Tips for Traveling Across Australia
It seems like Australia was made for road trip enthusiasts. Although one of the smallest continents, it is still one of the biggest countries in the world.
It would take you years to see it all. From the beaches, to the metropolises, the mountains and forests and deserts – there is so much to see and do, you could fill a lifetime.
However, Australia is just as cruel as it is beautiful, and road trippers have to take precautions. Here are some of our top tips on how to drive across Australia without compromising your safety.
Depending on where you prefer to stay, you could go by car or camper van. Of course, the camper van provides a greater sense of freedom.
The Australian vastness provides amazing locations for camper van adventures, and it will give you the possibility of creating your own itinerary without worrying about accommodation. If you opt for a car, perhaps a 4-wheel drive would be your safest pick in case you stray off the beaten path.
Whichever means of transport you choose, it’s absolutely crucial you make sure it’s in perfect working condition before you leave. Don’t be fooled by the glitz and glamor of Sydney and the east coast.
Australia is a vast, sparsely inhabited country with very harsh climate and the last thing you want is to be left stranded in the middle of nowhere. A scenario like that could be extremely dangerous, so make sure you always have, the phone number of a mobile mechanic on you, as well as a working phone.
Have your mechanic do a thoroughly examine your engine, battery, brakes, oil, and tires before the trip. Oh, and never leave unless your A/C is in perfect working condition.
The most crucial thing to always have with you on a road trip in Australia is plenty of drinkable water. And no, we don’t mean that 2l plastic bottle you have in your cooler.
Australia is a hot country, and you always need to have 20+ liters of water with you, both for your needs and the car. Equip your car with the usual road trip necessities: a first aid kit, spare tire, wiper fluid, tools, jack, towing equipment, and a car phone charger.
A high protection sunscreen is a must, as well as light clothing with good coverage. If you have the option, take a small portable fridge. Thoroughly pack a travel health kit – you never know when you might need medication, and how far the nearest pharmacy will be.
On the Road in Australia
There are a few things to bear in mind once you hit the road. Australians still have some remnants from their days as a British colony, and one of those is driving on the left side of the road.
Roadblocks and routine police patrols are quite common and you might be asked for a breathalyzer test if you are pulled over. Parking and other fines are pretty steep, and will reach you even if you are a foreigner who is just visiting, so it pays to be careful and not make any violations.
Gas prices are reasonable, and are lower than in Europe, for instance. If you are heading to remote parts or going deep into the Outback, your number one rule is to always let someone know where you’re heading.
Even if your car breaks down, never leave it and set off on foot. The distances are much bigger than they might seem on the map, and the elements are merciless.
Once you’ve handled all of the preparations and precautions, you will be facing the toughest choice: where to go? Australia is a road tripper’s dreamland, with so many gorgeous routes that it’s almost impossible to choose.
One of the most popular options (and deservedly so) is the world famous Great Ocean Road. This Heritage listed road winds along the coast of Victoria, and offers some breathtaking vistas, passing landscapes of surreal beauty.
Another incredible choice, excellent for newbies who are just getting to know Australia, is the golden coastal route from Sydney to Brisbane. Bookended by two very different Australian cities, the drive will take you to some of the most iconic beaches in Australia, all the way up to the lower tip of the Great Barrier Reef.
Those more daring (and better prepared) might head straight to the Red Centre and the country’s best-known attraction – Uluru. There are countless other destinations and routes crisscrossing this amazing continent – Nature’s Way, The Great Alpine Road, the Warlu Way, and the Great Eastern Drive in Tasmania are just some of them.
The geographical and natural diversity of Australia is truly unique. Driving is the best way to fully experience the strange and awe-inspiring beauty of this country, as well as its many faces. However, never forget to put safety first, so that you can be free to enjoy your adventure in its full glory.
Guest Author Bio:
Raul, author of Tips for Traveling Across Australia, is a B.Sc. in Innovative entrepreneurship and has a lot to say about innovations in all aspects of digital technology and online marketing. While he’s not enjoying travel, football and great food, you can find him on Technivorz.com
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