Travel options to get you around Australia

Australia is a big place with loads to see and do. You’ve got the magnificent coast line with its pristine beaches and reef, you have the outback and Central Australia and then you have the vibrant cities. How are you going to get to see it all? Depending on your time-frame you might want to include a number of travel options to get you around.

Flying

Flying is the quickest method to get you from point-to-point but you do miss out on what’s between A and B. If you’re limited by time-which hopefully you’re not–or you don’t want to spend many hours or even days on a bus or train then this may be an option for you.

The three major airlines servicing Australia are QANTAS www.qantas.com.au, JetStar www.jetsar.com.au and Virgin Australia www.virginaustralia.com Check out their websites for flights.

Coach

Traversing Australia by coach is a popular way to travel. The routes covered are extensive so you can count on being able to visit all the major places you want to see, and more. The major coach line servicing Australia is Greyhound Pioneer Australia www.greyhound.com.au. They have a number of tickets available including point-to-point and travel passes to help travellers with flexible travel options.

Organised tours

There are organised tours available that will take you to the places you want to see. They usually include your transport, accommodation, most meals and take you to the places you want to see. Organised tour companies such as AAT Kings Tours www.aatkings.com and one of my favourites Contiki www.contiki.com.au.

Rail

Train routes aren’t as extensive as the bus routes but there are still some wonderful trips to take. There are a number of travel options when you travel by train. You can purchase point to point travel i.e. Sydney to Melbourne or you could purchase any one of a number of passes allowing you to hop on and hop off the trains.

Australia also has a number of famous train routes. The most well-known train route is The Indian Pacific which takes three days to travel between Sydney and Perth. There is also The Ghan which runs between Sydney and Alice Springs and Melbourne and Alice Springs.

Car/van

Flexibility is the name of the game when you travel by car. You can go where you want, when you want and include out-of-the-way places that coach and train travellers will miss.

There are various ways to get your hands on the wheel of a car–all legal of course! You could rent a car or campervan, relocate a car or campervan, buy your own vehicle or share a lift. There are lots of companies available offering vehicle rentals: Avis, Hertz, Britz, etc.

Some people buy a camper van so it is not only their transport but their home. You might want to buy a caravan or camper van.

Whatever mode of transport you choose to travel Australia, I’m sure you will have the time of your life.