How Long Does it Take to Travel Around Australia
How long does it take to travel around Australia?
This question can have many answers depending what route you take, how long you stop at each destination and how long you drive for each day.
Example One – Lap of Australia
Calculating for travelling on main highways and roads following the coast where possible a lap of Australia would be about 15,600 kilometres for the mainland and travelling main roads of Tasmania is about 1,400kms, so a total of about 17,000 kilometres plus any side tracking into towns & attractions. Side tracking could easily add on several thousand kilometres and a few more weeks or months
Ideally you need a minimum of 4 to 5 months including 2 weeks or more to travel Tasmania. Preferably 6 months or more and you may have travelled around 25,000 to 35,000 kilometres if you want to enjoy it more, therefore have more time to relax and soak up the amazing experience and do a lot side tracking to National Parks etc. 9 to 12 months or more is recommended.
Many travellers travel around Australia for a year or more and just keep going as they love the lifestyle so much.
This is the example trip I have used for the above calculations, click on the above map for a view of Australia main roads.
Example starting at Sydney – travelling via the coast where possible, south to Melbourne, west to Adelaide. Across the Nullabor, Albany, Perth, north to Broome, east to Wyndham, Katherine, Darwin, Kakadu, south to Katherine, Tennant Creek, Mt Isa, east toTownsville, north to Cairns, south down the coast to Brisbane and back to Sydney. Travel to Tasmania leaving from Melbourne either by air or on the ferry ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ and visit all the main tourist destinations. You can start anywhere does not have to be Sydney.
If you want to visit Central Australia this can be done either from Port Augusta SA or from Katherine NT.
Travelling from Katherine south to Alice Springs is about 900 kilometres and add 450 kilometres to drive to Uluru and same to return to Alice Springs.
Driving from Port Augusta to Alice Springs is about 540 kilometres to Coober Pedy and then a further 690 kilometres to Alice Springs.
An alternative is to drive from Coober Pedy drive straight to Uluru first which is about 750 kilometres and then go on to Alice Springs which is 450 kilometres.
It is usually recommended that Australia is travelled in an anticlockwise direction so that when you are driving across the top of Australia and down the west Coast you will be driving with the prevailing winds. Rather then pushing into them and destroying your fuel economy.
Using the above travel plans as a guide you can work out your own travel itinerary to suit the time you have available.