By Contributor / 30/05/2016

The Beginners’ Guide to Visiting Australia

Across the world, in another part of the globe, rising from the Pacific stands the wonderful country of Australia. And if you are making it your next vacation destination, you are in for a treat. From the glorious scenery and amazing sites, to the people and adventures that await you, the Land Down Under is an entirely unique experience you won’t find anywhere else. But before you pack your bags, you need to plan your trip. To help you on your way, here are a couple of need to know facts before you head off.

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The Beginners’ Guide to Visiting Australia


Keep in Mind Hemisphere

Australia is a unique take on everything, and because the Land Down Under might seem up-side-down, this means that you need to plan your trip during the winter. Depending on where you want to go, summers in Australia last from November through February, while in some parts they can stretch to March. This means that while it may be snowing back home, it is the perfect time to plan a trip to this corner of the globe.

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Photo Credit: Gemma Stiles

 Look for Cheap Alternatives

A trip to Australia can get really pricey, really fast, being it’s one of the most expensive destinations, so you need to look for bargains anyway you can. Due to the distances involved, the first thing you need to prepare for is the actual flight to Australia. The costs can be staggering, but luckily there are ways you can find cheap flights, and that can keep that money in your pocket. By making your trip an extended stay, for a month or so, you can share accommodations and save up a lot. Yet, another great way to save money is by booking accommodations away from urban centers. And looking for family-owned hotels in smaller towns near Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. 

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Melbourne – Photo Credit: Hai Linh Truong

 Don’t Miss Out on the Sites

When visiting any destination a trip to its natural hotspots is a must. Nowhere is it truer than in Australia. From the camping out in the Outback and desert interior to the lush coastal forests and stunning ocean. Australia has a unique take on nature you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. At the top of your list should be Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayer’s Rock). It’s the perfect place to explore Australia’s ancient heritage and make some stunning landscape photography. Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island on Australia’s East Coast, will allow you to dive into an adventure of a lifetime, and explore the Great Barrier Reef. If you are into hiking or cycling through nature, why don’t you check out the Blue Mountains? Great to relax your mind, get some exercise and have a vibe of Australia’s land treasure. While Tasmania provides a surreal wilderness experience and the most challenging hike of your life.

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Uluru – Photo Credit: Tchami

 The Best Way to See the Continent

The best way to experience Australia in its entire glory is by taking a road trip. The East to West Savannah Way is 3700 km long journey that will take you the length of the continent. It’s the best road trip Australia has to offer, taking you past stunning natural scenery. Like the Kimberly where you can see firsthand the unique wildlife native only to this continent. Further down the road, two World Heritage listed National Parks, Kakadu and Purnululu, await. At the end of the journey, you can bask on the beaches of the West Coast. It’s the ultimate road trip you won’t want to miss!

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Kakadu – Photo Credit: Alberto

 Be Sure to Take a Dip

By being surrounded by the warm Pacific waters, it is hard coming to Australia, and not experiencing the beach. With gorgeous blue liquid and clear skies all the way, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to sit back and relax. While St. Kilda Beach is a great place to enjoy a beach party, make sure you stay in one of the best party hostels in Melbourne to make it perfect. White sand is a commodity abundant at this stretch of coast, while the surf is amazing. And if you haven’t tried it, you need to enjoy Aussiesfavourite pastime – surfing. The coast also hosts a number of other water sports all adrenaline junkies will enjoy. While smaller secluded beaches and remote islands provide the ideal place to go scuba diving and explore the technicoloured underwater wildlife.


Photo Credit: Jenny Brown

 Get a Taste of Australia

Australia offers some of the best wines in the world (currently sixth), and immersing yourself in a wine region can be a yummy way of discovering the beauty of Australia. North of the Sydney, on a direct route from the beachside town of Newcastle, stands the oldest wine region, and Aussie’s pride and joy – Hunter Valley. When you think vineyard, you should also consider the food that accompanies it. Sydney’s top restaurants and chefs all chose Hunter Valley’s Lake St. Claire as the backdrop to give travellers a taste experience. This is just one of the many great wine regions of Australia. And each one provides a delicious experience worth checking out.

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These are just a few things you should do, see, taste and experience, to take in the full beauty of this amazing land. And if you are lucky enough to set your sites on Australia, as soon as you see it will be love at first sight, and you will return time after time.

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vinneve - 21/09/2016

It’s the second or third Country I can live and be happy 🙂

FriendlyNomad (@friendly_nomad) - 01/08/2016

Hi, great post Emma! We’re inspired to get in some down under time soon : ) A big hello to Mary as well. Keep up the good work.

Cassandra Mayers - 03/06/2016

We have family in australia so my partner is always asking to go, but I’m terrified of flying so the long flight scares me.

Rachel - 02/06/2016

This is somewhere I want to visit for sure, but I fear I would never want to leave. I have friends who emigrated and they just absolutely love life out there.

Miss Kitty Kaos - 02/06/2016

I am literally dying to go to Australia our friend was visiting last week and telling us about how beautiful it is over there X

Sarah Bailey - 01/06/2016

Australia is somewhere I would absolutely love to visit one day – it seems to be filled with so much do to and such a beautiful country as well. x

Ana De Jesus - 01/06/2016

Wow Australia is beautiful, I have always wanted to go but as you said flight costs are staggering! Hopefully I can go one day!

Sarah Ella (Mumx3x) - 01/06/2016

I’d love to visit Australia one day, I have friends there! I would HAVE to explore the beaches, there’s no way I could go and not visit the beaches! Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sounds right up my street! Thank you for sharing xx

Rhian Westbury - 01/06/2016

Australia has been on my bucket list for ages but it’s such an commitment. My birthday is in January and I’ve debated going for my birthday one year x

Nikki - 01/06/2016

I loved my time in Australia – would love to go back one day 🙂

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