If you are visiting Australia there is a good chance you will be spending a lot of time on the east coast! one of the best ways to see the East Coast is to drive it! so whether you have your car organised or you are still looking for the best way to Get Around Here are our tips to help you on your way!
Driving a car is a great option especially if your budget is limited or you prefer to stay in hotels or hostels rather than camp but there is nothing like experiencing the freedom that you can get from van travel! having the comfort of a bed, table, kitchen and in some cases a shower and bathroom along with all of your worldly possessions! (Click here for transport help!)
Initially a camper-van quote may seem to exceed the budget that your are aiming to keep within, but keep in mind the savings that you can make from cheaper accommodation and the ability to carry and cook food anywhere and at anytime. (eating out often chews - pun intended- through your budget quicker then those unforgettable tours and experiences you can have!
If you are travelling solo it will make more sense to travel with a Hop on Hop Off bus pass! Or if you can get a group together and share the road (and costs) with new mates then even better!
HOW MUCH TIME TO SEE AUSTRALIA
Australia is MASSIVE! a lot bigger than a lot of people realize! if you drove the whole coastline you would cover over 26000 KMS! Travelling just the east coast from Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road to Cairns and the Daintree Rainforests you will travel more than 4000 kms.
It is always hard to decide how much time to dedicate to this journey! Most people agree that at least 1 month will give you the right amount of time to enjoy the east coast and truly immerse yourself into some of the destinations along the way!
Check out some of our sample itineraries to help plan your own trip!
ARE AUSTRALIAN ROADS SAFE
Australia is one of the safest countries in the world! rated in the 10 most peaceful nations in 2015 you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying your holiday! Basic commonsense still applies, ensure you sleep in an area designed to be slept in, dont walk around late at night in UN-familiar places! Most important is to ensure you let someone know when you are expecting to be in touch again, especially if you are tackling a long drive!
AUSTRALIAN ROAD SAFETY
Road rules and laws in Australia are very strict! keep an eye on your speed even the smallest error could cost you several hundred dollars in fines! Australian police have advanced camera technology in their vehicles and also on fixed locations along the road!
The biggest risk to travelers on Australian roads is long - like really LONG- stretches of roads and not listening to your body! If you are tired and feel like you are falling asleep, take a break, just for 15 minutes or swap drivers if they feel OK to drive! It could save your friends and your life!
Australian roads are a great place to spot wildlife! unfortunately at night some of our favorites - Kangaroos- tend to jump out with no warning! Its a great idea to have someone helping you especially when travelling through dense bush or mountain terrains!
dont just stop anywhere, make sure camping is allowed in some places its illegal and you may wake up to a knock on your door or a fine on the windscreen, look for free maps and check out national parks and camping grounds - or download wikicamps - the camp finding app
Now for the real basics! Remember to check the reception time at your campsite or hostel, dont get stuck out because you arrive late, if you are running late call ahead and let them know! Not all roads have another petrol station around the corner, if a sign says last petrol station for XXX amount of distance! Believe it! Its not just a sales technique....
And ofcourse, remember DRIVE ON THE LEFT!
remember if your Driving license is not in English you will need an international drivers license (organised in your home country)
and in emergencies dial 000 or 112 - for australian emergency services!
dont forget your sundscreen, thongs and a hat!
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