Planning an Australian Road Trip
Australia is one of the finest countries in the world for a British traveller to visit, which would help explain why so many of us go there every year.
The language and parts of the culture make it seem very much like home, while the weather is deliciously different and there are so many interesting things to do. One of the things which a lot of Brits like to do in Australia is to go on a road trip. This can be done easily by hiring a car, while those people who plan to be in Oz for a long time sometimes choose to buy their own vehicle and sell it before leaving the country. The following are a few of the main points to bear in mind once you start planning the trip.
Think About the Places you Want to See
It can be pretty daunting to look at a map of this giant, diverse country and try to plan a road trip. There are just so many options that it might seem impossible to get started. The best idea is to think about the places you want to see and the kind of thing you want to do. For example, do you want to see the big cities, drive round the coast or maybe see Uluru / Ayers Rock? Once you work out where you are most likely to want to see it will become at least a bit easier to plan a route, although we still have some points to cover first of all.
How Long Do You Have?
A big issue you need to consider is the length of time you have to explore Australia. One of the best road trips for anyone on a relatively short visit is the famous Great Ocean Road journey. This runs along the Victoria coastline for 152 miles and covers some amazing sights such as the 12 Apostles. If you have more time on your hands then the monster Oz road trip to end them all covers Highway 1. This is the longest designated road in the world and is about 9,000 miles long. In fact, if you imagine the outline of Australia this kind of shows you the route of this amazing road. Of course, there are a number of roads trips of varying length in between these two extremes.
How Adventurous Are You?
When you consider the size of the country it is clear that not all of the roads will be the same. For example, if you are near the big cities then you can expect slick, wide motorways. However, if you are more adventurous you could consider something like the Savannah Way route. This road trip will take you from Cairns to the famous pearling town of Brown over a wide variety of types of road. The Red Centre Way route will also see you far from the big cities as you go from Alice Springs to Uluru. No matter which route you choose you are sure to have the time of your life on this road trip.
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