There's not much better than being on the open road, whether you're in your own car or a rental, a great time can be had with beautiful scenery around you and no traffic slowing you down. Driving outside of the gridlock that comes with city life is for most of us, a pleasurable, relaxing experience. Every now and then though, there comes a time when you'd much rather be the passenger.
These are the times when the driving isn't quite as relaxing and enjoyable as you imagined, and you can't wait til you get to your destination. You may be driving in unfriendly weather like rain or fog, perhaps tired, or maybe just sick of all the other drivers on the road. The one that can be a true ordeal though, is when you have a long way to go, and the drive can be summed up with one word; boring.
Australia is lucky enough (or is that unlucky enough?) to have a few drives like this, stretches of road that just seem to go on and on, and there's two in particular that take the cake.The first is the Bruce Highway in Queensland. While a great road, the stretch between the cities of Mackay and Rockhampton, has managed to remain a truly boring drive, with little to see and the same scenery repeating itself for over 250km. Along this drive you'll find one petrol station and one rest area, just enough to keep you going until you reach one of the great cities at either end.
The second is the Eyre Highway, the longest straight road in Australia and possibly the world. Covering over 1200km, the highway itself does have many great scenic sections, the nasty part though is when you cross the Nullarbor Plain. This is where you'll find '90 Mile Straight', 146km of dead straight, featureless rd. There's only so much desert driving most people can tolerate before it's time to take turns! I suppose it's lucky these days we have air con and CD players. The drive would have been much worse in the 1960s or 70s.
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