During my 56days TravelTrip I gained some experiences that might help you for your own Australia Trip.
Read below some tips for packing, booking and traveling.
Packing your backpack for your Australia Trip
If you plan on traveling through Australia for a longer time, it is always difficult to decide what to take with you. To help you with this decision, you can read about my packing list here: Australia Packing List.
To keep it short and simple: Just pack enough clothes for 7 to 10days. You can wash your clothes at almost every Ho(s)tel.
Booking Flights, Ho(s)tels & Trips
I didn’t book anything in advance. I wanted to do whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like. And in retrospect I’m glad I decided to travel this way and can highly recommend it to you!
Altough traveling this way is not always the cheapest and easiest, there are some advices to make your bookings more convenient:
Booking Australian Domestic Flights
The earlier you book a flight, the cheaper it is. But even if you just book 2days in advance it is possible to make good deals. I compared different websites for australian domestic flights and found the best prices on webjet.com.au.
In general you’ll probably find the cheapest domestic flights by choosing JetStar or Tiger Airways. If you want to have a little more comfort and can afford it, Qantas or Virgin Airlines will be the best choice for you.
Booking Accomodation, Hostels and Hotels in Australia
As everyone expects different things from their accomodation, it is not possible to say which one is the best. There are huge party-hostels but also small and quiet hostels and different kinds of hotels or bed&breakfast’. To find out which suits me best, I made really good experiences using booking.com. Look up your location, filter by price range and sort by user rating!
Sometimes if you book just about 1 hour prior to check-in on this website, you even get special rates (e.g. 20% discount) on your booking. It is also advisable to check the price on this website if you’re already standing in front of the check-in-counter (read this blog-post: Arrival in Brisbane).
If you want to know in which Hostels, Hotels and B&B I stayed, just have a look at my blog-section Australian Cities and choose the destination you’re interested in.
Booking Trips in Australia
In general I can highly recommend to ask the staff of your local accomodation for advice. They are very experienced, get a lot of feedback from all their guests and are often able to offer you some special rates! Otherwise it is of course also advisable to have a look on TripAdvisor or read about My Australia Experiences.
Two practical tips for booking sailing trips and scenic flights:
Booking a Sailing Trip
Wait with your booking until it’s just 1 or 2 days before departure. You’ll then get much cheaper rates and sometimes even some special add-ons like a free dive.
Booking a Scenic Flight
If you want to book a scenic flight above islands, beaches and coasts, think about when it is low and high-tide. If you choose to fly at a low-tide time, the beaches will look even prettier.
Traveling in and between Australian Cities
Traveling in Australian Cities
There are many ways to travel in australian cities. You can travel by local public transport or taxi but also rent cars, scooters, e-bikes and bikes.
If you decide to use public transportation, it is often better to buy a local electronic ticket-card (like the Go-Card in Brisbane) instead of buying single tickets. By doing that you can save about 50% of the costs.
Traveling between Australian Cities
The most common way to travel between australian cities, especially at the east coast, is buy taking the Greyhound Bus.
What a lot of people don’t know, is that it is often also possible to travel by train. That is a little bit more comfortable but not more expensive (read also: Australia East Coast Travel). But also domestic flights, car rentals and sharing campervans with other travelers are very common.