A Guide about Australia Travel

How to plan your Australia Travel Adventure

Travelling in Australia can be daunting if you are not familiar with this big country which is also called Land Down Under, or simply Oz. Australia is a huge country (double the size of Europe) with a scarce population (24 millions). While it's a country offering endless ways for an Australian adventure, it's not a country for last-minute holiday. It's easy to get around and a paradise for young backpackers who love to travel along the East Coast from Sydney to Cairns. That's why Australia attracts many young people for work and travel adventure too.

How much does it cost to travel to Australia

In internet you will find many articles about the cost of travelling in Australia. While it's not a cheap destination, the biggest expenditure you will face is getting there and around. Considering the fact that the flight ticket to Australia will cost approx 1000 Euro or 800 GBP or 1200 USD, this makes roughly 1/3 of the whole travel expenditures. So finding good airfares to Australia is key. Some destinations and activities can be a bit pricey on high-season too. It's important the you plan your trip as efficiently as possible, this is the only way that allows you to save money without sacrificing comfort and quality of travel.

That being said, there are many ways to travel on a budget in Australia.

I have been travelling around Australia for +13 years. Have crisscrossed the country by covering nearly 100000 km of which 6000 km on solo road trips. I have learnt a lot from my solo travels and I can say that I know one thing or two about how to travel around Australia.

With the Rocky Travel Guide I am here to help you plan a memorable Australian Adventure. On the site you will find tons of specific travel tips and destination guides.

Planning * Getting Around * Destinations * Accommodation * Tours

What you need to know before travelling to Australia

There are a few things that you need to know before travelling to Australia with regards to when to travel , how to travel long distances and which destinations to choose. And there are things not to do.

Being Australia a big country, you will have to make hard choices if your time is limited to 2 or 3 weeks holiday. With two or three weeks itinerary to Australia you will be able to see a small part of country.

That's why you need to make wise choices as to where to go and what to see in Australia. It is very important how you choose the destinations as well as how you decide to get around the country, because this will have an impact on your budget and also on your overall trip enjoyment.

Planning Your Trip to Australia

If you visit Australia for the first time, I would start planning your trip between 3-6 months in advance, depending on the time of the year you can travel. December and January are peak season months with Australian school holidays, and most visitors wanting to go there in summer. This is something I don't encourage you to do. If you can, travel in Australia off-season, i.e. in the months of March to May or October to December.

So these separate blog posts tell you more about the best months to travel, how to choose destinations and how to combine the right type of transportation to travel around.

Australia Travel Destinations

When it comes to choosing destinations for your Australia Trip, you are likely to feel overwhelmed. One of the biggest challenges first-time travellers face is how to create an itinerary that allows to see as much as you can, but at the same time is not time-consuming in terms of getting around. Ideally you should pick an area or two of Australia. On this post I give you a few tips on my favourite destinations in Australia. These are just a few, there are many more places you can read about detailed itineraries and destination guides on the site.

  • How to choose your destination: top 10 places to visit in Australia.
    A list of top destinations that I believe are a must-see for Australia. This post is updated on a regular basis.
  • Where to start your Australia trip: Why visit Melbourne and Sydney
    If the East Coast of Australia is on your list, I would start the trip from Melbourne and then build the itinerary around these cities and the surroundings. The East Coast of Australia stretches for 4000 km though. While you will not be able to see it all in 2 or 3 weeks you can certainly see much of the landscape with domestic flights in combination with short road trips. Along the East Coast 3 main Australian cities are located within 2000 km: Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Internal flights linking these 3 cities are offered at reasonable prices, and by hiring a car you can explore many interesting places in the greart surroundings of these cities.

Getting Around Australia

If you fail in choosing the right type of transportation in Australia, you may end up spending more time travelling to your destination than exploring places. So to help you make the right decision, check out these articles:

  • How to travel around Australia
    Learn about the various transportation options for getting around in Australia. From hiring a car or camper van, to bus travel and train travel and domestic flights. While driving in Australia is probably the best way to explore the country, the trick to maximize your time is to efficiently combine all of them and make good use of all transportation options.
  • How to book good flight deals to Australia
    finding a good flight deal should be your priority no. 1 to start with. On this post I tell you which airlines are the best for Australia, which flight comparison sites to use and how to strike a good flight deal.
  • The best tools for booking cheap domestic flights
    The next step is to make sure you have a trip itinerary frame and book domestic flight in Australia as cheaply as possible before going to Australia. On this page I show you the best tools for this.
  • Book best car rentals and camper van deals with no upfront deposit
    If you choose to explore some trip legs of Australia by driving, booking a car rental is essential. I would do this before going to Australia by using a top-notch Australian comparison site that doesn't charge any upfront deposit when booking your car online nor for making changes or cancelling your booking.

Why prefer self-driving to tours in Australia

Driving on the left in Australia is easy but it can be scary for those who are not familiar. Due to the long driving distances road trips are tiring and can put a strain on you if you don't plan enough time. What often seems a short distance on the map, it takes long hours of driving. So make sure you first consider the travel distances when choosing your route and which road trips in Australia.

I'd suggest reading this post about my top road trips for the first time traveller in Australia.

Speaking by personal experience of a long-term solo traveller in Australia, I can suggest combining as much as you can flights with self-driving or more transportation options, according to your travel itinerary and time frame. It is very important to carefully evaluate the different transportation options that are available. Once you've made your choice you will be able to plan your Australia itinerary more accurately.

Australia Map of the country

Before travelling Australia there are a few things you should be aware. You can take a look at this article to get an idea of the vastness of Australia and see the Australia map in perspective.

Accommodation in Australia

Australia is a top country as far as accommodation options are concerned. Within each category there are so many options so if you hear that accommodation is expensive in Australia, that's not really true. Or it can be true if you speak of hotels in cities and over weekends. And in remote regions like Outback towns.

You can find a myriad of budget accommodation from top quality hostels to camping sites, to guest-houses and private home rentals to house sitting and much more.

Here are a few pages where you can find out about where to stay in Australia:

  • How to Compare Hotels in Australia
    The best Australian site for comparing hotels from over 200 destinations in Australia. Ideal for hotels, hostels and guest houses.
  • A Guide to Hostel Accommodation
    Read why hostels in Australia are good quality budget accommodation. If you are a solo traveller hostels may be the right thing for you. However there are more and more families with kids and couples spending time in hostels in Oz. For a long-term holiday is definitely the way to go.
  • How to use Airbnb for the first time and have a great stay
    If you like private home rental with Airbnb you can rent a room or an apartment and get to know the local, so a great way to be part of the community. This is my preferred way of staying in Australia.
  • Where to stay as a solo traveller in Australia
    If you love to travel solo and are thinking of going solo to Australia, this post will help you choose the right type of accommodation.

More useful resources for planning your Australia Travel Adventure:

 Travel Planning Resources

Cheap Flights to Australia

Australia Accommodation

Australia Travel Itinerary

Travel Planning Help

Australia Solo Travel Book

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