Travelling Around Australia
Having your own vehicle is a great way to see Australia as a backpacker and traveller. You will have full flexibility as to where you go, and you aren’t limited to timetables or bus schedules.
- Go where you want, when you want
- No limitations
- If you have a van/camper you can save money on accommodation
- See things you wouldn’t otherwise see
- You are fully independent
- Cost of petrol (cheaper than Europe but big distances)
- Can be hard to resell
- Insurance cost
- Registration cost
- Maintenance cost
What to think about when buying
You have a few options with what type of car to buy.
- Normal car (Cheapest and easiest to find)
- 4×4 (great if you going remote)
- Van/Camper (Free accommodation)
It all depends on where you want to travel and what your backpacking plans are. You can, of course, get all the camping gear for a normal car, you can save some money on the purchase price and fuel but you will be more exposed to the elements, as you will need to cook outside, not to mention the limited space in the vehicle itself.
A van or camper might offer more space and facilities, but will often be slower and less economical. It all depends on how you want to travel! I go into a lot more details about a lot more in my eBook.
Where and how to buy
Car markets are popular, and the most famous one is in Kings Cross in Sydney, which is a famous spot for backpackers and travellers.
I tend to think it best to avoid agents, as they are often more expensive. Most people buy from private individuals. You may even see car notices at hostels or in supermarkets. It is also common to see cars on the street with a sign in the window in Australia.
In the low season, vehicles are often cheaper, but there are often fewer choices. In high season, expect prices to be a bit higher as there are more backpacking buyers.
When you do come to sell, don’t leave it until the last minute, as you won’t get the price you want. On the other, hand if you are a buyer this can be an advantage.