RonK wrote:simonn wrote:RonK wrote:It's pointless comparing a heavily populated postage stamp sized country with an entire large, sparsely populated continent.
It's not just the culture - the Australian economy depends on the motor car and that is unlikely to change.
A demographic shift may see some marginal decline in car use, but they are here to stay.
Australia has, however, one of the most urbanized populations in the world. Australian capital cities are reasonably densely populated, but do not have the public transport that cities with similar densities would have Europe.
A bullet train from Coonabarabran to Birdsville is not expected, but that does not excuse the lack of public transport within, or maybe between, the capital cities.
The OP is about living without a car. Even those living in urban area will want to travel further afield at some time. While some destinations will have transport options, many have none, so total car independence is unrealistic.
Point taken, but it depends on how often. Even, for example, a weekend to further a field once a month, hiring a car would probably work out significantly cheaper than owning one, although hiring does mean less spontaneity and, perhaps, convenience.