Travelling through Australia seems like the most boring thing in the world for some people – “What’s there to see except the bush and a few kangaroos?” is what they might say – but the others think differently. These are the people who appreciate everything this great land has to offer and know that every part of the bush is a new adventure. That’s precisely the reason why they plan extensive and long trips through Australia carefully and have a rich agenda before them. If you too are among these people, you need to take a number of things into consideration before embarking on this trip, so here’s a quick guide that might help you get organised.
Cover the distance
First of all, do your research and determine where you wish to go and how far you’re willing to drive. Keep in mind that Australia is probably much larger than you think – as a comparison, it’s as big as the USA and Europe, for instance, and is just over 4000 kilometres wide. That means you’ll have to drive for days in order to get from the most eastern to the most western point of the country, and that can’t be easy. Knowing that an average person, i.e. not a professional driver, can cover about 900 kilometres a day before getting too exhausted to hold the wheel, you have to think twice about where you want to go and whether you’re comfortable driving that far.
Find the right path
Another problem with covering huge distances in a day are the roads – they might not always be as good as you think. The number of high-speed roads where you can put the pedal to the metal is surprisingly limited and over 75% of all roads on the East Coast, for instance, are one-line roads. This means you’ll have to limit your speed to 80 kilometres an hour on most of these roads and you won’t reach a highway for a while.
Find the best roads
However, not being able to drive fast through Australia might not be such a problem after all. There are a number of amazing roads in this country you simply must check out during your road trip. From the Lake Mountain road in Victoria all the way to the Gold Coast 600 Street Circuit in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, you see everything you’ve always wanted to see in Australia on these roads. Moreover, sticking to reliable roads is much safer in the long run, especially if you experience problems.
Call for backup
Speaking of problems, you can never know what’s going to happen on an open road. You might run into a dingo in the middle of a highway or your tyre might explode – everything’s possible! That’s why you need to be prepared and ready for all kinds of mishaps. Having a spare tyre, stopping for gas regularly and thoroughly checking your car before a trip is going to save you a whole lot of trouble in the long run. Moreover, should you come across a problem you can’t solve on your own, contacting a trustworthy Australian mobile mechanic can easily save your life. Being stranded in the middle of the bush is no fun and you must react quickly no matter what happens.
Some of the other things you should think of before starting your trip are inviting friendly travel companions that will keep you company while you’re driving, bringing an updated map of Australia, finding adequate accommodation and packing all your essentials – the first aid kit, a phone charger, lots of CDs and a camera to capture all your adventures.