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Planning a Half or Full Lap Across Australia

Updated: Jul 11, 2022



Australia is filled with countless natural marvels and glistening coastlines to explore. There isn’t really a lot you have to do to convince someone to take a trip around the nation, but there are a few things to consider when planning your trip. Together, these will help you determine whether you should embark on a full lap of Australia, or just cover half at a time. In this article, the team at Out There Internet offer a few of the most important considerations:

Funding the Trip

While many travellers might traverse the same roads, each of us will hold a different adventure. As such, it is important to plan ahead on your expected expenses both before setting off, and whilst you’re on the road, to ensure you have the funds to keep the trip viable. Take the time to jot down a budget for weekly supplies like food, water and materials, as well as room for technology, accommodation, recreational activities and so on. Once you have this, you will start to obtain an idea of the finances required. Now, you can determine whether you have enough in savings to fund this trip outright, or whether you can work as you travel. Given the freedom provided by modern technology and working arrangements, working from the road has never been more doable, taking the office into the great outdoors!

Selecting the Right 4x4 & Caravan

It is important to ensure you have the appropriate 4x4 on hand to get you around the nation and accommodate your activities. If you are making a one-off investment, you will naturally have to consider your available budget and the extent you are likely to travel, but with vehicles, you already own, conduct a thorough inspection and service before setting out to prevent any issues whilst on the road. Some further considerations include:

Size

If you're planning on doing a lot of driving with your kids and maybe even pets, you'll want to choose a vehicle that's large enough to comfortably seat all passengers and store your belongings. What’s more, as you transport your caravan across the nation, a simple hatchback will not do, leaving the need for a 4x4 with greater towing capabilities.

Terrain

From stunning coastal strips to endless desert highways, Australia has a wide variety of terrain to cover throughout your journey. A robust 4x4 vehicle will be necessary to ensure you are well-equipped for all of them, especially when you plan to do some serious off-roading.

Fuel Efficiency

The price of fuel is reaching record highs, and Australia is a big place – a more fuel-efficient vehicle will save you money in the long run.

Cost

You’ll want to choose a vehicle that's affordable for you. But keep in mind that cheaper vehicles might not have all the features you're looking for, so it's important to strike a balance between cost and quality.

Additional Features

When choosing a vehicle, you'll want to consider the available features such as air conditioning and a GPS. Accessories like a sunroof or a video player might not be as essential but can still add to your overall enjoyment of the trip.

Accommodation


When it comes to choosing your accommodation, it's important that you take into account your budget and what type of traveller you are. Are you the kind of person who likes their own space and privacy? Or do you prefer to be in the thick of things, surrounded by other people? If you plan on spending most of your time outdoors, then somewhere with easy access to nature is ideal, such as off-roading tracks, entrances to beaches and so on.


Plan Ahead


Spontaneity is great, but it is smart to have at least some foundations for your trip around Australia. When planning your stops, in particular, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, you'll need to decide how long you want to spend in each place depending on what there is to see and do in each location, as well as how long you have for your overall trip. It's also important to consider practicalities like accommodation and amenities, as you don't want to be stuck in a place with nowhere to stay or replenish your groceries! Finally, you will want to book ahead, especially with caravan parks, camping sites and nearby sightseeing & leisure activities during holiday periods, to ensure you have something waiting for you at the end of your trip.


Ensure a Stable Internet Connection


This is essential if you are looking to continue working on the road, or if you are ‘road-schooling’ your children. Rather than draining the data plans on your phones, or pulling into rest-stops simply to obtain a Wi-Fi signal, you can instead receive fast and reliable internet with the Out There Internet Caravan Kit. This easy-to-use device holds a high gain directional antenna and 4G router specially designed for those with caravans, delivering high-speed internet as you travel around Australia, and incredibly useful for work, entertainment, or even checking ahead on accommodation for your next stop.


Contact us at Out There Internet today for more information!

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