The Essential Backpacking Guide to Australia – Part 3

Published: 02/11/2013

In this third part of the essential guide to Australia, we will move from planning your trip to actually enjoying it. This is where the real fun starts. It is going to be up to you to get the most out of this trip, but here are some of the things that you will want to think about.

Getting Around Australia

In order to see Australia you are going to need to do a bit of travelling around. This is a huge continent and you will have to travel long distances in order to see the main places of interest. Here are just a few ideas for getting around:

  • One solution to your travel needs is to buy or hire a campervan. This can be the ideal solution because you will not only be able to drive from place to place, but you will also have somewhere to sleep. This makes it much easier to break up long trips into more manageable chunks. If you are going to be in Australia for a long time, your best option might be to buy a campervan. You need to do some maths to find out whether it is going to be more cost-effective to rent or buy.
  • Another solution to your travel needs would be to purchase some type of bus pass. This is probably the cheapest way to go, and the long distance buses are fairly comfortable. You can get special tickets that just allow you to hop on and hop off as you feel like it.
  • Those of you who have a bit of money could choose to fly from place to place. This is going to save you a great deal of time, and if you hate travelling long distances, you will be able to skip all that. Some people might say that some of the best parts of the trip are long stretches of travelling between destinations, but this is not for everyone. You can pick up some great deals on flights if you look out for offers or just book in advance.

Where to Stay During Your Trip of Australia

If you followed our advice in the earlier parts of this series, you will have booked your accommodation for at least the first night. This means that you will not have needed to arrive tired in the country without somewhere to stay. During the rest of your trip, you will have to make decisions about where to stay. Those of you who hire a campervan will always have the option to sleep in that. There are also some nice campsites where it can be very cheap to stay – if you are travelling around by bus these will usually stop outside at least one of the campsites. The cheapest accommodation can be hostels and you will find that these are in all the main tourist attractions in Australia. There are also usually plenty of cheap hotels to choose from, and some of these places can be almost as cheap as a private room in a hostel.

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