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
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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.
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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!
Published on by Daniele L.