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Travel

When travelling to Australia and exploring this amazing country, it is a good idea to consider a few points. First of all, Australia is a whole continent and chances are you will not be able to see all of it. In fact, you will most likely only be able to see a small part. Instead of rushing through everything and trying to see as much as you can compress into your time allowance, I strongly recommend you make up your mind what you really like to see.

Climate

Australia is a whole continent and different parts have different climatic conditions which are again subject to seasonal changes. If you want to see a specific region, make sure you come at the right time and if your time is fix make sure you pick your destination accordingly. The information provided on this website should help you a great deal with this.

Distances and Transport

Let's face it, when compared to Europe or Asia, historic sites in Australia are hardly worth mentioning even though Australians are drawn to places like Port Arthur in Tasmania. If you really want to see the amazing nature this country has to offer, you need to travel significant distances. Depending on where you want to go, you should plan for at least 300-500 km per day. A (long) day trip visiting the Jenolan Caves from Sydney for example, will involve a drive of 2.5 to 3 hours and close to 200 km each way.

While many tourist attractions within easy reach of metropolitan cities are serviced by tourist tour operators with their buses, this option is not available for lthe ess touristy places or those a bit further away from the big cities. So you will get your own means of transport which is usually either a rental car or a rented campervan. What is best for you depends on where you want to go, how much comfort you think you need for the nights and of course your budget.

Healthcare

Of course we all hope that we don't need medical care when on vacation but it certainly makes sense to be prepared. Medicine in Australia is on the same high level as in western Europe or North America but it is expensive and as a tourist you are obviously not covered by the Australian health insurance Medicare. So make sure you purchase a travel health insurance.

Depending on where you want to go, you can have several hundred kilometres in between towns and emergency services accordingly can take a long time before they arrive - if you can call for help at all that is, because large parts of the outback have no mobile phone coverage.  Brushing up on your first aid is therefore a good idea.

Accomodation or Camping

While many towns have regulations prohibiting camping or overnight stay, once you are in the bush that is no problem anymore. In most national parks you are restricted to dedicated camp grounds but outside these parks you can camp pretty much wherever you like, provided you follow a few simple rules.

Always observe fire bans. Bush fires can be extremely dangerous and you don't want to be the one having caused it. For that reason a gas cooker or bbq is the better choice compared to a wood fire.

Often the land belongs to a sheep farm or cattle station and you should politely ask the owner if you can camp. Even though the station is much bigger, you would not want people to camp in your front yard without asking permission, would you?

If you use a tent or a campervan is up to you. A campervan is probably more comfortable and you don't need to set up your tent every evening but you are less flexible and some places are just not accessible by campervan but require a 4WD. Many caravan parks have on-site vans and/or cabins available, so you don't need your own tent or campervan.

 

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