If there is one thing that visitors to Australia should know about planning a vacation here, it is that getting there is half of the fun. There are so many popular holidays in Australia that are road trip holidays with time spent on the road, experiencing the scenic views, magnificent landscapes, and road side stops. If you are planning a getaway this summer, let us entice you to hit the road with one of these 3 amazing summer road trip vacations: Bellingen to Byron Bay in New South Wales, Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Port Fairy and the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Port Macquarie in New South Wales, Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, and Perth to Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.

Road Tripping!

Budget Anniversary Contest

Road tripping it is not only one of the best ways to see Australia, it is also our theme for this month’s contest celebrating our 50th Anniversary. While on your road trip, lookout for funny road signs and submit your photo entry to be entered to win a $3,000 Aussie Getaway. Funny road signs can be found just about anywhere and you never know when you might see one. Share your photos on our Facebook page or upload to Instagram and tag us @budget_au. We look forward to see all the entries. Remember to use the hashtag #budgetturns50. See full details on our Budget Australia Facebook Page. Read all terms and conditions  on our website too. We have already featured some iconic Australian road trips on our blog for some inspiration. Here are links to a few:

Highlights from the Magical and Remote Kimberley Region

Three of the Most Scenic Drives in New South Wales

10 Road Trips in Australia

Covering 5 states in 6 different road trips, one of these summer road trip ideas is sure to be within your reach, just plan it out in advance, even if it’s just for a long weekend, you won’t regret one kilometre of it! Here is part one of two where we will cover the first 3 of our summer road trips.

Bellingen to Byron Bay in New South Wales

Byron Bay

Byron Bay Photo Credit: AustralianTraveller.com

Never Never River

Never Never River near Bellingen Photo Credit: AustralianTraveller.com

Dorrigo

Hidden Waterfalls in Dorrigo National Park Photo Credit: AustralianTraveller.com

The drive from Bellingen north to Byron Bay covers about 270 km and is located on the New South Wales northern coast near the Queensland border. Bellingen has a hippie vibe and is known for its outdoor cafes, organic markets, and as a creative hub. The Never Never River in the valley of the nearby mountains is what makes the region so picturesque and tranquil. Byron Bay is a popular beach city and is also the easternmost point on the mainland. Cape Byron is a popular beach spot, whale watching (during season), and surfing. On the road in between, check out the rainforest in Dorrigo National Park, the secret beaches of Emerald Beach and Woolgoolga, fun and funky Yamba, and the local favourite: Lennox Head.

Hiring a Car for the Bellingen to Byron Bay Road Trip

Bellingen Byron Bay Map

Bellingen to Byron Bay l Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Coff's Harbour Car Rental Map

Bellingen to Byron Bay Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Byron Bay is located on the northern coast of New South Wales not too far from the border to Queensland. There are quite a few places to rent a car from Budget in New South Wales. Coffs Harbour is the closest car rental location to the starting point of Bellingen. Closest to Byron Bay, you can rent a car at the Ballina Airport  or you can hire a vehicle at Lismore  or the Lismore Airport. Here are some other things to do close to this New South Wales road trip adventure:

Best Places to Get Married in NSW and Victoria

Whale Watching

The Legendary Pacific Coast Scenic Drive

Quirky Places to Stay in NSW

Swim, Surf, and Shop in the Seaside Village of Lennox Head

The Waterfall Way

Washpool National Park

Best Scenic Drives in Australia: The Rainforest Way
Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland

Hinterland

The Coast from Afar: Maleny Botanic Gardens in The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Photo Credit: AustralianTraveller.com

Flame Hill Vinyard

Flame Hill Vineyard in The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Photo Credit: AustralianTraveller.com

Sunshine Coast - Hinterland

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Photo Credit: AustralianTraveller.com

If you think that a holiday in Queensland has to include beaches or the Great Barrier Reef, then you’ve never seen the Hinterland. AustralianTraveller.com outlines a fantastic 3 day getaway road trip from Eumundi to Montville with stops along the way in Cooroy, Doonan, Palmwoods, Maleny, and Eudlo. Highlights from this road trip include delicious organic food, luxury B & Bs, rolling hills, rainforests, and lots of fresh air. There is a distinctive BoHo style in the Hinterland which adds to the laid back vibe and helps make for a relaxed holiday in the country.

Hiring a Car for a Sunshine Coast Hinterland Road Trip

Hinterland Road Trip Map

Sunshine Coast Hinterland Road Trip Map Photo Credit :Google Maps

Sunshine Coast Car Hire

Sunshine Coast Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

When planning the Sunshine Coast Hinterland road trip, you can rent a vehicle at one of our Sunshine Coast Budget locations. When you have your own car to get around it means that you can see all the sights on your own schedule. Coming and going when you please can make for the best holiday. Click on the links to get a quick and easy rate quote for the best car hire rates in Queensland. Nearby points of interest from our blog:

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Australia’s Most Popular National Park: Noosa

Mapleton Falls National Park

Great Sandy National Park

5 Day Trips from Brisbane

Things to Do in Brisbane

Free Things to do in Brisbane

Something for Everyone in the South Bank of Brisbane

The Rainforest Way

Port Fairy and the Great Ocean Road in Victoria

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Photo Credit: AustralianTraveller.com

Port Fairy

Port Fairy Boat Wharf Photo Credit: AustralianTraveller.com

Port Fairy Surf

Port Fairy Surf Photo Credit: AustralianTraveller.com

Port Fairy is usually just a stop along the Great Ocean Road trip; however, you can stay a while and fall in love with this quaint little seaside village. Port Fairy is the westernmost stop on the Great Ocean Road, but worth the side trip if you would like to relax and explore this maritime town that offers fishing, shipwreck exploration, surf lessons, and relaxing beaches. All you’ll really miss are the crowds.

Hiring a Car for the Great Ocean Road Trip

Great Ocean Drive - Round Trip Map

Great Ocean Road Map Photo Credit :Google Maps

Melbourne Car Rental Map

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

Hire a car in Melbourne to begin this adventure on one of the most iconic road trips in Australia and the entire world. However, take some time to slow down and spend a few days in Port Fairy. Once you leave Melbourne, 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 a breeze. 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. The trip is 664 km from Melbourne to Port Fairy. If you can plan to see some of the sights during sunrise and sunset, you will witness how the play on light changes the scenery and makes for some breathtaking photography opportunities. You can back track over the Great Ocean Road on your return trip to see how different the sights are during the lighting of different times of the day. Here are two features from our blog all about the Great Ocean Road:

The Great Ocean Road: One of the Top 10 Road Trips in Australia

5 Stops Along the Great Ocean Road

Things to Do in Melbourne

Melbourne with Kids

Free Things to Do in Melbourne

Free Things to Do in Melbourne and Surrounds

Melbourne Wine & Food Festival

Stay tuned for part two of our summer road trips feature.