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No matter if you are a passionate traveller from a different continent, or just an ordinary Aussie looking for adventure, Australian road tripping is something you have to do at least once in your life. If you want to start your Australian adventure, start from here.
Briefly about Australia
The first thing you should know about Australia, is that it is a big country (which the majority of people do not realise until they come and see for themselves) consists of seven major states and territories: Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, and there are a lot of things to see in each and every one of them. Additionally, there is the Commonwealth of Australia, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands as external territories. So you are probably wondering what to see and do in them. Keep reading to find out.
What to see?
There is practically an abundance of things to see in Australia. Here is where you can start:
• Sydney to Melbourne road trip: If you want to follow the ocean, you can take a drive from Sydney to Melbourne. Along the way you can see marvellous coastal towns and Aboriginal villages, their national parks with beautiful wildlife, as well as amazingly perfect turquoise lagoons. Maybe the greatest treat of this road trip is the Pebbly Beach, where you can experience birdlife and a lot of friendly kangaroos who are not afraid to come close to their visitors.
• Great Ocean Road, Victoria: This drive in Australia may be one of the greatest, due to the fact that you can see fantastic giant stalagmite rock sculptures called the twelve Apostles and wonderful sunny beaches and wildlife. You can also take some time off the wheel to take magnificent rainforest walks and enjoy great food.
• Uluru to Kings Canyon, Northern Territory: The majority of tourists eager to visit the world’s famous Kings Canyon. This is maybe one of the best places in Australia where you can see red earth in a contrast with the bluest sky you have ever seen, which stretches beyond your sight. You can start your journey from Alice Springs, go along the Red Centre Way, where you can see wild camels next to the road and spend days awing at ancient Aboriginal art sites.
• Kangaroo Island, South Australia: If you find yourself in South Australia, you can take a SeaLink ferry from Adelaide which can transport your car to the Kangaroo Island. Its magical Flinders Chase National Park will offer you to baby penguins returning from the beach near Penneshaw, as well as a colony of fur seals. You will be amazed by rock formations which were sculptured by wind, as you pass through beautiful sights.
Make a road trip plan
If this is your first road trip, especially in Australia, there are some things you should know in advance. If you do not want to lose your nerves, you will need a good plan. Set your budget first. The next thing you need is a good road map. Many people today rely on smart phones and gadgets, but they seem to forget that their batteries can die easily and they are not so good when you are in the wild. The next thing is to decide which places you want to visit, and draw a route on the paper map. Calculate how much money you can invest and set time limit for each town, site or whatever place you want to visit. If you do not plan to stay in a hotel, you can go camping, so you’ll need a tent and sleeping bags so that you can rest wherever it pleases you. And always have a plan B, if something unexpected happens, like a flat tyre (here you can find excellent information about car maintenance and choosing the best tyres for your car). You can never be too precautious when it comes to road trips.
And finally, do not forget to enjoy your trip. Even if you have planned out everything, you should always count on the things you will discover along the way and make the most of your experience. And, of course, let us know how it went in the comments below.