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The Best Type of Vehicle to Travel Australia

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The Best Type of Vehicle to Travel Australia

 

Australia offers some of the best landscapes and adventurous road trips in the world. Whether you’re cruising along the iconic Great Ocean Road, exploring the rugged Outback, or meandering through lush rainforests, choosing the right vehicle for your journey is crucial. With such a large distance between places, it is essential that you have a vehicle that’s equipped for long drives and comfort. As well as having places to sleep, as hotels can be costly and incontinent. From motorcycles to buses, each mode of transport has its unique advantages and disadvantages. Let’s explore the best types of vehicles to travel Australia in, helping you decide which one suits your adventure style.

Motorcycles

Motorcycles are the epitome of freedom and adventure. Traveling Australia on a motorcycle offers an unparalleled sense of connection to the environment. The wind in your hair, the unobstructed views, and the thrill of the open road make for an unforgettable experience.

Pros:

  • Mobility and Flexibility: Motorcycles can navigate through traffic, reach remote areas, and park with ease.
  • Cost-Effective: Generally cheaper on fuel and maintenance compared to larger vehicles.
  • Sense of Adventure: The feeling of freedom and exhilaration is unmatched.

Cons:

  • Limited Storage: Packing light is essential, which can be challenging for extended trips.
  • Weather Exposure: Riders are exposed to the elements, making it less comfortable in adverse weather conditions.
  • Safety Concerns: Motorcycles offer less protection in case of accidents.

Motorcycles are ideal for solo travellers or couples looking for an adrenaline-fuelled adventure. The Great Ocean Road, with its winding coastal routes, is particularly popular among motorcyclists.

Vans

Vans have long been a favourite for road trippers, offering a blend of comfort and convenience. They provide more space for luggage and can be easily converted into a cosy home on wheels.

Pros:

  • Versatility: Vans can be adapted for sleeping, cooking, and storage, making them perfect for extended trips.
  • Comfort: More protection from the elements and a more comfortable ride than motorcycles.
  • Affordability: Vans are generally more affordable than larger motorhomes or caravans.

Cons:

  • Space Limitations: While more spacious than a motorcycle, vans still have limited living space.
  • Mainly 2wd: Since most vans aren’t 4×4, it limits you to sticking to the pavement, not being able to explore some harder to reach places.
  • Curved Everything: When building a van camper, every surface that you work on is curved, making it hard if you have no craftsmen experience.

Vans are perfect for those who value flexibility and comfort. Popular routes for van travellers include the East Coast from Sydney to Cairns where 4×4 isn’t needed for majority of the trip.

4x4s

For those looking to explore Australia’s rugged terrain, a 4×4 vehicle is the best choice. These vehicles are designed to handle off-road conditions, making them ideal for adventures in the Outback and remote areas.

Pros:

  • Off-Road Capability: 4x4s can tackle rough terrain, from sandy deserts to rocky trails.
  • Durability: Built to withstand harsh conditions, ensuring reliability on long journeys.
  • Flexibility: Allows access to remote locations that other vehicles can’t reach.

Cons:

  • Cost: Higher purchase price and fuel consumption, as well as the risk of damaging the vehicle on the track.
  • Comfort: You will need to either sleep on the ground in a tent or swag, giving you limited protection if the weather is bad, and also meaning you have to set up and pack up every day.

A 4×4 is essential for exploring iconic Australian destinations like the Kimberley, Simpson Desert, and Fraser Island. These vehicles offer the freedom to venture off the beaten path and experience Australia’s wild beauty.

Caravans

Caravans provide the comforts of home while on the road. They are towed by a car or 4×4, offering flexibility and space for families or groups. They are one of the most popular ways to travel for older Australians and families for long distance stays.

Pros:

  • Comfort and Space: Plenty of room for sleeping, cooking, and relaxing.
  • Convenience: Equipped with amenities like kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Flexibility: Detach the caravan and use your vehicle for day trips.

Cons:

  • Manoeuvrability: Can be challenging to drive and park, especially in urban areas.
  • Fuel Consumption: Towing a caravan increases fuel usage.
  • Cost: Not only do you need to purchase the caravan, but also a car capable of towing it, which means two registrations, insurances, repairs etc.

Caravans are ideal for families or travellers planning extended stays in one location. Popular caravan routes include the coastal drive from Melbourne to Adelaide and the scenic loop around Tasmania.

Motorhomes

Motorhomes offer a luxurious way to explore Australia, combining transport and accommodation in one. These self-contained units provide all the amenities needed for a comfortable journey.

Pros:

  • All-in-One: No need to set up camp; everything is within reach.
  • Comfort: Spacious interiors with beds, kitchens, bathrooms, and even living areas.
  • Convenience: Park anywhere and enjoy the comforts of home.

Cons:

  • Cost: High purchase and rental costs, along with significant fuel consumption.
  • Size: Can be challenging to drive in narrow or winding roads and to find parking.

Motorhomes are perfect for those who want to travel in comfort and style. They are well-suited for elderly drivers who aren’t looking to tow, and they are great if you are constantly moving around.

Buses

Converting a bus into a travel vehicle is an option for large groups or families wanting a spacious, mobile home. Buses offer extensive space and can be customised to suit specific needs.

Pros:

  • Space: Ample room for large groups and storage.
  • Customisation: Can be outfitted with various amenities for a comfortable living experience.
  • Durability: Built for long-distance travel and heavy use.

Cons:

  • Cost: High initial investment and ongoing maintenance expenses.
  • Manoeuvrability: Difficult to drive and park, especially in urban settings.
  • Licensing: For majority of busses, you will need an upgraded license as it is over a certain weight and size range.

Buses are best for group travel or long-term adventures. Popular routes for bus travellers include the East Coast and the extensive routes across the Outback.

Conclusion

Australia’s vast and varied landscapes offer endless opportunities for adventure. The best vehicle for your journey depends on your travel style, budget, and destinations. Whether you seek the thrill of a motorcycle, the flexibility of a van, the ruggedness of a 4×4, the comfort of a caravan or motorhome, or the spaciousness of a bus, there is a perfect vehicle to help you explore the wonders of the Land Down Under. Plan your journey, choose your ride, and set off on an unforgettable Australian adventure.

 

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Terania Street Reopening to Light Vehicles Only

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Terania Street Reopening to Light Vehicles Only

 

After a closure lasting over four months, Terania Street in Lismore is set to reopen to light vehicles starting from late Friday 21 June, pending favourable weather conditions. This reopening follows the implementation of traffic calming measures aimed at preventing further damage to the rail-over-road bridge caused by oversized vehicles.

  • Traffic Calming Measures:
    • New measures include speed humps, a reduced speed limit of 25 km/h, restricted lane width, traffic islands, and surveillance cameras. These are designed specifically to slow down light vehicles and restrict heavy vehicles (over 4.5 tonnes) from using Terania Street near the rail bridge.
  • Purpose of Measures:
    • The installation aims to prevent future damage to the bridge, which necessitated its closure between Tweed and Peate streets since February 7.
  • Community Impact and Appreciation:
    • Transport for NSW, through Director Region North Anna Zycki, expressed gratitude to residents and businesses for their patience during the closure period. They continue to work towards a permanent solution for the bridge’s sustainability.
  • Heavy Vehicle Detour:
    • Heavy vehicles are advised to use a detour via Wilson Street, Elliott Road, and Ballina Road until further notice. Residents needing access to or from Peate Street should detour via Pine, Crane, and Tweed streets.
  • Heritage Council Approval:
    • Transport for NSW has received approval from the NSW Heritage Council to remove the Terania Street rail-over-road bridge. They are currently addressing the consent conditions and will inform the community about the commencement of this work.
  • Compliance and Safety:
    • New signage, including ‘No right turn’ signs at Peate Street, has been installed to guide vehicles and ensure compliance with the new traffic conditions.

For ongoing updates and details, residents and road users are encouraged to stay informed through Transport for NSW communications channels.

This reopening marks a significant step in restoring normal traffic flow while safeguarding the historic bridge structure from further damage caused by inappropriate vehicle use.

 

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Social Housing Waitlist Surges in Northern NSW – Urgent State Budget Action Needed

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Social Housing Waitlist Surges in Northern NSW – Urgent State Budget Action Needed

 

Analysis by the Community Housing Industry Association NSW (CHIA NSW) has revealed a significant increase in the number of people seeking priority social housing in the Northern NSW region. The priority housing list is designated for those at imminent risk of homelessness, highlighting the severity of the housing crisis.

Priority Housing Increase by Region:

  • Ballina: 190%
  • Casino: 165%
  • Tweed Heads: 142%
  • Grafton: 132%
  • Byron Bay: 129%
  • Mullumbimby: 118%
  • Lower Clarence: 108%
  • Lismore: 107%

CHIA NSW CEO, Mark Degotardi, emphasized the dire shortage of available homes in the Northern NSW region. “Many people are languishing for more than a decade in some suburbs and regions. Over 58,000 families and individuals are waiting for housing across NSW. This is why we need significant funding in the upcoming State Budget to start addressing the housing crisis,” Mr. Degotardi stated.

Mr. Degotardi underscored the readiness of the not-for-profit community housing industry to collaborate with all levels of government to deliver housing solutions for vulnerable people. “Community housing providers have projects that are ready to roll but need the funding to get them started,” he said.

The upcoming state budget on June 18 is crucial for the Minns Government to demonstrate its commitment to resolving the housing crisis. “A housing crisis needs a crisis response. The time for incremental reform and small budget allocations is over,” Mr. Degotardi asserted.

The escalating need for priority social housing across Northern NSW underscores the urgent requirement for substantial government intervention and funding to provide immediate and effective housing solutions.

 

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Glen Innes Severn Council Celebrates Success at New South Wales Local Government Awards

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Glen Innes Severn Council Celebrates Success at New South Wales Local Government Awards

 

Glen Innes Severn Council celebrated a remarkable evening at the New South Wales Local Government Awards in Sydney on Friday, June 7, securing multiple accolades in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the local government sector.

Rural Management Challenge Triumph

The Council’s Rural Management Challenge (RMC) team, known as the ‘Highlanders,’ emerged as state winners, triumphing over 24 other councils. The team, comprised of Rhonda Bombell (Coordinator of Economic Development and Tourism), David Hunt (Manager of Assets), Shageer Mohammed (Chief Financial Officer), and Anthony Kamphorst (Manager of Infrastructure Delivery), initially won the regional heat in Bellingen in November 2023, advancing to the state final in Sydney in February 2024.

The RMC final challenged the Highlanders with complex scenarios that simulated real-world situations, testing their strategic thinking, decision-making skills, and knowledge of rural management practices. Their exceptional performance demonstrated a profound understanding of the challenges faced by rural communities, securing their victory as state champions.

Asset and Infrastructure Award

Adding to the evening’s success, Glen Innes Severn Council received the Asset and Infrastructure Award for the construction of the Yarrow Creek Bridge on Mount Mitchell Road. This award highlighted the Council’s innovative approach to upskilling staff, enabling them to complete intricate projects internally and reduce dependency on external contractors. Glen Innes Severn was among eight councils nominated for this prestigious award.

Leadership and Community Impact

Mayor Rob Banham expressed immense pride in the Council’s achievements, stating, “Council’s success at the LG Awards night is a clear indication of the hard work within Glen Innes Severn Council. Winning two prestigious awards motivates us to continue striving for excellence in all aspects of our operations.”

General Manager Bernard Smith, who attended the LG Awards night, also lauded the Council’s accomplishments: “We are incredibly proud of our staff’s achievements. The Rural Management Challenge award highlights the Highlanders’ strategic thinking and leadership capabilities, while the Award for Asset and Infrastructure reflects our Infrastructure Delivery Team’s ongoing efforts to enhance and maintain our community’s essential services.”

Celebrating Collective Achievements

The Glen Innes Severn Council extends its congratulations to all winners and nominees, celebrating the collective achievements that strengthen the vitality of local government in NSW. This recognition underscores the Council’s commitment to excellence and its dedication to improving the community through innovative practices and effective leadership.

By securing these awards, Glen Innes Severn Council not only showcases its capabilities but also sets a benchmark for other councils in New South Wales, inspiring continued growth and development within the local government sector.

 

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