Flying is the best way to cover large distances in a short time and will allow you to spend less time travelling and more time enjoying Australia. Australia’s domestic airlines – Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Rex and their subsidiaries – serve all state capital cities and regional cities. Competition amongst domestic airlines means that great fares are available.
Australia has a vast network of well-maintained roads and some of the most beautiful touring routes in the world. Travel from Sydney to Brisbane stopping on the way at seaside towns such as Byron Bay or follow Victoria’s Great Ocean Road which hugs the south-east coast. You’ll find car rental companies at major airports, central city locations, suburbs and resorts. So hire a car, four wheel drive, caravans or motorbike and hit the highway.Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road. The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is 60km/h and 50km/h in some suburban areas. On country roads and highways, the maximum speed is usually 110km/h. An international visitor may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver’s licence for the same class of vehicle. You should carry both your home licence and international licence when driving. Car seats must be used and remember to pre book one if you are renting a car to ensure availability.
Coach and bus travel in Australia is comfortable, easy and economical. Coaches generally have air conditioning, reading lights, adjustable seats and videos. Services are frequent, affordable and efficient. Australia’s national coach operator, Greyhound, offer passes to fit every budget. Buses and coaches are better for short distances with babies and toddlers.
Train travel is a convenient, affordable and scenic way to explore Australia. Interstate and intrastate rail services connect our cities and regional centres, while cross-country train trips offer a unique insight into Australia’s size and diversity. Travelling options range from budget to luxury, and a range of rail passes can reduce your costs if you plan to see large sections of the country. Countrylink trains connect New South Wales destinations and also travel along Australia’s east coast to Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. VLine trains link Melbourne with regional hubs in Victoria, Traveltrain covers Queensland and TransWA criss-crosses Western Australia.
All of Australia’s capital cities are served by a wide variety of public transport, including trains, buses, ferries, monorail, light rail and trams. Taxis charge according to their meters and large cities will have taxis with car seats available. Pre Book your taxi with car seat to ensure availability,.
The Spirit of Tasmania runs a passenger and vehicle ferry service between Melbourne and Tasmania nightly. Extra services are running during summer peak times. Sealink ferries connect South Australia and Kangaroo Island several times a day. Ferries connect suburbs in major cities – they criss-cross Sydney Harbour, the Swan River in Perth and the Brisbane River in Brisbane.
The main gateway for foreign visitors is Auckland Airport, though other cities also have international airports (including Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown). They’re served by a variety of international airlines including United, Air China, Emirates, LAN, Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and the country’s national carrier, Air New Zealand.
The east coast of Australia is only a three-hour flight away with multiple daily direct flights to and from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and other major cities. The main carriers are Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar.
Renting a car is favored by many visitors as it allows for greater flexibility than taking public transportation. There are other bonuses: the driving distances between many places usually aren’t that great compared to some countries, and you can get away from the typical tourist traps. There’s also a wide range of vehicles available to suit all budgets, and the quality of roads in New Zealand is generally high. You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have a current driver’s license from your home country, but if it isn’t in English, bring a translation with you. To rent a car, you need to be 21 or older; some companies may ask drivers under age 25 to pay a young driver surcharge, and restrict them to certain types of vehicles. Finally, remember that New Zealanders drive on the left. Car seats are compulsory so if you are renting a car be sure to pre book your car seat to ensure availability.
Traveling by bus and coach is ideal if you’re on a budget or you prefer to sit back and enjoying the passing scenery while someone else does all the work. Fortunately, New Zealand has a good public transport system, connecting cities to popular tourist destinations.
InterCity Coachlines offers point-to-point service around the country, while Kiwi Experience is aimed largely at backpackers, with drivers doubling up as tour guides. If you’re planning to visit multiple places, “hop-on, hop-off” passes are available, offering unlimited travel for a fixed price. InterCity offers discounted prices for travelers age 60+, called Golden Age fares, and they are available on selected services.
Renting a Campervan
Another great option is to rent a campervan, or motorhome which offers flexibility on a driving holiday while providing a home on the road. All the major companies are represented including Britz, Maui Motorhomes, Jucy, KEA Campers, Apollo and the budget operator, Wicked Campers. There are hundreds of holiday parks across New Zealand offering powered sites and facilities. Some campervans are suitable for travel cots and you may be able to rent a travel cot if you do not want to bring your own on the plane.
The country’s most famous ferry route is across the Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton. It’s a three-hour journey that not only transports you and your vehicle between the North and South Islands, but also shows off the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds. Sightings of dolphins, whales and fur seals are very common.
The Pacific Islands
Nearly every pacific country has its own airline, most of which offer small planes that travel between the islands. Only 10kn of free luggage is usually allowed on these flights. If you are bringing a stroller, check the airlines policies on carriage.Air travel is the most popular way to travel between the islands although there are inter island ferries operating in some areas. Many of the islands have excellent bus systems which are run very efficiently particularly in Fiji, Tongatapu and Tahiti. Renting a car is an option on some of the islands such as New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Vanuatu.