With Australia being over seven million square kilometers, it takes a long time to get around the country. Considering the large distances, it’s no wonder few people end up traveling the whole country—there’s just too much ground to cover on a short trip. These large distances can lead to high transportation costs, and it can often be hard to travel around the country cheaply.
This leads us to the question: what’s the best way to travel around Australia?
Check out these 5 places that you never knew existed in Australia! We’re not kidding you — these travel destinations actually exist.
1. Visit the Pink Cliffs, Heathcote, Victoria.
This interesting and colourful phenomenon was exposed by early gold mining activities.
The McIvor gold rush began in April 1853 and attracted thousands of prospectors. They swarmed throughout the area and quickly exhausted gold in the shallow, conglomerate- free grounds.
In later years, intensive mining was limited to deep leads as water shortage in the hotter months prevented worthwhile ‘surfacing’ operations. Sluicing work was carried on until the early 1880’s and it was in this period that work in the in Pink Cliffs area revealed these colourful ‘hills’
Visitors can wander through the spectacular mini gorges and will see a wide variety of small stones throughout the strata, particularly in the dark brown gravel cliffs. The colourful cliffs are of a fine clay, which powders to an almost talcum like texture.
Please keep to the tracks and not damage the fragile cliffs in the surrounding area.
WHERE // Just a few hours outside of Melbourne.
Pink Cliffs Road, Heathcote, Victoria, 3523.
- Photo by @easternsuns (via IG)
Want to travel Australia without blowing all your cash? We got you! Cheap travel is possible across Australia, even in big cities that are traditionally expensive. But you’ll need good information in order to save money. Travellers Autobarn has rounded up the best tips and tricks to save your money and will navigate you how to travel this amazing country on a budget. From ridiculously cheap coffee to free museums, stay tuned!
1. Food and Drinks
Cheap coffee. Get your daily caffeine fix for only $1 at 7/11. Maybe not great if you are a coffee snob but if you are on a tight budget it will do the job. If you want to make your own coffee save money and buy your own portable coffee maker. The Aeropress makes a very decent coffee while traveling or camping. Purchase one for under $50,- online.
Photo by @21bounce (via IG)
Road tripping your way from Perth to Ningaloo Reef is a bucket-list item all on its own, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Day 1: Perth to Geraldton
4.5 hours, 433 kilometres
Enjoy sneak previews of cerulean blue sea peeking through beautiful countryside vistas as you head north on Indian Ocean Drive, alongside the coastline. The views will turn to green farmland then brush before you arrive at Geraldton. The city has an inviting shopping district by the water with restaurants and beachy shops, and is a good place to fill up on supplies that will become scarce on the way north.
Must see: If you’ve got time to kill, the HMAS museum makes for an interesting afternoon. But stocking up for the journey is a bigger priority!
Tip: There are plenty of great seafood restaurants here – make the most of them.
Photo by @linniebin (via IG)
Travellers Autobarn’s is proud to announce the arrival of it’s new flagship model KuGA HiTOP Campervan. The result of many years of experience and feedback from customers, we believe the new KuGA will deliver the best quality, simplicity, reliability and value of any vehicle in it’s class, and we are STOKED to be finally revealing it to the world!
Following on the hugely successful design,build & launch of our own 2-berth campers – the Budgie Van (2007) & Chubby Camper (2013) – we have no doubt that our new Hitop models will be a game changer in the budget/youth/backpacker market.
Some of the key features of the new model are:
- Newer Model TOYOTA HIACES, the absolute best light van in the WORLD!
- MUCH Lower Kilometers
- 100% Brand spanking new FIT-OUT
- MORE SPACE than the older KuGA and the biggest 2-3 berth budget HiTOP camper in Australia & New Zealand
- Extra internal height space – 20 cm more!
- USB Plug-ins & battery saving LED lights
- Extra storage space and much much more