Life is a journey, especially when you’re an emigrant. We understand that it’s not so much about the final destination but the memories you create and the relationships you build along the way.
In many ways, travelling is the same. It’s easy to book a package deal to somewhere and simply follow the beaten path towards the usual touristy spots, but many people are beginning to feel that getting away from it all isn’t merely about sunning yourself on a beach. Instead, there are so many wonderful adventures to be had off the beaten path right across Australia.
There are fewer places more suited to a road trip than Australia. It’s a vast, expansive and diverse continent which features everything from urban sprawl to jungle-like conditions in the outback. And when you move to Australia, it’s the perfect opportunity for the adventure of a lifetime – and here are just five reasons why you should consider planning a road trip once you’ve settled into your new life in Australia.
Australia’s Stunning Scenery
Australia has hundreds of miles of picturesque desert, mountain ranges, beautiful coastlines and sometimes even snowy wilderness. While it can be impressive to witness some of this as your flight touches down, the only true way to experience the majesty of this country is by automobile. It’s easy to get lost in the sights and sounds of this truly unique country for hours on end as you navigate everything from highways to dirt roads in the outback.
One of the biggest bonuses when seeing Australia by road is the potential to witness some of the most incredible sunrises and sunsets the world has to offer. You can expect to see vibrant pinks, oranges, reds, blues, yellows and everything in between against a backdrop of serene countryside. Of course, organising insurance to ensure your safety (and the safety of other road users) is a must. Travel insurance is not mandatory in Australia, but the cost of medical expenses in the country make it a must-have option for road-trippers.
Road-tripping in Australia is cheaper than flying
If you’re intending to travel with friends, taking a road trip can be marginally cheaper than flying from destination to destination or using public transport. For example, if you plan a trip with four friends, you can essentially split the cost of your travel five ways – and along the way, you’ll likely find great deals on hotels and hostels when booking large rooms between yourselves.
Why stick to a timetable when you can have the freedom to stop and go wherever you’d like to, whenever you’d like to? Road-tripping is advantageous because it allows you to go off the beaten track (imagine acquainting yourself with locals who tell you about their secret local beach).
No Advance Booking
Flights and tickets for public transport generally require you to book 6-8 weeks in advance to get the best value deals. With a road trip, you can pick and choose your hotels and destinations based on availability – and you might even find some incredible last-minute offers on exclusive resorts, spas and accommodation.
Support Local Economies
While the tourist traps enjoy the publicity offered by the big package holiday dealers, many of the smaller towns and cities in Australia are often left out. As a result, these towns are fighting back by organising interesting festivals, commissioning artworks and going above and beyond the call of duty for those who choose to spend their money locally. You might find that this friendly, easy-going attitude will make you feel more valued during your road trip to Australia.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Australian road trip today!
This post was made possible through a partnership with Wayne Thomas Media.