Choosing the right vehicle for your trip

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Choosing a vehicle

You need to do a little research here and decide where you are planning to travel in Australia. Below is some general considerations for each type of vehicle.

Two-wheel drive vehicle

Four-wheel drive vehicles




2wdTwo-wheel drive vehicles (standard cars)

For most type of travel in Australia, this type of vehicle will suffice. They are usually cheaper to buy, more readily available, usually cheaper for maintenance, easier to sell and consume less fuel.

The downside is that you wont be able to take them to more remote places that require four-wheel drive access and they are often limited for space to store all your baggage.


4wdFour-wheel drive vehicle

This is a good choice if you plan on getting off-road or heading to the outback, as you can generally take these types of vehicles on tracks that are not suited for regular vehicles.

The downside to these vehicles is that they usually consume more fuel and can be harder to park in city areas.



They do offer you the comforts like a bed, basic kitchen facilities, ample space to store all your bags and some may have a toilet or shower. They also make it easy to find a place to sleep each night, because you sleep in the van.

The downside is they are cumbersome, particularly driving in populated areas. They consume more fuel, are generally slower and you can notice the extremes of temperature more.

You will also be limited in where you can travel, as they generally do not handle well on dirt roads or tracks.



This can be a very freeing way to travel and allow you to get to some of the more remote locations of the country. The weather is generally good for this type of travel, with relatively moderate temperatures in much of the country and usually plenty of sunshine. It is also a cheaper option because they consume much less fuel than a car or van.

The downside of this type of travel is you are limited with how much gear you can carry. It is also generally a less safe option as driver awareness of motorcycles is often less in Australia than other countries around the world. You are also exposed to the elements when the weather is not so good or you are travelling in parts of the country where there is more extreme weather, like in the centre of the Australia in summer where there are extremely high temperatures.

You should plan your travels to ensure you are travelling in parts of the country at times when the weather is suited to travelling on a motorcycle.

You will also need a motorcycle licence in English and you must always wear a helmet when riding, as heavy fines will be given if caught without wearing one.