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Travel to Australia on your own

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Are you one of those who like to travel independently ? Thinking of traveling to Australia on your own ? If so, this article is going to be great for you because we have compiled all the information and resources you need to organize your trip to Australia.

Travel to Australia on your own

Australia is a country of landscapes. Part of the charm of Down Under is driving on its roads, getting lost in its natural parks and enjoying its secluded beaches, and you can only do this by traveling to Australia on your own.

Although there are also many agencies that organize trips to Australia, this page is dedicated to those who are planning a route through Australia at their own pace . In this article we want to help you organize your trip, give you advice and show you the steps you must follow to prepare your adventure in Australia.

Why travel to Australia on your own

1.- Because it is a very safe country

Australia is one of the safest countries in the world , its crime rate is very low. In Australia there is more risk of being bitten by a snake than of being assaulted.

2.- Because communication is very easy.

If you can speak a little English, moving around Australia is going to be very easy . Also in the streets of the cities of Australia you can hear Spanish. We are already many Spanish speakers who have moved to Australia, so it will not be difficult for you to find someone if you are in a hurry and need to find your way around.

3.- In Australia there are many backpackers traveling on their own

This means that in Australia they are used to the tourism of people who travel at their own pace. That is why there are many tourist offices where you can find information and maps of what to see and what to do in the country.

There are also many agencies that organize excursions and tours of one or several days to visit some places whose access on your own can be a bit more cumbersome.

4.- Because it is cheaper

Organizing a trip on your own is almost always cheaper than doing it through an agency. If you want to save a little money you better get to work and plan your trip to Australia, in this article we are going to try to make it easy for you.

Where to travel to Australia on your own

You can actually travel anywhere in Australia on your own. As we have already told you, Australia is a very safe country and you will not have any problem getting anywhere.

If there are some iconic places in Australia that we recommend you visit with an excursion or an organized tour:

Fraser Island

The island can only be accessed by a 4 × 4 car and via a Ferry. Driving on this sandy island is not easy and it is very common to see cars stuck in the sand.

We recommend you take a look at the different 1 or 2 day excursions around the island that depart from Brisbane, Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay.

Kakadu and Litchfield National Park

Although you can visit Kakadu and Litchfield National Park on your own by renting a 4 × 4 and touring the area. If you don't have much time, we recommend you book with one of the tour operators in the area.

Local guides know the best waterfalls and points of interest in the parks and will take you to them directly. They will explain the aboriginal history and the animals of the place perfectly and you will also be able to enjoy a unique experience if you decide to take one of the tours that allow you to sleep in tents within the national park.

Uluru

You can rent a car and tour the red center of Australia. Uluru, the Olgas Mountains and Kings Canyon you can visit on your own.

But we, if you have arrived by plane to Ayers Rock, we believe that it is much more comfortable to do this tour with an excursion: because the road is very boring and if your car fails you will lose a lot of time until they can fix it.

How to travel to Australia on your own

These are the steps that we recommend you follow to plan your trip to Australia:

  • STEP 1: Specify which places in Australia you want to visit

    Without a doubt, the first thing you have to decide is which places in Australia you want to visit. Once you know it, you will know at what time of year you are most interested in traveling to Australia and you will be able to draw the best route to travel the country.

    You can read our article What to see in Australia: the 19 most prominent places where we explain the most iconic places in the country and decide which of them you want to travel to.

    Australia for all tastes

  • STEP 2: Decide when you travel

    Are you already clear about what you want to visit? Well now it's time to decide the best time of year to make your trip.

    What is the best time to travel to Australia? This is the question most asked by those interested in visiting Australia. And we always answer the same: It depends on what you want to visit.

    In this infographic you can see the best time of year to travel to each area of ​​Australia according to the weather.

    How is Australia. Weather

    In addition to the weather, you must take into account other variables such as school holidays in Australia or the high season.

    The peak season in most of Australia (South, East Coast and Tasmania) is summer, from December to February. At this time the climate in cities like Sydney and Melbourne or in places like Tasmania or Kangaroo Island is sunny and hot.

    If you want to avoid the high season in these areas, it is better to travel in autumn (October / November) and spring (March / April) when the temperatures are still high and there are fewer tourists, so hotels and car and motorhome rentals are cheaper.

    Autumn and Spring are also good bets for traveling to the tropical north (Great Barrier Reef) where the heat and humidity are greatest in the summer months; and to the red center of Australia (Uluru and Kings Canyon).

  • STEP 3: Duration of the trip

    Now it is very important that you decide how many days you are going to spend touring Australia . Obviously you cannot plan the same route if it is going to be two weeks than if you can afford to travel three months through Australia.

    We recommend a minimum of two weeks to get to know Australia , although the ideal is to spend at least three weeks in the country to get an idea of what Australia is like.

  • STEP 4: Travel itinerary

    Once you know what you want to visit, when you are going to travel and for how long it is time to start planning the route of the trip.

    In the blog you can find some articles where we suggest some road routes to get to know Australia :

    And also 4 itineraries to know Australia in 15 days. :

    With these articles you can start working on your travel itinerary. You can also visit the AUSTRALIA section of the blog , here you will find many articles about Down Under that will help you plan your trip.

    If you have any questions or want to ask us any questions, send us an email and we will try to help you decide your route.

  • STEP 5: Airline Tickets

    If you already have the route decided and you already know which airport you arrive at and which one you are going to, it is time to buy your tickets.


    To find the cheapest flights to Australia we recommend that you read our article Travel to Australia Cheap where we explain step by step how to find the best flight deals to Australia.

    We always use the SKYSCANNER comparator to search for our flights.


    Skyscanner is a website that searches among millions of flights from more than a thousand airlines and orders the search results by price, flight hours, airlines or number of stops. Once you have found the flight you are interested in, Skyscanner takes you to the page of the airline or agency that offers the tickets so that you can make your reservation (without any management fee).

    You can start looking for your flights right now :

  • STEP 6: Visa

    This part is a bit more boring, but you need to have a visa to travel to Australia.

    In the post Tourist Visa for Australia we explain in detail how to apply for the visa when you are going to visit Australia to travel .

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  • STEP 7: Move around Australia

    If you already have your route clear, it is time to buy your internal flights and reserve your rental car or motorhome .

  • Rental car

    If you want to rent a car to make a road route through Australia or move around some areas, you can use the AIRPORT CAR RENTAL search engine to compare prices of car rental companies.

    We always use it because it helps us find good deals, we can manage the reservation online and they have a 24-hour customer service.

  • Rent a motorhome

    If roadtrips are your thing and sleeping under the stars, renting a motorhome in Australia is a very good idea . To compare the price of motorhomes we use MOTORHOME REPUBLIC.

    In the article Motorhome rental in Australia you We explain the easiest way to choose the perfect caravan to explore Australia.

  • STEP 8: Book accommodation

    Since we have the route prepared and all the transport reserved, it is time to choose the accommodation.

    Depending on whether we are going to stay one night or more in the same place, we reserve the accommodation through BOOKING or AIRBNB .

    BOOKING

    To book a hotel, hostel or hostel we recommend that you use the Booking.com search engine. We have not found another website that has more offers and is also so easy to use. We always read the opinions of other travelers and that is how we choose our accommodations.

    Find the best accommodation for you now:

Booking.com
  • AIRBNB

    If you prefer to reserve a house because you are going to spend several days in the same place and thus save some money on eating out then the best thing is to use AIRBNB.

    If you want to know more about AIRBNB we recommend that you take a look at our Airbnb Tutorial: Find the best accommodation because it will be very useful for you.

    GIFT: 55 AUD (25 US dollars) discount on your first AIRBNB reservation

  • STEP 9: Purchase travel insurance

    This is one of the most important steps when planning a trip. We never never travel without travel insurance.

    We always think that nothing is going to happen to us, but sometimes it does, so we better be cautious.

    For some time we have been traveling withIATI insurance because although we have not had to use it until now (Thank goodness) we have heard very good opinions from travelers and close friends who have needed it and have received a wonderful response.

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  • STEP 10: Documenting

    It is important to prepare all the documentation that you will need to travel to Australia.

    You cannot forget about:

      • Passport: It is recommended that the passport be valid for more than 6 months.
      • International driving license : Not mandatory, but recommended.
      • Print your visa : Again it is not strictly necessary, because they are electronic, but we feel more secure when we have it printed.
  • STEP 11: Excursions

    It is interesting that you take a look at the excursions and tours that you can take in the cities and places that you have decided to visit.

    We believe that the excursion to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia is essential, these excursions are also very interesting :

    • 4 × 4 tour in Fraser Island to know the island.
    • Helicopter flight to see Uluru from the air.
    • Airplane flight to see the Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsundays.
    • Sailing for 1 or 2 days to explore the Whitsundays.

    To book excursions and tours we use Get Your Guide and Civitatis .

    GET YOUR GUIDE

    It is the most complete excursion search engine in Australia, here you can find tours and experiences throughout Australia.

    CIVITATIS

    Specialized in excursions in Spanish although it also has other languages, in Australia it is not easy to find tours in Spanish outside the big cities but if there are any you can find it here.

  • STEP 12: Transfers

    To go to and from the airport you can use public transport in Australia, although in some cities like Sydney, when you are traveling two or more people it is cheaper to take an UBER.

As you have seen in this article, organizing a trip to Australia on your own is not difficult at all. Here we have left you all the information we have collected in these years living and traveling in Australia . But if after reading it you have any questions and want us to help you organize your trip, leave us a comment and we will try to help you.

Viajar a Australia por tu cuenta