Any of you who live in the UK will know that if you decide to drive out of town, it is usually not long before you are driving into another town.
Where I used to live, for example, if I drove out of town in any one of four different directions, within 10 minutes I would be in either Brentwood, Chelmsford, Basildon or Wickford. Driving out of town or even a major city here in Australia is very different. It’s really not long before you are staring at open expanses of countryside.
Let’s drive out of some of those major cities now and see what we can find. Let’s start with where I live.
Driving out of Brisbane
Heading south will take you to the Gold Coast, the opposite direction will take you to the Sunshine Coast. You will pass countryside on the way to both. Travelling east will see you eventually hit the water, so we’re going to go west.
Drive west from Sydney and after about 74.6 km, you’ll find yourself at the Blue Mountains.
I’m going to cheat a little bit here, I’ve been to Melbourne a couple of times, but I never actually drove out of the city into the countryside. But when I went on my Australian road trip, I remember driving towards the city from Sydney and the road look like this forever.
And then driving home from Warrnambool, picking up roads just north of Melbourne going through Ballarat, Bendigo and heading towards Shepparton, the road look like this for a very long time.