At simply 18 years outdated Dom Nuttall booked a one-way ticket to Australia for a once-in-a-lifetime solo hole 12 months, however four-and-a-half years later she remains to be travelling across the nation — a spot she calls house, for now.
Together with her photographer companion Jesse, canine Chop and their trusty van, Dom, now aged 23, has seen and labored in additional of Australia than the common Aussie, visiting each State however Tasmania.
The English backpacker has been settled in Western Australia for 16 months now, travelling the whole coast twice and documenting her gorgeous journey alongside the way in which on her TikTok and Instagram accounts @ausbackpacker.
Dom says regardless of eager to proceed exploring Australia, she simply doesn’t need to go away WA after falling in love with the variety of all of the completely different areas.
She credit a good funds for the power to discover so many locations and has opened up about all her finest ideas and tips for travelling Australia — additionally revealing the costliest place in WA and essentially the most stunning value on her journey up to now.
Dom and her companion Jesse keep on with a good funds when travelling, permitting them to go to extra locations in the course of the 12 months.
In three months of journey, the younger backpacker spends just below $5000 and this contains every part — groceries, actions, petrol and so on.
Her and her companion keep on with the $5k per particular person funds irrespective of the place they’re — which works out to be about $1666 a month — which means she hasn’t discovered WA to be any costlier than the remainder of Australia.
“We are likely to eat very low cost meals, so I might say that WA isn’t far more costly or cheaper than different states, all of them common the identical for us.
“However there are specific areas which are costlier than others, for instance, the Pilbara Area (the place Dom and Jesse stay in the intervening time) is understood for its ‘Pilbara Greenback’.
“Issues are much more costly up right here as a result of it’s so regional, and so removed from the closest metropolis of Perth and the speed of pay up here’s a lot larger than different areas of WA.
“Additionally, roadhouses in regional areas like firstly of the Nullabor in Western Australia are tremendous costly however that’s as a result of there aren’t any different retailers on the market so, in fact, they will cost what they need.”
HOW TO SAVE
Dom’s trick to saving cash is to work in distant areas since you “are away from all of the distractions”. She believes in case you are keen to place your life on maintain for only a few months to deal with working and saving cash, then it is possible for you to to get pleasure from a couple of months of travelling earlier than you run out of cash.
“I’m in a position to get pleasure from my journey after that a lot extra as a result of I do know I’ve labored so laborious to make that cash for that journey,” Dom mentioned.
“There are actually nice alternatives in rural and distant Australia for thus many alternative jobs.
“As a result of so many individuals don’t need to do it out right here… locations are likely to take care of you higher, providing you free meals and lodging.
“I feel to have the ability to do that you’ve simply acquired to be joyful being alone for a bit and keep in your personal lane.”
Dom has labored many roles in between her travels, taking over work for typically simply free lodging and meals, and different instances getting paid a very good wage on prime of that.
On her Tiktok she reveals she has labored in roadhouses, on a photo voltaic farm and even in a good looking Whitsundays resort. She says becoming a member of Fb teams is an effective way to seek out jobs and inspired different travellers to hitch as many as potential.
TOP TRAVEL TIP
Sadly, Dom’s most stunning expense was one thing she couldn’t plan or funds for — a $1000 windscreen alternative.
“We have been housesitting in Port Hedland early final 12 months, on our closing evening earlier than we hit the highway once more to journey in our van, an enormous storm came to visit Hedland, all the rocks and dirt had come along with power and smashed our again windscreen, every part contained in the van was wet-through and there was glass in all places,” Dom defined.
“We didn’t know that our insurance coverage didn’t cowl windscreens at this level, however we purchased the additional insurance coverage cowl that day for the longer term and have really had to make use of it twice since that date!
“So, my largest tip for different travellers can be, all the time be sure you have windscreen insurance coverage cowl.”
BEST WA SPOTS
When requested what her favorite place in WA was up to now, she couldn’t identify only one, as a substitute naming three spots — that are all very worthy of a point out!
1. Karijini Nationwide Park
WA’s second largest nationwide Park was prime of Dom’s checklist, with the great thing about the land “blowing her thoughts”.
“It’s the most gorgeous place I’ve ever visited in my life,” she mentioned.
“The primary time we visited, we spent per week there, exploring and swimming in all the freshwater gorges, mountaineering up Mount Bruce and taking in all the great thing about the land.
“The textures and hues of the rocks are unimaginable it truthfully blew my thoughts, I nonetheless really feel so fortunate to have been in a position to discover such a singular, particular and sacred space of WA and I pay my respects to the standard house owners of the land.
2. Wharton Seaside, Esperance
Coming in second place was Wharton Seaside, Esperance.
“Some of the excellent seashores I’ve ever seen, the white silica sand is difficult so you’ll be able to really deliver your 2WD car down on the seashore safely, the ocean is an incredible gentle turquoise color and the waves roll in simply superbly it’s image excellent. It’s additionally canine pleasant too which is a bonus!” she mentioned.
3. Purple Bluff on the Quobba Coast
Her third favorite spot was Purple Bluff on the Quobba Coast.
“An unbelievable campsite proper on the seashore, with world-class browsing waves and reef breaks,” she mentioned.
“My companion Jesse spends the times browsing as I discover some shade on the finish of the seashore within the wonderful caves that look out to the ocean, they create essentially the most excellent picture location too! In case you’re not bothered by flies and drop bogs, then additionally, you will actually benefit from the Bluff.”