The Australian Wine Regions

Australia is known for its great wineries – more than 2400 wineries in 65 wine regions around the country…

The Australian Etiquette

International students and interns are often a bit concerned about Australian etiquette once they arrive here, especially when it comes to workplace etiquette.

The Australian Outback

People say that if you haven’t yet been to the Australian Outback, you haven’t really experienced the real Australia.

PLANNING A ROAD TRIP IN AUSTRALIA

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Australia is a massive country with approximately 7.7 million km2. Visiting the country and exploring it properly is not an easy task if you do not organise yourself and prioritise. We have a few tips for you to help you plan a road trip so you can get the most out of the experience and see as many Australia’s wonders as possible:

 

1) THE ROUTE

Do your research and decide what is the best available route for you considering your current location, the places you want to see, your budget and the time you have for your trip. The most common routes are:

▪    From Sydney – The Grand Pacific Drive
▪    From Melbourne – The Great Ocean Road
▪    From Alice Springs – The Red Centre Way
▪    From Adelaide – The Flinders Ranges and outback
▪    From Darwin – The Nature's Way
▪    From Cairns – The Great Barrier Reef Drive
▪    From Broome – The Gibb River Road
▪    From Hobart – The Great Eastern Drive
▪    From Perth – The Nullarbor

More info CLICK HERE.

 

2) THE CAR

There are different types of cars available to rent and choosing a car for your road trip is vital. It can make all the difference between an amazing or terrible experience. After choosing your route, check if you will be sticking to major highways and sealed roads, OR if you will take unsealed and remote roads. 
Another thing to consider is the budget, the number of people you are travelling with and the style of trip you want to do. 
The most common car types for a road trip are:

Station Wagons - affordable option, good for small groups

Campervans – a bit more expensive but offers more comfort, with kitchen, fridge, stove and beds. Good option for groups of 2 travelling for long periods of time

4WD - the most expensive option, but also the best for a road trip. Good for those that prefer to sleep in hotels or hostels

 

3) THE SAFETY

Driving around Australia can be dangerous, so ensure the car you are renting has insurance and road service, and that you have appropriate travel insurance as well.

Australia is also home to a diverse wildlife so be aware that collisions with kangaroos, koalas and other wild animals often occur, especially if you are driving at night.

For more road safety tips, CLICK HERE.

 

4) PACKING

Packing the essentials for your trip will help you survive challenges you may face on your way. Here is a short list of essentials you may want to consider:

Maps – do not rely on the mapping app on your mobile. Invest in a good GPS and always have a paper map. They seem obsolete but if you are stuck, they can save your life!

Water – ideally you should bring at least 3 – 4 litres per person per day with you

Food – non-perishable food for 2 days to keep you going should you break down

Clothes – focus on the essential items and have options for the cold and heat

Toiletries – they will be a godsend if you are travelling for days on end!

Medicine – band-aids, paracetamols , antiseptic cream, sunblock, insect repellent, and any medicine you take on a regular basis.

Having a safe and enjoyable road trip in Australia is all about planning ahead and preparing for the unexpected, but it is absolutely one of the most exciting and adventurous way to discover this beautiful country!

Cost of living in Australia

One of the biggest questions we get from our interns is "How much should I expect to spend in Australia?" so we decided to give you that information so you can have it directly in your hands!

What you can expect to have to cover in Australia:

  • Rent/ living bills
  • Public Transport
  • Food (eating out and groceries)
  • Mobile Plan
  • Necessities for home (toiletries, cosmetics, etc.)
  • Clothes
  • Souvenir shopping
  • Going out
  • Tours and excursions
  • Flights
  • Etc.

The size and the location of the cities will have an impact on the cost of living. To help you calculate expenses we have included a page that our friends at Insider Guides  have created to assist you.

Click here to see their Cost of Living Calculator.

We hope this will make budgeting much easier for you when you come to Australia, or even if you're already here!

Living Abroad

Be the traveller you need to be for your education - Don’t be a tourist by Daniela Ruiz (Journalist and ex intern)

Australian slangs

Learn these 10 Australian slangs and you'll feel at home on your first day in Oz!

History and Culture of Australia

Australia is a proud nation with a deep and spiritual history. Whether it be our Indigenous history, sporting history or coffee history. Australia is a country that is truly unique and this makes it the best country in the world - At least we think so!

Australian foods to try

Australia is still developing its national ‘taste’, but you’ll find that there are quite a few foods that are uniquely Australian. So, put the following dishes and snacks on your “foods to try” list and get tasting!

Explore Australia on Foot!

Do you like exploring new places and connecting to nature? We love sharing our beautiful country, from the desert to the forest and to the sea, and have some great places to share with you! Check out our top recommended walks near Australia’s big cities, to get out there and explore!