20 years ago, perhaps 15 - maybe even only 10? whatever else they offered, my favourite roads would have provided enough solitude (and safety, in every sense of the word) that one didn't really feel antisocial by giving the loud pedal a bit of a tickle. I have always loved sporty cars - still do, nearing 75 - and my brother and I are part of a 4 generational collection of revheads. Well at least on the male side. But those days are past, and now great drives certainly have to feature (relative) solitude and of course scenery, some nice curves - you know the story - but not foot music!
Some of my favourite drives, not specifically in order, include the following. Sorry, no room for pics:
. The Black Stump Highway, past the quaint pub at Tambar Springs, from Mullaley (west of Gunnedah), through Coolah and down to Dunedoo. Must have the longest, unbroken series of 95 kmh advisory signs on gentle, sweeping curves in the world.
. Thuderbolt's Way, from Gloucester west of Taree, through Barrington, Walcha and up to Uralla on the New England Highway. Love the lengthy warning signs reminding motorbike riders that they aren't in fact on a racetrack. What a challenge to them all, that is!
. The magnificently formed Mulligan Highway savannah way, from Mareeba through Mt Molloy and over the Annan River Gorge, past the hugely mysterious Black Mountains, up to Cooktown.
. Bells Line of Road from Richmond west to Lithgow. Not that I have driven it for many, many years, and I doubt there is much of a solitude aspect now!
. Another great ridge road, from Hamliton to Coleraine, through Major Mitchell's "Australia Felix". Coming into Hamilton, the views of the Southern Grampians are magnificent.
There are many more - the back road from the Western Highway, down around the intriguing Mt Emu to the Hamilton Highway, the 'top of the world' ridge roads radiating from Millaa Millaa, the Omeo Highway - and I haven't even mentioned SA, WA, Tassie or the NT!