Top Tips For Backpacking Australia
Backpacking around Australia is an amazing experience that every traveller should consider. From the rugged outback to the vibrant cities, Australia has a lot to offer for backpackers.
You can be lying on the beach one day, diving with sharks the next and dusting that iconic red dirt off your shoes after that. From lavender feels and ice cream in Tassie to the Harbour Bridge in Sydney and everything in between.
Check out our top tips for backpacking around Australia to make your trip the best of your life.
When it comes to finding budget accommodation, Australia has plenty to offer. There are hostels, budget hotels and boutique stays in every major city. For the best deals, call the hostels direct. Often they’ll be able to give you a better rate than advertised online.
Any guess where our fave boutique accommodation in Sydney is? Toot-toot (don’t mind me while I took our own horn). At Stoke Beach House, we offer affordable accommodation for backpackers, with a range of different room options to suit all budgets. Plus, we’ve pulled together some sweet deals from local businesses exclusive to Stoke housemates.
Hostels are a great place to stay as they organise regular events and activities, such as pub crawls, beach volleyball, and movie nights, which are a fun way to meet other travellers.
Australia is a vast country, and getting around can be challenging, especially for backpackers. The best way to get around Australia is by public transport, which includes buses, trains, and ferries. However, renting a car or a camper van is also an option if you’re looking for more flexibility.
With the cost of flights still hectically high, the Greyhound bus is the most affordable way to travel to Australia’s iconic destinations. Travel the East Coast from Sydney to Airlie Beach, and check out Adelaide, Darwin and more, all on the Greyhound.
When it comes to public transport, it’s worth investing in a Myki when in Victoria or an Opal card in New South Wales. These cards can be used on buses, trains, and ferries, offering discounts on fares.
Australia has a vibrant nightlife scene, with plenty of bars, clubs, and pubs to choose from. Some of the best nightlife spots for backpackers include Melbourne, Sydney, and the Gold Coast.
Melbourne is known for its rooftop bars and live music scene, while Sydney is famous for its beach bars and harbour views. The Gold Coast is a popular destination for backpackers, with plenty of bars and nightclubs along Surfers Paradise.
Australia is home to some of the most iconic tourist attractions in the world, including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, and the Sydney Opera House. However, there are also plenty of off-the-beaten-track attractions that are worth visiting.
Some of the top tourist attractions for backpackers in Australia include the Great Ocean Road, Fraser Island, and the Whitsunday Islands. The Great Ocean Road is a stunning coastal drive that takes you past rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and picturesque seaside towns. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, with crystal clear lakes, towering rainforests, and wildlife. The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands located off the coast of Queensland, with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Australia is generally a safe country for backpackers, but it’s still important to take precautions to stay safe. The biggest thing you have to worry about is Australian wildlife.
Saltwater crocodiles are the largest living reptiles in the world and are found in northern Australia. The box jellyfish is one of the most venomous creatures in the world and is found in the waters around northern Australia. Our eastern brown snake is one of the deadliest snakes in the world and is found throughout Australia. While a huntsman may look like the scariest around, you want to watch out for the funnel-web spider and redback spider. But don’t let these bad boys scare you off. Touch wood (not that kind, you sicco), we haven’t seen any around the Beach House.
We’ve only just touched the tip of the iceberg with these five tips for backing your way around Australia. If you’re coming down under and have no idea where to start, don’t worry. Book your stay with us and hit up our epic crew for all the details, deals and best places to stay.