How to get the most out of traveling by car through Australia.
For many people who visit the vast expanse of Australia, and even for those who live in the country, it can seem like the best way to get around is by plane. This may be fine if you want to city hop for a couple of weeks, but you miss out on so much if you do not travel by road. There is nothing quite like the awe inspiring beauty of an Australia road trip.
However, if you are thinking of taking a road trip around Australia, you need to be prepared. You want to be able to remember the trip for all the right reasons. Here are some tips to help you get started with your planning.
Choose the right vehicle for an Australia road trip
- Depending on where you are intending to travel, there is a good chance that you will need a sturdy four wheel drive vehicle, like an SUV, for your trip. Choose one of these vehicles and you will be able to deal with all types of terrain. You will also have plenty of room for the clothing and equipment that you need to take with you.
- If you do not have this type of vehicle yourself, you can check out car hire prices on sites such as DriveNow where you can get some good deals. Remember that once you have a vehicle to travel in, you need to make sure that all drivers are fully insured and that there is breakdown cover in place.
Consider all accommodation options
- You may want to stay in hotels each night on your trip, but this can be expensive. It’s also not a great way to experience the true nature of the country. You may want to think about camping under the stars in order to get close to nature. Another option is Airbnb which allows you to stay within the community and experience the local atmosphere. These options are generally both more affordable than a hotel and can make your trip more enjoyable.
Take a first aid kit with you
- Most of the first aid ’emergencies’ you will encounter will probably involve cuts and bruises, and possibly the odd headache. However, if you are travelling to more remote locations, it helps to be prepared for more serious issues, such as a snake bite. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Always take a fully stocked first aid kit on an Australia road trip.
Remember a map and a satellite phone
- If you are travelling to remote areas of the country, remember that phone and Internet coverage is going to be limited or non-existent. In order to keep on track, you should make sure that you have traditional maps with you, and that you have studied the route before you leave. It’s also a good idea to buy, or rent, a satellite your phone, to use during your journey.
Decide on some highlights before you go
Australia is such a vast country that you are not going to see it all in one road trip. It helps to decide which places you want to visit before your leave, so that you make sure you get the highlights you are looking for. This is not to say that you cannot take a detour once or twice, it just means that you at least have a basic itinerary to follow. You can choose to follow one of the great Australian road trip routes, or you can simply devise a route that will take you to the places you want to see, such as Uluru or the Great Barrier Reef.
Being prepared for your Australia road trip, with the help of these tips, means that you are more likely to have a fun and safe trip and make lots of great memories.
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