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Getting Around

Australia is a vast country, and although self-drive and coach touring is possible between some of the cities or within regions, it is likely that you will need to fly if doing an extensive tour throughout Australia. As an example, Sydney to Cairns is 2500km/1550mi. Only a short 3 hour flight, but if you were to drive it would take 5 days.

Although flying is the quickest, and most economical way cover large distances in Australia, there is also the option to use the key rail networks. These include famous trains such as The Ghan which operates from Adelaide to Darwin, or the Indian Pacific from Perth to all the way across to Sydney.

Within cities there are an array of local trains, buses and ferries all with good safety records.  We’ll advise you when it’s best to travel ‘like a local’.
Airlines within AustraliaThere are a number of quality full service airlines, as well as low cost carriers and smaller regional airlines available within Australia. Given the wide choice of airlines, the fares can be very competitive and represent good value.

Our Experience Australia team are able to book your domestic flights for you if required and supply the best advice for ensure your flight times work to optimize your land arrangements.
Helpful hints:
- When flying within Australia, check in is 60 minutes prior to departure, or 120 minutes for international departures.
- When purchasing tickets, many of the airlines offer a low airfare that may not have checked in baggage included. Often this is an additional cost. 
- It pays to pre seat yourself, even if it costs a few more dollars. You don't want to get to the airport and find you have been allocated a middle seat, or if travelling together that you cannot be seated with your travelling partner.

 

Rental Cars: If you book a rental car, an imprint of your credit card will be held by the rental car
company as security. If you choose full insurance, then nil excess will apply. If you choose
standard insurance, the excess will be up to $3800 AUD depending on the vehicle type. Check
your personal insurance, as many policies include accident rental car excess and if this is the case
you will not need to take out full insurance with the rental car company.
Driver License: You must hold a valid driver’s license from your country of origin and it must be in
English. If not in English, you must hold an International Drivers Permit.
Driving: In Australia we drive on the left hand side of the road (opposite to U.S.). So you will have
to familiarize yourself with driving in Australia and the laws and regulations.  The driving distances can be extreme, be mindful of fatigue.  We don’t recommend collecting rental cars following longhaul flights.

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    Melbourne was originally called Batmania, after one of its founders, John Batman.

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    Australia's longest fence is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land.

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    Western Australia is more than 3 times the size of Texas but the U.S state has 13 times more people.

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    Mining is a major industry in Australia, but pubs actually take up more land space than the mines do!

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    The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure. And has its own post box!

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    Male native lyrebird, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds. He can also perfectly imitate the sound of a camera, chainsaw and car alarm.

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    Each year, Brisbane hosts the world championships of cockroach racing.

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    If all the sails of the Opera House roof were combined, they'd create a perfect sphere. The architect was inspired while eating an orange.

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    Australia population average is only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.

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    Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world, it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else.

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    Lake Hillier on Middle Island, off the coast of Esperance in WA, is pink. From above the lake appears a solid bubblegum pink. No-one fully knows why.

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