Don’t travel Australia without reading these 5 vital organisation tips! Make the most of your time and budget with One Stop Adventures.
You’ve set your sights on travelling the East Coast of Australia.
That’s no small feat, considering you’re about to take on the 6th largest country in the world. Since Australia measures in at an impressive 7.69 million square km, it makes sense to break up your travels and start on the most popular tourist trail, the East Coast.
With its stunning scenery, fascinating wildlife and endless adventure tours, you’re about to embark on one of your best adventures yet – so make sure you’re well prepared. We’ve gathered our top organisation tips so you can make your way from south to north (or vice-versa) and ensure you’re making the most out of every day.
Learn how to cook
This tip might seem a little odd; you’re here to experience a beautiful country, not slave away in the kitchen, right?! While that’s true, eating out in Australia can chew into your budget quickly. Learn to cook a handful of staple, cheap meals such as rice and pasta dishes. Most hostels will come with a communal kitchen you can use, so you can save your budget for something more exhilarating than lunch!
Plan your itinerary in advance
You might be someone that likes to “wing it” when it comes to travelling, but we recommend setting out your schedule if you’re making your way down the East Coast. Make sure you permit enough time to really explore each hot spots, with a little downtime here and there. We think 4 weeks is a good amount of time, but if you can afford to stay for longer, you won’t regret it! Only got a week to spare? Try out our Sydney to Cairns Express Tour to make sure you don’t miss out on the good stuff.
Find a good pay-as-you-go phone plan
You can’t bank on having access to Wi-Fi everywhere you go in Australia, so arrange a pay-as-you-go SIM card early on in your trip, with a plan that has a generous internet allowance to manage all those Instagram stories you’ll be uploading. While Vodafone might be able to offer a great rate, it’s generally understood that Telstra gets better coverage outside major areas, so take that into account before you sign up with a provider.
Buy a bus ticket
This is (literally) your ticket for travelling the East Coast, so don’t forget to buy a bus pass if you’re not travelling by car or camper van. Some of the most reliable Australian bus providers are Greyhound, Premier and Stray and each comes with its perks. If you’re not sure which one to choose, read up on our blog “Which is the Best Bus Pass for the East Coast of Australia?”
Get a good understanding of the bus times and station locations on your provider’s website - and it’s probably best to download films before you hop on, as the WiFi on-board might not be able to manage streaming.
Not to sound like a nagging parent, but it’s absolutely crucial you arrange adequate travel insurance before your trip. Consider whether you’ll be participating in extreme sports or other activities to get the right level of cover. With all of Australia’s dangerous creepie-crawlies, a simple spider bite could have you forking out a lot of your travel funds if you’re not insured.
With one of the biggest ranges of East Coast tours in Australia, One Stop Adventures can help you choose the trip that fits your budget, time restraints and bucket list!