Winding through hidden valleys, through lush forests, past towering mountains and rolling fields, the Great Alpine Road is one of Australia’s most popular touring drives and is the highest year round accessible sealed road in Australia.
These final stretches of the Big Things Tour of Australia are by far the busiest with Big Things popping up left, right and centre between here and Sydney – the start and finish point of the tour. The warm climate and the tropical surrounds are an added bonus on this part of the tour.
Part 7 of our Big Things tour of Australia kicks off where we left off in the Queensland town of Richmond where we visited the Riversleigh Fossil Centre and saw a great collection of prehistoric fossils including some big bones.
If you share Australia’s fascination with all things ‘big’ and have been following our monthly updates to the Choice Big Things in Australia tour, here is the sixth leg of road trip encompassing as many ‘big things’ as possible kicking off in Derby Western Australia and heading through the Northern Territory and into Queensland.
As the Big Things tour of Australia hits its fifth leg in the north western part of Western Australia we encounter more big expanses of space than actual ‘big things’ but fortunately we also pass through many beautiful towns and past stunning scenery.
One of the best things about Tasmania is its size; you can drive around the whole island in less than 24 hours which makes it the ideal location for a road trip. Although you can easily spend months exploring every nook and cranny of the ‘apple isle’, a two week Tasmania road trip will allow you to see most of the major attractions without having to rush.
As our tour of the Big Things of Australia tour continues we cover many sparsely populated kilometers across the bottom of Australia and come across a range of ‘Big Things’, some worthy of viewing, some maybe not.
If you haven’t read the previous blog post (part 1) here’s a brief outline of what this is all about. Australia has, some might say oddly, embraced ‘big things’ (think the Big Pineapple or the Big Merino) as a way to promote a business or attract tourists.
I have fond memories as a child of visiting the Big Pineapple in Woombye, the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, and the Big Merino in Goulburn, three of the iconic large fibreglass structures that Australia has become famous for.