As stated at the beginning of this article, before you begin planning the logistics of your trip, you really ought to know exactly where you're going. So make sure you read our Making an Itinerary article first.
If you are planning a lengthy trip then it’s essential to undertake some research – how far you intend to travel, places
you’d like to see and things you’d like to do, restrictions, permits and suggestions for best time of year to travel to certain locations. If you have to return from your trip by a certain date, you'll have a better chance if you have prepared a schedule, even if its just an outline. It can be surprising how quickly you'll lose track of time when you get out on the road
and become part of the travelling community.
Rather than have a bundle of maps to keep tidy, it’s a worthwhile investment to purchase a good quality road atlas to cover the whole of Australia
and then as you move around visit the tourist offices to get local maps and information. Depending on your computer skills you might also prefer the option of using digital maps
(stored on your computer). For more information about this see our Navigation topic containing a number of detailed articles and links to mapping software in our Shop