Whether you’re travelling from Launceston to Hobart, Sydney to the Hunter Valley, the Great Inland Way or on another of Australia’s picturesque trails, planning is absolutely essential.
While many travellers choose to pre-book accommodation, many prefer to drive at their own pace in a rental motorhome. Either way, it’s important to use an efficient and reliable vehicle. If you’re travelling long distances or in areas outside of major cities, rental services such as Cruisin’ Motorhomes are a safe option, as they provide 24 hour roadside assistance.
Planning your transport and accommodation is only the beginning of your journey. Here are four things you need to know if you’re planning a road trip in Australia.
For short trips in Australia, pre-plan your route and factor in the attractions you’d like to see along the way. Determine your budget and add a bit of extra money for any surprises you may encounter. For longer journeys, know the distance between each of your stops and include rest breaks in your general plan. If your itinerary includes travel in rural areas, let a family member or friend know what time you’re expecting to arrive back. It also pays to plan some meals in advance, as many restaurants close during the off season.
Road conditions vary greatly in Australia. Watch out for wildlife, holes in the road and soft road edges. Be sure to drive on the left side, and take care overtaking road trains. Check the local weather forecasts for the regions you are going to travel in, and avoid flooded areas at all costs. Do not cross flooded roads. Your vehicle could be swept away.
National parks are lovely, peaceful places to stay. However, during holiday periods, national parks in Australia can get very busy, so in peak times, it’s best to make a booking. If you’re staying overnight in a national park, or even if you’re just visiting for the day, you’ll need to obtain a visitor pass. Purchase your vehicle pass in advance and go for one that gives you unrestricted access to all parks in the state. You can purchase your passes on Australian state government websites.
Pack sensibly for your road trip, particularly if you’re visiting remote locations. Essentials include adapters, a torch, a translator, water bottles and a GPS. You may also want to pack swimming gear and a raincoat. Avoid disruptions to your trip by packing a first aid kit and basic medication. You don’t want to spend half your holiday in a chemist or doctors surgery. While you’ve got your first aid kit open, throw in some sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
Road trips in Australia are thrilling, unique experiences. Australia is a wonderful country with many beautiful beaches and magnificent open spaces. You want to make the most of them, so make sure you’re prepared for the journey.