10 Tips For A Backpacker Travelling in Australia

10 Tips For A Backpacker Travelling in Australia

My Top 10 Tips for a Backpacker Travelling Australia!

As a backpacker exploring Australia, I’m always on the lookout for tips to make my journey easier, more affordable, and more enjoyable. Here are some of my suggestions to help you save money and make the most of your time in Oz.

Keep your travel dates flexible!

While it may sound intimidating, being flexible with your travel dates is one of the best options when exploring Australia. It’s a good idea to have a general plan and book certain aspects of your trip for budgeting purposes, but try not to lock in specific dates. You never know what opportunities may arise once you’re here. For example, you might intend to start your East Coast adventure at the end of your first month, but end up meeting amazing people in your first week and decide to join them on an earlier journey.

By remaining open to unexpected adventures and changes in your itinerary, you can seize unique opportunities and make lifelong memories. Being flexible allows you to go with the flow and truly embrace the spontaneity and excitement of backpacking in Australia.

Remember, the beauty of backpacking lies in the freedom to explore and discover at your own pace. So embrace the unpredictability and let the journey unfold organically.

Keep your travel plans flexible

Go it alone!

If your friends back home have chosen to settle down and start their professional lives, don’t let that hold you back. Take the plunge and embark on your travel journey alone! Speaking from personal experience, joining a group tour when I arrived in Australia was the best decision I ever made. It not only allowed me to explore the country but also introduced me to incredible people who have become lifelong friends. In fact, I still keep in touch with the friends I met on my very first day in Australia at my hostel in Sydney!

Cure your hangover the backpacker way!

When it comes to curing a hangover, the backpacker way is the only way (and no, it doesn’t involve just a bloody Mary, although that can help too!). The ultimate cure is to get up and engage in something adventurous. Let’s be honest, there will be plenty of opportunities for drinks and late nights as you travel, which may leave you feeling a bit worse for wear the next day. But don’t let that stop you from exploring! I’ve found that immersing yourself in water is the perfect hangover remedy – it’s refreshing and revitalizing. So, even if you’re feeling a little groggy, get up, go out, and discover the amazing sights and activities waiting for you. You’ll soon forget about that hangover as you embark on new adventures. Cheers to making the most of your travels!

Do the 'hair flick' at Millaa Millaa falls in the Atherton Tablelands

Embrace the art of asking!

As a backpacker, I have a special place in my heart for freebies. Who can resist the allure of free Wi-Fi or a budget-friendly meal? Most hostels offer fantastic deals on meals and drinks, and happy hour becomes the highlight of my day. I highly recommend downloading ‘The Happiest Hour’ app to discover all the nearby happy hours and cheap deals.

Also read: Hit The Great Ocean Road: Australia’s Most Scenic Drive

Practice patience on your journey!

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan – buses may run late, detours may be taken, or you might accidentally find yourself on the wrong tour in your campervan. But remember, it’s not the end of the world. Use these unexpected moments as opportunities to explore off the beaten track, discovering hidden gems you wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Don’t let the small hiccups ruin your trip; embrace them and enjoy the adventure even more!

Ear plugs are your friend!

Believe it or not, a good night’s sleep is essential during your travels, especially when you have an early morning skydive or scuba dive planned. Earplugs become your best friend when you find yourself in a dorm with a notorious snorer.

Write your travels down

I’ve discovered the importance of writing down my travel experiences, whether in a journal or on my phone. It helps me preserve the memories and ensures that I won’t forget the incredible moments I’ve had. Plus, it’s handy when you want to recommend that awesome bar to a new friend.

Travel off the beaten path

While popular tourist attractions have their charm, I find immense joy in exploring lesser-known places and activities. Grab a map (or open Google Maps) and venture into uncharted territory. Hike through national parks, witness breathtaking sunsets on secluded beaches, and uncover the hidden beauty that Australia has to offer. These off-the-beaten-path experiences will create unforgettable memories.

Switch off

Take a break from your phone and disconnect from the distractions of social media. Sometimes, in our quest for the perfect Instagram photo, we forget to fully immerse ourselves in the present moment. Put your phone aside and embrace the beauty of your surroundings with all your senses.

Say YES!

This is my personal travel mantra: Say YES to as much as possible! I believe in trying everything at least once (except maybe deep-fried crickets in Cambodia – that was a unique experience). The only things I haven’t said yes to yet are skydiving and bungy jumping, as my fear of heights still holds me back. By embracing the spirit of saying yes, you open yourself up to incredible experiences and make the most out of your time on the road. No regrets, just endless adventures!

Want to travel Australia but not sure where to start? The crew here at Working Holiday Guide love talking about our travels and experiences so get in touch for help planning!

Ready to start your trip to Australia? Check out our Melbourne Gap Year package & Australia East Coast Adventure package!

Also read: These Places Should Be On Your Australia Bucket List

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