It is a thrilling experience to travel in Australia as a backpacker. Visitors can enjoy a large and diverse continent on a bare-bones budget. The itinerary can include everything from urban capital cities like Sydney and Melbourne to the exotic Outback and the sun-kissed Gold Coast.
Most people visiting here will be arriving in Sydney. Backpacker hostels are a dime a dozen here, especially in the southern part of the CBD and the Haymarket and in the beach suburbs (Bondi & Manly). It’s also possible to take day trips out to enjoy the Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley wine country, and other destinations in NSW beside Sydney.
For those visiting Victoria, the point of entry is usually Melbourne, famous for its stadiums and football fanatics. A cheap stay here is possible in St. Kilda, and some hostels can even be found in the city center. Don’t forget to visit Luna Park and Brighton Beach, do some shopping on Chapel St. And hang out at some of the cafes in Fitzroy.
In Tasmania’s Hobart, there are plenty of decent backpackers near the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and in the New Town suburb about 4 km from the CBD. Those visiting Queensland will no doubt want to start with Brisbane and make out at Mt. Coot-tha. The best place to look for a cheap stay in Brisbane would be in Upper Roma St.
Another popular backpacker destination is Adelaide in South Australia, where the cheap hostels are bunched around the central bus station. A day-trip out to the Barossa Valley wine country is recommended. Visitors in Western Australia’s Perth need to love beaches, kangaroos, and football and can find backpackers in the Northbridge area.
Darwin in the Northern Territory is where visitors get immersed into a culture that includes Asians and Aboriginals, and a healthy dose of WW II historic attractions. Mitchell Street is the place to find cheap accommodations here. Any backpacker who is able to make these seven trips can proudly claim to have backpacked across the Land of Oz.
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