Tips for the perfect Australian road trip

A road trip is possibly the ultimate budget vacation. It’s just you and the open road.

You can go on a road trip as a couple for a more intimate experience, or you can travel with a larger group of friends.

Road trips are usually synonymous with America but Australia offers some fantastic road trip opportunities that are easily worth a try.

Australia is an enormous country filled with expansive and seemingly never-ending landscapes, as well as beautiful coastal cities.

Here are some of the best ways to make the most of an Australian road trip.

Pick the right route

One of the wonderful things about road trips is that your vacation can be as long or short as you want it to be.

By carefully choosing your road trip route, you can plan your trip to the day. Some of these road trips take months to complete but you can try some more modest journeys too.

Whether you want to circumnavigate Australia and explore the coast, or you’d rather dip into the wilder outbacks, make sure that you know your route well. 

This is especially true if you’re going to the lesser-populated areas of Australia as it can be a while before you find somewhere to restock on food, water and fuel.

If you do go on a longer expedition, then physical maps are your best bet, as well as a navigator who knows what they’re doing.

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Keep stocked up

Running out of supplies on any road trip is a miserable experience.

If people are hungry and thirsty then it’s likely they will be grumpy. This is when all the fun can be drained out of a trip.

Even worse, if you run out of gas you will need to wait around for help. 

Running out of supplies can also be dangerous, especially if you’ve gone on an excursion where there are no towns or gas stations for miles.

So, if you are going on a longer trip and there are limited gas stations, keep a supply of gas in a safe container to ensure you won’t run out.

You should also pack more food and water than you’ll need – just in case. Make sure you have a supply of other essential supplies as well, like medications and battery banks.

The right vehicle

Your vehicle is possibly one of the most important parts of your road trip – apart than the friends you travel with.

This is why it makes sense to have a comfortable, spacious and reliable vehicle that won’t break down in the middle of nowhere and ruin your adventure. 

If you’re going on lesser-traveled roads it may be a good idea to consider a 4×4 vehicle or an off-roader, so it can handle harsher terrain.

But if you’re going with a lot of people and on a long journey, a crew van will give you all plenty of space and let you store plenty of supplies. You can hire vans at Sydney Ute Van Hire.