Backpacking Around Australia – 10 Things You Need to Remember
Backpacking around Australia is one of the most exhilarating, fulfilling, and possibly dangerous backpacking trips you can experience. Sections of Australia are rugged, remote and full of surprises for unprepared backpackers or hikers. Below we have compiled a list of 10 things you need to remember when traveling around Australia.
1. Climate – While backpacking around Australia you are likely to experience it all: scorching heat, freezing temps and rain. Australian continent showcases a very diverse set of climatic zones so it’s necessary to be prepared to a variety of weather conditions. No matter which part of Australia you are traveling to, we can not stress enough to use all necessary sun precautions. The sun is very fierce on the Australian continent and the Nation has some of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. Pack plenty of long sleeve shirts, hats and high SPF sunscreens in your luggage.
2. Top Destinations for Backpackers – Australian outdoors is as vast as its untamed spirit offering diverse and unique destinations for backpackers. Sydney, Perth, Darwin, Cairns, Melbourne, Fraser Island, Tasmania, Surfers Paradise are just a short list of destinations varied by terrain and attraction options. No matter if you are a rugged type backpacker or a refined art lover type, you will find destinations to suit your tastes.
3. Fun Things to Do – The country has a cornucopia of options when it comes to backpacking enthusiasts and outdoor aficionados. From seeing fun animals such as koalas, kangaroo, Tasmanian devils, wallaby and some of the most unique reptiles and marine inhabitants to visiting aboriginal people villages, the list goes on. For daredevils, there’s also a plethora of options not matter if you like water based activities, extreme sports or setting on some of the best trekking adventures.
4. Hazardous Wildlife – Australian continent is home to world’s most venomous snakes and spiders. Exercise caution when backpacking around Australia by learning how to recognize dangerous wildlife species and learn how to help yourself and others in case of nasty bites and stings. Wear heavy hiking boots, long pants and possibly even gaiters that are sure to protect you from possible snake bites. Snakes love to bask in the sun, so look ahead before stepping on one of those critters.
5. Dangerous Marine Inhabitants – Australia is boasting over 37 000 miles of ocean coastline in addition to plethora of lakes, lagoons and creeks, and beautiful beaches that are inviting swimmers, snorkelers and divers to explore its waters. However, real dangers might be lurking in the water: from stingy box jelly fish, hungry crocodiles and world’s most vicious Great White Sharks. Most beaches will post warning signs about possible dangerous marine creatures so you can take necessary precautions and remain safe. Avoid swimming in unknown areas especially if you cannot see clearly through the water.
6. Environmental Hazards – No matter whether you set on backpacking South America or any other destination, you need to be aware of the environmental hazards specific to that area. Australia is no exception, backpacking around “the bush” has its own hidden dangers. Bush fires happen left and right during November through February months, the hottest season in Australia. Bush fires will spread quickly and might catch unprepared hikers off guard, always check for weather reports and conditions when heading to specific areas. Cliff edges, sliding rocks and sudden weather changes are also need to be taken into consideration.
7. Backpacking in Australian Outback – Australian outback is usually called a very rugged scarcely populated area that has very limited access to civilization including supplies, mobile coverage and any human encounters. While exotic, backpacking around Australia outback might be dangerous to explore alone especially if you don’t have a lot of backpacking experience behind your back. Travel with buddies who have extensive experience and come prepared with supplies, GPS system and maps. You’re bound to get a few bumps and bruises during your time in the “Outback.” Make sure you’ve got a quality first aid kit with bandages, disinfectant, and pain killers.
8. Transportation – Railway system in Australia is not as well developed as in Europe so the best way to get around is by hopping on buses that travel between major cities. Once you get to the countryside, buses are becoming scarcer and your best best is to rent a car. Hitchhiking is not recommended while backpacking around Australia and often touted as dangerous, especially in remote areas.
9. Backpackers’ Accommodation Options – Most backpackers travel on a tight budget which does not allow them to stay in conventional hotels. There are plenty of lodging options for travelers on a budget whether you like inexpensive hostels or budget hotels. Most of these places are a great way to meet other fellow backpackers to help you figure out your next destination or set on exhilarating journeys together. If you are willing to work for your board, some hostels might let you stay in exchange for cleaning the rooms for a few hours a day.
10. Staying Within Your Budget – There’s no denying that backpacking around Australia is much pricier than any other experiences in Asia or South America. It may be challenging to stay within your budget but planning ahead and learning various tips and trick other travelers are utilizing may be helpful in the long run. Budget at least 60 USD per day per person for food, transportation and accommodation.