Our Journey Path – South West Australia
Our journey started in the wine country of Barossa Valley. From there we travel West to Coober Pedy, looking for opals. I continue into the Outback, ending in the Wild Frontier town of Kalgoorlie. From there we take the train to Perth, and carry on to the Karijini National Park. Our trip ended in Exmouth, with a magical swim with some whale sharks.
On The road
Bus can be cheap and convenient way to see the country. Greyhound Pioneer Australia and McCafferty offer passes with unlimited stops between various destinations in Australia.
By camper van
For those planning to stay in Australia longer than a few weeks it’s worth considering buying a car or camper van. Many travellers trawl the car markets and hostel notice boards for something that will get them and there gear around Australia, and as long as you don’t land a real turkey, you may even get back what you paid for it when you leave. Many travellers in places like Sydney are looking for a quick sale and are willing to part with camping and cooking gear, bikes, and other essentials to fund their next trip. There is a car market in Kings Cross aimed at travellers, but if you know what you are doing you can pick up a bargain anywhere. The RTA (Roads & Traffic Authority) registers vehicles for new owners.
The distances involved when travelling around Australia are huge, and flying can be attractive if time is a factor. The major airlines – Quantas and Ansett – offer various passes aimed at backpackers. Quantas’ Boomerang pass must be purchased overseas, whilst the Back packers pass and Ansett Kangaroo pass can only be purchased in Australia.
Although this is not the fastest way to travel around Australia it can be a good way to see some scenery on the way. The networks are state run and passes (with some restrictions) are available overseas to non-Australian citizens.
There are many tour operators offering various all-inclusive trips around Aus, such as Oz Experience and can be easily found in the multitude of backpackers centres in the major cities with the usual cocktail of partying and sightseeing
See : www.ozexperience.com
Lots of people hitch in Aus, and there are ample opportunities especially with truckers and backpackers. It’s a cheap way to get about and often great for meeting other travellers but never 100% safe in any country.