Want to know the best places to take a summer Sunday cruise these holidays?

We explore the best cruises for a classic across Australia

With the long, hot summer days upon us what better thing to do than go for a Sunday drive?

Put the top down, crank the windows or simply blast the air con and feel the wind in your hair.

There is nothing better than a relaxing cruise, taking in the beautiful scenery and stopping for a glass of wine, a coffee and a nibble along the way.

This experience is made even more amazing by having your dream classic car or bike to hit the road with. Check out our last Classic, Muscle & Barn Finds Auction for 2019 and make your holiday dreams a reality.

We have put together a list of the best drives all around our country that are perfect for taking out your classic, whether you’re after a quick 45 minute blast or an all-day affair!


The Great Greenway

A favourite for any driver on a Queensland road trip, the Great Green Way hugs the coastline from Townsville to Cairns.

The scenery is breathtaking along the 410km fully sealed route suitable for all vehicles so you can even take this 1948 Chevrolet Thriftmaster and set up a picnic in the back!

Some people do this trip in two days to make the most of the sights so set up a bed in the tray and sleep under the stars if you’re game!

Gold Coast to Fraser Coast

This the ultimate 450km foodie cruise from Surfers Paradise to Hervey Bay.

Start with breaky at a Broadbeach café, hit the beach and then roll through the stunning Sunshine Coast towns that are made for relaxed shopping, drinking and art.

Finish the day trip by trying to spot the whales breaching at the famous Hervey Bay. What a day!

Do it all on the back of Harley for the dream day out.

Great Barrier Reef Drive

We have all heard of the Great Barrier Reef but what about the ‘signature scenic route’ of the Great Barrier Reef Drive between Cairns and Cape Tribulation?

Officially titled the Captain Cook Highway, you will see the Great Barrier Reef to the right (heading North) and the Wet Tropics rainforest to the left. Talk about the best of both worlds!

You could get from one end to the other in just a couple of hours but take your time and see Palm Cove, Rex Lookout, Port Douglas and the Daintree on your travels.

Take the ’69 Ford Mustang for an iconic experience.

New South Wales

Grand Pacific Drive

Take a short 140km weekend road trip from Sydney, and you’ll explore the townships of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven along the Grand Pacific Drive.

Showcasing some of NSW’s most beautiful beaches, the Grand Pacific Drive also drives you past some of the state’s most beautiful cliff faces.

The highlight of this trip is the Sea Cliff bridge which proves itself to be an engineering marvel that swings away from the sea cliffs and out over the ocean.

Drive over the ocean on this unique road trip and make the most of the view by putting the top down in this 1962 Ford Thunderbird.

Waterfall Way

This drive really lives up to its name, with plenty of waterfalls along the way. Choose a day after a thunderstorm where there was plenty of rainfall, so the waterfalls will be at their gushing best.

This road winds its way through the Great Dividing Range from Coffs Harbour to Armidale and takes you through the tiny town of Dorrigo.

You could cover the Waterfall Way scenic drive in about 2.5 hours, but with so many amazing stops along the way, it could take you all day.

These summer holidays, leave the hot city life and bustling crowds behind and head into the cool rainforests in the highlands of the Northern Tablelands.

Turn heads along the way with 1971 Chrysler Valiant Hemi Pacer Hard Top for the perfect drive.


Great Alpine Road

This postcard perfect road trip winds from Wangaratta through Victorian High Country and into the Gippsland Lakes area. 

The 500km of road is dotted with historic towns and alpine villages and if you’re after a spot of horse riding or fishing this summer, this trip is the time do it.

Cruise along Australia’s highest accessible sealed road taking in mountain ranges, deep valleys, great wineries and the sparkling waterways of the Gippsland Lakes region.

Throw the fishing gear in the back and take the 2005 Ford Falcon Pursuit for a spin.

Great Ocean Road

Possibly the most famous road trip destination in Australia, the great thing about road tripping along the Great Ocean is that it still feels untouched.

Only 243km long, it could take you a mere few hours to drive from one end to the other of this iconic road but with all the must-see landmarks (like the twelve apostles, of which there are now only eight) along the way it could take two or three days.

If you’re only going to drive it one way, try to start in Torquay so then you’re on the ocean side of the road, making it much easier to pull over for the stunning lookouts.

For the quintessential road trip take the classic road trip vehicle and create a home in the back of the 1974 Volkswagen Kombi T2.

South Australia

Eyre Peninsula

Pack the car and head on a day trip drive from Adelaide and you will end up in the magnificent Eyre Peninsula.

Here you can see incredible native wildlife, taste fresh seafood at the local eateries, and explore the most stunning coastal scenery South Australia has to offer.

This is where you can swim amongst giant cuttlefish and dive with sea lions, dolphins and great white sharks so pack your swimmers and hit the road!

This little beauty Porsche 911 Carrera has just enough room for a picnic basket and a bikini to zip along the coast in.

Nullarbor Plain

Now this is like the Route 66 of Australia! The Eyre Highway is a 1,660km highway linking Western Australia and South Australia via the Nullarbor Plain.

The Nullarbor Plain straight area of road runs 146km long and holds the world record for the longest straight road.

Along this road you will also find the world’s longest golf course and not a single tree! The Nullarbor Plain can be reached from the major cities of Adelaide, Perth or Melbourne and is one of the experiences you should tick off on your travel bucket list.

This road is the perfect stretch of road to go fast! So how about taking the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 for a burn?

Western Australia

Perth Hills

Head inland for about 35km and you will find the beautiful and hilly drive of the Mundaring Weir through to Zigzag Road in Kalamunda.

Cruise the winding roads slowly, enjoy the scenery and take a pit stop at the Mundaring Dam.

Carry on by following the road out through to Bickley-Carmel Valley and stop along the way for a bite to eat at one of the local wineries and breweries.

As you head back toward the city, you will come down Zigzag Road, one of Perth’s most famous scenic drives, and be treated to views of the sun setting across the Perth CBD.

Take the winding roads in confidence in a Jag and put the roof down for sunset. Perfection!

West Coast Highway

One of Perth’s most impressive drives is the West Coast Highway that links 19 beautiful beaches with stunning views across the coastline.

Start the day at Fremantle and get a takeaway coffee for the trip. Then cruise North along the highway until you reach Perth’s hottest beach, Cottesloe. If you’re driving through in March you might catch the famous art display, Sculptures by the Sea.

The highway will eventually take you to Perth’s highest point, Reabold Hill, that features breathtaking views of the city and the coast.

If you’re after an all-encompassing day trip, then you can’t miss dinner in Sorrento. Try and make it just in time for the spectacular sunset over the water.

Get together your mates and go for a group cruise on your bikes. Take out this custom trike to stand out from the crowd!

Northern Territory

Darwin to Litchfield National Park

When most people think of the Northern Territory, they see the Outback desert landscapes it is famous for.

But to take a drive doesn’t have to be a big deal with lots of preparation. This very doable and straightforward one-day trip takes you on an adventure from Darwin to the scenic landscape of Litchfield National Park.

Check out the waterfalls and cool waterholes, rugged sandstone mountains, and vast stretches of rainforest.

Travel in style in this 2007 Land Rover Range Rover Sport TDV6 that can get you where you need to go!

Darwin to Kakadu

No Northern Territory getaway would be complete without a trip to Kakadu National Park to see the wetlands and wildlife.

It is possible to do this 253km drive in a day, but most people recommend two or three, so you don’t miss a thing.

Highlights include the mango plantations of Humpty Doo, the Adelaide River jumping crocodile cruise, and the overwhelm of gorgeous scenery.

Be able to see everything from this a 1978 Jeep CJ5 for that extra bit of height, grip and grunt on your drive!

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Matt Kalinski

Head Of Valuations

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Matt has been in the valuations space for many years and has extensive experience in the space across an abundance of various industries. He now leads the valuations teams for Lloyds Auctions with a passion for encouraging his team to set and achieve high goals and produce great results for the company whilst growing the team’s skills starting with a great culture and team mindset.