Us Aussies have always loved the summer road trip. Our great expanse, off-the-beaten-track scenery and unique road stop offerings mean this country best enjoyed from the road. And while hitting the road allows for plenty of adventures, there are a few things you can do to ensure your road trip ends with happy memories, rather than a nightmare experience to rival Wolf Creek.
Read on for our top tips for a dream summer road trip.
In a country characterised by long stretches of road, an expansive flatness and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them towns, rest are often the only respite against boredom and fatigue on long road trips. These handy areas are positioned along major highways across the country, offering cups of tea, local fare and a good dose of CWA hospitality.
Before you set out, decide where and when you'll stop. Most states offer maps showing the location of rest areas and the various facilities on offer – such as toilets, showers, fuel and restaurants.
It's recommend that you stop every two hours to stretch and take a break. If you're driving long distances in the one day, make every third stop a more substantial rest – grab something to eat and put the seat back for a quick nap to keep yourself alert.
And if you're travelling with kids or pets you may need to stop more often, or for longer periods.
Finally, never underestimate the refreshing benefits of a 15-minute power nap when you're feeling tired. Find a shady spot, put your seat right back and set your alarm to wake you. You'll awake feeling much more able to face that next long stretch of hot bitumen.
One of the most memorable things about driving around Australia is the plethora of big things dotted about the country.
Sure they're usually hulking bits of fibreglass with a dinky little gift shop attached. But they are so much more than that. They're a symbol of the Australian can-do attitude. Our willingness to make something just because we can. And they make for a great Instagram selfie (or three).
If you're travelling for a holiday, it's likely you have a bit of wiggle room in terms of your arrival time. So take advantage of the opportunity to explore the quirky, interesting and scenic sights you’ll pass on your journey.
While we love a dinky roadside motel, when you're travelling it's often much nicer to stay in places where you'll get to meet the locals – especially in smaller towns where people just seem so much more friendlier.
The best way to do this is to get onto accommodation sites like AirBnB. Locals list a spare room or even a whole house to rent by the night or the week. You'll often get more hospitality than at a random motel (for half the price), and your host will be able to give you the lowdown on the best places to eat in town, the best road to leave by and the best stores to pick up snow globes and souvenir teaspoons.
And if you’re really lucky, your local accomodation will include a Sleeping Duck mattress. We deliver Australia wide so it’s very possible. And because we’ve designed one cleverly comfortable mattress, you know you’ll get a good night’s sleep whether you’re in Bourke, Busselton or Byron Bay.
Sleeping Duck are hitting the road this summer too, packing our mattress into the back of our custom sleep mobile for an epic adventure. Keep an eye out for the Sandman throughout Melbourne or get in touch and we'll come to you for a refreshing kip on the best mattress around.