Backpackers account for around 13% of tourism in Australia, which is approximately 606,000 people every year, making it a top destination for backpackers. There’s plenty of things to do as a backpacker in Australia thanks to the beautiful beaches, inviting cities and some of the world’s best national parks, combined with the friendly and laid-back culture. If you’re visiting Aus on your own and don’t feel confident travelling solo then joining an adventure tour is a great way to travel from one part of Australia to another for a reasonable price while seeing lots of sights and wildlife. You’ll also be safe as you’ll travel in a group with an experienced tour guide who knows the area well. Here are a few suggested routes you could take whilst exploring Aus, whether travelling independently or part of a tour:
Alice Springs to Kakadu – 6 day tour
This tour takes 6 days, starting in Alice Springs and heading to Daly Waters, where you’ll see the impressive Devil’s Marbles and can grab a couple of drinks at the local pub in the evening, getting chance to chat with fellow backpackers and locals. You’ll head to Mataranka Hot Springs with the option to walk the Katherine Gorge or take a helicopter ride to view the stunning surrounding landscape and even spot some kangaroos in their natural habitat. You’ll get to visit Edith Falls, Kakadu National Heritage Park, Litchfield National Park, go on a nature cruise and go croc-spotting, all with a tour guide who knows the area well, can offer insights along the way and keep you safe to get the most out of your trip.
Sydney to Cairns – 18 day tour
Touring the East Coast of Australia is one of the best ways to travel up the coast while taking in some iconic tourist sights. You’ll cover Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Airlie Beach and Cairns. This tour includes exploring Sydney, the Hunter Valley region, Noosa Everglades, travelling over the Great Dividing Range, spotting koalas at Noosa National Park, yachting around the Whitsunday Islands and visiting the Great Barrier Reef. You get the option of doing water sports and other activities or lazing about on beautiful beaches and swimming in the sea. Be sure to wear sunscreen as the Australian sun is very strong and, if you do decide to go for a dip, only swim between yellow and red flags when a lifeguard is on duty to keep yourself safe.
Complete tour of Australia – 28 day tour
A full tour of Australia is great for people who are visiting for a short period of time, but still want to see as much of the country as possible. You can start by exploring the Outback and then journey along the East Coast from Sydney to Cairns. The Outback shouldn’t be underestimated as it covers thousands of miles with very few people about. Take enough water, food and other supplies for longer than you intend to be there to be on the safe side. As with some of the above tours, you’ll visit places like the Great Barrier Reef, Byron Bay, national parks and stunning beaches, with the addition of travelling across the country to pack more destinations in and include amazing wine tours and mountain ranges. You’ll also get to know the people you’re travelling with well over the 28 days, giving you the opportunity to gain insight and tips from other backpackers and make some lifelong friends on the way.
Going on guided tours around Australia is one of the safest ways to travel as you’ll be with someone who knows the area, as well as in a group. It’s also a cheap way to do lots of travelling, exploring and sightseeing packed into a short space of time and you’ll get to spend time with other backpackers.