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NINE OF THE BEST DRIVING ROADS IN AUSTRALIA
Australia’s vast size and diverse landscape means it is home to some of the best driving roads in the world. The motoring enthusiasts at Man of Many celebrate nine of these incredible drives. Some are designed to test your driving skills through tight, twisting hairpins, perfect for a vehicle like the high-performance Jaguar F-TYPE, while others are suited to more leisurely scenic drives in a compact SUV like the dynamic Jaguar E-PACE.
1. The Great Ocean Road, VIC
One of the best scenic drives in Australia, this 243km stretch of road hugs the dramatic coastline of southern Victoria. Kick off your travels in Torquay and make pit stops along the way to take in the breathtaking views. This popular tourist destination is ideal for the E-PACE, with room for your friends and their weekend bags, while its responsive performance handles the winding roads with ease.
A great trip to take in summer to avoid the ice and snow. You’ll be surrounded by the stunning wilderness of the Yarra Ranges National Park. Taking a higher altitude drive through the alpine region, you’ll find the area is blessed with some good roads, but you may want to avoid Warburton-Woods Point Road where you’ll be driving on gravel.
Traversing alpine country, this dramatic landscape offers varied driving conditions. Get behind the wheel of the F-TYPE and tackle the twists and turns around the Mount Beauty area, along Tawonga Gap Road. For a more relaxed drive, you can’t beat the E-PACE as you take your time and explore the gorgeous surrounds from the many lookouts along the way.
Close to Melbourne and a popular tourist drive. As you head out of Healesville and start to climb the Maroondah Highway the road offers up some relatively tame twists and corners. Choose the E-PACE for this drive, switch into Comfort Mode and enjoy the view. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can continue on to Lake Mountain for a day out to remember.
One of the best scenic drives starting on the southern edge of Sydney, it stretches from Loftus and well into the Southern Highlands and its picturesque surrounds. Travelling through tight bends and beautiful rainforest, don’t forget to stop at Stanwell Tops for the spectacular view before heading down the steep decline of Lawrence Hargrave Drive and onto the iconic Seacliff bridge.
This trip offers everything from tight, single-carriageway hairpin turns to fast, dual carriageway stretches. At just over 40km one way, it’s perfect for a quick weekend drive, and Man of Many recommends the F-TYPE R-Dynamic in full sport mode with “the snap, crackle and pop from the exhaust combined with sharp steering and tight suspension”.
Unofficially known as ‘99 Bends’, the Lyell Highway is home to the annual Targa Tasmania car race. Offering over 85km of some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country. Start in Queenstown on the west coast of Tasmania behind the wheel of an F-TYPE and take a pulse-racing journey all the way through to Strahan.
Passionate drivers are spoilt for choice in this beautiful part of the country, with no shortage of twists and turns in the mountainous terrain from Northbrook Parkway through to Mt Glorious Road and Mount Nebo Road. Spend a day exploring the more than 100km of engaging roads in the F-TYPE R-Dynamic convertible.
If you’re in Adelaide, get out of town and head for the hills along Gorge Road, which does indeed twist through a gorge by way of Amber Gully and Pinkerton Gully. At just over 15km of driving thrills, this road trip is ideal for a quick fix of fun behind the wheel. Discover more about the impressive driving capabilities of the Jaguar F-TYPE and E-PACE and decide which one is most suited to your next driving adventure.