Travel Australia: Great Australian Drives – Rainforest Way

This week our focus continues on revealing the best drive this country has to offer in the hope of encouraging our readers to seek out a true Australian adventure.  As we delve deeper into this topic, the realisation is that there are memorable drives to last a lifetime. Two aspects that we have not discussed thus far which are exceedingly important to planning such a trip safely are distance and vehicle type. The one fact that becomes all too obvious is the vast nature of this island continent. An average of 350 kilometers per day is a comfortable distance that will allow you to absorb the natural sights and sounds along the way. If you have a time constraint considering shorter itineraries is advisable to consider this daily average however for those with the luxury of time on their hands, tackling the bigger drives would take your trip to the next level. Another important aspect is the kind of vehicle that you are considering. Whilst most roads across the country are safe for a standard vehicle, numerous stock routes do require four wheel drive vehicles. In addition it is important to ensure that the vehicle is reliable, recently serviced and adequately supplied with spare tyres, fresh water and some food supplies. If in any doubts about your vehicle you can contact a reliable rental car operator, in Sydney for assistance. Rainforest way is a combination of a series of scenic drives traversing through South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The area is home to numerous national parks as well, some in areas that have been declared World Heritage sites. The beauty of this area is millions of years in the making; volcanic activity approximately 22 million years ago have sculpted the terrain. Large dumps of lava and ash have helped create lush tropical rainforest, valleys and peaks. The Rainforest way  covers over 600 kilometers in circuit drives. There are a number of smaller drives (seven in total) feeding off the circuit that are ideal for day drives. The centerpiece of the drive is undoubtedly Mount Warning which has a towering spike, formed as result of volcanic activity. The major towns along the way include Kyogle, Lismore and Murwillumbah. Unlike some of the stock routes that we have discussed, driving conditions are of an easy level and standard vehicles will do the job. The level of preparedness required is also reduced a notch due to the shorter day drives available and abundance of accommodation available along the way. Popular stops for this include Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Kyogle, Nimbin and Mount Tamborine. If you love driving and want to take the opportunity to visit more of this amazing country then take the time to learn more about the many diverse and historic routes that criss-cross the country, if you are in need of a vehicle, or your personal vehicle is just too small, then consider car rental in Sydney or other major cities, as an affordable means of transport.