Learn about how to get around our vast country from touring routes, rail and coach travel to airport information.
Australia has a vast network of well-maintained roads and some of the most beautiful road trips in the world. You will find a range of suggested touring routes via the Itinerary section of this website. Simply filter by duration, 'Drive Australia' and State or Territory. Common self-drive routes include the Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive, the Great Southern Touring Route and the Legendary Pacific Coast.
Train travel is a convenient, affordable and scenic way to explore Australia. TransLink runs services between Sydney and the regional centres of New South Wales plus along Australia’s east coast to Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. V-Line trains connect Melbourne with regional hubs in Victoria, Queensland Rail covers Queensland and TransWA crisscrosses through Western Australia.
There are also spectacular rail journeys such as The Ghan and Indian Pacific, which sweep across the continent, offering comfort and a sense of nostalgic romance. The Indian Pacific travels between Sydney and Perth, stopping at Broken Hill, Adelaide and Kalgoorlie; and the legendary Ghan travels between Adelaide and Darwin, taking in Australia’s Red Centre and the tropical Top End.
Coach and bus travel in Australia is comfortable, efficient and reasonably priced. Long-distance coaches generally have air conditioning, reading lights, adjustable seats and free wifi. Australia’s national coach operator, Greyhound, offers hop on hop off passes for popular routes, short trip passes and flexible passes based on the amount of kilometres to be travelled.
The Spirit of Tasmania operates a nightly passenger and vehicle ferry service between Melbourne in Victoria and Devonport in Tasmania with extra services during peak periods. SeaLink ferries connect Cape Jervis in South Australia (approximately 108km south of Adelaide) and Kangaroo Island several times a day. There are also ferry services in our capital cities, connecting suburbs around Sydney Harbour, on the Swan River in Perth and on the Brisbane River.
Flying is the best way to cover Australia’s large distances in a short time. Australia’s domestic airlines – including Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia, Jetstar Airways and Tigerair – serve all state capital cities and many regional cities. Competition between domestic airlines means that some great value fares are available, especially if booked in advance. The main airports are: