Backpacking Australia

Planning on backpacking Australia?

Australia is constantly full of backpackers and it's a great country for young independent travellers.

Backpacker Climbing Steps of Sydney Opera House
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Backpacker Accommodation in Australia

Australia's backpacker accommodation is excellent - there are hostels, lodges, guest houses.. They are more than just somewhere to stay - they are great places to meet people, party, get help with finding jobs, get information, anything you need as an independent traveller. The value is excellent too - they are not old and crappy but clean, well maintained places that are very reasonably priced. Punch in your destination and see what's available.

Backpacker Jobs

And you don't need to be rich to go backpacking Australia. If you have the right visa you can work your way around Australia, which means having a lot of fun and meeting a lot of other people who do exactly the same. Fruit picking jobs are the most popular, but you can also work within other industries, from outback cattle farms to city restaurants.

Waitress Carrying Tray of Carrot, Celery. Beet, Orange, Apple, and Grapefruit Juice at "The Source"
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Backpacker Campervans

A lot of backpackers get around by bus travel in Australia, and long distance buses really do take you almost everywhere in this country. Still, once your working months are done and you want to go for a trip around Australia, bus travel is no longer quite as handy, unless you don't mind a lot of packing and bag dragging.

Hiring a backpacker campervan is a great way to make your travels much more comfortable. No need to stay in hostels and pack your bag every morning - you can stop where you like, sleep in your van, cook your meals inside, and camp for very cheap or even free. The van may cost you, but you save money because you don't have to pay for accommodation, eating out, or bus tickets, which, if you think back to the prices, really weren't cheap per kilometre. You can compare the prices and pick your choice of the van here:

Backpacking Equipment

The term 'backpacking' hasn't always meant being a young independent partying traveller - from starters it meant (and still does) being a serious wildlife camper and long distance walker who carries all the supplies in a backpack (that needs to be huge on long walks). And Australia is a great country for those travellers too! Check out the page about backpacking equipment if you are planning to head to one of those wilderness camping trips.

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