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[ 0 ] November 28, 2009 |

Australia is a land of diversity from its people descending from all cultures to its breathtaking landscape.  Experience Australia’s colourful outback, beautiful beaches, spectacular dive sights, lush rainforests, alpine snow fields and cosmopolitan modern cities.  Get up close and personal with Australia’s unique native wildlife.  Immerse yourself in Australia’s easygoing culture, make friends with the locals and learn some unique Aussie slang.  What’s not to love about travelling Australia!!!

Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW

Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW

Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay

Getting Around 

Many travellers who visit Australia are surprised by the sheer size of the country and the time it takes to get from one city to another.  However despite its size, Australia is a relatively easy country to get around with an excellent flight and road network as well as good public transport servicing all the major cities.

Travel times between popular destinations…

Aus Table

 

By Air

Travelling by Air is the most efficient way to travel around Australia and is often the cheapest option.  All major Cities and holiday destinations are services by Qantas and Virgin Blue.  Smaller towns and out of the way places are serviced by various regional airlines.

Qantas is Australia’s National Domestic Carrier

Virgin Blue  offers great fares all around Australia

Jet Star offer low cost fares with a growing flight network

Tiger Airways offer crazy low fares!!!

Skywest Airlines  is a regional airline servicing major towns in Western Australia including Broome and Monkey Mia.

REX Regional Express services regional areas in the Eastern States and South Australia.

  

By Road

Travelling by road is a great way to see the diversity of Australia’s beautiful landscape.  Be aware that driving between major destinations will mean long hours in a car or bus, however there are always lots of opportunities to stop along the way and see the sights.  There are many towns around Australia bursting with character that are definitely worth a stop on any road trip.

Firefly is an express coach services in regional NSW and Victoria as well as offering daily express services between Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Murray’s express coaches operate in NSW servicing regional towns, coastal towns and the snowfields as well as express trips to Sydney.  This is the cheapest and most efficient way to get around southern NSW.  Murray’s offer many daily trips between Canberra and Sydney with fares as low as $15 per person.

Greyhound  has a fantastic network of coaches and express coaches all over Australia.  They often have special discounted fares for students, backpackers, YHA members as well as offering  mates rate discounts.

Tips

  • Pick up a free copy of backpacker magazines The Word Australia and TNT Down Under  at tourist information centers and hostels.  They have lots of great stories and fantastic information and advice for traveling Australia.
  • You will often find tourist discount coupon books at visitor information centre’s, these are great as they offer a wide range of discounts on attractions, hostels, phone cards, meals, car hire and much more.
  • Wear sun protection!!!  It is very easy to get sunburnt in Australia with much higher UV rays then Europe and other places in the world.  Frequently apply sunscreen at least an SPF 30+, wear a hat and sunglasses.  There is nothing worse than the pain of lobster red sunburn!!!
  • Australia is known for its beautiful beaches but the ocean can be a very dangerous place.  Be sensible, swim with other people and at patrolled beached always swim between the Red and Yellow flags.  If you are a weak swimmer do not go out into water that is too deep to stand in.
  • Get an Aussie slang dictionary.  Aussie slang is humorous but very illogical and it can be very difficult for some tourist to understand what is being said.  Not only will an Aussie slang dictionary help you understand the crazy talk you may also find some funny sayings to surprise the Aussies with!!!
  • Don’t be surprised if you find that most Aussies aren’t like Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin.  If you don’t get greeted with a G’Day don’t worry it’s not because they don’t like you, most Aussies will greet with a simple “Hi, how ya going?”.
  • You may come across Aussies calling people Bogan’s.  A Bogan is simply the Aussie name for trailer trash, hillbilly, pikey, scanger or tokkie.

 

You can read all about my favourite Australian beach destination, Jervis Bay in Issue 1 of On UR Way Magazine.

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