A mobile phone is a necessity for anybody spending time in Australia. Even if you're only staying for a short period it's still highly advisable to arrange an Australian SIM card and compatible mobile phone. At the very least having a number you can be contacted on and use to make emergency calls is an absolute must.
For calling international numbers (i.e, contacting people at home) a phone card/ticket will often provide you with the best rates. Phone cards/tickets both perform the same task (cheap international calls) and are used in exactly the same way. Learn how to call home with low costs.
It's always a good idea to know as many ways of contacting people as possible when you're backpacking around Australia. In this section you can learn lots of useful ways to keep in contact while you're in Australia and how they can be particularly useful for backpacking in Australia.
For anybody who would like to share their experiences with the friends/family at home a 'blog' is the perfect medium. A blog will provide you with your own space on the web to create and publish content for others to view and respond to by posting comments on your page. Learn about writing your own travel blog.
Storage space is quite an important factor to consider when choosing which provider to go with. Why? Because you can use an e-mail account to store your media safely when you travel. Learn how email can be useful for backpacking other than sending mail.
Instant messaging (IM) is a brilliant option of communication for a backpacker. It enables two or more people to meet and chat live online either by typing messages or speaking into a microphone (or both). If people have web cams they can also be activated so you can see the people you're talking to, adding another element.
To make calls to international numbers from Australia it helps to understand the different dialing codes required to connect your call. It works by splitting the world into zones (large and small) which are each represented by a series of numbers.
From the largest to the smallest zones the dialing codes go from the international dial out codes, country codes, the area codes and then the local numbers.
It can seem complicated at first, but it's actually quite simple (see example below).
The 00 11 code is required to make international calls from Australia. For example if you wanted to make a call to Manchester in England and you had the area code (0161) and the local number 123456. To make this call you would dial the international access code which is 00 11 followed by the country code which for the U.K is 44.
Next will be the area code but with one important difference, you enter the area code (which for Manchester is 0161) but you loose the first zero so it will be 161 instead. The last number to dial is the local number and the connection is complete. The example dialing sequence would look like this...
Here is a list of the major country codes (remember to dial 00 11 first and then one of the following to access each country). If the code you require is not on this list you can find it here.
Your passport and visa are the most important documents you have when it comes to travelling. Learn how to keep them safe and how to get replacements if you ever need them.
Bus services in Australia include public transport buses, shuttle buses, backpacker buses, long distance Greyhound coaches and plenty of other private tours and day trips.
Instant messaging (IM) is a very good means of communication for a backpacker. It enables two or more people to meet and chat live online either by typing messages or speaking into a microphone.
A mobile phone is a necessity for anybody spending time in Australia. Even if you're only staying for a short period it's still highly advisable to get an Australian SIM card and compatible mobile phone.
Setting up an Australian bank account (A.B.A) is going to be an absolute necessity for spending time in Australia. Learn how to get setup before you go and which banks are best for backpacking in Australia.
For better chances of getting work in Australia you may wish to create and store some employment documents. A Resume (C.V) with a covering letter would make a good impression on a new employer.
Travel safety is always affected by a range of factors including your location, the people that surround you in each given moment and the activities you decide to take part in. Stay safe, read our guide.