Backpacking in Australia

Backpacking in Australia, the sixth largest country in the world, offers an experience that is an interesting mix of cultural diversity, and natural beauty in a safe, first world nation. Most of Australia,s infrastructure and population exist along its 50,000 kilometre coast dotted with over 10,000 beaches. Yes, this island-continent has a rich and vibrant beach culture.

Australia is a popular destination among backpackers for many reasons. Its diverse cultures, variety of climates and natural sights topped off with world class facilities make it one of the best backpacking destinations in the world. Backpacking in Australia is a trip you won,t forget in a hurry and here are some fantastic reasons why the land down under is a great choice for backpackers:

  • From the beautiful beaches and tropical climates to snow capped mountains and outback deserts - Australia,s diverse landscape will enchant you.
  • Due to its sheer size and its distance from other continents, Australia boasts of unique flora and fauna native to the country. From the kangaroos, to the koala bears, to the 10,000 year old trees, you,ll find them all right here in Australia
  • First world infrastructure, services and amenities.
  • You do not need an international driver,s licence as the licence from your native country will suffice.
  • Variety of accommodation available to suit every budget - from world class hotels to holiday flats, youth hostels or backpacker,s dormitories; there,s something for everyone.
  • Easily accessible travel visa or working holiday visa allowing you to work part time while on your backpacking trip.

Cities Worth Visiting

Some of the cities worth visiting while you,re backpacking in Australia are located in the three most populous states, and they are all on the east coast.

Sydney, located in New South Wales, is the commercial hub of the country but is surrounded by nature reserves and sanctuaries which allow you to get a feel of native Australian wilderness. Just two hours outside of Sydney, the Blue Mountains boast of the Australian equivalent of the Grand Canyon with backpacking facilities within the reserve.

Melbourne, the artsy city, is known for its mix of night life, art and entertainment. Often labelled the dining capital of Australia, Melbourne is popular for the range of cuisines from across the globe with an Australian flair. The Yarra Valley wine route is a must see for any backpacker as you sample some of the finest Australian wines along this picturesque trek.

The Gold Coast located in the state of Queensland is world famous for its beautiful beaches, moderate climate and its theme parks. From World Heritage sites like the rainforest to the nightclubs of Surfer,s Paradise, the Gold coast is ideal for any backpacker wanting to enjoy the sun and fun on the beach.

Saftety and Medical Advice

The Australian authorities usually do not require any specific vaccinations as the risk of infectious diseases are minimal, which automatically puts the country on any backpacker's "safe list". In fact, Australia is well known for its safety and security among backpackers. Big cities, small towns, natural reserves, hippie towns - no matter where you are, you can be rest assured of a low risk backpacking trip. Just remember you are in a different country, so take a few precautions and stay safe.

Australia is a beautiful country with much to see and even more to learn, so if you want a backpacking adventure you,ll never forget, Australia is the place to be!