There is a reason Australia is the country for expatriation and taking a gap year to work abroad, it is alluring in everything it offers. Australia offers everything from incredible nature, outdoor adventure, jumping nightlife and brilliant landscapes. It’s more than just the best place to cuddle a Koala, it’s one of the most popular travelling destinations in the world!
The only potential problem? This breathtaking place is massive. If you want to see it all, which most people do, you have to somehow navigate your way around. This is just a really basic guide about everything you need to know when planning to travel there.
Getting There and Getting Around
Flights are one of those things that are hard to estimate. These days there are so many flight comparison websites it’s really all about looking around and finding the right flight for you. Whether that’s a direct flight, or a flight with 4 stops because it’s the cheapest. £500 from London Heathrow Airport was the cheapest return price I found on sky scanner and cheap flights websites, with Perth being the cheapest airport.
As I have never been, I have enquired with locals and my traveling friends about the best way to travel around. Without fail everyone came back to me with the same two answers: public transport isn’t a valuable option and renting or buying a car is the best option!
It might not seem like the cheapest, but renting a bike or car for the several months you are there for gives you the freedom to travel and can help you save in other ways. Make sure to have a look at notices in hostels for people sharing cars to save money or put one up yourself! From my research a camper-van has been highly recommended by many as it saves money on accommodation! (Related: Sydney to Cairns Roadtrip, part one and part two)
I’m not saying not to take public transport, but many have said it’s a long drive which only takes you from one major town to the other.
Hostels are wide and plentiful in Australia but the price varies depending on where you stay and when you want to stay. Christmas in Australia is always going to be a pricey affair, you want to book this early! I’d recommend a hostel only if you are staying in a non-tourist area, otherwise you could end up paying as much as air BnB or a low star hotel.
If you are hiring a camper-van obviously you’re sorted on this front, but another free option is camping. Yes I said free! There are a lot of free camping sites around here so make sure you do your research beforehand!
Hopefully now you feel more prepared to plan your travels to the beautiful country that is Australia!
How did you travel around Australia? Do you have any other ways you can save money?
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* Please note all of this information was correct as of April 2016 *