Australia is roughly the same size as continental USA. That alone will be enough to give you an idea of the size of the country as well as the endless options for exploration and discovery that come with it.
So when splashing out for your tickets to go Down Under, it would be a shame to buy an early return. In fact, we believe there are enough ways and options to discover Australia over the course of a long holiday – 6 to 12 months and even longer. Sending parcels to Australia is very affordable these days, so you won’t even need to worry much about carrying (and paying for) a lot of extra luggage.
What’s more, you will easily find ways to have some sort of income once there: the Australian economy is enjoying a 2% growth rate, and although it’s been going through a relative slowdown, the country is still ahead of its Western counterparts. GDP per capita is significantly higher than elsewhere, and as many as 1.2M Brits have chosen to live in Australia, making it the first destinations for British expats worldwide.
If you’re under 31, the working holiday VISA is the best option for your first year in Australia: it allows you to work for the same company only for up to six months, meaning you might save enough to spend the rest of your year travelling around the continent.
If you’re looking for some more inspiration, here are three great Australian trips that you should absolutely try if you are planning on spending more than one month Down Under.
Red Centre Way
Starting from Alice Springs in the Northern territory, this road trip offers the kind of landscapes you’ve always associated with the Australian inland: red rocks, wallabies, endless horizons and no cities in sight. Take your time to do some proper camping and hiking, and then enjoy the unforgettable sight of Ayers rock at Uluru. Canyons and gorges are a paradise for the most adventurous. There’s hardly a better Australian trip to get away from it all!
The Savannah Way
This route goes from Cairns (Queensland) to Broome (Western Australia) and stretches over 3700 kilometres. It goes without saying, the Savannah is great to take in all of the nature Australia has to offer. With highlights such as untamed rainforests, the Ocean to the North, the Millaa Millaa falls and Boodjamulla National Park, the Savannah Way offers something for everyone.
Great Ocean Road
Perhaps the most famous Australian trip as well as one of the quickest ones, the Great Ocean Road starts from Melbourne and offers some spectacular views over Australia’s southern coastline. The 250-kilometre route by the Southern Ocean takes you through the Great Otway National park and allows you to see the wildest side of Australian beaches, with the Twelve Apostles rocks, or even the rugged landscapes of the Grampians, with their Aboriginal heritage.