The best driving roads in Victoria

Fill the car up, get the driving playlist ready, and head out for a weekend drive with these spectacular pieces of bitumen.

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This brief 10.5-kilometre stretch of road is used as the access point to Lake Mountain Ski Resort, so is heavily trafficked in winter. However, come the warmer months, when the snow fields are long gone, it becomes a joyous playground for thrilling driving experiences. The trip from base to summit takes just 13 minutes, but Lake Mountain Road is well worth multiple passes. The road offers a great combination of turns and views. Make a day of it, by combining the trip with other Dandenong staples such as Reefton Spur, Black Spur, Chum Creek Road, and Marysville-Woods Point Road. After you are done with Lake Mountain Road, make sure to stop off at Marysville for a Hot Chocolate or bite to eat.


No driving road list would be complete without the Great Ocean Road. However, its popularity is a double-edged sword, as the road is as busy as most inner-city roads particularly on weekends. That is all forgiven once you get a taste of the breathtaking views. With multiple seaside towns to stop for food, the Great Ocean Road makes a fantastic route for day trips or weekend getaways in the car.


Say hello to arguably one of the greatest driving experiences in Australia. If you enjoy a good drive, then make sure you put the Great Alpine Road high on your to do list. The 339-kilometre route winds from Wangaratta in the state’s north-east, all the way to Metung and the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. The Great Alpine Road is butter smooth, with fantastic flowing sweepers, combined with ruggedly handsome and typically Australian scenery. Taking about 5 hours to transverse, it is well worth setting aside a weekend for this route.


This hair-raising combination of switchback hairpins and spectacular views is great for a short blast. Rising from Dromana, this twisting road provides a great payoff for those which reach the summit with a breathtaking view. Arthur’s seat is one of the highest peaks in the relatively flat Mornington Peninsula, giving you a great vantage point of the surrounding areas.


If the Great Alpine Road is too mainstream for you, the Bogong High Plains Road should be right up your alley. Taking in mountainous landscapes, this alpine road is smooth, flowing, relatively traffic free, and lacking the sticks and other green debris that can hamper most mountain passes. This driving road would make a great addition to a weekend venture to the Great Alpine Road.


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