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Bus Services in Australia - Backpackers Guide

Bus Services in Australia - Backpackers Guide

Bus services in Australia include public transport buses, shuttle buses, backpacker buses, long distance Greyhound coaches and plenty of other private tours and day trips.

The cost depends on the service but is usually competitive with other modes of transport, some of them even being free like the Central Area Transit (C.A.T) in Perth.

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Backpackers Guide to Driving in Australia - PART 1

Backpackers Guide to Driving in Australia - PART 1

Above all methods of transport, driving in Australia will easily provide you with the most freedom. Having your own vehicle you can go anywhere, at any time without the hassle of public transport or having to compromise on any of your arrangements. Learn everything you need to know to start driving in Australia.

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Ferry Services In Australia -Backpackers Guide

Ferry Services In Australia -Backpackers Guide

When you are backpacking around Australia you will find lots of ferries dotted all over the country. There are river boats/ferries like the Sydney City Ferries which cross the Parramatta River or the Brisbane CityCat service which stops off at various wharfs along the brisbane river.

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Getting Around Australia - Backpackers Guide

Getting Around Australia - Backpackers Guide

Backpacking around Australia is so much fun! Australia is a huge country and when you visit with the aim to explore, the way you get around becomes a part of the experience.

The way you travel will depend on the usual factors like time, cost, availability, etc... but theres more to getting around then just travelling from A to B.

For example, some people may only have a limited amount of time, so taking a flight to Alice Springs would be quicker than taking the Ghan (interstate train), but flying directly, you will miss out on the adventure of travelling across country, seeing the landscape, the wildlife and outback rural towns etc...

On this same journey, a coach may preferable to some people because of the flexibility which can come with a hop on hop off service. This type of service allows backpackers to take time and explore any of the destinations in between at no extra cost.

So it's worth taking a moment to think about how you would like to experience the journey and see how it figures into your budget (read our brilliant The Backpacker's Budget for Australia - Cost Of living In Australia - PART 1 article for lots on budgeting).

Something worth knowing - Public transport services in Australia

In some cities when you buy a public transport ticket (i.e train, bus, tram, ferry) regardless of the service on you buy it on, it allows you to travel on all public services for the length of time the ticket is valid.

For example, you could buy a day ticket and take the train into the city and use the same ticket to take the bus to get around the city, and so on.

It's ideal when you know you will be travelling around a lot, you can purchase a day ticket and get around relatively inexpensively on all services, all day. These cities include Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

There are even public transport services which are free, like the Central Area Transit (C.A.T) buses in Perth or the free tram city circle service in Melbourne.

There is also the Sunday Saver ticket option which again applies to certain areas in Australia which you can buy (on a Sunday) for around $3.90AUD which is valid for the whole day. So it really does pay to do your research and find out about the services available wherever you go.

Ticket prices will depend on age, distance, concession, single/return/day/weekly fair options and class. Concession is a discounted rate for students and senior citizens so if you're in Australia engaging in some sort of studies, be sure to take full advantage of concession rates.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Whenever you use public transport, keep your time tables up to date and if you haven't booked your tickets in advance, be sure to have the correct amount of money for the fare. Although this may seem obvious most ticket machines will only accept coins and a bus driver is unlikely to accept a $50 note.

Links to time tables, route maps, fares and other information are provided in each section. Other ways to find this information would include visiting the local information centres (in town), phoning service providers, visiting a ticket office and searching the web.

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Bus Services in Australia For Backpackers

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