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Highway 1 in Australia: Joy of the Open Road

Highway 1 in Australia is a giant of a 14,500-kilometre / 9,000-mile road that follows the coastline from Sydney to Sydney in a continuous loop. Along the way it passes through Melbourne, Adelaide, Esperance, Perth, Port Hedland, Darwin, Cairns, and Brisbane if driving in a clockwise direction. We have motorhome rental depots in all these cities except Esperance and Port Hedland so take your pick.

The Pleasures of Motorhome Rental on Highway 1 in Australia

Having your bed in the back, and your favourite beverages ice cold gives your journey a sense of continuity a different hotel every night could never do. Camp sites are also considerably cheaper, giving you cash in hand for the attractions along the way.

highway 1 in australia
Ulladulla Beach with Pleasure Craft: Kelvin Cheong BY CC BY-SA 2.0

Engineers cobbled Highway 1 in Australia together from a number of existing roads. These are not all as good. Therefore expect the name to change to M1, A1, B1, and back to 1 as your journey unfolds. However, traveling in Australia is somewhat different from what you may be used to, on account to the sheer size of the place.

Preparing for Your Journey Around A Continent

It’s a good idea to Google ‘australia rules of the road’, and download these before you depart your own country. You could then read them to pass the time while sitting in the airplane. Another advantage of renting a motorhome at one of our depots is you don’t have to obtain a ‘carnet de passages’ as would be the case if you brought your own car by ship.

great ocean drive at Esperance, Western Australia, highway 1 in australia
Great Ocean Drive at Esperance: Photo on Flickr by Larry W. Lo / CC BY 2.0

Travelling the circumference of Australia will take several weeks. In fact, the shortest section is almost 1,000 kilometres / 625 miles. Isolated ‘roadhouses’ for food, fuel, and water can be 300 kilometres / 185 miles apart. You should therefore plan your journey carefully, share your itinerary, and make a prearranged daily call to confirm everything going according to plan.

Eden Ferry at sunrise in NSW, highway 1 in australia
Up Early for the Whales at Eden: Patrick Nouhailler BY CC 2.0

You Will See Magical Places Your Friends Never Heard Of

There are far too many wonderful stops on Highway 1 in Australia to mention all but a few. A couple worth mentioning are the Great Ocean Drive at Esperance, the awesome fishing at Ulladulla, Eden for whale watching,  and Montague Island on the Sapphire Coast.

Australian Fur Seals on the rocks at Montague Island in NSW, highway 1 in australia
Australian Fur Seal Colony at Montague Island in NSW: Damien Dempsey: CC BY 2.0

While sections are dirt between Darwin and Cairns authorities service the road regularly. If you manage to travel the entire length of Highway 1 in Australia; you will have seen the country as have few others. Oh for the joy of the open road again!

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