Before hitting Australia's shores, get some backpacker basics. Learn about our budget accommodation, which ranges from classic country pubs to huge hostels. Find out more about the options for exploring Australia, whether you want a 4WD adventure, epic train journey or a hop-on-and-off backpacker bus. Brush up on the key Australian road rules, find out where you can log on with your laptop and get the low-down on Australian tour companies. It's all here, in bite-sized pieces!
When it comes to budget accommodation, Australia has loads of options. There are hostels in every major city and tourist centre, and strong competition helps to keep standards high. Camping and caravanning is a great way to see Australia’s spectacular outdoors. Pitch your tent in a national park or head to one of the many well-equipped camping and caravan parks. Other ideas include motels, country pubs (ranging from rustic to romantic) and holiday rentals (an economical option for big groups). You can also deepen your Australian experience, and pick up some new skills, with a stay on a farm or sprawling outback station.