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Australia Road Trip – Complete Guide

Embarking on a road trip across Australia is like setting off on a grand adventure through one of the world’s most diverse and stunning landscapes. From the rugged coastlines to the vast outback, a road trip in Australia offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the natural beauty, vibrant cities, and unique wildlife of this vast continent. To make the most of your trip, it is important to prepare before leaving: plan your route, estimate the necessary budget, plan the equipment you will need for traveling, camping, etc. Here are some tips to make your road trip in Australia one of the best memories of your life!

Best Road Trip itineraries in Australia

Before planning a road trip in Australia, you have to ask yourself where you want to go. Indeed, depending on your city of arrival, the type of vehicle you are going to buy or rent and your budget, the routes will not necessarily be the same. Here are the different possible itineraries for a road trip in Australia:

East Coast Adventure – Sydney to Cairns

Australia’s most popular route! An East Coast road trip is lined with numerous beaches (many of which are patrolled), enjoys a pleasant climate, and boasts a great diversity of landscapes. The main cities on the East Coast are Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns. They are all very lively, dynamic, and multicultural.

For those of you who are not very experienced with road trips, who love the ocean, and who do not want to feel too isolated from cities, this is the perfect itinerary! Besides the large metropolises with their vast expanses and skyscrapers stretching as far as the eye can see, travelers particularly enjoy visiting the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. The lush, verdant rainforests of the country’s north are also not to be missed.

The shoulder seasons, which fall between February and April or between September and October, are the ideal times to visit this region. During the winter period, it tends to be quite cold.

Please note that near the Gold Coast, Mackay, and Byron Bay, free camps are relatively rare. You will need to budget for paid caravan parks.

🕑 Allow about 3 weeks to do Sydney – Cairns.

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Our FREE 52-page guide brings together all the info you need for your East Coast Road Trip in Australia:

  • Preparations (seasons, budget)
  • All the best spots to visit on the coast
  • The best tours & activities
  • Spots to park and sleep in a campervan

West Coast Wilderness – Perth to Darwin

The uniqueness of the West Coast lies in its wild nature. Apart from the southern metropolis of Perth, you will not find any large cities but rather many small towns. On this coast, the distances from one town to another are long (sometimes very long) and here nature dominates civilization. The beaches, as beautiful as they are wild, stretch on and are sometimes completely deserted.

For adventurers in search of nature and looking to escape the tourists, a road trip on the West Coast is highly recommended! You will discover wild canyons, vast deserted beaches, the lesser-known Barrier Reef, and more. You can also feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia and discover many other wonders. Marine life enthusiasts will also be delighted to explore the West Coast as it is the perfect place to swim with whale sharks from May to July.

If you are considering a road trip on the West Coast, you have the option to choose between two itineraries. If you have a good month ahead of you, consider starting your journey from Perth to Darwin. Conversely, if you are limited on time, a road trip itinerary from Perth to Broome (passing through the famous Karijini Park) would be more appropriate.

🕑 Allow 3-4 weeks from Perth to Darwin

Download the complete West Coast Guide

Our FREE 40-page guide brings together all the info you need for your West Coast Road Trip in Australia:

  • Prepare your trip (seasons, budget)
  • All the best spots to do on the Coast
  • Tours & activities recommendations
  • Spots to park and sleep in a campervan

Australia’s South Coast – Melbourne to Perth

Here is an itinerary to reach Perth (WA) from Melbourne (VIC), passing through Adelaide (SA). Between Melbourne and Adelaide, the landscapes are extremely rich. You will leave Australia’s most cultural city to discover the famous Great Ocean Road and the iconic Twelve Apostles. If you have the chance, make a small detour to Kangaroo Island, a little paradise that remains preserved. Pass through Adelaide, the city of churches, before facing the desert plains of the Nullarbor and its 146 km straight stretch to reach Perth.

Finally, you can cool off by hiking in the shade of immense forests or in the heart of one of the many national parks, but also discover the superb wild beaches of the Southwest region of Australia.

🕑 Allow 2-3 weeks from Melbourne to Perth

The Outback Odyssey – Darwin to Adelaide

Starting from Darwin, you can take a road trip to Alice Springs, or even extend your journey to Adelaide. This route literally crosses Australia from north to south through the land. Predominantly desert, lovers of nature and vast open spaces will feel at home, although there are not many points of interest to see.

The Northern Territory is the state where you will encounter the most Aboriginal people and have the chance to get close to this ancient Australian culture. This itinerary will allow you to discover exceptional sites. Among them are Kakadu National Park and Nitmiluk National Park, Mataranka with its thermal pools, the quirky Daly Waters pub, and Uluru (Ayers Rock), the renowned behemoth. You can also explore the underground town of Coober Pedy.

You will encounter few towns but rather roadhouses, so remember to stock up on water, food, and fuel.

🕑 Allow 2-4 weeks from Adelaide to Darwin.


Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state, is composed of 21% national parks. The landscapes of the island are very different from the Australian outback. Here, you’ll find rolling hills and plateaus as far as the eye can see, immense forests of verdant ferns, countless lakes and waterfalls, as well as dreamy beaches with white sand and crystal-clear waters (especially on the East Coast). Lovers of wild nature are truly in paradise here! A Tasmanian road trip is the perfect time to completely disconnect from your daily routine and immerse yourself in nature! Let yourself be guided by the diversity of landscapes, the sounds of nature, and encounters with wildlife and flora. Moreover, Tasmania is the only place in the world where you can observe the legendary Tasmanian devil in its natural habitat.

During your road trip in this small insular state, do not miss the East Coast and the Bay of Fires, Freycinet and Cradle Mountain National Park, Port Arthur, Bruny Island, Hobart, Cockle Creek, and the quaint mining towns or those with a Wild West flair in the West… And much more! Tasmania is a treasure trove of natural beauty to be explored without moderation!

You can get there by ferry from Melbourne (with or without your vehicle). You also have the option of taking an internal flight to Hobart or Launceston.

🕑 Allow 1 week for part of the island, up to 3 weeks to cover the whole island.

When to go on a road trip in Australia?

In order to choose the best time to travel to Australia, it is important to take into account different factors, such as the climate of each region you wish to visit, your budget and whether you intend to work there. Here is some advice to guide you.

Choose the best season to travel

The climate in Australia is predominantly warm, which is partly why it’s such a popular spot for travellers. However, it’s not nice and sunny everywhere, all the time! Australia is such a huge country that it is impossible to generalise about the seasons, temperatures, precipitation, etc. There are also six different types of climate on Australian territory:

Climate Australia
Source : Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Australia’s summer is from December to February, autumn from March to May, winter from June to August and spring from September to November. The two main contrasts are the winter in the South and the rainy season in the North. If you don’t like very hot temperatures then you should also probably avoid the desert in the height of summer.

You should also take into account the tourist season. If you travel during the summer, you will most likely enjoy great weather but tourist destinations will be more crowded and prices will be higher (rental, accommodation, excursions, etc.).

Dec / Jan / FebMar / Apr / MayJun / Jul / AugSep / Oct / Nov

In the North of Australia (Northern Territory, North Queensland and Western Australia), rainy season is between November and March. It gets very hot and humid. Temperatures range between 30°C and 50°C, with lots of rain. It is not recommended to explore Northern Australia during the wet season, as there’s a risk of cyclones, floods and lots of mosquitos.

In the South of Australia, don’t forget that winter can be very cool. Temperatures can fall between 5 and 15 degrees. In some areas there is even snow, with minus temperatures at night (around Canberra, Australian Alps etc.)

If you plan to work in farms in Australia

It’s also important to be aware of the seasons if you plan to work in Australia. If you want to find a fruit picking job to finance your road trip, you’ll need to know about the harvest seasons.

Check out our harvest calendar to get a good overview of fruit picking seasons in Australia. It shows you what fruit and vegetables are in season and where to go – state by state.

However, this is not an exact science, but more of an indication: the harvests depend heavily on weather and climate, and can therefore vary from year to year.

Check out our fruit picking map to get access to over 500 farm contacts across Australia.

fruit picking season in australia

If you plan to work in cities in Australia

Australia’s diverse climate and bustling urban centers offer unique opportunities for those seeking work in hospitality, with the best destinations often depending on the season. During the summer months (December to February), cities like Sydney and Melbourne are bustling with tourists, making them ideal for finding jobs in cafes, bars, and restaurants. The warm weather and numerous outdoor events increase the demand for hospitality staff. In contrast, during the Australian winter (June to August), consider heading to warmer regions like Brisbane or the Gold Coast, where the milder climate attracts visitors escaping the cold from the southern states, keeping the hospitality sector active. For those looking to experience Australia’s unique landscapes while working, the spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) months are perfect for exploring regional areas like Tasmania or the Margaret River region in Western Australia, where seasonal tourism boosts the need for hospitality workers in local cafes and wineries.

Prepare your Road Trip

Choose your vehicle (van or 4WD?)

If you own a vehicle or plan to purchase or rent one, it will partially determine your route. Choose a reliable vehicle suited to Australian roads. Consider a four-wheel drive for outback adventures. To summarise :

  • If you only want to visit the East Coast (for example do Sydney -> Cairns) or even discover the South (Great Ocean Road, Nullarbor, Tasmania, etc.) while staying on the main roads then a van (or a car/station wagon) will be ideal for your road trip.
  • If you want to do Western Australia, Central, Northern Queensland or even the Northern Territory, and the Outback then a 4WD is probably better. This will give you much more freedom and will allow you access to more sites.

The main tourist sites across the country are accessible via car, but some more isolated places can only be explored with 4WD. Keep in mind that you can usually join a tour to explore more inaccessible regions in Australia.

Choose your city of arrival and your destination

Your itinerary will depend on your city of arrival. You can also check out our article “Choose your city of Arrival in Australia” if you have not yet made your choice.

Once you have decided where to start your adventure in Australia and how long you want to travel, you can then choose your itinerary, keeping the seasons in mind. On the other hand, if you already know which places you want to see it makes more sense to check the seasons and then book your flights.

Figure out your route

Australia is a very large country… it is 32 times the size of the UK in terms of area. It is very important that you set a fairly accurate route to determine the length of your road trip, but also for organisational reasons. This will allow you have a clear plan, and help to make sure you don’t miss any highlights on the road.

If, by contrast, you only have a set amount of time for your road trip, plan around that instead. For example, if you have 3 weeks ahead of you, then you have enough time to discover the East coast or the West coast from Perth to Broome. If you only have 2 or 3 days and are based in Melbourne, head to the Great Ocean Road or the Grampians. Leaving from Sydney, you can explore the Blue Mountains or the south towards Jervis Bay.

Figure out the stages of your road trip

Again, you will need to determine the stops on your journey. Remember to check the seasons and the harvests if you will need to find work fairly quickly. Depending on your budget, you will also need to figure out how long you can travel without working.

One of the other points to take into account when it comes to planning your itinerary is the places you absolutely need to see. For example, if you want to go to the Red Centre, you should visit outside of the summer months (November – February), when it is stiflingly hot. If you want to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the best time to go is in September.

How to do a road trip in Australia?

With your own vehicle

Australia is a road tripper’s paradise. Everything seems to be designed to discover the country by road! If you are staying in the country for several months or more, it’s a good idea to buy your own vehicle. You’ll have more freedom and will make money back when you sell it on at the end of your trip. Depending on your plans and your budget, you can opt for a car, a station wagon or a van for your trip. Remember to check the registration – registration rules vary between states.

Choosing the right vehicle is essential for a successful road trip. Who wants to drive for hours in an uncomfortable car in the scorching sun without air conditioning? No-one! So, it’s important to know your stuff in advance. Ask yourself the right questions about what type of vehicle is right for you:

  • a car with a roof tent for the more adventurous
  • a motorhome with all the utilities for those who want comfort (toilets, showers)
  • a van, smaller but well organised
  • a campervan for a little more space and equipment

More information: Buying a vehicle in Australia

Buying a vehicle

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Renting a vehicle

For a road trip lasting a few weeks or less, renting a car or campervan is a good option. Likewise if you plan to explore part of the country and then settle in a city or vice versa. We advise you to use a comparison tool to find the best available rates. Motorhome Republic offers many models for a good price.

Book in advance to choose and find your ideal vehicle because rentals go quickly, especially in high season.

Join a Tour

If you are travelling in Australia for a short period of time, given the vastness of the island, you might want to opt for an organised tour. This could be to discover one part of the country – for example, Melbourne and the surrounding areas with the Great Ocean Road. An organised tour can also be a great way to explore several areas of the country more quickly.

You can explore Australia’s Red Centre in just a few days with a tour rather than crossing all over the country to get there by car. For excursions and tours by boat or plane, you can find agencies on-site.

Use public transport

If you don’t have your own vehicle or don’t want to rent one, you can use the various means of public transport in the country.


Travelling by plane is a quick and efficient way to travel Australia. The major cities of the country are very well served and offer cheap flights. Many companies offer domestic flights, including Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas.


You can also opt for the bus. Several companies such as Greyhound and Premier Motor Service connect the major cities. For instance, you can go from Melbourne to Sydney for $50 with Premier. It’s a good way to get around if you’re not short on time – the bus journeys are long. The coaches are comfortable and you will have access to free Wi-Fi during the trip. You can opt for a single route ticket or buy a package which allows unlimited travel on the East Coast for 3 weeks or a month, for example.


Another means of public transport in Australia is the train. There are several famous train lines which connect the main points of interest on the coasts, as well as the centre of the country, with a connection between Adelaide and Darwin. Some lines have specific names, such as The Indian-Pacific (Sydney to Perth), The Ghan (Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs), The Queenslander (Brisbane to Cairns), and The Overlander (Adelaide to Melbourne). You can buy a single ticket or opt for a pass that will allow you to travel with stops on the way.


Carpooling is very common in Australia. It’s an economical way to travel while sharing with other travellers. You can find a “lift” on different specialised sites or on Facebook groups where many travellers offer places in their car or others who seek it. You will have to share the costs (gas, food as the case may be) and the fun!

What budget do you need for a road trip?

Expenditure items

The budget for a road trip in Australia can be substantial. It is therefore very important to assess the costs involved. The cost of living is relatively high in Australia and fuel will make up a big part of your budget. You must then take into account the cost of your vehicle (purchase or rental), food, campsites, activities and miscellaneous costs …

With a few tips, it is possible to travel with very little money (especially if you work during your road trip). For more information and tips for saving money on road trips, do not hesitate to download our free guide – Australia Backpackers Guide.

Road Trip budget calculator

Wondering how much it will cost you to travel Australia? Check out our budget calculator.

What affects a road trip budget?


Travelling with the seasons will affect your expenses. Be aware that everything is more expensive during school holidays – accommodation, vehicle rental prices, excursions, transport, etc. You will need to set your budget based on when you travel. Note that the high season in Australia runs from November to February.


One of the first criteria that will determine your road trip budget will be its duration. It goes without saying that the more time you spend on the road, the higher your budget will be. This is especially true if you hire a vehicle to get around. So remember to estimate your expenses based on how long you will spend travelling.

Number of travellers

This is another big factor, as your expenses will vary depending on the size of your group and the ages and needs of the group members. If you are travelling with your own vehicle, consider carpooling. This will lower your costs, allow you to meet new people and reduce your carbon footprint in the process!


Depending on the activities you have planned, your budget will be larger or smaller. You can choose to go on some short excursions or join organised tours. For excursions to tourist sites, budget at least $200 per person (or more) depending on the type of activity. For other activities, budget about $20 for a cinema ticket, $40 for entry to an animal park, $25 for paddleboard rental, etc. You can also plan free activities such as beaches, museums, bbq, free events in cities etc.

Level of comfort and convenience

Again, this is unique to everyone. Your budget will be different depending on your lifestyle! If you want maximum comfort and are renting a vehicle, opt for a motorhome equipped with shower and toilet. If you aren’t too bothered about comfort, a campervan or a station wagon will save you money. You can also opt for a car and a rooftop tent, it will save you money but may be better suited for short road trips.

Examples of budgets

With your own vehicle

First, note the cost of buying your vehicle. The price will be different depending on the type of vehicle (4WD; van; car), its age and condition and the location and season of purchase.

  • A converted car / station wagon costs between $4000 and $7000
  • A campervan costs between $8000 and $10.000
  • For a converted 4WD, budget between $9,000 and $12,000.

In addition to this, you will need to add the cost of fuel and vehicle maintenance (approx. $600 per month). Travelling by vehicle, whether by van or car, will save you on accommodation costs. You can sleep in your vehicle or pitch your tent. Add a food budget ($130 per week) and you can budget around $1,600 per month for two people.

Renting a vehicle

The price of renting a campervan or motorhome in Australia varies according to many criteria (season, length of your stay, reservation in advance). Insurance is a significant cost in the rental budget (add around $30 / day). For a “classic” campervan for 2 people (without insurance), budget:

  • In low season: budget between $60 and $80 per day
  • In high season: between $90 – $120 per day

Add fuel ($600 on average) and food costs ($130 per week for two people).

With an organised tour

There are many agencies that offer organised tours. However, these offers are generally expensive because they include airfare, hotels, excursions and agency services etc. You can choose to go through an agency to organise your road trip. For example, for a tour organised in the red centre, budget around $700 per person for 4 days and 3 nights. Moreover, you also need to add the costs for your plane tickets.

Self-organised tours

Know that it is quite possible to organise your tour yourself. Sights in Australia are accessible by road. You can go to the vast majority of national parks via paved roads or even reach the Red Centre of the country with a conventional vehicle. Certain places, or certain parts of national parks are however only accessible with a 4WD (Purnululu, certain parts of Karijini for example).

For excursions and tours by boat or plane, you can find agencies on-site. The prices of the excursions vary according to the locations and period of the year etc. For the Whitsunday Islands, allow at least $250 for a day trip.

What equipment do you need for a road trip?

A road trip allows you to travel in total freedom. However, it is important to have all the necessary equipment for a successful adventure!

Phone plans

Choosing a good plan for your mobile phone is essential for a road trip. Indeed, outside the big cities and in very rural areas, not all operators receive service, which can be dangerous. Telstra offers the best coverage across Australia, including the Outback.

Navigation equipment

One of the first points to take into account before your road trip is navigation! If you’re following main roads, you shouldn’t get lost, but things get trickier when you start to explore more regional areas. You will have your phone’s GPS, but it’s best not to rely solely on it in case you lose signal. There are different tools that will help you orient yourself in this huge country:

  • Road maps / GPS
  • “Camp12” camping guide which lists all the free camping areas
  • WikiCamps app or CamperMate.

Camping equipment

  • Chairs and camping table (optional)
  • Kitchen utensils (pans, pots, plates, cutlery…)
  • Waterproof Tupperware boxes to store your food
  • Gas cooker and gas bottle / refill
  • Icebox (if you don’t have a fridge)
  • Dishwashing liquid, sponges, tea towels
  • Rope and tarp (can be used as a blind)
  • Flashlight (a head torch can be very handy to keep your hands free)
  • Big bottles of water (20L)
  • One or two cans of gasoline depending on the capacity of your tank and your itinerary.

Food supplies

You should always have plenty of food and water in case you get stuck somewhere for several days. It can also be a good idea for saving money if you’re travelling to an isolated area, because the food will generally be more expensive there. Preserves are very useful during road trips because they can resist heat, cold temperatures, water etc. So remember to bring non-perishable food.


  • Tent (if you won’t be sleeping in your vehicle)
  • Mattress and pillows (inflatable or foam)
  • Blankets or sleeping bags. It can be cold at night, so make sure you have a good sleeping bag.


During your road trip in Australia, you probably won’t be able to bring all the toiletries you would use at home. Here are a few necessities that should cover you:

  • Soap & Shampoo (+ dry shampoo)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower towel
  • Solar shower (approx. $20)
  • Bucket to wash your clothes by hand + Liquid laundry detergent.

First aid kit

Bring a first aid kit to treat small wounds or bites on your trip. Include mosquito repellent, dressings, disinfectant, plasters, compresses, painkillers, medication for stomach aches, vomiting, and everything you might need. You should be able to buy anything you’ve forgotten at pharmacies on the road, so don’t overload yourself, but make sure you have the basics.

Vehicle maintenance

Maintaining your vehicle is essential in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises during your trip. If you rent a vehicle you shouldn’t have to worry about this. Otherwise, here are the main accessories you should have:

  • Oil and Coolant
  • A full jack + toolbox
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • A cloth / gloves.

Useful apps

A handful of apps installed on your phone in advance will make your trip much smoother – unless you are a fan of paper road maps and compasses! Here are some essential apps that you can download:

  • WikiCamps: This app gives you an overview of all the campsites, toilets, showers, information centres, points of interest, etc. It costs $8 on the App Store. There’s also a free version of this app called Campermate.
  • Maps.Me: This is the perfect app for geotagging on a map and finding your way around, even on a trail. You can use the app as a GPS and even mark it with points of interest, stops, etc. The app also works offline, which comes in handy when you don’t have signal. To top it off, it’s free!
  • Fuel Map: To find gas stations and compare prices, don’t hesitate to download this free app. Gas prices can vary a lot between stations so this can save you a decent amount of money!


Remember to bring games or sports equipment to entertain you on the road, like a surfboard, a ball, a frisbee, cards or a board game. You may wish to bring a snorkel if you want to check out some corals/fish. But don’t over-burden yourself with things that are easy to rent on location.

What would a trip be without music? When you go on a road trip, your choice of music is almost as important as your choice of vehicle, especially if you have to go on very long journeys! Make different playlists with different styles of music, to keep everyone happy and mix things up so you don’t get bored.

Download them on your devices in advance so you can still play them even if you don’t have signal. Do the same for movies.

Van life in Australia

During a road trip, all our daily habits are different. When traveling in isolated area, finding showers or toilets can be a challenge.

To make your road trip more enjoyable, it is important to equip yourself with everything mentioned above. This is the minimum to meet your needs. Remember that if you have access to the internet, you will not be totally on your own. You can ask for advice or contact other backpackers and travellers on Facebook groups.

At popular destinations, you will have fewer difficulties. Tourist information centres, campsites, caravan parks and even shops will provide showers and toilets. Compared to Europe, these services are of high quality and the equipment is well maintained.

Your daily life will be hectic and full of new challenges. Your major enemies will be insects (especially in the West and Red Centre), mice and extreme weather (burning sun and cold rain).

The more you progress in your road trip, the more you will encounter new challenges, but you will also find new techniques to avoid and resolve them. You’re sure to learn a lot, become more resourceful and make memories for life.

Where to sleep in a van in Australia?

You will not be able to sleep anywhere you want in Australia, even with your van. Car parks will have signs prohibiting staying overnight, and in large cities and busy areas you risk getting slapped with a fine.

However, the country is huge and everything is designed for travellers. You will have no trouble finding places to sleep (excluding in major cities). Camping is part of Australian culture, and you’ll find countless campsites, rest areas, and more. The comfort of these places varies a lot. Some areas offer showers and toilets, others have nothing or just dry toilets.

There are specialised guides that list all the free or cheap camp spots in the country (Camps Australia Wide) as well as mobile apps (Wikicamps). If you are traveling by car or unequipped van, you can stop at caravan parks or campsites to shower, do your laundry, etc.

How to reduce your ecological footprint on a road trip?

Hygiene: simple, effective, and organic

#1 Prepare your toiletry bag

Travelling in an ecological way is reflected from the moment of packing for your road trip. We don’t necessarily think about it, but the content of our toiletry bag is as important as recycling. This is why we invite you to pay attention to the impact of the hygiene products that you decide to take with you.

Here are some ecological alternatives for your road trip:

  • Bamboo toothbrush (let’s avoid plastic)
  • Natural toothpaste such as licorice stick (very practical for brushing teeth) or lozenge (available from Lush)
  • Limit makeup and choose the most natural (obviously, we let you choose the most suitable brand)
  • Natural soap (to replace shower gel)
  • Solid shampoo (easy to store, you can use it for months without worry)

#2 Doing your laundry on a road trip

The composition of washing powders includes many chemicals. Here too, we can act. Just favour herbal soap. What alternatives do we have in mind? Soapberries, or Ecostore, there are many products on the market. Obviously, there are other soaps just as beneficial as these last two. This means taking the time to wash your things by hand. You will save money and make a good gesture for the environment by consuming less water, electricity and harmful products. Nice, right?

But that’s not all, we have 2 more tips! If you are travelling in a group, consider doing your laundry together. And in general, let’s limit our laundry. Cleaning only the clothes that need it is a good start on the path to ecology.

#3 The menstrual period on a road trip

A simple and ecological solution is currently a hit: the menstrual cup (or cup). It avoids the purchase of tampons or sanitary napkins, which unfortunately we cannot recycle.

And for those who are not comfortable with this idea, no panic! Another solution is possible: menstrual pants. It protects you for approximately 12 hours (being all different, the duration of protection may vary). You just need to clean it, preferably with cold water, and then presto! Here we go again…

#4 Take solar showers

You just need to buy a solar shower to be able to wash anywhere, whether camping or hiking. Of course, you will always need a source of water. These portable showers are easy to install, and you just have to enjoy. As you can see, this solution takes advantage of the sun’s rays rather than running factories. So go for the solar shower!

Eat in joy and ecology

#1 Buy local

In Australia, you will have the chance to enjoy many fresh products available by the road sides. Here, trust is essential. Vegetables and fruit crowded outside and a simple cashier to pay. A great way to support local communities and reduce the carbon footprint. In stores, we invite you to look at the local items offered. Easy!

Market fruit vegetables on a local Road trip Australia

#2 Eat more vegetables

Eating healthy and responsibly also involves reducing your consumption of meat in favour of plant-based dishes. In front of the veggie burgers, the Greek cheese muesli, the tomato omelettes and the leek fondues. In short, it is not the ideas that are missing.

Yes, it’s much more serious than you might think. Obviously, no need to become vegan overnight. For example, it is enough to limit yourself to one meat dish per day (and for the more daring, once every two days) to gain “energy points”. In any case, congratulations to those who try the experience!

#3 Shopping in a sustainable way

Before you get into the big bath of Coles and Woolworths, we give you an easy and effective technique to set up to avoid mess.

Professional backpackers already practice it: plan their meals for the next few days and make a shopping list. Easy, mate! So you will be sure to know what you really need. Also, don’t forget to bring reusable bags.

Advice on the road

Be prepared for long drives without services; keep your fuel tank full and carry spare fuel.

Australia has very specific traffic regulations and signage. Motorways do not have a central island and the speed limit for these roads is 100km/h. Near major cities, some roads have tolls. There are no barriers that limit access, so payment is made online.

On the road, you also risk encountering floods (in the rainy season), livestock crossing, and wild animals…Depending on your vehicle, some roads will not be passable. In any case, be careful and don’t drive at night to avoid collisions with wild animals.

Practical information for your road trip


You will find (cold) showers and toilets on most beaches. Inland, prepare bottles of water for cleaning up. You can also opt for a solar shower. Showers are also sometimes available at gas stations or at tourist offices for $2.

A pack of baby wipes will also allow you to freshen up on days when you don’t have access to running water.

Recharge your devices

You can buy a “ power inverter “, a system that plugs into the cigarette lighter and allows you to recharge (even large equipment such as a computer) while driving.

If you stop at campsites, you will have access to electricity . Also watch for electrical outlets you come across in public toilets, McDonald’s or the city library.


Your gas cooker will not allow you to prepare large meals, and preserving food can be complicated during a road trip. Instead, opt for dry products such as pasta, rice and preserves. You can use spices to add flavor to your dishes.

If you don’t have a fridge in your vehicle, use a cooler. You can find ice packs at all gas stations.


There are lots of tips to save money during your trip to Australia!
Find all our advice and tips: 20 tips to save money travelling Australia .

Updated on 17/04/2024

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