The Short Break - 1 week
If you live in any of Australia
's capital cities then use your short break to get to know your backyard a little better. Aim for a single destination that only requires 1 overnight and 2 driving days maximum to get there. Setup a base camp and explore the region from there. There are many wonderful National Parks that would be ideal for this sort of trip. For ideas see Camping Guides in the Books section of our Shop
and then cross-reference ideas you find to our Trek Notes for detailed driving notes, and practical suggestions of what to do.
The Annual Holiday - 4 week trip
This length trip is ideal for anyone planning a trip from anywhere in Australia
to the centre, to see places
such as Uluru (Ayres Rock), the Simpson Desert
, Chambers Pillar
or the Channel Country. Obviously you can go a lot further and see more places
with 4 weeks, however this is your holiday and don't want to be driving everyday of it. Planning a trip from Sydney
to the Kimberley
is really too far. Stick instead to planning a trip on the same side of the country as you live, or in Winter, Central Australia
is the perfect destination.
ExplorOz has published a number of treks, which cover everything from 15-day adventures in the outback to weekend trips out of the capital cities. See our Trek Notes for comprehensive destination information for over 100 great trips.
The Big Trip - 6mths +
This sort of trip requires very special planning and most people say they're going to travel "around Australia". Unfortunately for many hundreds of travellers, the reality is that to fully appreciate each region as you circumnavigate Australia
, you will need to plan to be on the road
for at least 9 months to do a full loop. Ideally, 18 - 24 months would be better for this would give you time to experience each region in its prime season. See Climate for why.
6 months is definitely too short a period in which to attempt to drive 30,000 kilometres around Australia
- you will quite simply find yourselves constantly driving. But, 6mths will give you the ability to fully explore at least one half of Australia
so focus on the season - what time of year will it be and what part of Australia
is at it's prime at that time. Whatever your situation I'm sure you'll find more than 1 trip in the ExplorOz Trek Notes to suit you.