How to Organise a Perfect Road Trip – Australia Edition
April 2, 2019 4:11 am
Going on a road trip through the Australian countryside can be a huge adventure, and it should be ranked very high on your bucket list. Who knows, you might even recognise some of the landscapes from different Hollywood movies and fall in love with the Land Down Under. There’s nothing quite like driving a convertible or a buggy through the land of kangaroos, and it’s an experience you’ll remember forever. Still, you should keep many things in mind before you take this trip, and we’re here to help you prepare.
Bring the right equipment
Seasoned travellers like to say that there’ no such thing as bad weather, but rather, there are poorly prepared people. A road trip like this requires a long list of things you will need, such as a tent, surfboards, snorkelling equipment, etc. but it’s also important to know where and how to divide and pack all of the things. If you use a tent, we wouldn’t recommend you put it directly on the ground because of the many dangerous insects and crawlies the country is famous for. You have two possible solutions: you will have a rooftop tent (such an Aussie thing to do), or you will sleep in the car. If you chose the latter, it means you should use a roof rack in order to save space inside the car.
Pick the right vehicle
Australia spreads across five time zones and most travellers prefer to fly, but hitting the road is where the magic happens. Although convertibles and buggies sound charming, they aren’t the best choice when you’re hoping to travel through Australia. Because the Australian sun is notoriously strong and the road ahead is very demanding, you should pick something sturdier, especially if you’re thinking of taking a few off-the-road tours. This is where strong, reliable Japanese SUV-s with 4WD will do the job. Without an SUV, you wouldn’t be able to explore all of the beautiful beaches and incredible coastline Australia is famous for. The last thing you want to happen is your car letting you down in the middle of the desert. Australians know this very well, so they regularly visit a mechanic in Perth and other cities before taking longer trips. It’s much cheaper than trying to solve the problem on the road or in the outskirts.
Australian dos and don’ts
There are lots of myths about fines you have to pay if you hit a kangaroo, but none of these are true. You don’t have to worry about a fine, but you should do everything to protect these beautiful gentle animals as, sadly, there are still places where they can be hunted. Take it slow and enjoy your ride; if you see a kangaroo or any other animal on the road, signalise with your headlights or use a horn, and they will go away. Take a fridge with foods and drinks with you because sometimes you will drive a hundred miles without seeing a store. It’s also a good idea to keep a gas can in your trunk in case you run out of gas in the desert.
Prepare music and bring your camera
There is nothing worse than dead silence in a car while you’re on a road trip. Ok, perhaps lousy music on the radio is worse, but that’s just another reason to prepare plenty of great music before you hit the road. Make sure you have music that can help you relax, music you can sing to, as well as something energetic that will lift your mood. Also, it’s a great idea to bring your camera and take as many photos and videos as possible, because you’ll want to look back on this adventure and remember everything you’ve seen and experienced.
Organising a perfect road trip doesn’t have to be difficult, but remember that it’s not up to you to organise everything. Delegate some of the tasks to your friends and have them take care of some things: music, sleeping bags, GPS, camera… This way, everyone will take an active part in preparations and you won’t have to worry about too many things.