I have spent a great amount of time hitting the Australian roads, discovering this incredible country and I must say that it is one of the best road trip countries that I think I have ever visited. If you are going to be spending some time in Australia then it is important that you plan well, not only so you can see everything that you want to, but also so that you can have the best time possible. Whatever road trip you decide to take on in Australia, here are some tips to help it run smoothly.
Rent or Buy?
Renting is not always the cheapest option for your road trip and you can very often find a car to buy which gives you a better price, and a better car. Before you go, make some enquiries online. The paperwork and the admin for buying a car is incredibly simple, especially for foreigners and you may be able to bag yourself a great deal, and then either gift the car, or sell it once you are done.
Accommodation isn’t like the US where you can just pitch up somewhere and stay so you need to plan carefully for this. I would recommend two hacks here, the first is to buy a tent and some sleeping bags and throw them in the back of the car because there are campsites throughout the country. The second tip is to buy the CAMPS book which you can find in tourist information, this book has every single campsite in the country and could save you plenty of time searching about.
Driving in the Daytime
Many people suggest that you shouldn’t drive at night, at least not across highways and this is very true. The fact of the matter is that the animals come out once the sun sets and unless you want a camel through your windscreen or a kangaroo blocking you in, make sure you keep driving hours daytime only. There are also many miles of highway which aren’t lit at night, making driving very difficult.
Australia has so many long, and quite stretched of road that it can get a bit lonely or boring, so make sure that you are packed to the rafters with some entertainment to keep everyone lively on the journey. Try to remember to take an adapter which you can use to plug your phone into the car and blast out some tunes.
Gas is pretty pricey in Australia so you will need to factor this into your budget as it is likely to be your biggest expense. Equally, the prices throughout the country vary more than I have ever seen and so if you see a cheap place, get filled up right away. Try to avoid filling Jerry cans as the heat can cause a problem as you drive, and when you are parked.
Have you road tripped in Australia before? Let us know you thoughts on the country in the comments section below.