Backpacking in Australia & New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand are wonderful destinations for backpacking. The standard of living in both countries is high which translates to great tourism infrastructure and relatively safe cities.
Since they are both also English-speaking countries, it is relatively easy to get around as an English-speaking backpacker. However, there are a few Apps and websites that will help your trip run smoothly.
How to Get to Australia & New Zealand
Located far from many other countries on earth, your biggest expense will be in flying to Australia or New Zealand. We’ve had good experiences finding cheap flights on the popular site Kiwi.com, or the longtime backpacker favorite, Skyscanner.
Finding Accommodation in Australia & New Zealand
CouchSurfing is a great community that connects local hosts with travellers who are backpacking in Australia or New Zealand. HostelWorld has the largest inventory of hostels in both countries, with millions of reviews from fellow backpackers. And Booking.com has lots of advanced search and filters for finding hostels, hotels, and unique accommodation while backpacking in this part of the world.
Unique Activities and Tours in Australia & New Zealand
Get your Guide is a popular site in Australia and New Zealand to book tours, skip the line tickets for crowded sites, or to get ideas for activities. Viator is another similar activity and tour search website.
And for those who are backpacking alone who want to join a small group tour, G Adventures is highly recommended.
Backpacker Travel Insurance
As for any trip abroad, it is crucial to take out travel insurance for your backpacking trip to Australia or New Zealand. World Nomads is the company recommended by Lonely Planet & Contiki.
Australia & New Zealand Travel and Backpacking Guides
For more detailed backpacking information per country, check out our free country guides below. You can find more details about visa requirements for Australia and New Zealand, backpacking jobs and volunteer opportunities, things to do, and health and safety information.