With over 800,000 kilometres of road stretching across the nation, it’s really no surprise that Australia is the land of the petrolhead. Here are four of the ultimate driving experiences to have more fun on wheels. By Ben McKelvey.
Phillip Island V8 Super Drive
Although a V8 Supercar may look like a family sedan going through a midlife crisis, it drives more like a 1500kg pinball when moving around the serpentine Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. There are few automotive experiences more extreme than a drive in a V8 supercar next to someone who can truly harness the vehicle’s 600 horsepower but for those who love g-forces and the smell of burning compound tyres, it’s an essential one.
The Shitbox Rally
A charity drive, The Shitbox Rally charges participants to purchase a car for less than $1000 then push (sometimes literally) their untrustworthy charges from Adelaide to Cairns via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway. Each year the rally raises more than a million dollars for the Cancer Council and creates at least that many tall tales for the people behind the steering wheels.
EagleRider Australia Tours
Harley-Davidson specialists, EagleRider Australia offer many excellent multi-day guided tours around Australia but perhaps the most unique is an eight-day and seven-night Mad Max-themed trip around some of the locations from the iconic series. Cutting through three states, the Mad Max Outback tour will have you riding though vistas of extreme desolation as well as bucolic loveliness and each night riders are greeted with a bed and meal that Max Rockatansky could only dream of.
Prancing Horse Driving Experiences
Prancing Horse – a national supercar experiences company – call their collection of European vehicles (and their Nissan GT-R R35) a “stable” and what a herd of thoroughbreds it is. Vehicles like the viciously powerful Ferrari GTB 488 and the impossibly sexy Maserati GranTurismo S are the vessels for unforgettable trips through locations like the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and NSW South Coast. Experiences often include lunch at restaurants so good you’ll almost stop thinking about the journey back. Almost.
Top image: The Shitbox Rally