Australia is one of the preferred destinations for many travellers around the world, and for a good reason. From mesmerizing beaches, breath-taking nature, excellent gastronomy scene to captivating authentic tribes, Australia has something to offer to every type of traveller.
If you were considering to visit this impressive country, you will definitely not be disappointed. The length of the trip will pay off the first second you step foot on it. However, to make your Australian journey as enjoyable as possible, you should know a few things that will help you travel around the great Down Under.
We’ve compiled 10 useful tips for your Australian trip that will ensure that your vacation is nothing less than perfect.
Australia is so beautiful that its almost only flaw is that is really, really expensive. Prepare yourself as prices are much higher than what you’ve used to see in the rest of the world. From restaurants, accommodation, transportation, renting cars to excursions, everything will cost you a bit extra during your time in this country.
Summer in Australia is hot and you’ll need a lot of sun cream to protect yourself from getting sunburned. However, temperatures and conditions are not the same throughout the entire country. For instance, if you visit Perth, you will notice it’s very dry and unbearably hot, but if head to Brisbane, you can expect a lot of humidity there. As some people are not a fan of these extremely high temperatures, they will choose to go to Hobart as it’s famous for having the coldest summer in Australia. Keep in mind that doesn’t mean you will wear a jacket, it’s just a bit colder than in the other places in the country.
Usually, when you travel only to one country, it’s easy to explore it entirely. However, Australia is massive and this will not be possible if you’re not staying there for at least a month. Going from Perth to Brisbane will take you 5-6 hours on the plane or at least three days if you choose to drive there. This means you will spend a lot of time just travelling from one place to another. Make sure you calculate it in your travelling plan so you don’t miss out on some of the most beautiful sights of this country.
Australia is truly one of the top destinations for people coming from all over the world. That implies you shouldn’t leave your accommodation booking for the last minute. Instead, try to book at least one month in advance to catch some great deals and save money that way. As we already said, Australia is really expensive so save money wherever and whenever you can. If you want to experience something unique as the Sydney Harbour accommodation, also try to book in advance as this type of accommodation gets reserved really quickly.
Australia is famous for its wildlife diversity. But, as the cities are developing very quickly, the wildlife of the country has been pushed to more isolated places such as wildlife parks. So, if you were dreaming of going on a road trip with your friends or family and thought you’re caught many families of kangaroos on camera, we’re really sorry to disappoint you as this rarely happens. But, wildlife parks in Australia are truly exciting and you should visit at least one of them during your journey.
If smoking is one of those habits you can’t live without, you should bring extra money for cigarettes. In Australia, smoking is not cheap, so you will need to pay at least $40 for one packet of cigarettes. Those who are heavy smokers and can’t live without one packet of cigarettes per day will need to bring around $500 for a 2-week vacation. Don’t forget to include this item in your budget if you’re a smoker to ensure you have enough money for other things as well.
Unlike other popular destinations in the world, the Internet can’t be found everywhere in Australia. As most of the travellers are used to using WiFi in the main squares, coffee shops, restaurants and hostels, you could be surprised how difficult it is to find the Internet in this country. Also, when you find the Internet, it will probably be really slow. So, if you can, turn this journey into an offline adventure where you can disconnect from your everyday life and connect more with nature and beautiful sights surrounding you.
If you’re coming from the majority of European, Asian, Southern or Northern American countries, be prepared to drive your rent-a-car on the left side of the road. The influence of the English culture resulted in Australians driving on the same side as the British people do. If you’re not used to it, it will take you a while but that shouldn’t prevent you from experiencing this country by a car.
Of course, you should be well-prepared for your Australian adventure, but that doesn’t mean you should pack your entire life in your suitcase. Some things are even prohibited to bring into the country, such as fruits and vegetables, plants, meat, eggs and drugs. If you need to bring medications on your trip, make sure you bring the prescription of your doctor as well. Luckily, big cities provide you with countless restaurant and market options, so you won’t stay hungry if you’re worried about that. Also, don’t miss an experience of dining in Melbourne as its gastronomy is praised by many tourists.
Australia is really a safe country to travel around, but you should be prepared for any scenario that might happen during your trip. The emergency number you need to call if something unexpected happens is 000. They will direct your call either to police, ambulance or fire department depending on the event that occurred.
Are you planning a trip to Australia? If you are, we truly hope our top 10 travelling tips have been useful and will make your adventure as pleasant as possible!
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