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Great Alpine Road, Vic



The Great Alpine Road is Australia's highest year-round accessible sealed road that winds through Victoria's High Country. It is one of the few roads in Australia that passes through lofty mountains, valleys, forests, rivers, vineyards and farms, giving travellers the opportunity to sample the local food and wine, and fish, cycle, climb or ride along the way.
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  • Explorers' Way: SA, NT



    The Explorers' Way follows the route of John McDouall Stuart, a famous Australian explorer who was the first to traverse the continent in 1862. This drive, along the Stuart Highway, connects Australia's south and north, from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory, and takes in many of Australia's best-known icons, including the Flinders Ranges, Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock) (as a detour), Kakadu National Park (detour) and Darwin.
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    • Savannah Way, Qld, NT and WA



      One of Australia's ultimate adventure drives, The Savannah Way traverses the top end of Australia, linking Cairns in Tropical North Queensland with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia, via the natural wonders of Australia's far north. Some sections of the road are suitable for 4-wheel drive vehicles only, but others are sealed, making it possible for anyone with a motor vehicle to complete sections of the drive.
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      • Snowy Valleys Way, Vic and NSW



        A great alternative to the boring Hume Highway, this touring route is perfect for travellers between Sydney and Melbourne who have a little time up their sleeve to detour via the Snowy Mountains (it only adds 65 km to the journey). Coming from Melbourne, you take the Beechworth exit and literally head for the hills. The journey takes in the historic goldmining town of Beechworth; through "Man From Snowy River" country (Towong, Corryong), past the Kosciuszko Main Range and the towns of Tumbarumba and Khancoban; dams and power stations of the Snowy Mountains Scheme; the apple growing town of Batlow; before rejoining the highway at Gundagai.
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        • Barry Way, Vic and NSW



          Anyone who plans to travel between Melbourne and Sydney but wants to go the long way around through the heart of Australia's Alpine Country, Barry Way is for you. It is a combination of sealed and unsealed road linking Jindabyne in NSW high country to Lakes Entrance on the Victorian Gippsland Coast. During Summer, Barry Way is a popular route for adventuring cyclists. The road passes through some very remote and unspoilt wilderness in the Australian Alps, and provides views of the Snowy River valley and the surrounding mountains.
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          • Highland Lakes Road (Lakes Highway), Tasmania



            If you plan from drive from north to south, Highland Lakes Road is an interesting alternative to the more regularly used Midland Highway. It gets nowhere near the same amount of useage as Tasmania's three other North to South main roads, so chances are you won't see much other traffic. This makes it easy to stop and taking in the scenery - and there is plenty to stop and take in - without having to worry about that driver who is hard on your tail and wants to go faster than you do. Be aware that snow is common in winter.
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            • Eask Highway, Northern Tasmania



              The Esk Highway, which passes through the Fingal valley, provides the shortest access to Tasmania's East Coast from the north of the island. The valley's picturesque countryside contains numerous former mining towns and abandoned mine sites and settlements on the southern slopes of Ben Lomond. Its western end begins at the Midland Highway at Conara Junction, just north of Campbell Town. This end of the valley is dominated by Stack's Bluff. Its eastern end passes through St Marys and then deviates in a north-east direction, where it connects to the Tasman Highway. Another road, which follows a path south-east from St Marys, joins the Tasman Highway at Chain of Lagoons after traversing Elephant Pass.

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