabies, possums, pelicans, penguins, many birds, seals, sea lions, platypus, and a host of other marine life in and along the coastlines. At the south west tip of Kangaroo Island is Flinders Chase National Park. The park has coastal landscapes, Cape du Couedic, Rocky River, the Gosse Lands, and Cape Borda Lightstation. Camping facilities are available as well as other lodging and accommodations within the park. The park is home to some dramatic rock formations and structures, beautiful wildflowers, bushwalking trails, farm land, stunning beaches, forests, and is also a sanctuary for wild animals native to the island and from the Australian mainland. Four wheel driving is big on the island so is SCUBA diving and snorkelling. While on the island, local gourmet food is plentiful.

Hiring a Car on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island - Car Hire Map

Kangaroo Island Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Kangaroo Island is located off the coast of South Australia. The closest major city to Kangaroo Island is Adelaide. If you have a car rental that you are using to get around Adelaide, you would need to return it before taking the ferry or flight over to Kangaroo Island. If you want to be able to get Kangaroo Island on your own, there are 3 different car rental locations on Kangaroo Island: one is immediately available after disembarking from the Kangaroo Island Ferry at the station in Penneshaw, another car hire location is at the Kangaroo Island Airport and the 3rd place to hire a car on Kangaroo Island is in the downtown location in Kingscote.

  1. Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Photo Credit: DaintreeRainforest.net.au

Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge Photo Credit: DaintreeRainforestInformation.com

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation Photo Credit: Daintree-rec-com.au

The Daintree Rainforest is a beautiful place for a holiday, especially if you appreciate the nature and culture of this ancient land. This is the oldest and largest contiguous rainforest in the world. It is estimated to be about 140 million years old and it is filled with so much biodiversity that it has the largest mix of flora and fauna per square metre on the planet. You can stay the night in Daintree at different accommodations available. You can book accommodations in Daintree Village, also eat at the restaurant, book services, in the spa, shop in the store, or book a tour. Some of the places to see while on holiday in Daintree are Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, or go on a Daintree River Cruise. See the rainforest at night on a nocturnal tour, learn about the rich Aboriginal culture, go fishing, bird watching, or hiking.

Hiring a Car for a Trip to Daintree Rainforest

Port Douglas Car Hire Map

Port Douglas Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

To get to the Daintree Rainforest, you can hire a car in Port Douglas and take the beautiful drive up the coastline. It is just about an hour and half long drive, so you can make a day trip, or choose to stay in Daintree to explore the rainforest and national park. Guided tours are available and so are self-drive tours so that you can experience the rainforest at your own pace and leisure.

  1. Glamping in the Flinders Ranges

Arkaba Walk

Arkaba Walk Flinders Ranges Photo Credit: SouthAustralia.com

Flinders Range

The Flinders Ranges at the southern end of Wilpena Pound Photo Credit: Wikpedia

Flinders Range

Flinders Ranges Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The Flinders Ranges are located in South Australia north of Adelaide. They are the largest mountain range in South Australia. There are several national parks within the Flinders Ranges including Flinders Ranges National Park, Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park and Mount Remarkable National Park. In addition to the national parks, there are wilderness sanctuaries and conservation parks. Things to do in the Flinders Ranges include hiking trails, camping, and luxury camping (known as glamping). Safari tent glamping accommodations are available in Flinders Rangers National Park.

Hiring a Car in Adelaide

Adelaide Car Hire Map

Adelaide Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Hiring a car in Adelaide is easy with Budget. There are 5 different car rental locations in and around Adelaide, so it is quite convenient to hire a car in Adelaide. There are car hire locations in Adelaide City, at the Adelaide Airport, in Adelaide North – Salisbury, Adelaide South – Reynella, and an Adelaide Trucks location close to the airport for hiring trucks, 4 wheel drive, and all-terrain vehicles. Click the links above to see the rate quote calculator for the best car rental rates in South Australia. Be sure to ask your car rental agent about any driving restrictions for the area as well as driving tips and safety guidelines.

  1. The Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Sign

The Great Ocean Road Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Photo Credit: AustralianTraveller.com

Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk at 12 Apostles Photo Credit: Australia.com

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s top road trips and arguably one of the best road trips in the world. The drive starts just west of Melbourne in Geelong and takes you along Victoria’s rugged and dramatic south coast. The drive takes you past beaches, rainforest, cliff top terrain, and a volcanic crater. Plan to take your time on this drive and see the sights and wildlife including koalas and kangaroos on land and in the waters, see whales during season, seals, dolphins, platypus, and more. This is such an iconic drive because any of the stops along the way can be an amazing holiday spot in itself. Read more about a road trip on The Great Ocean Road and also see 5 Stops along the Great Ocean Road.

Hiring a Car for the Great Ocean Road Trip

Great Ocean Road Car Hire Map

Melbourne Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

When setting out on the Great Ocean Road, you can hire a car in Melbourne and then make your way southwest along the coastline of the Indian Ocean to see the amazing sights. There are more than 20 different car rental locations in Melbourne, so finding one that is convenient for you is very simple. When you are hiring a car, be sure to let your car rental agent know your plans so that they can recommend the best vehicle and give you route maps and safety tips for your road trip.