Australia is a vast and varied country, stretching over 2,000 miles from coast to coast. When planning your first trip to Australia, you’ll probably be wondering how to make your most of your time. You want to soak up the sun on the Gold Coast, but you also want to see the sights and enjoy the culture in Sydney. It’s an ideal destination for backpackers, road trippers and sun seekers.
If you want to discover everything the country has to offer, here are five of the best ways to see Australia.
Renting a car allows you to set your own pace and get off the beaten track. If you want to save money on your road trip and have a flexible schedule, you could explore relocation rentals. Car rental companies sometimes offer cheap or even free car rentals if you can leave the car in another location. You might even be able to save on accommodation by driving a camper van.
Take the bus
If you want to save your hard-earned cash for experiencing everything Australia has to offer, why not try taking the bus instead of flying? You’ll get to see so much more of the incredible country than you would if you were to zip across on a plane. The bus is also a fraction of the cost of air travel, especially if you book well in advance. If you’re travelling solo, this can be a great way to meet people.
Thrills and spills
Australia is a thrill-seeker’s dream. At the coast, you’ll find surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing and shark diving experiences. Head inland and you’ll find bungee jumping, sky diving and white water rafting. If you’re a thrill seeker, you might want to plan your trip around the most exhilarating experiences Australia has to offer. If you’re planning to do any extreme sports, it makes sense to check your travel insurance and make sure you’re covered for adventure activities.
Travel while you work
Australia offers an incredible one-year visa for those who want to work in Australia while travelling. The Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) is available to people aged 18-31 from a list of eligible countries. Most people spend time doing seasonal farm work for part of the year and then spend the rest of the time travelling and exploring the country. It’s also a perfect starting point for country-hopping around Southeast Asia.
Fancy cuddling up to some koalas, or helping to protect the delicate nature trails throughout the country? Travelling around Australia can be expensive, so one of the best ways to ease your expenses while getting to give something back is through volunteer work. In most cases, you’ll be provided with accommodation and food in exchange for work. Programmes like WWOOF can match you with volunteer work opportunities on organic farms. You’ll work no more than six hours per day in exchange for food and board. You’ll learn all about farming and get the chance to explore the country on your days off.