Australia is a top spot for visiting during the summer holidays. On average the weather is welcoming and it makes for perfect opportunities to get out and about to see all the sights. Depending on your length of summer holidays, there are a few ways to get about on your travels. You may want to stick to the main cities or get off road for some action or exploration? The water can be inviting over summer, so maybe you prefer navigating the numerous rivers and oceans on offer? Whatever your chosen destinations, selected activities, ideal accommodation, or transport preferences, your local ATAS travel agent can arrange the prefect summer holiday to suit your desired plans. So, attend your nearest ATAS accredited travel agent, and start contacting them to help organise the flights, transport or accommodation packages you require to make your summer holidays complete. No matter your time or budget, there are methods to match your needs, so let’s get adventurous and review a few to start you thinking.
Travelling Around Australia – Try These Ideas!
Australia.com offers some great suggestions if you’re considering travelling around Australia these summer holidays. There are so many varied options from motor homes to house boats, yachts to motor bikes, depending on where you want to head for your break away. Explore some excellent deals through your local ATAS accredited travel agent. And let’s see the main recommendations for ‘Getting Around Australia’ from www.australia.com/en-us/planning/getting-around:
Getting around by plane
Flying is the best way to cover Australia’s large distances in a short time. Australia’s domestic airlines – including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger Airways and Rex – serve all state capital cities and many regional cities. Competition between domestic airlines means that some great value fares are available, especially if you book in advance.
Getting around by bus
Coach and bus travel in Australia is comfortable, efficient and reasonably priced. Long-distance coaches generally have air conditioning, reading lights, adjustable seats and free wifi. Australia’s national coach operator, Greyhound, offers hop on hop off passes for popular routes, short trip passes and flexible passes based on the amount of kilometres you wish to travel.
Getting around by car
Australia has a vast network of well-maintained roads and some of the most beautiful road trips in the world. Follow Victoria’s Great Ocean Road as it hugs our spectacular southeast coastline or experience Australia’s Red Centre in an epic drive across the desert. You’ll find car rental companies at major airports and central city locations; so hire a car, 4WD, caravan or motorbike and hit the highway.
Getting around by train
Train travel is a convenient, affordable and scenic way to explore Australia. TrainLink runs services between Sydney and the regional centres of New South Wales, and along Australia’s east coast to Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. V-Line trains connect Melbourne with regional hubs in Victoria, Queensland Rail covers Queensland and TransWA crisscrosses through Western Australia.
There are also spectacular rail journeys such as The Ghan and Indian Pacific, which sweep across the continent, offering comfort and a sense of nostalgic romance. The Indian Pacific travels between Sydney and Perth, stopping at Broken Hill, Adelaide and Kalgoorlie; the legendary Ghan travels between Adelaide and Darwin, taking in Australia’s Red Centre and the tropical Top End.
Getting around by ferry
The Spirit of Tasmania operates a nightly passenger and vehicle ferry service between Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, and Devonport in Tasmania with extra services during peak periods. SeaLink ferries connect Cape Jervis in South Australia (approximately 108km/67 miles south of Adelaide) and Kangaroo Island several times a day. There are also ferry services in our capital cities, connecting suburbs around Sydney Harbour, on the Swan River in Perth and on the Brisbane River.
Finding your way on foot
In Australia you can tackle some of the longest tracks and trails in the world – impressive journeys of a thousand kilometres or more that can take several weeks to complete. From the Overland Track through Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed wilderness to the Larapinta Trail across the West MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory, these hikes let you discover spectacular landscapes while stretching your legs.
Hope these options have got you thinking about potential road trips or self-guided tours around Australia this summer. Whatever mode of transport you prefer, visit your local accredited travel agent from the ATAS directory, and see what deals they can provide you. And don’t forget to review this link, for other helpful holiday concepts, or to approach an accredited travel agent to plan your summer holiday travels, via the ATAS directory. For further seasonal suggestions on places to go and travel in Australia, see the weekly ATAS blog articles. Learn some superb spots and highly recommended travel methods for these summer holidays and beyond! Enjoy all Australia has to offer in this great southern land.
Australia has so many options available to match your summer holiday plans no matter what they are. Your summer holiday can be completed in style so consider travelling down under before heading away these summer holidays. And don’t underestimate the bargains that may be available through your local ATAS accredited travel agent. Try booking your travel packages or airline tickets without haste for your summer break and don’t miss out on the great value Australia can provide.
Need some more transport ideas for around Australia over the summer? Visit your nearest ATAS accredited travel agent here, or contact them to get more ideas! Don’t overlook the great local attractions and modes of transport that may compliment your travel plans perfectly. Don’t leave your run too late and get in quick to secure your primary preferences at the most affordable rates.
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