Posted by: travelrat | October 15, 2015

The Road Trip

Road Trip

In just over a month, we’re off on our travels again, and one of the items on our agenda is a tour from Melbourne to Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road.

This is listed in many places as one of the ‘Great Road Trips’ to do before you die.

But, I’m wondering … is it correct to describe this as a ‘road trip’, as we shan’t be taking a car? I had this argument with myself a couple of years ago, and decided it was a road trip if you travelled by bus. But, I stipulated that this should be a scheduled, long-distance bus, such as our National Express, Spain’s Continental Cars or Australia’s Greyhound. And, certainly not a tourist coach.

Then, I had a rethink. I remembered some of the great trips we did by minibus, where we got to all sorts of interesting places, like the Daintree Rain Forest and Fraser Island. On these trips, the driver/guide talked TO us, rather than AT us and we had a great time. I don’t think the size of the vehicle really has much to do with it, either. When we went to Uluru, we were only 15 people in a 40-seater coach … maybe it would have been different if the coach had been full?

So, where do we draw the line between what is a road trip and what isn’t? It says here that this will be a ‘small group tour’, so I’m assuming a minibus? But, we haven’t got the final details yet, so we shall see.


  1. Haha– interesting question, Keith!

    I used to be a purist, but I think coach-rides can qualify as road trips (they do, after all, happen on roads). There are somethings, though, you can only get on road trips if they’re planned independently (Servo stops with bad snacks, arguing over a playlist, and being the only one awake while everyone– including the co-pilot– snoozes!)

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