Ok, so strictly speaking the term “road trip” is a bit of a misnomer here as I have not driven a car anywhere in Australia! But yes, I’ve seen all the cool stuff and I’ve still spent a fair amount of time on the road so let’s just stick with that term ;) I’ve taken trains and buses and traveled with organized backpacker tours – all without the hassle of renting/buying a car, finding other travellers to join & share the gas bill or worrying about getting stranded in the desert without fuel or water. That said if you’re a well-prepared driver and travel with a fun bunch of people -ideally in a colorful VW bus- I’m sure Aussie road trips are an awesome adventure!
But what if you don’t have a license, aren’t keen on inviting strangers to travel with you or just don’t feel like driving a car through the outback by yourself? Well, you don’t have to! Australia is well prepared for backpackers and the transport infrastructure is pretty amazing even in the remotest parts of the country! If you just want to get from A to B then overnight trains and Greyhound buses are your best option. If you’re afraid you’re going to miss out on sights on the way then choose from one of the many organized backpacker tours! They will get you to your destination and will also stop at that cool rock formation for pictures or give you time to swim in that secret billabong.
I’ve lived in Brisbane for a year on a working holiday visa and throughout that year I went walkabout a couple of times. Sometimes I left for several weeks, other times just for a long weekend.
My very first trip took me from Brisbane up to Cairns from where I flew to Darwin and then made my way down to Alice Springs and on to Adelaide on backpacker tour buses. All together I was traveling for almost 5 weeks and I took three trains, several boats, buses, a plane and uhm a taxi (I kind of got lost in Townsville trying to find my hostel...oops!).
So let’s hit the road/tracks together in this new three part series called Awesome Australian Road Trips starting here on Global Hippie Glam in January! :)