Australia is a huge country that has it all: vast deserts, stunning coral reefs, tall forests, snow covered mountains, vibrant cities and, of course, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you’re looking to see everything in Australia during a month-long visit, then you definitely have your work cut out for you. The following tips will help you organise a trip that packs as much fun and adventure as possible into a very short period of time.
Decide what you want to see
When travelling on such a strict time frame, it’s important that you know exactly where you are going and how to get there. Before you go, figure out all the destinations you want to visit. Some popular choices include the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Kakadu National Park, Sydney, and the Great Ocean Road. There are a lot of hidden gems in Australia, too, so you’ll have to get online or hit the travel books to discover them.
Do your research
Researching your preferred destinations is only half the battle, as you will also want to take into account things like peak season, weather, modes of transportation, festivals and any other events you don’t want to miss. For example, if you absolutely must be in Sydney during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, then you have no choice but to be there in March! Similarly, if you want to visit Kakadu National Park then avoid going from October through to May unless you want to get wet, pounded by storms and ambushed by mosquitos.
Plan your route
Once you’re set on destinations you will need to start planning your route. Organising your route around Australia is no easy task, as most of the areas you will probably want to visit happen to be on the coastal areas. This means you will need to strategise carefully about what direction you travel and how you will get from place to place if you want to minimise time-consuming backtracking.
Book your accommodation and transport
On such a short trip, it’s in your best interest to decide on your timing and start booking accommodation and transport. While the buses, trains and planes that go to popular tourist areas will always get you there, you can save a lot of time by having all your tickets booked in advance. When it comes to accommodation, book before you go, especially if you plan on visiting places like the Gold Coast during peak season.
Start planning details
Now that your itinerary is starting to take form and you know where you will be and when, you can start planning out the details. This may seem tedious now, but when you get to Darwin and realise there are a million and one Kakadu tours to choose from, you will be thankful you organised your tour ahead of time. Similarly, if you want to do a winery tour you will need to choose which wine region you want to see, and then sort through the hundreds of small tour groups that are available.
Even though it’s impossible to see everything there is to see in Australia in a month, you can sure try! At the very least, having your trip planned and booked before you leave your home country will ensure you see all of the biggest highlights and have a stress-free holiday.