With its golden stretches of sand-covered coastline, World-Heritage listed rainforests, dramatic landscapes, and unique wildlife, in the wide expanse of Australia, a road trip is the best way to experience the country with the family.
But while the journey should be as good as the destination, the combination of travelling with kids and failing to plan ahead will invariably result in an onslaught of "Are we there yet?"
With this in mind, we've put together some essential tips to help make your family road trip safe, fun and stress-free.
What to pack
Long car journeys can be tough on adults so is it any wonder kids get antsy? To stave off hunger and boredom, pack snacks and drinks (this can also work out cheaper than buying at rest-stops), a few toys, create a music playlist and have a couple of car games – think eye spy or the number plate game. And don't forget the travel-size first aid kit.
Before you hit the road
It's not the first thing you’d think about when planning a road trip, but with a more than a third of Australians suffering financial loss on domestic holidays for things like lost or stolen luggage and personal belongings, rental car insurance excess, and much more, buying travel insurance is small price to pay for peace of mind and security.
For a fuss-free journey, make sure your vehicle is in tip-top form for your drive there and back by booking a car service so that tyres, battery, belts, fluid, air con and oil are checked by a qualified mechanic.