The East Coast of Australia: Tips for Backpackers

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The East Coast of Australia: Tips for Backpackers

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It’s a very ambitious undertaking to backpack the East Coast of Australia. It may look small on a map, but in reality, that’s a gigantic amount of ground to cover. Since the coast is littered with popular vacation spots, there’s no shortage of things to do along the way. The potential problem isn’t that you’ll get bored, it’s that you’ll become overwhelmed. If you want to hit all the sweet spots, it will take you over a month. A casual backpacker may be able to experience the key points in just a few weeks.

Finding Places to Stay

You’re constantly moving. One day you’re here, and the next day you’re there. If you need a place to rest, you’re going to rack up some insane hotel bills going from spot to spot. Running out of money can end your trip a lot quicker than you expected it to, so you’re going to need to get crafty. Try looking somewhere like to find a better deal on a place to crash. Also, if you have access to accommodations like a kitchen, you’ll be able to stretch your food budget a little further.

Getting Around the Coast

It’s more than likely the easiest way to get around will be via public transport. There’s plenty of major bus lines that offer flexible passes which will allow you to travel a great distance and make many stops for a discounted rate. Since so many travelers and backpackers take the public buses, you may run into some other people who can give you tips about places to go and things to see.

Alternatively, you can rent a vehicle. Just be careful with how you approach that situation. Only go for rental car companies that have a clear policy on one-way rentals. You won’t be able to circle around and bring the car back to the original location if you want to keep going.

Avoid the Tourist Traps

You’re going to be there a while, and you can’t overestimate how far your budget will take you. Along the way, you’ll see a lot of shops and restaurants. The closer you are to major cities, like Melbourne and Sydney, the majority of these locations are going to be aimed at tourists. This means everything will be at a large markup, and you’re throwing your cash away. Stay off the beaten path. Shop and eat where the locals do.

Find Free Things to Do

If you want to really experience the East Coast, many genuine experiences come without a price tag. Plan your route before you go, and see what free stuff you can find on the way. Australia has a wealth of historical sights, museums, nature trails, and beaches that don’t charge any kind of admission. You’ll be able to see the East Coast for everything it really is, in its raw and natural state.

Use The Great Ocean Road

If there’s any one path to stick to, this is it. Travelling the coast is incredible via the Great Ocean Road. You’ll be able to see everything: some obvious things, and some hidden gems. The stretch goes on for a long time, and if you stick to it, you’ll be able to see so much of what makes the East Coast important. Try to devote the southern part of your expedition to this path.

Above all else, always remember to travel safe. Research the safety of the areas you’ll be visiting, and use good common sense when it comes to any plants, animals, or wildlife you may encounter. Never explore alone, and always let someone know where you’re going.

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