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Australia travel guide

Work hard, and play harder, in Australia

There's no need to venture too far from home for an awesome backpacking trip. From the energetic cities, magical outback, relaxed coastal lifestyle and inspiring Aboriginal heritage – Australia is one bloody awesome country (we’re a little biased, of course!).  Catch waves on the Gold Coast, watch the sun set over the Western Desert, throw back an ice-cold beer in an outback pub or live it up in the city!

States and top cities in Australia




New South Wales




Western Australia

Darwin, Uluru &

Northern Territory

Adelaide &

South Australia





Travelling around Australia

The easiest way to get around Australia is by plane - we've got loads of airports dotted about, and tons of low-cost airlines... with some one-way tickets only costing $90! Alternatively, hop on and off with bus passes, hire a campervan and hit the open road, or just use your own car! Easy as, mate.
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The great Aussie roadtrip: Suggested itineraries

Taking your own car or hiring a campervan? It's the best way to get under Australia's red, rugged skin! We're lucky, because our country is one of the best roadtrip destinations in the world, and it's right on our doorstep! We've been providing adventurers Down Under with wheels, support and bags of advice for years. Speed towards the horizon on some of these recommended itineraries for two, three or 4+ week trips in a campervan or hire car...
East coast itinerary
East Coast Roadie
Duration: 14 days

Day 1: Sydney to Coffs Harbour. Day 2: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay. Day 4: Waterfall hopping in Springbrook N.P. and sunset surfing in Gold Coast. Day 5: Brisbane! Day 6: Sunshine Coast (overnight stop in Noosa). Day 7: Rainbow Beach - the jumpiung off point for Fraser Island. Day 9: A ten hour drive to Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays (worth it). Days 11-14: Mission Beach and Cairns!

west coast
West Coast roadie
Duration: 16 days

Day 1: Head from Perth to Nambung and the Pinnacles. Day 3: Head from Cervantes to Kalbarri N.P. Day 4: Shell Beach and the surrounding coastline Day 6: Shark Bay. Day 7: Shark Bay to Monkey Mia. Day 9: Head to Coral Bay Day 10: Explore the Ningaloo Reef. Day 11: Ningaloo to Exmouth Day 13: Exmouth to Karijini N.P. Day 14: Karijini to Port Headland Day 15: Port Headland to Eighty Mile Beach Day 16: Broome, and then optionally tag Kimberley region on the end!


The big all-rounder

Duration: 4+ weeks

Starting in: Cairns. Ends in: Alice Springs

Weeks 1-2: Soak up Australia's amazing East Coast via the Whitsunday Islands and Byron.

Week 3: Pacific Highway between Sydney and Melbourne (allowing a few days to soak up the best of both cities). Head off down the Great Ocean Road toward Adelaide

Week 4: Head north into the Red Centre via interesting outback towns.

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