If you’re one of those curious monkeys looking to explore every bit of our glorious Australia and its wonders, then this is the right time to do it. Assuming you’ve chosen the right gang to go with or simply decided to make it a family vacation, traveling around our beautiful Motherland will definitely make for an unforgettable experience. Now, the inevitable question poses itself: should you make it one of those Tumbler road trips or should you go by bus. Well, to make this dilemma easier, we’ll lay out a few possibilities that span just a little beyond the car – bus dilemma so you can, hopefully, choose the option that suits your traveling ensemble and your expectations of this journey.
If You Are In A Rush
Getting around by plane is the best way to cover Australia’s large distances quickly. If you book in advance, the tickets aren’t even pricey. Still, we’d recommend going by plane only if some goal destination is the point. However, if traveling around is the idea – go on land.
Buses and All That Jazz
Although they may be a tad uncomfortable (especially if you’re tall), busses are actually efficient and reasonably priced. Often, you’ll get your ticket with a free wi-fi, adjustable seats, conditioning and reading lights… which is pretty great. For instance, taking a bus from Sydney to Canberra may be the best solution if you are traveling family style. Why? Well, you can actually look through the window with the kids, enjoy the sights and not think about who’s holding the wheel!
The Car and Tumblr
If you’ve got the internet, then you’ve probably seen one of those delightful Tumblr GIFs going around, with people in cabriolets, going on a road trip, their hands in the air and wind in the hair. Ahhhhh, delicious! When you’re young and going on a road trip with friends, traveling by car may actually be the best option. You get to stop whenever you want, wherever you want… even if it meant stopping by for the entire night at the local pub! Do note that Australia has a vast network of well-maintained roads! For instance, if you follow Victoria’s Great Ocean Road you’ll get to experience our remarkable southeast coastline or enjoy Australia’s Red Centre in an unforgettable drive across the desert! It’s your pick.
Traveling by train through Australia is affordable, convenient, scenic and very… romantic. Regional centers of New South Wales, and along Australia’s east coast to Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra are super connected by TrainLink, so – there you go! Plus, Queensland Rail covers Queensland and TransWA crisscrosses through Western Australia and V-Line trains connect Melbourne with regional hubs in Victoria.
And then, when you are in the mood for a little bit of nostalgic romance, you can opt for wonderful rail journeys such as The Ghan and Indian Pacific. Note that “the Indian Pacific travels between Sydney and Perth, stopping at Broken Hill, Adelaide and Kalgoorlie; the legendary Ghan travels between Adelaide and Darwin, taking in Australia’s Red Centre and the tropical Top End”. Another great option to enjoy Down Under!
Something on the Water
Who wouldn’t want to explore Australia on a ferry! It’s exciting, it’s exotic and you get to see everything even though the subjective feeling is that you are so far away from everything. If you opt for a ferry ride, note that you have a nightly passenger and vehicle ferry service between Melbourne and Devonport in Tasmania. Plus, during peak periods – there’s some extra service we think you’ll enjoy! You can trust SeaLink ferries for enjoyment, absolutely. They connect Cape Jervis in South Australia and Kangaroo Island several times a day. What’s even more amazing is that there are ferry services in the capital cities, “connecting suburbs around Sydney Harbour, on the Swan River in Perth and on the Brisbane River”. Wonderful, right?
So, whenever you decide to start your 7-day journey, we trust you’ll go with the best option. Depending on your 7-day plan of visit, choose the appropriate transportation and enjoy every single moment of your vacation!