According to The Encyclopedia of the Nations, in 1996 Australia had 913,000 kilometres (567,338 miles) of roads. Of these, only 353,331 kilometres (219,559 miles) were paved. The rest were rural roads; gravel or dirt tracks connecting bush towns and farms, city to country.
Off the beaten track between Dorrigo and Coffs Harbour, NSW
Arumpo Road, on the way to Lake Mungo National Park, southwest NSW
Road to The Wall, Kroombit Tops National Park, central QLD
The Lyell Highway, through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania
The main street of Terang, western district, Victoria.
Listen to the bellbirds on this isolated bush track near Tenterfield, New South Wales.
The pace is slower. The country scenery is superb. Enjoy the serenity.
When driving long distances we have many different strategies to pass the time and add interest to the day. One way to liven the journey is to make suggestions as to the origin of the place names we see along the way.
Some are self-explanatory:
Some require a little more imagination:
The Romans were here??
The explorer broke into his medicinal supplies when the road trip became too much for him…
Tara was being chased by something large and unpleasant…
This was where the explorer held his office party.
Someone lives down there – really?
It’s ten miles from somewhere…we don’t know where, it could be anywhere!
A pot of gold was found here…
As for this one, your guess is as good as ours! Any suggestions?