Australia is a popular destination for adventurous travellers looking to experience jaw-dropping landscapes, warm beaches, and vast oceans rich with a diverse ecosystem of marine life. Particularly, the West Coast of Australia is renowned for the many natural wonders that can be explored amongst its stretching plains.
For those eager to immerse themselves in the beauty of the ’true Australia’, the West Coast is a perfect place to start. Whilst planning the trip of a lifetime, many travellers are faced with the question: which is the best way to travel? Book an organised tour, or DIY it via self-drive? Both options have their pro’s, but travelling with a tour is undoubtedly an advantageous way to experience Australia, and here are a few reasons why:
Coming to a new country can be a daunting experience, however, seasoned the adventurer may be. Booking onto a tour immediately draws you in to a community of like-minded people that you may not have met otherwise, and connects you to other travellers from all walks of life, varying in ages and backgrounds. This can be a fascinating experience, and you are quite likely to meet a friend for life!
Planning an excursion and self-driving can result in some unexpected costs and surprise expenses, especially on the Western Coast of Australia. Tyre blowouts and cracked windscreens can often mean costs beyond what you thought your insurance would cover. Unfortunately, vehicles often break down. If it’s your own vehicle it’s a real but over-looked fact that tow trucks in remote locations are most often more expensive than the repairs! Accommodation can be fully booked, and the weather can be unpredictable! When you book a tour, those budget bumps along the way are already covered, meaning you can relax in the knowledge that your hard-earned savings aren’t going to take an unanticipated hit.
We all know how much fuel a vehicle can use, particularly on long road trips. However, a small group truck carrying up to twenty passengers will use much less fuel, than a number of hire vehicles that carry less than a handful of passengers. By booking a small group trip instead of hiring a car you’re reducing our carbon footprint!
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What better way to get a good dose of Aussie authenticity than being led by a local who knows the landscape off by heart.
Travelling in a tour means you’re guaranteed a special insight into the wonders of Western Australia. You won’t miss out on that secret waterhole in Karijini National Park, you’ll learn first-hand the quirky fun facts about the Pinnacles, and there is always someone there to ask that niggling question you’re curious about.
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The Australian outback can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful. Keeping safe during your travels is paramount, and a qualified guide will always take good care of every individual on the tour. No matter how much solo travelling you’ve done previously, you may not be as fully prepared as you can be for the dangerous elements of the West Coast of Australia. Travelling on a tour means you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride, whilst a professional keeps an eye on the safety details.
Committing to the long journey through Australia should be supported by a lot of planning and research, with a large amount of time and money invested into ensuring you do it the right way. Some backpackers are limited when it comes to budget and schedule, so booking a tour is a certain way to alleviate that pressure from yourself. Although looking for the right tour for you is important, and a level of research will go into finding it, the experience itself will be an enjoyable, stress-free adventure, facilitated by those who have done it hundreds of times before.
If Australia is on your bucket list, and you’re wondering which way to do it, rest assured that booking a tour really could be the best decision you make. Connect with your potential future friend for life, save money where it matters, immerse yourself in the first-hand authenticity, and most importantly – keep it safe and stress-free!