Backpackers Guide to Australia's Trains & Trams
There are a number train services that operate in Australia, you have the trains/trams that travel in and around the cities/suburbs, those which go along the coasts (which are a collection of joining services) and the interstate trains that travel vast distances from coast to coast through the centre of the country.
The city trains run both above and underground, around the inner city and out through the suburbs. The navigation system is colour coordinated and really easy to use.
In some states there are machines which at the press of a button will tell you when the next train will arrive or even put you through to an operator to speak directly if you wish. This can be handy if you're at an unmanned stop and you need assistance.
The stations/platforms are generally well maintained and clearly sign posted to make it easy to find your way.
Tickets are usually purchased from a ticket machine so it's advisable to have enough change to cover the cost of the fare because they don't accept notes. You can also buy tickets in the stations from the ticket office and from certain shops in town.
Alternatively to buying tickets, there are smart cards available in certain states if you intend to stay in one area for longer (i.e, if you're settled and working). The smart card can make the cost of travel a fair bit cheaper and takes the hassle out of purchasing tickets each time you want to go somewhere.
The Backpacker's Budget (Cost Of living In Australia)
Budgeting for backpacking in Australia is all about getting the most out of your trip with the funds you have available. In this article we outline how to budget for backpacking around Australia including getting up to date prices for accommodation, transport, essential shopping items and day-to-day living expenses so you can budget your trip with confidence before you go.