In the past, there was a belief that in order to really get to know the land you need to traverse it from one end to other by foot. Sure, this may not sound so realistic these days, which is why taking a road trip might just be a perfect alternative. Still, every country in the world has its peculiarities, so before you proceed to try and meet the land, it is vital that you do your homework. Here are three things you need to know before an Australian road trip.
1. The distances are incredible
Australia is a vast continent-country, and people often have a difficulty of grasping just how big it is. For example, the distance from Brisbane to Cairns alone is impressive 1,700 km and it’s not even one of the longest trips you can take in Australia. If for example, you would have to travel from Darwin to Perth, you are about to face a roughly 4,000 km of the road, which roughly amounts to about 43 hours long ride (not counting breaks).
The greatest problem with meeting such a long ride is that there are a lot of things that can go wrong along the way, which is why it is vital that your vehicle is in its prime. Take it to a mechanic in order to be 100 percent sure it can withstand such an endeavor, but make your own preparations as well. Check the retailers of tyres in Sydney in order to get the best deal on a brand new set and bring an extra set of everything else.
2. Driving on the left
Another thing you need to keep in mind (if you are a foreigner in Australia) is a fact that the rules of the road dictate you to drive on the left side. This will be something completely new to all but a handful of foreign nationals (citizens of the U.K., Japan, India, Pakistan and the majority of Southern Africa being the most notable examples). This is why you might want to take at least several driving lessons from a local instructor upon your arriving there. While this may sound overly complicated to some, keep in mind that you don’t have to start learning how to drive from the beginning. All you need is some on road experience driving on the left side of the road and this is definitely the safest way of getting it.
3. Keeping out for the wildlife
Finally, you need to keep in mind that although Australian wildlife entails some of the most interesting species in the world, these magnificent creatures can pose a horrible nuisance while on the road. Kangaroos and emus crossing the road are a real hazard for anyone undertaking an Australian road trip and there are several things you need to keep in mind in order for this not to become a serious hazard.
First of all, you need to drive carefully whenever you see a kangaroo crossing sign, even if there are no other vehicles around. Second, you need to avoid driving at night (even at dusk and dawn), seeing how this is the time of the day when they are the most active. Finally, you need to keep in mind that avoiding them, won’t always be the best option. Cruel as it may sound, your first responsibility is towards the people in the car and trying to break or avoid collision with the creature at any cost can cause a much greater damage.
Armed with the knowledge of these three things alone, you will already be better prepared for the actual road. The more you know, the safer you get and it is always better to be safe than sorry.Moreover, getting ready for any eventuality that the road brings will put your mind at ease and allow you to fully enjoy your trip.