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Getting around in Australia

Whether you’re already in Australia or you’re about to make the move, here’s how you can get around so you can start exploring everything Australia has to offer.

Bikes

Cycling is a popular way to get from A to B here. If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one easily in most cities and major towns. Melbourne and Brisbane also have great bike share schemes that make it easy to pick up a bike at one bike rack, ride it across town, and then leave it at another rack near your destination.

Buses, boats, trains and trams

  • Australian Capital Territory. You can use the MyWay smartcard ticketing system for all ACTION buses to get around Canberra ― it’s a quick and easy way to travel with discounted fares when you tag on and off at the beginning and end of your trip.
  • New South Wales. Sydney has a broad network of ferries, trains and buses. The electronic Opal Card makes it easy to use most forms of public transport with a simple tap on and off.
  • Northern Territory. In Darwin and regional NT, Tap and Ride means you can pre-load trip fares onto your card or pre-pay a flat weekly rate. The NT also offers discounted bus travel for all students.
  • Queensland. Go Card is a rechargeable ticket for buses, trains, trams and ferry services in Brisbane and across Queensland. 
  • South Australia. Metrocard is the most convenient way to travel in SA ― simply top up and tap on when you board any bus, train or tram that forms part of the Adelaide Metro system.
  • Tasmania. You can save time and money on tickets by using your electronic Greencard in Hobart, Launceston and on Burnie buses.
  • Victoria. Melbourne is famous for its tram network, including the free City Circle service that tours many of the city’s highlights. Pick up a myki smartcard to use other trams, trains and buses, including buses across regional Victoria.
  • Western Australia. Perth and Fremantle have excellent train and ferry services, along with free buses in the CBD. You can also save on fares when you open an account with SmartRider.

Planes

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world by area, with a relatively small dispersed population so flying is often a good option for travelling. There are four major domestic airlines, and a variety of regional services. There’s frequent services between major cities so it’s often possible to pick up a good deal online, especially if you’re flexible about dates and times.

Trains

With over 40,000km (24,850 miles) of rail track criss-crossing Australia, train travel can be a great way to experience the great southern land, and routes like the Indian Pacific (between Sydney and Perth) and The Ghan (between Adelaide and Darwin) rank with some of the great railway journeys of the world.

Driving

In Australia, road rules and licensing laws are set by each state. Depending on where you live, you may be able to drive with an overseas or international driver’s licence when you first arrive, but you’ll need to check how much time you have to switch to an Australian driver’s licence. See the Australian Government website for more information.

Fortunately, our International Premier and Retail Banking team are here for guidance. You can open an Australian bank account online up to three months before you travel to Australia, so you can have funds ready and waiting for when you arrive.

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Things you should know

The advice on this website has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on the advice, please consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. Please view our Financial Services Guide.