Friendly people, sunshine, beautiful nature and world famous tourist attractions await you.

However, there are a few essential things you’ll need to know before you travel to Australia.


1. It’s a Long Way From Almost Everywhere

Sydney ferry

Just take a look at a map, Australia is hours away from everywhere, even 'nearby' New Zealand and Fiji.

To get the cheapest prices book flights in advance and use a comparison website like Skyscanner.

Due to the distance from other international destinations you might want to break the journey up with a stop off on the way. You might also want to view these tips for flying to Australia.v


2. Visa

Make sure you have the right visa well in advance as you don't want to arrive and be denied entry. Customs and borders are very strict, and for example if you want to work in Australia, or even just arrive for tourism from a lot of worldwide destinations you will need the correct visa and make an online application before arrival.


3. Packing List + Make Sure You Buy Travel Insurance

Check the weather and the time of year so you know what to pack for Australia. In summer temperature are high so loose and light clothing is a must whilst in winter it does get cold so jackets and warm clothing are recommended. 

It is also important you travel with peace of mind when you travel by buying travel insurance. This might seem an expensive add on you don't need but believe us, you don't want to be caught out. For example, if you lose or have goods stolen, have flights cancelled or in the worst case scenario you have an accident or medical emergency. 


4. It’s Big

Ningaloo Reef

One thing that often surprises first-time visitors, particularly those from Europe and the UK, is just how big Australia is.

You cannot “do” a trip in a couple of weeks. Instead of trying to cram in everything you want to do, and then spending all your time in a car hire, focus on doing just a few things.

Pick your major “must experience” attractions and activities, and then plan your trip around those. Make sure that your car rental partner is up to snuff here, as well – you should not be limited by low mileage allowances and the like.


5. Cost

Australia is one of the most expensive destinations in the world in terms for tourism and sightseeing. Flights to Australia might be your biggest cost so book in advance for the best deals.

You will need to work out how much money you have and make sure you budget accordingly so you have enough cash to do all the things you want to do.

There are also lots of ways to save money, for example, shop for food at local supermarkets to avoid eating out every day and avoid staying in the larger more expensive cities like Sydney and Melbourne for a long duration.

Also try to cut down on alcohol and possible avoid more expensive activities like scuba diving.


6. Accommodation

If you are planning a break to Australia and aren't lucky enough to have friends there you will need to book accommodation in advance. Spaces can fill up quick in most destinations but there are lots of options including hotels, guest houses, hostels, AirBnB or renting a camper van.

Hotels are usually the most expensive option but there are alternative options and there are alternative options including amazing hostels in Australia which offer more affordable value and have modern high-tech facilities.



7. How to Get Around

Australia best road trips

If you’re preparing for a trip Down Under, you will need to decide if you want to travel independently or on an organised experience.

There are lots of tours of Australia where you can travel and see the best places in the country in a small group with an experienced guide. These types of trips are a fun way to meet like-minded travellers and see th highlights with a local guide.

If you are seeking more of an independent experience and are in need of an affordable car hire, check out a company like Zippy Rentals. A car gives you the freedom and flexibility to go where you want when you want. There are so many amazing road trips in Austraila, the hard part is choosing where to go. Driving the east coast of Australia is amazing.

Another option is travelling by public transport, there is an extensive bus/train system connecting the whole country. Distances are long though so you might want to plan accordingly. You could also fly inbetween the major cities.


8. Weather

Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere and there is a warm climate almost all year round. However, that does not mean that the entire continent has reversed seasons in comparison to the Northern Hemisphere. In fact, the Top End’s seasons are closer to what you’ll find in the southern end of the Northern Hemisphere.

The southern area of the country does have pronounced reversed seasons, though. So, while it might be wet during the rainy season around the Great Barrier Reef, it could be warm and sunny in Sydney.

You will need to check in advance, pack accordingly and don't forget your sunscreen - this country has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world due to the thin ozone layer.


9. Where to Visit + Itinerary

Airlie Whitsunday Islands

Due to the size of Australia you will need to work out how much time you have and where you would be keen to go.

Recommended destinations include Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, WhitSunday Islands, Fraser Island, Byron Bay and the Outback.

Taking a boat trip over the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is one of the best things to do in Australia. Or for a more off the beaten track experience you might want to consider visiting Tasmania.

You should draw a short list of places you are keen to visit and see how much time you want to spend in each which will help you get an idea for the ultimate Australia itinerary. Going on a east coast Australia road trip will be the trip of a lifetime.

You also might want to mix sightseeing with activities which are a great way to meet new people and also do something fun. For example, you could find volunteer programs in Australia and help wildlife like koalas and kangaroos - amazing!


10. Breathtaking Nature

Byron Bay

Australia has amazing nature and open spaces with some of the most spectacular national parks in the world. The nation actually has one of the highest ratios of public to private land in the world. It’s tempting to think that this is done just for the sake of environmentalism.

While that is important to Australians, the truth is that most of these areas are absolutely stunning and well worth exploring. Be prepared to be awed, and spend time in some of the lesser-known natural areas.

For a really special trip go explore the highights of Western Australia.


11. Ayers Rock & the Outback is a Must

Ayers Rock, Aussie Outback

You might be tempted to think that depictions of the Outback’s emptiness are exaggerated. That is not even remotely true.

The centre of the Australian continent is actually pretty desolate but it is incredible. Most people make the mistake of not visiting the Outback and just sticking to coastal areas and you would be missing out if you do the same.

There are so many opportunities for adventure travel and exploration here, including camping and trips to see incredible sights like Ayers Rock.

You will need to make sure that you are prepared for the rigors of the Outback though, and we recommend an organised tour where you will travel in a group and get guidance from an experienced local guide. 

Or if you want to do it yourself view some important tips for driving in the Outback.


12. Enjoy Every Moment

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation QLD, Australia

Whether you are planning a shot break, keen to go backpacking or take a gap year in Australia - you will be able to find experiences and things to do which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Australia is an amazing destination are you really should try to enjoy every moment.