Backpacking Australia

Hello to all seasoned and aspiring backpackers!

Have you always dreamed of travelling to Australia? Are you ready for the best 30 days of your life? Then buckle up, as an unforgettable adventure awaits you down under!

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. Even if you only have a few weeks’ time, don’t shy away from travelling here. Yes, the flight can be quite long depending on your starting point, but it’s much more bearable if you have a stopover. Cities like Bangkok or Singapore are ideal places to stop and allow you to get a taste of Asian culture.

We know that Australia is huge and that a few weeks are, of course, not long enough to travel the whole country, but there is one thing that should be on every traveller's bucket list: the road trip from Sydney to Cairns! This route along the popular East Coast offers a special kind of adventure, where you can visit the country’s most famous sights. Travelling by campervan gives you the ultimate sense of freedom and allows you to experience Australia in a unique way. You can also save money that would usually go towards accommodation. At JUCY Rentals you can rent a campervan for as little as thirty euros per day. Split the cost with another traveller and only pay 15 euros per day – it’s way cheaper than staying in a hostel!

Jump in your van and drive along the East Coast through pristine forests, national parks, and rainforests. You will also pass beautiful beaches, impressive bays, backpacker villages, global metropolises like Sydney and Brisbane, and much more. The true destination is the journey itself! And the best part is being flexible and making a stop wherever and whenever you want! You’ll discover a whole new world, make friends for life, stand up on a surfboard for the first time, sit around campfires, pet kangaroos, have awesome parties and BBQs on the beach, watch the most beautiful sunsets, dive with sea turtles, fall asleep under the stars, and feel as free as never before!

Sound good? Then pack your bags and set off on a journey that will leave you speechless. We’ll show you the best itinerary for the adventure of a lifetime.

See below for the perfect Australia itinerary for an unforgettable trip:


Important Basics

Official Language

English

Capital City

Canberra

Form of Government

Parliamentary democracy (under a constitutional monarchy)

Phone Country Code

+61

Currency

Australian dollar

Climate

Highest temperature by day: 18 to 30 degrees Celsius

Highest temperature at night: 7 to 18 degrees Celsius

Summer: November to March

Winter: June to August

Fun Fact

If you were to visit a different Australian beach every day, it would take 27 years to see them all.

Cities

Bangkok

The first stop on your trip isn’t Australia, but Thailand. Bangkok, the country’s capital, is a perfect stopover to take a break from the long flight.

Before continuing to Australia, make sure to visit the city’s numerous sights like the Grand Palace or one of the floating markets. Get a relaxing Thai massage, sample delicious, traditional food or stay out partying all night to prep for the perfect Australian adventure.

Stay in a single room in a hostel near the legendary Kao San Road for as little as eight euros per night.

Sydney

Grab a flight from Bangkok to Sydney for about 150 euros.

Check out some of the city’s famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge – you won’t be disappointed.

Explore beautiful bays on the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk, sunbathe on Bondi Beach or stroll through the Botanical Gardens.

While you’re in town, head to JUCY Rentals and rent your campervan – your home for the next few weeks. Let the road trip begin!

Coffs Harbour

This harbour town lies halfway between Sydney and Brisbane.

Stop here to relax on white sandy beaches and check out the seafront promenade to sample some of the delicious fish and chips. Take a trip to Sealy Lookout to stretch your legs and enjoy a great view over the city.

Water sports such as surfing, diving, SUP, kayaking or rafting are also offered here.

Byron Bay

This small coastal town with its familiar, relaxed vibe is considered the coolest city in Australia.

With its white sandy beaches, relaxing beach bars, surf shops, street markets, and stunning scenery, it’s extremely popular among backpackers and is a must-see on your road trip.

Visit the nearby Byron Lighthouse and Captain Cook Lookout – if you’re lucky, you might even see some dolphins and whales!

Nimbin

Nimbin is not far from Byron Bay and is surrounded by national parks and rainforest. Known as Australia’s hippie town, Nimbin is a colourful, bright, creative, spiritual village that is well worth the visit.

Surfers Paradise

On Australia's Gold Coast lies Surfers Paradise.

Modern skyscrapers stretch up into the sky along the beach, which is why the city is also called “the Miami of Australia.” Surfers Paradise is splendidly multi-faceted and offers everything from vibrant nightlife to dreamy beaches, tropical rainforests, thrilling theme parks, and the best shopping centres.

The town’s name really speaks for itself – in and around the city, you will find several famous surf spots like the Snapper Rocks or Burleigh Heads, where you can watch the pros catch a wave.

Brisbane

Stop off in Queensland’s capital – a highlight for those who love culture.

Visit countless galleries, museums, and a unique music scene one day, and the next day check out the city's markets and South Bank, where you can relax on the beach.

Backpackers also love the West End, one of Brisbane’s suburbs, and its colourful street art and cool restaurants, as well as The Valley, a trendy area with chic bars and wild nightlife.

Fraser Island

Head to the coastal town of Hervey Bay, the starting point for tours to Fraser Island.

Aboriginal Australians call the island K'gari, meaning paradise – another name that speaks for itself!

You can only drive vehicles with four-wheel drive on Fraser Island, so, the best way to explore it is on a Remote Fraser Island Tour – an unforgettable adventure. You’ll travel to the remote western side of the island and cruise in a 4x4 along the white sand beaches, kayak through the crystal-clear waters of the Awinya and Bowarrady Creeks, and relish in the spectacular views from the sand dunes. You can either relax on the beach or enjoy other fun activities like snorkelling, tubing, beach volleyball or SUP.

The tour includes transfer, food, a guide, and equipment (kayak, snorkel, SUP, etc.) and only costs 120 euros.

Airlie Beach

The coastal town of Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, one of Australia's most famous tourist attractions.

The seventy-four islands that make up the Whitsunday National Park are only a few kilometres off the coast, and each one offers fantastic landscapes with sandy beaches, mangroves, reefs, rainforest, and wildlife.

The popular Whitehaven Beach is considered the most beautiful beach in Australia. You’ll see why once you lay eyes on the gorgeous snowy-white sand and turquoise-blue sea!

Whether you decide to go on a day trip or multi-day sailing trip – the Whitsundays are an absolute must-see.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach, a small, coastal town on 14 kilometres of dreamy beaches, attracts adrenaline junkies from all over, as it’s home to one of the best skydiving spots in the world.

If you’ve ever thought about skydiving, go for it on Mission Beach! Jump with magnificent views of the crystal-clear ocean, Great Barrier Reef, beaches, green forests, and colourful fields and land safely on the soft sand – an unforgettable experience!

Cairns

Cairns, at the heart of Tropical North Queensland, is Australia's diving capital and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Take a boat to the legendary reef and go diving or snorkelling to explore the colourful underwater world of corals. Afterwards, relax in the Cairns Lagoon or dive into the nightlife of this hip city.

The area surrounding Cairns also has a lot to offer – Palm Cove, Atherton Tablelands, Cape York Peninsula, and Port Douglas are particularly worth seeing.

Your arrival in Cairns means it’s time to return the campervan. But as hard as it is to say goodbye, you’ll leave Australia with a smile on your face and memories that last a lifetime.

Singapur

On the way home, a stopover in Singapore is the perfect end to your trip. You can fly to the futuristic metropolis from Cairns for about 150 euros.

Singapore is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, fusing Asian tradition with the Western world with its mix of modern and traditional buildings. Use one of the many hop-on hop-off busses, grab a city bike to visit sights like Marina Bay Sands and the Waterfront Promenade, or go on a night safari at the Singapore Zoo.

Stay in one of the centre’s many hostels (an eight-bed dorm is only 13 euros a night!) before you catch your flight back home.


Bangkok

Bangkok

The first stop on your trip isn’t Australia, but Thailand. Bangkok, the country’s capital, is a perfect stopover to take a break from the long flight.

Before continuing to Australia, make sure to visit the city’s numerous sights like the Grand Palace or one of the floating markets. Get a relaxing Thai massage, sample delicious, traditional food or stay out partying all night to prep for the perfect Australian adventure.

Stay in a single room in a hostel near the legendary Kao San Road for as little as eight euros per night.

Sydney

Sydney

Grab a flight from Bangkok to Sydney for about 150 euros.

Check out some of the city’s famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge – you won’t be disappointed.

Explore beautiful bays on the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk, sunbathe on Bondi Beach or stroll through the Botanical Gardens.

While you’re in town, head to JUCY Rentals and rent your campervan – your home for the next few weeks. Let the road trip begin!

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour

This harbour town lies halfway between Sydney and Brisbane.

Stop here to relax on white sandy beaches and check out the seafront promenade to sample some of the delicious fish and chips. Take a trip to Sealy Lookout to stretch your legs and enjoy a great view over the city.

Water sports such as surfing, diving, SUP, kayaking or rafting are also offered here.

Byron Bay

Byron Bay

This small coastal town with its familiar, relaxed vibe is considered the coolest city in Australia.

With its white sandy beaches, relaxing beach bars, surf shops, street markets, and stunning scenery, it’s extremely popular among backpackers and is a must-see on your road trip.

Visit the nearby Byron Lighthouse and Captain Cook Lookout – if you’re lucky, you might even see some dolphins and whales!

Nimbin

Nimbin

Nimbin is not far from Byron Bay and is surrounded by national parks and rainforest. Known as Australia’s hippie town, Nimbin is a colourful, bright, creative, spiritual village that is well worth the visit.

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

On Australia's Gold Coast lies Surfers Paradise.

Modern skyscrapers stretch up into the sky along the beach, which is why the city is also called “the Miami of Australia.” Surfers Paradise is splendidly multi-faceted and offers everything from vibrant nightlife to dreamy beaches, tropical rainforests, thrilling theme parks, and the best shopping centres.

The town’s name really speaks for itself – in and around the city, you will find several famous surf spots like the Snapper Rocks or Burleigh Heads, where you can watch the pros catch a wave.

Brisbane

Brisbane

Stop off in Queensland’s capital – a highlight for those who love culture.

Visit countless galleries, museums, and a unique music scene one day, and the next day check out the city's markets and South Bank, where you can relax on the beach.

Backpackers also love the West End, one of Brisbane’s suburbs, and its colourful street art and cool restaurants, as well as The Valley, a trendy area with chic bars and wild nightlife.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island

Head to the coastal town of Hervey Bay, the starting point for tours to Fraser Island.

Aboriginal Australians call the island K'gari, meaning paradise – another name that speaks for itself!

You can only drive vehicles with four-wheel drive on Fraser Island, so, the best way to explore it is on a Remote Fraser Island Tour – an unforgettable adventure. You’ll travel to the remote western side of the island and cruise in a 4x4 along the white sand beaches, kayak through the crystal-clear waters of the Awinya and Bowarrady Creeks, and relish in the spectacular views from the sand dunes. You can either relax on the beach or enjoy other fun activities like snorkelling, tubing, beach volleyball or SUP.

The tour includes transfer, food, a guide, and equipment (kayak, snorkel, SUP, etc.) and only costs 120 euros.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

The coastal town of Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, one of Australia's most famous tourist attractions.

The seventy-four islands that make up the Whitsunday National Park are only a few kilometres off the coast, and each one offers fantastic landscapes with sandy beaches, mangroves, reefs, rainforest, and wildlife.

The popular Whitehaven Beach is considered the most beautiful beach in Australia. You’ll see why once you lay eyes on the gorgeous snowy-white sand and turquoise-blue sea!

Whether you decide to go on a day trip or multi-day sailing trip – the Whitsundays are an absolute must-see.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach

Mission Beach, a small, coastal town on 14 kilometres of dreamy beaches, attracts adrenaline junkies from all over, as it’s home to one of the best skydiving spots in the world.

If you’ve ever thought about skydiving, go for it on Mission Beach! Jump with magnificent views of the crystal-clear ocean, Great Barrier Reef, beaches, green forests, and colourful fields and land safely on the soft sand – an unforgettable experience!

Cairns

Cairns

Cairns, at the heart of Tropical North Queensland, is Australia's diving capital and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Take a boat to the legendary reef and go diving or snorkelling to explore the colourful underwater world of corals. Afterwards, relax in the Cairns Lagoon or dive into the nightlife of this hip city.

The area surrounding Cairns also has a lot to offer – Palm Cove, Atherton Tablelands, Cape York Peninsula, and Port Douglas are particularly worth seeing.

Your arrival in Cairns means it’s time to return the campervan. But as hard as it is to say goodbye, you’ll leave Australia with a smile on your face and memories that last a lifetime.

Singapur

Singapur

On the way home, a stopover in Singapore is the perfect end to your trip. You can fly to the futuristic metropolis from Cairns for about 150 euros.

Singapore is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, fusing Asian tradition with the Western world with its mix of modern and traditional buildings. Use one of the many hop-on hop-off busses, grab a city bike to visit sights like Marina Bay Sands and the Waterfront Promenade, or go on a night safari at the Singapore Zoo.

Stay in one of the centre’s many hostels (an eight-bed dorm is only 13 euros a night!) before you catch your flight back home.

Australia Route Map

Itinerary and Stops.

Tag
Route/Station
Transport
Unterkunft
1. Home - Bangkok
Home - Bangkok
Flight
250
single room
8
2. Bangkok
Bangkok
-
single room
8
3. Bangkok
Bangkok
-
single room
8
4. Bangkok- Sydney
Bangkok- Sydney
Flight
150
Van
5. Sydney
Sydney
-
Van
6. Sydney
Sydney
-
Van
7. Sydney
Sydney
-
Van
8. Sydney- Coffs Harbour
Sydney- Coffs Harbour
Van
Van
9. Coffs Harbour- Byron Bay
Coffs Harbour- Byron Bay
Van
Van
10. Byron Bay
Byron Bay
-
Van
11. Byron Bay
Byron Bay
-
Van
12. Byron Bay- Nimbin
Byron Bay- Nimbin
Van
Van
13. Nimbin- Surfers Paradise
Nimbin- Surfers Paradise
Van
Van
14. Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise
-
Van
15. Surfers Paradise- Brisbane
Surfers Paradise- Brisbane
Van
Van
16. Brisbane
Brisbane
-
Van
17. Brisbane-Australia Zoo- Hervey Bay
Brisbane-Australia Zoo- Hervey Bay
Van
Van
18. Hervey Bay (Fraser Island)
Hervey Bay (Fraser Island)
-
Van
19. Hervey Bay- Airlie Beach
Hervey Bay- Airlie Beach
Van
Van
20. Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach
-
Van
21. Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach
-
Van
22. Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach
-
Van
23. Airlie Beach- Mission Beach
Airlie Beach- Mission Beach
Van
Van
24. Mission Beach
Mission Beach
-
Van
25. Mission Beach- Cairns
Mission Beach- Cairns
-
Van
26. Cairns
Cairns
-
Van
27. Cairns
Cairns
-
28. Cairns- Singapur
Cairns- Singapur
Flight
150
eight-bed dorm
13
29. Singapur
Singapur
-
eight-bed dorm
13
30. Singapur- Home
Singapur- Home
Flight
300

Total price.

Flights 850,00
Transportation 330,00
Tours 307,00
Accommodation 50,00
Total1537,00

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Dos and Donts, Food & Drinks, Costs.

Breakfast

Aussie breakfast: This breakfast consists of eggs and bacon and is served with damper, a typical Australian bread, and tomato or orange juice. You can also eat it with vegemite.

Soups

Australian Laksa: This soup originally comes from Asia, but it is very popular in Australia. Glass noodles are mixed with coconut milk and chili and served with fish and spinach.

Main Courses

Aussie Barbie:  The Australian BBQ is a must-eat for every backpacker. Beer, wine, or champagne, seafood and, of course, plenty of grilled meat make for a delicious feast among friends.

Seafood platters: Relishing in freshly caught fish in the evening is very popular in the coastal towns.

Meat: Australians love eating meat, with choices ranging from kangaroo and emu to crocodile. Salad or vegetables are usually served as a side dish.

Barramundi: The fish of the day on many menus, it is prepared with sauce and cabbage – and is said to be the locals’ favourite fish.

Drinks & Snacks

TimTam chocolate biscuits: These are a highlight for chocolate lovers, but be warned: you might become addicted!

Pavlova: A meringue-based dessert with a crisp outer shell and soft, light inside that is usually served with fruit.

XXXX Gold: Australia’s best-selling beer will be your constant companion. 

Australia

The exchange rate for 1 Australian Dollar is about €0.61 (as of February 2020). See prices for certain products and the cost of living below:

Cost of Living 

Food

Free Time

Personal Hygiene

Dos

Take a road trip: Get into a camper and hit the road – you’ll have a better experience in the outback.

Try Vegemite: This spread is an iconic Australian food so be sure to give it a try!

Work on a farm: Check out another side of the country. Backpackers can find great job offers and get an insight into this kind of work.

Don'ts

Don’t visit unannounced: Australians don’t like unexpected visits at all, so you'd better tell them beforehand.

Don’t drive on the right: Don't hit the road without preparing yourself first – Australians drive on the left side of the road.

Don’t only stay in the cities: Australian cities are beautiful, but don't limit your vacation to Sydney. Venture outside the city limits to see the country’s most beautiful sights.

Visa, Visa, Passport & Vaccinations

Passport

Yes

Temporary passport

Yes

National ID

No

Temporary national ID

No

Child’s pass

Yes

Visa

Yes

Vaccine

Robert-Koch-Instituts

Additional Remarks.

Your travel documents must be valid for the entire time of your stay. For a stopover in any Asian country, it is often required that your passport be valid for a minimum of six months.

The team at Backpacker Trail wishes you lots of fun and an unforgettable trip!

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