It’s been a long time since our first visit to Australia, I think we actually made the trip on the HMS Endeavour with Captain Cook himself. Seriously, we first visited when we were much younger on a working holiday visa. I think we spent more time enjoying the ‘holiday’ part instead of the ‘working’ part, in fact, we can’t really recall any of the ‘working’ part. When you do visit Australia, you’ll soon realise how we chose to travel and enjoy this spectacular country instead of working.
Since those early days, we’ve been to Australis a few times, incredibly the flights are cheaper now than they were 20 years ago.
Where To Stopover
It’s always good to break up the journey with a stopover, in the word’s of those couples from BBC’s “Wanted Down Under” who have never looked at a map before, ‘It’s a long way away!’
Dubai and Singapore have been our stopovers but there’s a lot to choose from including Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong. If you want a try something different, think about going west via Los Angeles.
Where To Visit When In Australia?
As you’ve travelled so far it would be a shame not to explore a couple of destinations at least. Try the sandy beaches of Perth, Western Australia and the wonderful wine and surfing areas of Margaret River (but don’t try them both together!) Don’t forget Adelaide, Melbourne and of course Sydney. Try heading inland too, the Blue Mountains west of Sydney are stunning.
Head north to the Gold Coast and continue up to the tropics and the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. Channel your inner ‘Crocodile Dundee’ in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park.
You can’t fully appreciate the size and beauty of Australia until you find yourself driving across Nullarbor Plain at sunset or riding ‘The Ghan’ from Adelaide to Alice Springs, one of the world’s greatest rail journeys.
To help you in your planning and to give you some ideas on the route to take why not check out the useful infographic below. When you do get there, Australia will undoubtedly amaze you and leave you wondering why you didn’t visit earlier.