The Big Lap – the best way to see Australia

Australia is such a vast and diverse country and you could spend years travelling around it, and not see it all. But to see as much as possible, what is the best way to see Australia?

Without a doubt, it’s by road. And by camping.

Whether in a motorhome, caravan, campervan or tent; travelling by road will ensure that you get to see the most of Australia as possible, and camping allows you to get out to those remote and beautiful spots.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your Big Lap, whether you do it in 6 months… or 6 years!

Follow the weather

There is some debate in online groups about whether you should do the Big Lap of Australia in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. Some say that the prevailing winds favour one particular way across the Nullabor; but since that is such a small part of the overall journey, it’s barely worth mentioning. 

It doesn’t matter whether you go clockwise or anti-clockwise, the important factor is that you follow the weather! Unless you need to be somewhere specific at a particular time, you can go wherever the weather is the most comfortable for you.

Many people will want to head north for the winter, to the tropical northern states, and then head south for the summer.

But if you love the cold weather, then you may want to remain in the south for the winter, and enjoy all the beautiful snowy scenery while everyone else has gone.

And if you love the heat, the northern states will keep you entertained with their spectacular storms over the sweltering summer months.

You don’t need a fancy rig

It would be lovely to have a new, modern and comfortable motorhome, or car and caravan, to travel around Australia. You’d be comfortable every night and you could have all the conveniences and mod-cons you want. And if it’s a 4WD you’ll be able to explore some of the remote areas of Australia.

But even if all you’ve got is a car and a tent, that is sufficient for you to get out and see Australia!

One caveat to that though… you don’t need a fancy rig, but you do need to make sure that your vehicle is sturdy enough and reliable to take you across the thousands of kilometres around Australia. You can’t be heading off in a clapped out little sedan with no spares and no clue.

Motorhome or caravan?

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to make the choice between a caravan or a motorhome, the vehicle that will be best for you, will depend a lot on the type of travelling you intend to do. 

It’s very subjective, but if you are wanting to stop in places for at least a couple of days at a time, then a caravan might be the best option for you. This allows you to park your home, and then use your tow vehicle for daily sightseeing.

But for those on the move quite often, a motorhome may prove to be the most sensible choice as there is less pack up required and you can be on the move quickly. Our range of Explorer Motorhomes are perfect for the adventurous traveller, not only do they have all the comforts of a luxurious RV, they are compact enough to fit into a standard parking space, and 4WD so you can get to those rugged and remote (and beautiful) locations.

Whatever way you decide to see Australia, you’ll find that there is no best way, except by getting out there!