Australia is the 6th largest country in the world. While 2 weeks might be a lot of time in some parts of the world, it doesn’t scratch the surface of the land down under. If this is the first time you’re visiting Australia, you’ll want to put the right effort into your planning so you can make the most of your time here.
You easily can waste a lot of time on your trip traveling between parts of the country if you aren’t careful. That’s why you need to be certain of just where you want to go. Driving from Sydney to Perth, for example, will take you up to 5 days! These tips below will help you have the best trip to Australia even if you only have 2 weeks.
1. Stay in One Place
Because Australia is so vast, it’s not reasonable to expect to jump from one side of the country to the next without expensive plane tickets or days spent traveling by car. It’s always better to spend more time in a single place than too little time in many places. Focus solely on one region that reflects the type of trip you want to have, and stick with that.
This doesn’t mean you can’t take the time to explore that region fully. In fact, you should. Travelling with an Australian made caravan in tow (built for the conditions!) is an easy way to get off the beaten path, however, don’t try to stretch yourself too thin between destinations. Make peace with the fact that you won’t get to see everything, and that’s okay. You wouldn’t try to see New York and Los Angeles during the same trip, right? The same is true of Australia.
2. Prioritize Your Experiences
As we said, you can’t do it all. You’ll need to make some real decisions about what you want to see and do, and what you’ll come back for another time. Here are a few of the types of experiences you can choose from in this diverse country:
- Big cities and suburbs
- Coastal nature
- The Outback
- Adventure travel
- Food and wine
- Historical sites
- Party scene
This list could go on and on. There is so much to see and do in Australia, so think about what you value the most while traveling. If you want to explore a big city, for instance, stick to the east coast with major cities like Sydney and Melbourne. If you’d rather take in the wine regions, try Barossa Valley or Margaret River. It’s all about knowing what you value.
3. Budget Wisely
Finally, you’re going to want to budget for your trip. Australia is an expensive country, so you should have the right funds to afford the types of experiences you want to have. The most costly part of your trip will likely be airfare. Travel from the USA to Australia can easily cost over $1000.
Ultimately, you can expect to spend anywhere between $60 – 250 AUD per day. Tours as well are notoriously expensive. If you plan to travel beyond city limits, you’ll likely need a car. These costs are why so many consider a trip to Australia to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As long as you plan accordingly, you should be ready for anything.
While 2 weeks will make for a rushed trip, you can still take in the great sights of Australia in this amount of time. The key is to plan wisely. Don’t overbook your trip with too many places to visit. The land down under is full of natural beauty, friendly locals, and endless adventures. What are you waiting for?