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How to Travel and Get Around in Australia

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Updated: 19 April 2017
Australia is one of the biggest countries in the world and there is a lot of ground to cover if you want to see and experience it all. From flying to floating, there are a million ways to get from A to B. To make the job of getting around a little easier, follow this guide to make the most of your time down under.

Flying

Australia is a vast country, with every state capital city being a significant distance from the other; in fact, Perth is the most geographically isolated city in the world. Because of this, the easiest and cheapest way to get from one city to the other is by flying. Australia has four main airlines which operate across the country. Qantas and Virgin are the more premium brands, and Jetstar and Tiger are the budget airlines. Or, if you want to go somewhere off the beaten track in more remote parts of Australia, QantasLink and Rex are your best bet.

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Driving

Driving is one of the best ways to see and experience Australia. The country has incredible roads and infrastructure that stretch across the whole country. If you don’t have your own car, there are plenty of options for renting. Or, better yet, you can hire a camper van. Try companies such as Jucy Car and Camper Rental and Wicked Campers, or for something a little more luxurious you can book the Great Australian Nomadic Adventures caravan.

Trains

If you have time and want to enjoy some beautiful scenery, and don’t want to have to worry about being behind a wheel, train travel is a great option. The eastern coast of Australia is the most well-connected area by rail, and you can find out more information on site such as NSW TrainLink, V-Line Trains and Queensland Rail. There are also particular routes which should be added to your bucket list including the The Ghan, which run through the heart of Australia from Darwin to Adelaide or the Indian Pacific which journeys through the south from Perth to Sydney.

Ferries

Being a big island, Australia is blessed with some of the best beaches, harbours and waterways which are the perfect way to experience its beauty. Companies such as True North offer unique routes on the west coast of Australia. The Spirit of Tasmania is a great overnight journey from Melbourne to Tasmania, which is a destination that should be on everyone’s list of places to travel.