Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world, covering over 7,692,000 kilometers squared. It would be amazing to see the whole country, but with so much distance to cover it would surely take a lifetime. You can still cover large distances on visits to Australia though. In fact, it’s necessary if you want to see more than one major city. Most of Australia’s population and its cities lie along the coast, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t also things to see inland. If you want to cover as much of the country as you can, you’re going to need to pick a mode of transport. Of course, you don’t have to use the same one across the whole country. You might choose to drive short distances and fly long ones, but make an exception for a long-distance train journey to take in some scenery.
Perhaps the most obvious way to cover long-distances in Australia is to fly. Flying is often a lot cheaper than other options and will get you from point A to Point B much faster than other modes of transport. If you like to fly and you’re more interested in getting from one place to the next without the scenery in between, then you should see Australia by plane. Flying doesn’t cut out scenery completely. You’ll get some great views of the country when you take off and land, as well as when the plane’s flying low. For an extra special experience, take a smaller plane or even a helicopter.
If you want to see large distances across Australia on the ground, pass on flying and take the more leisurely option of rail travel. It can be a bit more expensive than flying, especially if you plan to go on a journey that lasts a couple of days, but it’s worth it for the views. Get yourself a sleeper cabin if you take an overnight train to make sure you’re as comfortable as can be. If you’re a fidgety person who can’t keep still, trains may not be for you. You can’t stop whenever you want, and there’s nowhere else to go if you’re bored. But if you love watching the world go by, see Australia by train.
Driving across the country gives you the control over your journey. You can see the same amount of stunning scenery as when you travel by train, but you’re in charge of the route and when and where you stop. Australia has some fantastic routes, like the world-famous Great Ocean Road. It’s easy to hire a car in one city and drop it off in another. And if you want to guarantee you have somewhere to sleep at night, you can travel in a camper or check out some camper trailers as a smaller alternative. Another option is buying a car or camper and selling it before you go back home.
Whichever method you choose to use to see Australia, make sure to plan your journey well before you go. Stock up on necessities and prepare yourself for anything that could go wrong.