I love to travel, but, as of yet have not made it to Australia. But, that does not stop me browsing the web, dreaming and planning for a trip I will hopefully be able to take at some point in the future. So, today, I thought I would share some of that research with you and write an Australia travel tips post. Every year, nearly 9 million people visit this beautiful country, so there is a very good some of my readers will be planning a trip there. So, here goes, a few tips to help you along the way.
BUY GOOD TRAVEL INSURANCE
Australia is a long way away. So, if you fall ill or have an accident you do not want to end up stranded there. Paying for your own repatriation could leave you or your family deeply in debt. Therefore, it is important to play it safe and buy insurance. This Australia travel guide UHCSafetrip have come up with will help you to choose the right policy for you.
VISAS & PASSPORTS
You will need a visa to enjoy a holiday in Australia. Plus, if you are 75 or over you will also need to undergo a health check. At the time of writing this article, you do not need to have 6 months left on your passport to travel there. But, check the UK government travel advice before you book to make sure that this is still the case.
BE READY FOR THE WEATHER
When most people think of Australia, they think of sunshine. It is a hot place, but in some parts it gets surprisingly chilly during the winter months. So, before you book, check out what the conditions are likely to be like and plan accordingly.
SPF is key regardless of how hot the weather is. I would highly recommend Clarins Sun Protection, and the Vichy Idéal Soliel Solar Protective Water.
DECIDING WHERE TO GO
Australia is a vast country, so it is important to work out which part of it you will focus on for your trip. You can either base yourself in just one of its cities, or plan a two location holiday and spend a day travelling during your trip. However if you really want to experience Oz, take a longer holiday there and travel around.
By far the best way to do this is to go online and check out the itineraries other travellers have used. Travel blogs and sites like TripAdvisor are great places to find out what others have done. Itineraries you can potentially copy exactly or tweak a little to better suit what you want to do and see. Travel planning apps like Travfy are excellent too.
My friend Sheena who lives out there (I met her on a life changing trip to Bali in 2017) sent me so many snaps of the places that she’d recommend as areas to visit; Blayney NSW, Bawley Point on the South Coast, Canberra ACT, Uluru Ayres Rock, Field Of Lights, Uluru at dawn.
BOOKING YOUR FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION
Now that Australia uses the Electronic Travel Authority system for its visas you can get one very quickly, often, in as little as 24 hours. This is great because it opens up the opportunity for you to take advantage of last minute deals.
However, doing this is risky, especially during the main tourist season. Popular destinations like Sydney fill up fast. But, if you are on a very tight budget and do not mind too much where you stay. It is an option.