Even though Australia may still be an unknown for many world travelers just because of its geographical position, there’s no country that’s more versatile. A continent of extraordinary nature, beautiful beaches and open roads, the Land Down Under is undoubtedly a great place to visit if you’re an experienced driver. Of course, you should prepare yourself properly for extensive road tripping, but with the following helpful tips, nothing should catch you off your guard.
Depending on where you live in the world, Australia’s road regulations may or may not be familiar to you. Basically, driving is reserved for the left side of the road, and the wheel is on the right side of the vehicle. The metric system is used for calculating speed and distance. Of course, driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited, which should come as no surprise. Everyone in your car should be wearing a seatbelt at all times as well. Licenses issued in English are valid for three months in Australia, and if yours is not in English, you need to acquire one in your home country before you set off on your trip. Of course, it’s essential that you study all the traffic rules and regulations before embarking on a road trip across the country.
Renting a Car
Renting a car when you get to Australia is the best possible option for a good road trip. And because road trips in this country are so popular, you won’t have any trouble finding the right place. There are many different factors you need to take into consideration when choosing the right car. For example, if you’re off to remote locations, you will need long range fuel tanks. Do you plan on bringing a caravan with you? Then you need to consider the car’s towing ability as well. Once you find the cars that meet your requirements, you can choose one that best suits your personal tastes and preferences.
Again, the amount of stuff you bring with you will depend on whether you will have a caravan with you or not. Still, some necessary basics for the road trip include a sufficient amount of drinking water and food that won’t go bad easily. A first aid kit is essential, and you shouldn’t forget sunscreen or ointments for insect bites. Don’t go too crazy with clothes, but pieces for layering are a must. With breezy jumpsuits, long sleeve shirts and jackets, as well as shorts, tights and good quality pants, you can combat any weather condition. Of course, don’t forget an adequate pair of shoes and a hat to protect you from the sun.
When it comes to your itinerary, it will all depend on what you want to visit first. Still, some road tripping destinations are so popular that they’ve become a part of road trip tradition. These destinations include the Great Ocean Road, the Red Centre Way, the Savannah Way, the Cairns to Cape Tribulation and the Sydney to Brisbane Drive. If you’re completely lost as to what destination to choose, definitely check these five out.
Plan the Rest Stops
Going on a road trip doesn’t mean you’re ready to set out once you know your driving route. You need to include rest stops in your itinerary as well while road tripping. This is especially important for those who are planning to restock food and water as you drive. There are many apps that can help you, but make sure to also do your route research before the trip. You can find some amazing insights from other drivers online.
Australia is undoubtedly a country that has a lot to offer to any traveler. From the unique culture and wildlife to the amazing activities and varying weather conditions, as well as the interesting traditions of both the rural and urban areas, those who set out on a road trip across this continent are in for a whole new level of experiences and fun.
Sassy Peeps! I have always wanted to go road tripping abroad, and I think Australia would be a perfect place to start or end!! LOL! It really doesn’t matter! How about you? Road tripping anyone? Inquiring minds want to know.
Happy and Safe Travels Sassy Peeps! And Remember to Always…Stay Sassy!