Many visitors to Australia really don’t appreciate the immense landscape of the country. In comparison to so many other parts of the world, Australia is huge and its incredible geography means that there are huge distances between many locations.
Can you be prepared?
No matter how many times you may read or be told that particular Australian locations are far apart, it is often only when visiting and experiencing this for yourself that you understand just how vast the country is.
Despite the vast landscape, it is not necessary to be completely overwhelmed by distance when visiting Australia. There are a number of options for travelling to and between various destinations and quite often, the journey is a huge part of the fun. Certainly, travel by road can give you access to some of the most isolated and interesting parts of the country and exposure to some of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in the world.
Planning is important
Although you may want to see as much of Australia as you possibly can, it is wise to do some planning and research to identify where you want to go and to prioritise what is most important to you.
For example, you may know that you want to spend much of your time exploring the east coast of Australia, but may also be eager to visit central Australia. By joining organised tours, such as: a Great Ocean Road tour and a Melbourne sightseeing tour while in Victoria, you will at the very least see and learn about the state’s charming capital city as well as one of its most beautiful, popular and spectacular regions, the Great Ocean Road.
After spending time on the east coast, you may be certain that you want to journey to the Northern Territory to see Uluru, Darwin and enjoy a Kakadu tour. This is definitely worth doing, but it is important to be aware of the large distance between the east coast and the top end.
Investigate your options
As you prepare to make your way from one part of Australia to another, check out the options you have for air, road, rail and perhaps even water-based travel. A number of factors may well influence the decision that you make, including: the budget you have available, time constraints and whether or not you want to see parts of the country en route or simply travel from one destination to another.
The good news is that, in Australia, quite good transport networks exist. Most major carriers and respected operators are reliable.
If you prefer to hire your own vehicle and do the driving yourself, it is more important than ever to understand just how much distance exists between your destinations. Precautions must be taken when driving through isolated places and driving long distances and it is dangerous for people to travel without understanding the conditions that may be faced.
Organising an Australian adventure is very exciting. There are many opportunities for wonderful experiences and some incredible sights to see.
It is very important to understand that Australia is an enormous country with a vast landscape and that travel between different locations can involve thousands of kilometres and significant time.