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’.
Here are a few helpful tips for backpacking 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:
For more sites and activities then see our Top Sites in Australia section.
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.