Avoiding Driving on an Australian Holiday
The essence of Australia is diversity: dry deserts, sparkling oceans, stunning beaches, tall rainforests, snow-covered mountains, vibrant coral reefs, ancient geological formations and, of course, the fabulous variety of people, culture and cities. This place is so big, so vast and so beautiful that it can be hard for visitors to take it all in, especially when they’re on their own in a little car. If you’re planning a visit but you don’t want to be confined to making your own way around, then you’re in luck! There are plenty of easy and reliable ways to get around this huge country:
Australia has an extensive bus network that offers a relatively cheap and very reliable way to get around. The easiest way to use the bus system is if you’re travelling from city to city, but with a little bit of extra planning you can get to plenty of other great destinations like small towns and major tourist spots. Buses offer a fantastic way to see more of Australia as you travel from place to place, and give you a perfect opportunity to take in all the sights that pass by, and meet some local people at the same time.
If you want to see the sights and get some local knowledge at the same time, joining a tour is a great way to do it. There are tour operators all over Australia that offer everything from short day trips to weekend getaways and multi-week adventures. Not only that, but there are some places in Australia that simply can’t be reached by visitors on their own because they are too remote, rugged or dangerous. Whether you want to take a short sightseeingSydney day tour or you want to get adventurous on a Kakadu tour, there is an operator waiting to take you.
Long-distance rail travel in Australia is nothing short of awesome, and is an experience in its own right. Not only that, but travelling by train is cheaper, faster, more comfortable and more romantic than any other form of travel. For example, if you want to go from Sydney to Perth and see more along the way, the only way to go is via rail. The Indian Pacific takes you east-west across the Nullarbor Plain, and the Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin takes you up through the red centre. There are also plenty of other short routes that can take you between all the major cities.
If you have multiple destinations in mind but are on a serious time crunch, then you will probably end up taking advantage of one of the many great airlines in Australia. While you can jump on one of the larger domestic airlines, such as Qantas, Jetstar or Virgin Blue, there are also plenty of small operators that fly regional routes. In many places, such as remote outback and northern destinations in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, smaller local airlines are the only viable transport option.
Australia is a vast country with most of the population spread out along the coast, which can make it hard to choose the best way to get around. Luckily, there are plenty of transport options available to you, so all you have to do is plan your route!