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4 epic road trips around the world that must go on your driving bucket list

Itineraries tried and tested by The Peak’s motoring correspondent – and the cars to do them in.

  • Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

    What: This 243-km-long road, built by veterans returning from WWI, winds along the Victorian coast from Torquay to Allansford, just outside of Warrnambool, through quaint seaside towns and lush national parks. The famous Twelve Apostles is a major attraction, although today only eight of the original limestone formations still stand.

    How: For most travellers, the flag off point would be Melbourne, heading west via Geelong. The latter, an industrial city, is an anti-climactic start to the trip, so we suggest a slightly unorthodox routing. Point your car south-west instead and stay the first night on a farm on Phillip Island where friendly alpacas and sheep will eat out of your hands. The following day, traverse the Mornington Peninsula and catch a car ferry across Port Phillip Bay to Torquay. Either Lorne or Apollo Bay would be an excellent pit stop for the second night, where you can partake in fresh seafood washed down with Australian wine. It is worth driving past Warrnambool – another large, non-descript city – and end your journey at the picturesque Port Fairy, where you join wealthy Victorians who spend their weekends on yachts and in holiday homes.

    Car: Holden Commodore Sportwagon SS, the last of the great V8 Australian muscle cars. Holden, together with Ford and Toyota, will no longer be producing cars in the continent by the end of the year.