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Road Trip to Australia: 5 Tips from Experienced Travelers

Road Trip to Australia: 5 Tips from Experienced Travelers

A car trip to Australia is one of the best ways to see not the banal tourist side of the mainland, but completely immerse into the flavor of the Green Continent.

Traveling by car is very popular there. All the conditions have been created for this – gas prices are acceptable, and driving on Australian roads is a real pleasure! In addition, even young drivers can enjoy the road trip to Australia, since under 21 car hire in Brisbane is also available.

In order for your trip to go without any problems, you should remember a few tips.

Prepare for a trip

As you know, planning is the key to a successful trip – especially if you are going to travel by car in Australia.

First of all, you should determine the starting and finishing points of your trip, as well as intermediate destinations. For this, you can plan a route on your own, or take it from a tour operator. However, in any case, it’s recommended to prepare for the trip in advance:

  • apply for a visa and insurance;
  • obtain an international driver’s license;
  • buy flight tickets and book a hotel;
  • reserve a rental car.

Choose where to go

If you are not interested in the trivial tourism in Australia, then you should definitely learn more about the history of this country and start your trip from the city of Cairns, which is located in the northeast of the Green Continent.

An interesting route can be started from there by visiting the cities of Gulf Savannah and Goldfields, which are the oldest settlements of the mainland.

After that you can visit the Undara National Park, and then go to the city of Broome in the west of the mainland.

Another Australian highway involves visiting cities like Melbourne, Madura, and Balladonia. Such adventures in Australia will surely appeal to the fans of contrasts: first you will see one of the largest megalopolises of the country, and then visit farms and enjoy amazing wildlife landscapes. At the end you will find yourself on the plateaus full of a typical representative of the Australian fauna – kangaroo.

Those who are going to travel in Australia not for one week, but for a month, should go to the south of the continent along the Hazen trail, and then go through the small village of Hahndorf.

Don’t ignore Australian traffic regulations

Impeccable compliance with traffic rules is what you need to avoid problems throughout the trip. Remember that Australia has very high fines for speeding, thus don’t neglect the established rules so as not to spoil the impression of a car trip.

Australian roads are equipped with a huge number of radars and video cameras. This means any violation is automatically recorded. The maximum speed in cities is not more than 60 km/h, outside the city – not more than 100 km/h, and only on highways the speed limit is 130 km/h.

Moreover, you may even be arrested if you exceed the permitted speed by more than 60 km/h.

It’s also worthwhile to understand that police cars are not always noticeable on the roads of Australia, since the representatives of the laws in this country don’t turn on emergency lights if necessary. That’s why it’s recommended to follow the rules so as not to get into an awkward situation.

Decide on where to stay

It’s worth noting that there are several options for spending the night for car travelers.

You can stay at a hotel or campsite in those cities through which your route runs. But there’s also the option of sleeping in a car or tent. So, if you don’t want to overpay, then you should definitely buy or rent a tent.

By the way, car rental in Australia is quite affordable in terms of price and you can choose a car with a spacious interior to spend the night there.

Many worry where to take a shower on a trip. A special camping shower can solve this problem. As for the necessary things on the road, bedding and food, you need to decide first how long you are going to travel around Australia.

Keep fuel tank full

Australia has more than 900 thousand kilometers of roads. Most of them run along the coast of the ocean, and it won’t be difficult to find a gas station there. 

However, if your route passes through the central part of the continent, then keep in mind that the distance between the nearest places to replenish the fuel supply sometimes reaches 100-150 km.

Therefore, if you don’t refuel a full tank at every gas station when traveling to the center of Australia, you risk stopping somewhere in a hot area.

In Australia, there are the following types of gasoline: 

  • Unleaded petrol (ULP);
  • Premium Unleaded petrol (PULP);
  • 98 RON;
  • LPG;
  • Diesel.

Gasoline in Australia is of very high quality, but quite expensive. On average, a liter of gasoline will cost you 1.20 – 1.60 AUD.

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