Whilst there are a few ways of making your way across Australia (I’ll detail the rest next week). Often overlooked is the option of renting a car. Whilst renting a car is not usually a cheap option to cross a continent, it is possible in Australia if you know where to go and are flexible with your dates.
Nation-wide rental chains often have people driving cars cross continent, especially as Australia is popular with visitors, but the vast size of the place means a lot of these trips are one way, which can often lead in a deficit of rental cars in the more popular places to leave from tied with an excessive amount of cars in the most popular place to stop your travels.
This is a problem for the rental companies, and a expensive one to fix; requiring staff time (money), fuel to return the car (money), and potentially losing customers at the other end (money). The other option is to bulk fill a car transporter but that either requires the same amount of things as before (plus a transporter vehicle) or hiring a third party (money).
These are the cars you want to hire. The rental companies are very happy for you to drive them in their required direction. So happy in fact, the price of the rental is dropped from a typical $30-70 a day to $1-5 a day. On top of that, many often give a fuel allowance dependant on the distance driving, this can be significant ($200-350), meaning this is a wallet happy way of getting yourself across the outback.
Of course you lose your own flexibility, there can’t be much stopping for sight seeing on route, and usually you leave when they want you too as well, the rental company will set you a time limit to arrive in, and of course you can’t pick the car, so you might be in a small city car, a big engined touring car or a luxury camper van.
Some resources to check out are:
It is also worth checking out rental car company specific websites or just doing it the old fashioned way and walking in and asking what they need relocated.
One final note is this can also be done across New Zealand, Canada and the USA with realative ease through online searches. It is possible in other countries as well, but more negociation is needed (i.e. go in and ask what they need delivered).