Speak with an Aussie and they will complain no-end about the recent increase in Fuel prices. What most Aussie’s don’t know, is that the price of fuel in Europe is almost double in any case, so despite these increases, driving still remains a relatively cheap travel option for European backpackers.
Towards the end of 2004, fuel prices in Sydney averaged around 0.91cents per litre. However since fuel prices in Sydney have risen dramatically and have been seen anywhere between the $1.30 per litre to as high as $1.59 per litre.
Besides worldwide oil prices, there are 2 other factors which determine local fuel prices in Australia. They are:
– As Australia is so large and vast, it is logistically hard to supply certain regional areas with fuel, therefore increasing its cost to bring it to the pump
– Each state has differing taxation policies which sees a variety of additional costs added to the cost price
The best tip we can give you is to collect FUEL VOUCHERS – if you do your shopping in a Coles or Woolworth supermarket and spend over $30 they often supply you with discount voucher such as 4 or 8 cents of each litre – very handy. This of course depends on different states and you will need to use these vouchers at dedicated Coles and Woolworth petrol stations.
Please see links below on FUEL WATCH style websites. They provide daily information on current fuel prices around Australia.
A guide to distances between Australian cities
Calculate approximately what your journey is going to cost you in fuel.
How to use?
Step 1: Get a price estimate from one of the above websites
Step 2. Calculate the approximate length of your trip from the table above
Step 3: Select the type of vehicle you plan to drive in
Step 4: Click the button to calculate
Note: these website list prices in Cents per Litre, please convert to Dollars per Litre for this calculator
Please note: The above calculation can only be used as a guide to cost, as all vehicles have different levels of fuel consumption, and you don’t generally drive point to point as the distance table above depicts.
The NRMA is the New South Wales Automobile Association. Membership is included FREE with every vehicle from Travellers Autobarn. Membership entitles you to 24-hour roadside assistance Australia-wide, in case of breakdown. The Association also provides FREE MAPS for the entire continent, as well as advice on road conditions in more remote areas of Australia.
Cars registered in NSW must pass an annual roadworthy test, if the car passed safe it will get a Pinkslip. When buying a car it would be good to see a pinkslip. However, if you are buying privately the owner is under no obligation to supply a pinkslip. Car dealers such as Traveller Autobarn provide a pinkslip with EVERY car.
Bear in mind a pinkslip is a safety test and gives you no indication of the fitness of the engine or other systems to handle a trip around Australia. Pinkslips are a NSW requirement. Other states have different systems and some states have no inspection requirements at all.
A car can pass the pinkslip brake test but still need new brake linings a week later. Basically do not put too much faith in a pinkslip. The safest way of satisfying your mechanical questions is a PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTION.
Please be aware that each Australia state has different regulations when it comes to Roadworthy Certificates – for more information we advise you to visit any of our branches or call us on 1800 674 374
Have you thought about working in Australia during your travels?
Australia is blessed with a solid economy and is always looking for workers. From picking fruit to preparing tax returns, Australia has many many jobs for people on working holiday visa’s.
We have listed a few companies below that help you set yourself up to have a great working holiday experience in Australia.
First Step…get yourself a visa!!!!
Visacorp: Our motto is “Immigration made Easy.” And our clients all agree that engaging experienced professionals was the best thing they ever did. So who are our clients?
Visafirst.com: Successfully organise over 30,000 visas a year into Australia; including Working Holidays, 457 Sponsorships & Permanent Residence. Free Migration Assessment and our Price Promise ensure you are not overcharged fees. We are Mara registered and have 10 years experience to ensure you get your visa. See visafirst.com
Apply online for an Australian Working Holiday Visa and get your visa printed in your passport when you arrive, it’s quick and easy!
Before you can start work in Australia you’ll need to register with the Australian Taxation Office to obtain a Tax File Number (TFN).
And if all that is too hard…………………… try Oz Intro.
OzIntro is all about having fun, making friends and having no worries!!
They help you with everything you need to get going so you can relax and enjoy your travelling experience. They sort your visa, accommodation, will open an Australian bank account for you, and can even help you find a job. You don’t need to worry about a thing!
Plus, they give you a brilliant first week in Sydney with some fantastic tours and trips.
And travelling as part of a group, you’ll share the adventure with new friends.
It’s a truly unique experience, that’s flexible and totally unforgettable.
Check out wozintro.com
Travellers Contact Point specialises in serving the needs of independent and working holiday travellers, just like you. They have stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK where you can book your travel, find a job, locate accommodation, check your email and loads more.
They also hold training courses under the sub brand of the Training Course Professionals (TCP). They are located in the heart of Sydney City and service the needs of the Hospitality and Construction Industries by offering the following 1-day courses:
Courses operate daily Monday through to Saturday and include a night course on Thursdays. See the latest course schedule. All certificates are issued the same day as you successfully complete any course!
If you are looking for a job in hospitality, go to www.frontlinerecruitmentgroup.com for a job in hospitality anywhere in Australia.
There could be loads of cash waiting for you! Have you worked in a country outside your homeland and paid tax? You are most probably due a tax refund. Go to TAXBACK to calculate your return.
Conservation Volunteers Australia is an excellent organisation which places people into a structured volunteer environment, working on environmental projects all over Australia. Meet some fellow ‘earth lovers’ and feel good about your contribution to this wonderful planet.
We want you to enjoy your roadtrip as much as possible and with minimal hassle, so we have compiled a list of the best Hostels & Caravan Parks in Australia.
Everywhere Hostels & Backpackers:
Melbourne Hostels & Backpackers:
Sydney Hostels & Backpackers:
Brisbane Hostels & Backpackers:
Cairns Hostels & Backpackers:
Darwin Hostels & Backpackers:
Cool Caravan Parks
Travel Insurance for independent travellers. Nobody wants to think about all the things that might go wrong on their trip, but these things can and do happen.
World Nomads Travel insurance has been designed by travellers to cover everything you need. We make sure you’re covered, even if you run out of travel insurance on the road. We don’t just keep you insured, with us you’ll travel smarter and safer.
|You need medical help for sudden illness or injury.||Cover emergency overseas medical treatment including treatment in a clinic or hospital, plus medicines and physiotherapy as prescribed by your treating Doctor to get you well and keep you travelling.|
|You need emergency medical evacuation for sudden illness or injury.||Cover your transport to the nearest, appropriate medical facility, which also includes your medical repatriation for further treatment at home. Plus it includes, reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses for a friend or relative to accompany you while you’re in hospital and/or during repatriation.|
|You have to cancel your trip due to unforeseeable events outside of your control.||Covers the costs to cancel all or part of your trip including other pre-booked expenses in specific circumstances including a sudden illness or serious injury or natural disasters.|
|Your gear is stolen or damaged whilst travelling.||Cover theft or accidental damage of your gear such as iPads, laptops and digital cameras in specific incidents up to individual item limits.|
Exact benefits vary depending on your Country.
So for full details of what we cover, please get a quote.
World Nomads travel insurance for adventure activities – all the things you love to do when you travel.
Until it happens, you probably don’t even think about it, but when something goes wrong, we’re here to help you deal with the unexpected.
Over the past 10 plus years, we have seen just about every type of travel insurance claim there is. Best of all you can claim online while you’re still travelling.
I fell off a roof in Argentina and shattered my arm. Waking up in a local hospital was terrifying. I can’t imagine navigating that experience without World Nomads.
– JH (Argentina)
Whilst surfing in Bali, Indonesia I was attacked by a two metre Bull Shark. The bite to my right forearm had severed five tendons and most of the muscle. World Nomads travel insurance covered the costs of my medical bills up front.
– JF (Indonesia)
World Nomads travel insurance doesn’t just cover your adventure activities, but as digital nomads ourselves, we know how important it is to have cover for your tech gear as well.
Because we love travel photography, we understand cover for all your photography gear.
Completing one of the professionally trained 4WD Training Courses in Australia is the best preparation anyone can undertake if they plan to do some 4WDriving here. At Travellers Autobarn, we cannot recommend these courses highly enough, and we even have it as a condition in our warranties for 4WD purchases.
|These courses will show you how to obtain the maximum performance from your vehicle in tough conditions, show you how to care and maintain your vehicle, and importantly train you for your all important adventure.|
|If you are going to spend all that money on purchasing a highly capable vehicle, you may as well spend a little bit extra and make sure your skills can best take advantage of all the vehicle has to offer. Besides that, they are great fun and a fabulous experience!|
Recommended 4WD Courses
Here are some the Travellers Autobarn recommended 4WD training courses in Australia:
Aussie Off Road in Engadine. These guys also do some fantastic Tag Along tours, which is the ultimate way to get outback.
Safe Trek 4WD services in Brunswick.
Advanced 4WD Training Course
The highly accomplished Pro Drive Safe 4WD Training will prepare you for any trip north towards Cape York.
If you are a keen 4WD’er and want to enjoy some challenging drives whilst in the company of other enthusiasts, a Tag A Long tour is for you. You can get rugged and out there and see some very remote parts of Australia by joining a Tag A Long.
These tours are fully guided and therefore safe, as you are in the company of a 4WD licensed touring professional, as well as a small group of your other tourists.This means that you are most likely to go to places that you’d never go otherwise.
Also, if you just know you want to get out there, but you don’t really know where you wish to go or how to best tour the area, then a Tag A Long is definitely a good option.
Travellers Autobarn recommends 2 companies for Tag Along tours in Australia:
Both companies have a range of different tours, so have a look at their websites and tell them “Autobarn” recommended them. And if you need a 4WD for your tour – well guess what we do!
Coming to Australia and planning to buy a vehicle? You will also need to start planning your backpacker car insurance. We highly recommend you to take out third party compulsory insurance (TPPI) for a trouble free holiday around Australia…Third Party Property Insurance covers you against liability for damage your car might cause to other people’s property, usually the other car in an accident. It is strongly recommended that you take Third Party Property Insurance when you buy a car.
The minimum insurance required by law is included under the registration of all vehicles in Australia. This is the Compulsory Third Party Personal Injury (CTP Greenslip) insurance. Vehicles cannot be registered without this certificate, so every car with a current registration sticker has this insurance
CTP insurance covers everyone involved in a motor vehicle accident, except the driver who caused the accident, for medical and disability costs that result from the accident. We at Travellers Autobarn strongly suggest that everyone travelling to Australia take out his or her own travel/health insurance.
It is not required to have any other type of insurance in Australia. However, you may also wish to purchase Third Party Property Damage Insurance that will cover you against costs for damages your car might cause to other people’s property, usually the other car in an accident. We strongly recommend that you take this Third Party Property Insurance when you buy a car.
Comprehensive car insurance is not available to non-residents of Australia.
You can buy, extend and claim online from anywhere in the world, 24/7, even if you’ve already left home! Recommended by Lonely Planet, World Nomads travel insurance is designed for adventurous independent travellers and covers overseas medical, evacuation, luggage and property such as iPods and digital cameras.
Thinking of buying privately? Looking for a pre-purchase inspection? Need any repairs on your vehicle?
Travellers Autobarn recommends the Kings Cross Garage – the Kings Cross Garage is a backpacker friendly mechanic in Sydney who offer pink slips, pre-pruchase inspections, minor & major services, all sorts of repairs & camping fit-outs. It has been established and serving backpackers for over 15 years.
They specialize in campervans and 4WD and offer a reliable, affordable service. All mechanics are fully qualified and will provide you with a free quotation before any work commences – they also speak German. The Kings Cross Garage offers free of charge advice & quotes for any requests/repairs such as:
To contact the Kings Cross Garage please call Dave @ 02 8323 1516 and ask for an appointment (Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm).