Australia is a vast, magnificent, exciting country to explore. From teeming, bustling cities jam-packed with music, culture, clubs, pubs and eateries through to breathtaking expanses of wilderness, bushland and national parks, the country has it all. You could spend a lifetime down under and never see everything. Even people who have lived their whole life in Australia sometimes don’t venture beyond their state. It takes about a week to drive from Melbourne to Perth if you stop regularly, and that’s without sightseeing on the way. This distance should give you an idea of how big the country is.
So, if you’re keen to explore the great down under but don’t know where to start, this blog is for you. We’ll let you in on a few tips on how you can be prepared for a road trip in Australia, as well as discussing some of Australia’s best sights to see and some hidden secrets.
Have a Reliable Car
If you’re planning a road trip down under, you need to have a reliable car. If not, make sure you’ve got the phone number of a mobile mechanic in Brisbane on hand. A good tip is to get a service before your road trip. This way you know that your engine, brakes, transmission and all other major components of your car are in reliable working order before embarking on your trip. There’s nothing worse than breaking down in the middle of nowhere. It may be worth investing in a roadside assistance product as well.
If you’re visiting from overseas, there are a few major car rental companies in Australia, based at all the major airports. A rental car is usually guaranteed to get you from A to B without incident, as the company would soon go bust if their stock kept breaking down!
Book Accommodation Ahead of Time
You don’t want to arrive at your destination only to find that all the decent hotels, hostels and apartments are booked out, especially around peak holiday times like Easter and Christmas. So, unless you want to settle for budget, one-star digs, book your accommodation immediately after you’ve booked your flights. If you’re booking your trip through a travel agent, they will have some insights into the best places to stay and may be able to snare you a discount.
Some Stellar Sights to See
Australia is full of beautiful places to visit, both human-made and natural. If you’re in Sydney, make sure to check out the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. While you’re in that part of the world, the Blue Mountains are worth a visit. If you want to stay in the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens are gorgeous, and Watsons Bay is a lovely day trip.
Moving west across the country to Western Australia and you’re spoiled for choice, especially when it comes to outdoor adventure. There’s Wave Rock, and The Pinnacles – both breathtaking natural wonders. In Perth, there’s the Kings Park and Botanic Garden which are a perfect picnic destination. Take a trip to Swan Valley if you’re into wine, or take a stroll to the Bell Tower for a lovely view.
There are a heap more sights to see down under, but we don’t have the time to detail them all. Check out this helpful website, and you’ll find that you could spend years here and not see it all.
A Travelling Conclusion
Before embarking on your tour of Australia, make sure that your vehicle is reliable. Book your accommodation ahead of time to avoid disappointment, and explore the sights both human-made and natural, wherever you wind up.