Australia is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after backpacking and camping destinations, and if you plan to visit it in the near future you should know that you will never get bored here. Australia has everything backpacker could possibly wish for, from breath-taking scenery and white sandy beaches to the Great Barrier Reef and the world-renowned Opera House. Here you will find a brief guide to backpacking Australia that will cover some essential points:
If you plan to travel on a budget, then you should know that there are three main aspects you need to consider: accommodation costs, food and means of transportation. Fortunately, you can find cheap accommodation in Aussie quickly and with no fuss, as a reasonable hostel room costs around AUD $25 per night. On the other hand, if you want to be closer to nature you can always choose a camping site where you have all the facilities you need: the good news is that camping costs you half the price of a hostel room.
Food is another aspect you should pay attention to, as an average meal at a restaurant can cost you between AUD $15- AUD $20. One thing is for sure: if you hire a campervan you can save a lot of money on food. Cooking the meals yourself is certainly a better alternative to eating out if you plan on backpacking Australia, as meals here are not exactly cheap, especially if you consider three meals a day.
One of the things Australia is famous for is its quality transportation system: you can find a variety of local city trains and buses that cost you a couple of dollars. As a backpacker, it is highly recommended to opt for special backpacker buses as they usually involve all the passes and you can visit the major tourist attractions of Australia for a couple hundred dollars.
Australia is a popular tourist destination for a good reason, and thousands of tourists come here on a yearly basis. The Great Barrier Reef is by far one of the most notable attractions spots on the continent, and if you get the chance to come here then don’t miss a dive into the ocean. Nothing compares to the coral and the amazing marine life you can find in this area. At the same time, there are many boat tours and guided tours you can opt for, especially if you plan to go snorkeling. Be careful though, as you may need a permit to dive into certain areas around the Great Barrier Reef: your tour guide should know better.
Sydney is one of the largest cities in Australia, and also one of the most appreciated. An important economic, cultural and historical center for the entire continent, Sydney is the home of the renowned Darling Harbor, the popular Bondi Beach that attracts thousands of passionate surfers or the Opera House. Sydney is an amazing city, and if you are fond of the big city life then you should certainly visit it, even if you are on a tight schedule.
Tasmania is certainly a must-visit for every backpacker, as here you can find numerous bays and small towns, hiking trails and, of course, the renowned Tasmanian Devil. The good news is that you can easily reach Tasmania from virtually any big city in Australia, as there are tens of ferries that come to this area every day.
If you are in Australia, you cannot possibly miss the amazing wildlife here. The kookaburras, the kangaroos or the koalas are only three of the species that are typical to Australia and that cannot be found in other parts of the world, therefore this can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should not be ignored.
To conclude, backpackers are more than welcome in Australia, and the good news is that you do not need a fortune to travel around the continent. Some good money saving tips include booking tours as a package (you will certainly find something for your pocket), sharing your car with other people or hiring a campervan (especially if you travel with your friends) or buying a rail pass, which is particularly useful if you plan to travel a lot and you do not want to spend thousands of dollars on gas.
Further Information: Make sure also to read our favourite backpacker gifts and in terms of travel insurance, if you will be in Australia for the whole year, make sure you get a policy designed for gap year students or for backpackers.