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AUSTRALIA DESTINATION GUIDE

Are you planning a trip to Australia? Our home country is both diverse and beautiful, with endless things to see and do in Australia. From exploring the stunning coastline to discovering its unique history.

Quick Tips For Visiting Australia

  • Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
  • Language: English
  • Visa: Visitors to Australia will need to apply for a VISA before leaving home, with the exception of New Zealand passport holders who can apply on arrival. For more information, read this guide.
  • Electrical Socket: Plug type is I, which is the plug that has three flat pins in a triangular pattern. Australia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz frequency.

Australia Travel Planning

When it comes to planning your trip, there are a few things that will help you plan the best trip to Australia:

Best Time To Visit

Australia is a vast country, so the best time to visit really depends on where you plan to go and what you plan to do. That said, generally speaking, the Australian climate is most pleasant in spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) when the weather is not too hot and not too cold.

Budgeting For Australia

Australia is not a cheap country to travel to, but there are definitely ways to save money while you’re here. One way to save is by planning your trip during the shoulder season (outside of peak season and during local school holidays). This will help you avoid paying higher prices for accommodation and activities.

  • Accommodation: Budget hostels range from $85 per night with mid-range accommodation around $170 to $250 per night.
  • Meals: An average restaurant or cafe meal typically ranges from $17 to $25.
  • Drinks: Takeaway coffee ranges from $5 to $7 and beer between $7 and $10.
  • Transport: The cheapest way to get around Australia is by buses and trains ($10+ per day) or by hiring a car for around $40 per day depending on travel dates.

What To Pack For Australia

Again, this will depend on where in Australia you are visiting as the climate can vary greatly from place to place. Generally speaking, you will need lightweight clothing for the hotter regions, and something a little warmer for the cooler areas or if you are visiting during the winter months. Layers are a great option so you can add or remove them to suit the temperature. You will also want to make sure to bring plenty of SPF50+ sunscreen!

AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDE

Each state in Australia offers up something different and exciting to appeal to every traveller, from natural landscapes to exciting family travel attractions.

QUEENSLAND

Home to the Great Barrier Reef, ancient rainforests such as the Daintree, and beautiful beaches – Queensland is unsurprisingly a nature lover’s paradise.

Whether you’re looking to kick back and relax at a beachfront resort, enjoy the laid-back lifestyle Queensland is known for, or get some daring thrills at one of the many theme parks, including Seaworld, Movieworld and Dreamworld.

Enjoy the best Brisbane attractions and day trips. Or make your way north with a Brisbane to Cairns road trip to enjoy Far North Queensland.

Check out all our Queensland posts.

VICTORIA

One of Australia’s trendiest states, with Victoria’s capital city Melbourne a popular destination for shopping and foodie fans.

Victoria is also well known for the stunning coastline of the Great Ocean Road, a must-do road trip if you have time to enjoy the drive. There are many glorious beaches to experience too. Or hit the snowfields of Mt Hotham in winter!

Well known as being a hub for many of Australia’s most popular sports including the Australian Football League (AFL). 

And if the four seasons in one day come along, you’ve got plenty of fun indoor activities to do in Melbourne too!

Check out all our Victoria posts.

NEW SOUTH WALES

The capital of NSW, Sydney, is one of Australia’s most well-known destinations with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, along with the popular Darling Harbour – a perfect place to sample some great food and enjoy this lively city.

Bondi Beach and Byron Bay are among Australia’s most popular beach spots, and the Snowy Mountains are a worthy detour, home to Australia’s highest mountain – Mt Kosciuszko.

Check out our New South Wales posts.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Australia’s largest state, with the largest coastal range with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country.

Other popular destinations include Freemantle, Rottnest island, Monkey Mia and the Pinnacles near Jurien Bay.

A visit to the family-friendly capital city of Perth is a must, or if wine is what you fancy, Margaret River will have you covered. It is also a great place to experience some of the beauty of Western Australia beaches.

This is the ultimate destination for an Australian road trip! Check out our 10-day WA road trip itinerary for inspiration!

Find all of our Western Australia posts.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Australia’s capital city, Canberra, is home to the Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial, along with many other iconic Australian attractions.

There are also national parks and natural landscapes to be enjoyed, such as Poacher’s Way and the Murrumbidgee Corridor. Canberra and the ACT overall are full of family-friendly attractions.

TASMANIA

Separated from mainland Australia, Tasmania can be reached by plane or sea and offers up plenty of worthy destinations.

From the quiet yet beautiful capital city Hobart, with the backdrop of Mount Wellington, within easy distance to Port Arthur Historic Site and the Tasman Sea, or the stunning Wineglass Bay.

Take a leisurely drive to Cradle Mountain or the tourist favourite, Straughn, on your way to Tasmania’s other major city, Launceston. Tasmania is appealing for its natural scenery, great food and quality wine.

They also have stunning beaches in Tassie. And the best way to experience is by taking a Tasmania road trip!

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Churches and wine come to mind for many when thinking of South Australia and the capital city Adelaide. The Barossa Valley is one of the most popular winery districts in Australia, along with the scenic landscape in the area.

Kangaroo Island is a great place to get up close and personal with wildlife such as seals, or if you are keen to explore the Australian outback, South Australia is home to the Flinders Ranges, Simpson Desert and Lake Eyre.

Don’t miss your chance to experience some of the best beaches in South Australia. They are a real delight!

NORTHERN TERRITORY

If you are looking for a place full of Aboriginal culture and history, Northern Territory has plenty on offer.

There are many must see natural attractions, such as the world famous Uluru, Kakadu National Park, Kings Canyon and the Katherine Gorge.

Australia’s red centre a perfect place to enjoy what natural Australia has to offer, making sure to spend some time in the capital Darwin to enjoy one of Australia’s smaller capital cities.

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