Australia is a unique continent – it offers you a variety of adventures and experiences that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Just think of the Australian animals – the kangaroo, the koala, and all the incredible natural structures that make this continent recognizable all across the planet, such as the Great Barrier Reef. If you are thinking of visiting Oz, you should inform yourself of the best ways to fully explore Australia. Of course, every person has one’s own preferences when it comes to how they want to experience a country, but this is worth checking out:
How You Should Fully Explore Australia
Means of transport
Travelling across Australia isn’t cheap – it’s a seven million square kilometers of the surface. Here’s what your cheaper possibilities are:
1. Backpacker buses
If you’re not in a hurry, this is a generally cheap way of traveling. If you do some research, you’ll manage to find cheap tickets. The benefits of this type of traveling are that you really come to appreciate the outback of the country and you get to meet a lot of people interested in similar adventures.
2. Public buses
Depending on the part of the country, the prices vary surprisingly a lot. Public transport on the east coast is cheap, but the on the west coast – not so much. Companies such as Greyhound Australia offer cheap tickets, especially if you book them in advance.
3. Car share
This could be one of the cheapest means of transport in Australia. Sharing a car or a campervan with somebody means getting somewhere pretty quick while sharing the expenses at the same time. If you can’t fill the car with friends, look on hostel bulletin boards to find people ready to share a ride. Websites such as Jayride and Gumtree have ride sharing sections where visitors can look for a rider or a car.
Trains cover much of Australia but being uncompetitive means of transport, they can often turn out to be pretty expensive. Still, this is a great way to enjoy the scenery, so if you’re up for it and you enjoy train rides, you can consider a trip on the Ghan. Maybe it sounds expensive at the beginning, but the food on the train is great and seats can be turned into full recliners, so you’ll have a full rest on the road.
This isn’t a means of transport for inexperienced riders, as it implies long distances, unpredictable road conditions, and hazards like animals on the road. Still, this is the best way to feel connected to the surrounding landscape and enjoy it on a deeper level which allows you to fully explore Australia. This is a cheap option in case you have your own motorbike, as hiring a bike becomes painfully expensive once you leave the place where you hired it.
Not only it’s cheap, it’s also a perfect solution if you want to travel the Stuart Highway and other outback roads. Travelling great distances on a bike demands a suitable bike and thorough planning. There are numerous bikes for different purposes, as sites such as Bike Beagle show, and the most important thing for you is to decide how long you want your trip to last and where exactly you want to go before you determine whether you’ll need another type of bike for your road trip.
Places where you’ll experience the real Australia
Oz is too large of a country for you to wander aimlessly. Here’s a quick review of places not to be missed:
1.Witness the wildlife
Most of the Australian animal species can’t be found anywhere else on the planet. Make sure you see them by visiting incredible zoos and wildlife parks such as Cleland Wildlife Park or the Rainforest Habitat in Port Douglas. If you enjoy the sea life, you should definitely go swimming with the world’s largest fish – the whale sharks in the Ningaloo Reef to fully explore Australia.
2. Extreme sports
Adrenaline sports are common in Australia, and the offer is astounding. Just to mention two – the world’s first tower built for bungee jumping near Cairns, surrounded by a rainforest and waterfalls. It’s also the location of A.J. Hackett Minjin Jungle Swing – strapping up to three people to a pendulum that swings 148 feet above the ground, reaching the speed of 75 mph.
3. Uluru (Ayers Rock)
This massive rock form (2.2 miles long, 1,141 feet high), giving away a red-orange hue, is one of the natural formation that is truly breathtaking. It can also be admired from the air on a helicopter tour.
4. Sydney Harbour Bridge
Led by a professional guide, you can slowly climb through the arches of this bridge. At the summit, 440 feet above sea level, the panorama is incomparable.
All in all
Australia offers unique landscapes and unusual species to be seen. Whatever part of the country you choose, you can’t miss – so start planning your Australian adventure!