Teaching your kids to drive doesn’t all need to be a nerve-racking experience of sitting in traffic, three point turns and handbrake starts.
Choose some day trips away that can turn the learner driver experience into an adventure and give them a go of highway, rural and open road driving.
Here are some routes from our capital cities that offer great driver experience as well as some great scenic touring.
Victoria - Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a 243 km long, Australian Government heritage listed stretch of road, which is truly one of Australia’s great scenic routes.
It runs along the south-eastern coast of Victoria between Torquay and Warrnambool and winds around almost vertical cliffs, past the iconic 12 Apostles, through small coastal hamlets, rainforest and iconic surf breaks like Bells Beach and Torquay.
Take your time and enjoy one of Australia’s great ocean drives.
The Victorian Government’s website, Visit Victoria, has lots of suggestions of things to see and do while you’re there.
New South Wales - Grand Pacific Drive
Grand Pacific Drive is an easy to drive 70 km stretch of road that meanders along the coastline south from Sydney to Wollongong through coastal villages, beaches, spectacular cliffs, through valleys and rainforests.
For routes, maps and ideas for daytrips visit Destination NSW.
Queensland – Springbrook National Park
One of South East Queensland’s most spectacular day trips is the drive to Springbrook National Park.
The hour and a half drive from the Brisbane CBD, travels through spectacular rainforest hinterland scenery and ends up at Springbrook National Park, which forms part of world heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest.
Check here for tips of what to do and how to get there.
South Australia – Adelaide Hills
Only 30 minutes from Adelaide CBD lie the Adelaide Hills, home to some of the best roads and driving conditions in the country.
Made famous by the Targa rally, this region offers drivers a variety of great roads and conditions, and according to drive.com.au the region, “reads more like a fine-dining menu for keen drivers”.
Western Australia – Margaret River
Margaret River is an easy 3 hour scenic drive from Perth with lots of natural wonders along the way including wide, white, sandy beaches, whale and dolphin watching and ancient forests.
There are two highways to choose from.
Your Margaret River has some great trip tips, visitor info, and things to see and do.
Tasmania - The Huon Trail
Tassie has some of Australia’s best roads and some of the best driving challenges in the country.
The Huon Trail is a network of roads that span 87 kilometres and connect Hobart with the southern parts of Tasmania.
You will drive on the same roads used for the Targa Wrest Point rally.
Find some great itineraries here.
As well as gaining driving hours for their log book, the experience these day trips offer is also a great way for them to gain some open road and touring exposure.