‘Australia is an amazing country with so much to do and see. The sheer scale of it can make it a little difficult to get around. This is why you want to take an Australian road trip and make sure you see the best bits…’
If you want to hit all of the great sites that often means having to fly from place to place. This can be pretty expensive. You’ll also miss out on a lot of great stuff when you’re in the air. When you fly from city to city, you get to see all of the tourist hot spots but you often miss out on getting an authentic local experience. This is where the great Australian road trip comes into its own.
It’ll take longer but it’s also cheaper and you’ve got far more opportunities for exploration along the way. The only problem is, if you don’t get it right, an Australian road trip could easily turn into a disaster, especially if you’re travelling with the whole family. To make sure that doesn’t happen, follow these simple rules.
Get The Right Vehicle
The most important thing you need when you’re on a family road trip is space. If the kids are cramped in the back of a car they’ll be fighting in no time and your dream trip will quickly turn into a nightmare. It’s far better to hire a car that seats 7 to 8 people so everybody has plenty of room. It’s also important to remember entertainment otherwise everybody will quickly get bored and start moaning. Try to find a car with some portable DVD players in or something so they won’t get restless on long trips.
Carry A Map
Paper maps are few and far between these days but it’s a good idea to take one with you and learn to read it. You’re probably thinking that there’s no point taking a map because you can use GPS on your phone or a satnav. The problem is if your battery dies or your satnav breaks for any reason, you’re left in the middle of nowhere with no way of navigating. Get yourself a paper map as a backup in emergency situations.
Don’t Plan Too Much
When you’re planning your trip, you’ll have a list of places that you want to visit while you’re there. It’s fine to schedule those places on your trip but you shouldn’t plan every single day. When you’re driving from place to place, there are so many hidden gems that you won’t find in guidebooks. You should work out how long it’s going to take you to drive and then add a few extra days. This is so you can stay in any of the great places you find along the way.
Check Safety Information
Australia has a lot of dangerous wildlife and the climate can be pretty extreme. It’s important that you check any relevant safety information for an area before you go there. If you aren’t aware of the dangers, you could end up getting seriously injured.
A great road trip is one of the best ways to see Australia. Just make sure that you follow these simple rules to make it go smoothly.
Have you been on an epic Australian road trip?
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