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Most of us don't realise how huge Australia is and how long to allow for the longer trips. This question can have many answers depending what route you take, how long you stop at each destination and how long you drive for each day.
The world record for travelling around Australia is 25 days as described in the article below.
To actually enjoy travelling and seeing the sights you need to allow at least 6 months to do the 'big lap' including Tasmania. Many travellers travel for a year and just keep going as they love the lifestyle.
Calculating for travelling on main highways and roads following the coast where possible a lap of Australia would be about 15,600 kilometres for the mainland and travelling main roads of Tasmania is about 1,400kms, so a total of about 17,000 kilometres plus any side tracking into towns & attractions. Side tracking could easily add on several thousand kilometres and a few more weeks or months
If you can't do the full lap of Australia a better option is to travel each half of Australia allowing at least 2 months but 3 to 4 months would be better.
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Below I have listed money saving tips for when you are holidaying, we are exploring the region of the Fraser Coast and I have included another great travel resource and the weblink for the Great Ocean Road Trip.
The Great Ocean Road Trip
Australia has many recognised road trips 'The Great Ocean Road' is probably Australias most famous drive and no wonder the scenic views are amazing!
Have a look at these websites, the first is the tourism site and the 2nd one is a more personal and is written by a person that lives near the Great ocean Road.
Budget and Money Saving Tips
These budget tips will give you a few ideas on how to save a few dollars when you are planning your holiday and when you are travelling.
Sign up to frequent flyer programs
Use websites that compare prices of flights, travel insurance car hire etc
Travel off peak times, avoiding public and school holidays
Many package deals are available - they may include flights, accommodation and entry tickets etc
If you are travelling as a group eg. ten or more - try to get group discounts - going to the effort of creating a group name and getting tshirts printed maybe worthwhile.
Look out for discount coupons or tickets that maybe be useful - for meals, accommodation, entrance tickets.
Travel closer to home, you don't have to travel for days to have a great holiday.
Cook some of your meals rather than buying them all, also stock up at a supermarket rather than a small corner store or service station.
Regions of Australia - Fraser Coast - Queensland
So far we have been to the Kimberley, the Red Centre and Far North Queensland - next we are driving south along the coast past the beautiful Great Barrier Reef to the Fraser Coast. The Fraser Coast region includes Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and many more great towns and attractions.
Fraser Coast is an excellent area to see the migrating humpback whales swim past in winter as they seek the warmer tropic waters for calving. Many tours are available if you are interested in seeing these amazing whales close up.
Several times we have been to Fraser island and it is an extroadinary island to visit and explore. The beach or 'highway'(also the runway for the airplanes) seems to go on forever, inland there are beautiful lakes, rainforests with enormous trees and there is beautiful scenery along the coast.
There is more about our Fraser Island trips on the first link.
The second link has more information about the Fraser Coast tourism.
Travel Resources - Using Forums
Using forums to find travel, camping and holiday information can be very useful especially for finding specific information about a type of vehicle, camper, tent, camping equipment and camping locations etc.
If you are planning a holiday and need some more info please use the contact form and send your plans or ideas to me, I will do my best to provide you with the appropriate information.
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Cheers and Happy travelling Amazing Australia
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