Australia is vast, but this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to tick off all the sights. Effective planning and research will enable you to travel around without any hassle. If you’re planning a trip down under, here are some of the best ways to get around.
Internal flights can save you hours of travelling and enable you to get from A to B quickly and easily. Domestic flights are widely available and if you book in advance, you can often take advantage of great deals.
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Trains run across Australia and you can make use of local and national services. Travelling by train is faster than taking the bus and you can enjoy some pretty spectacular views. One highlight to include in your itinerary is a trip on The Ghan. This famous route transports eager travellers from Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs and the iconic Ayers Rock. Look out for discounted tickets for concessions. It may also be wise to invest in flexible passes, which enable you to travel to a number of destinations within a set time period.
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You won’t travel for long in Oz without seeing a steady stream of campervans. Top notch facilities and well-trodden tourist routes make it easy to camp in Australia. You won’t struggle to find safe places to pull over for the night. Hiring a campervan kills two birds with one stone. You can get around and you have a roof over your head. The East Coast is a particularly popular campervan trail. You’ll be spoiled for choice as you head up the coastlines of New South Wales and Queensland. Spend some time exploring the sights in Sydney and Brisbane. Hop on a boat tour of the Whitsundays. Get your adrenalin pumping on a quad bike on Fraser Island. Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Australia is blessed with year-round sunshine and what better way to enjoy the weather than hiring a scooter? Feel the wind in your hair, as you whizz along the empty roads and enjoy the stunning scenery. Head down to the beach for the day, or enjoy traffic-free travel in bustling city centres. Scooter rentals are widely available and they give you freedom to travel almost anywhere. Hiring a scooter is also one of the most affordable ways to explore Australia.
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You can’t travel everywhere by boat in Oz, but you’ll be missing out on some treasures if you leave without going on at least one ferry trip. Board a boat from Melbourne to discover the fascinating state of Tasmania. Or jump on the ferry from Cape Jervis to explore beautiful Kangaroo Island. If you’re staying in Sydney, take a couple of days to head out into the harbour and visit Watson’s Bay and Manly.
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Australia has so much to offer and it’s a shame to visit without ticking off every must-see on your list. Research transport links and routes before you go. Work out where you need to get to and how it can be done. Planning ahead can save you time and money.