Backpacking in Australia

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Backpacking in Australia

Backpacking in Australia is almost a rite of passage for students on their gap year. It’s the most popular country for backpacking and it’s easy to understand why; there’s so much to see and do in Australia that you could spend a whole year there and never get bored.  

Backpacking in Australia is incredibly easy to do. No other country is set up for backpacking quite like it. There are hundreds of hostels to choose from, all of which are of an excellent standard; transport from place to place is fast, especially when considering the distances covered; and the food is amazing. And that’s not taking into consideration the sites and activities on offer to backpackers visiting Australia on a gap year.

With sites such as Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and Fraser Island to name but a few, it’s easy to see why backpackers come back to Australia year after year.

Also, with companies such as OzIntro and OzExperience offering country starter packs and introductory packs, there’s not even the daunting prospect of backpacking in a country for the first time. They offer you everything from advice on how to backpack in Australia to helping you find a job.

Backpacking in Australia is a great place to make friends too. Everyone’s there for the same reason, to see an amazing country, and you’ll always have that in common, so pick up your backpack and head ‘down under’.

Backpacking Tips for Australia

Here are a few helpful tips for backpacking in Australia:

  • Cook as much as possible to save money on eating out every day / night
  • Eat Asian cuisine as it’s often a lot cheaper than other cuisines
  • Car share  to save money on transport and fuel costs
  • Travel on buses / trains at night to save on a night's accommodation
  • If your short on time then use internal flights - they’re surprisingly cheap and can save you days of travelling
  • Tours in Australia are a great way of meeting other backpackers
  • Buy a cheap second-hand phone to keep in touch with people
  • Buy a reusable water bottle instead of buying new water bottles every day
  • Pack a sarong to use as an emergency towel / towel for the beach / blanket
  • Libraries and McDonalds have free WiFi

Australia is very close to South East Asia, meaning eating Asian food is often a cheap option

Backpacking Sites and Activities in Australia

There are a number of sites and activities in Australia for backpackers. It’s hard to pick, but we think the top five are:

  1. Daintree National Park
  2. Fraser Island
  3. The Great Barrier Reef
  4. Uluru
  5. The Whitsundays

For more sites and activities then see our Top Sites in Australia section.

The Australian Outback

Backpacking Jobs in Australia

Backpacking in Australia doesn’t necessarily mean just traveling; it can also mean working too.

A lot of backpackers head to Australia to find a job. The Australian economy is very strong at the moment and minimum wage is very good, making Australia a fantastic place to work.

A popular job for backpackers is fruit picking. With no skills or qualifications needed, anyone can get a job fruit picking. The work can be hard but everyone’s in it together and it can be a great way to meet people.

For more information on working in Australia then see our Working in Australia section or visit our Jobs in Australia section to find a job.