Retiree Road Trip: See Australia in a Caravan

We can’t think of many things that can top retiring and sightseeing around this great country of ours. With so many wonderful sights on offer, retirement is the perfect opportunity to explore Australia’s unique array of flora and fauna, national parks, mountain ranges and pristine seashores.

If you’ve got a caravan, we’ve got a list of the best 4 parts of Australia to tour. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. There’s something for everyone in our catalogue of beautiful locations.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

1. Pink Lake, WA

Officially named Hutt Lagoon, you don’t really need to think too long about where this lake gets its name. This pink body of water really needs to be seen to be believed. However, there is a scientific explanation for its unusual and vibrant colouring: its tint comes from a species of algae that produces a rosy-coloured chemical to ward off the sun’s rays. To get the best views, it’s recommended to see the spectacle from the air but we think you could see just as much when caravanning. Hutt Lagoon is located in Port Gregory, which is a six-hour drive from Perth. (Fun fact: there’s a Pink Lake in Victoria too but it’s not quite as breath-taking).

2. Coober Pedy, SA

A real ‘gem’ of a place – literally – Coober Pedy is well-known throughout Australia for its underground homes that were designed by opal miners to protect against the harsh desert conditions. And harsh it is: temperatures in Coober Pedy can soar to 45° degrees, with no shade or protection from Mother Nature. If your caravan has air conditioning, then you won’t need to worry about a thing. If you like the heat, then you’ll love Coober Pedy. Plus the towns a drawing card for aspiring gem collectors who want to try their hand at opal mining. Who knows what could be uncovered? This small and sleepy town is located about halfway between Adelaide and Alice Springs.

3. Ayers Rock, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT

An icon in its own right, Ayers Rock (or Uluru, as it is known to the Anangu people) is undeniably Australia’s most recognisable landmark. Travelling there by caravan is an easy feat, and can be done entirely on sealed roads. While driving through the outback, you’ll get a great appreciation of just how vast our country is. Not only will you get to enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets as well as ancient landscapes, but your main destination is nothing short of a spiritual experience. Sacred to its indigenous custodians, climbing Uluru is forbidden, but you can still take great pleasure in resting your eyes on this 863-metre rock formation. The nearest town to Ayers Rock is Alice Springs (450 kilometres away, or five hours), so you can stop off and get all your supplies there.

4. The Great Ocean Road, VIC

We couldn’t complete this list without addressing the Great Ocean Road (GOR). A rite of passage, the GOR stretches 243 kilometres along Victoria’s southern coast, from Torquay to Allansford. Expect to see some stunning coastline, a 19th-century shipwreck, and of course, the famous Twelve Apostles rock formation (at the time that this article has been published, there are now only eight.) Our tip? Start in Torquay so you’re straddling the coast, which makes it easier to pull over for lookouts.


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Are you ready to go on an adventure? Don’t forget to stay safe with caravan insurance from CCI Personal Insurance. Enjoy the flexibility of monthly payments and a host of other features that will provide you with the peace of mind you need while travelling.

Get started and contact us today on 1800 703 132 to get a custom quote for you.