Tips for traveling to Australia for the first time

Travel tips for your Australia vacation

Australia is a country that is high on the list of all travelers when it comes to long-distance travel. I always thought of beautiful beaches and crowded places with partying and backpackers. So why do people like to have more than 20 hours of travel? I’ll tell you here with all the other travel tips for Australia with lots of useful information.

It’s because Australia is of course worth the long journey. Here you will find important questions and answers about a trip to Australia. Topics such as entry requirements, money, security, transportation, and suggested routes.

Australia Travel Planning

It doesn’t matter whether you want to explore cities like Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth or are looking for an outback adventure. Australia really offers something for everyone,

The country is so large that your options are endless. Even if the next adventure is a day away.

When you think of tourists in Australia, you probably think of backpackers who, thanks to the Work & Travel Visa, travel through Australia for several months and in between work on farms or in remote homestays.

Even honeymooners love Australia. All those who don’t want to spend a boring honeymoon combine dreamy beaches (especially on Australia’s east coast) with a road trip.

Do you like road trips – preferably with a camper – then Australia is exactly your thing!

At first, I had a rental car and we slept in Airbnb apartments, hotels, or motels.

The latter were often old and completely overpriced. Since there were few alternatives on the way, we often had no other chance than to book. With a camper, we were able to visit great campsites, met open and very friendly, helpful Australians, and simply enjoyed the time! to the top

Ideal Country for Road Trip Adventure

The infrastructure is great, the roads are mostly paved, except in national parks and the legendary Gibb River Road, which is closed to everyone during and after the rainy season. The streets are usually sufficiently wide (also for campers and motorhomes), mostly empty and hardly used, and often no one comes across to you for a long time. Except for road trains.

Especially in the outback, the roads are often straight, in the south around Margaret River they are winding and lead through beautiful Karri forests.

Itinerary for Australia? My suggestions

The number of requests for route suggestions is increasing.

To be honest, I was having a hard time, because if someone flies to Perth for 3 weeks, I don’t know whether I would recommend going south or north. I found both corners very nice.

The southern variant could be Perth – Rottnest Island – Fremantle – Margaret River – Augusta – Exmouth with Cape Le Grand National Park – Bremer Bay – back to Perth From Perth north: Perth to Broome. See my travelogue for the west coast from Perth to Broome here.

Australia road trip – bus, rental car, or camper?

In general, you have to decide whether you want to travel by bus, rental car or camper. With a rental car and camper, you have to note that the one-way fees are sometimes more expensive than the car itself. Sometimes there is no one-way rental. When you’re traveling by bus, you often can’t stop in the most beautiful places.

With a Camper you are simply the most flexible, you can spend the night at beautiful campsites by the sea or in national parks and you can also cook yourself.

There are often hardly any alternatives to eating out on the go. Who fancies fish & chips for weeks?

In most places between Adelaide – Perth, or as far as Broome, there were many hostels and motels (except Margaret River, Perth, and Adelaide), which in my opinion were far too expensive. Half the time (Adelaide to Perth, Perth to Broome) I had a rental car, the other time we had two different campers.

Which car or which camper we found best I will soon write in a separate article.

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