Backpacking in Australia: RPG in Real Life

You know how in video games; the main character is always on the go with nothing but the supplies he can carry on his back? Backpacking lets you live as a video game character as you set forth on the great adventure of discovering the world and meeting new faces along the way.

See the world like never before

Backpacking is you as the main character of an RPG, taking on side quests, conquering monsters, and saving the world. Well, the quests are menial jobs to support yourself as you go, and the monsters are your fears and the saving the world bit might be a stretch, but you get the point.

Travelling the world, the way these backpackers do, immerses you in a full mix of culture and challenges, wherein you come out a brand-new person. And with its vast open spaces, heritage, and abundance of kangaroos, Australia is a place like no other. In fact, you might fall in love with the city and stay there forever.

For a small continent, it has enough places for you to stay for more than a year. Here are a few recommended stops in Australia for your adventure:

    Bondi Beach, Sydney

If you’re looking to join the hipster culture or just want a taste of what it’s like, then Sydney is the place to go. Stay there for a few weeks or a month and take on a job at a café or bar to get to feel what the scene is like in the city. The suburb has a fascinating history attached to it too: during World War II, Jewish immigrants from Europe fled to here to escape the Holocaust.  It’s a great place to learn a bit about history and to get to know people from different cultures.

    Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Coffs Harbour is a remote area. It’s worth checking out, and you can get Regional Work here during your stay. The city has a population of only 70,000, and the locals are always looking for backpackers looking to take on jobs at the banana plantation. It may not be the hipster scene in Bondi Beach, but nothing brings people closer together than hard physical labour and bananas. You can blow off some steam by taking on the region’s many side trips including trips up north to Byron and Sydney.

    Teneriffe, Brisbane

Compared to the first two cities, Teneriffe is tame as it is a compact city. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to do. Stay here during the winter months and take part in festivals such as Splendour in the Grass an enjoy some authentic Australian rugby in the State of Origin rugby series. In between the events, you can take on jobs in the city’s Central Business District as a tour guide or a hostel staff. You’ll never find yourself bored in Teneriffe.

    Cairns, Queensland

Tired of working all those backpacker jobs? Make a stop at Cairns in Queensland and get to see the Great Barrier Reef in person. The party scene in Cairns is so enticing that it has become a stop for backpackers looking to party with the boys from the rugby teams and the girls chasing after them. You can even rent a houseboat so you can get in on the action in the reef. There is nothing better than topping off your stay in Australia than by getting close to the water and its richness.

Are you ready to be the hero of your RPG? Then pack your backpack with everything you’ll need and fly to Australia to experience its cities and its landscape the way locals do. And if you want to get around a lot more comfortably because walking can be a pain, you can find a car rental in Parramatta – Sydney  that offers vehicles at a reasonable price. This way, you can cover more ground, defeat more monsters (inside you) and see this land beyond what is told in textbooks.

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