Australia is one of the most popular tourist destinations for those looking for serious travel. In 2019, approximately 9.4 million overseas tourists took a trip Down Under. Popular with gap year students, for working holidays, or for those looking to travel for an extended period of time, Australia has a fantastic mix of culture, sights, activities, and beaches.
Here are five top tips if you’re planning to visit this amazing country.
- Plan for a Long Flight
If you’re flying from a country significantly far away from Australia, such as the US or UK, then you need to plan for an extremely long flight. You’re going to be looking at a flight of at least 20 hours, but this can vary depending on whether you’re choosing a direct flight and whether there are any layovers.
Not only do you need to plan to be your most comfortable — such as taking entertainment and comfort items like a blanket — but you also need to prepare for jetlag.
- Arrange Your Visa
No matter your purpose of visit or length of stay, you will need a visa to enter Australia. Be sure to plan and prepare the correct visa ahead of time — such as a tourism visa or a working visa — alongside an in-date passport.
- Be Cautious With Snakes and Spiders
Australia homes some of the most dangerous snakes and spiders in the world, but don’t let that stop you from visiting this incredible country. In order to stay safe, planning ahead and being aware is key. You’ve nothing to fear from snakes and spiders, but there is a risk of encountering them, especially if you’re planning on exploring outdoors, such as hiking through the Australian terrain.
Medical suppliers like Rapid Rescue provide emergency kits, including first aid and snake-bite kits, so it’s a very good idea to have one of these on hand when you’re planning to explore.
Be sure to move carefully and slowly through areas which may have spiders or snakes, and always check your boots and shoes if they have been left outside or close to doorways.
- Plan Your Itinerary Carefully
Australia is extremely large and completely diverse, which means there is so much to see and do — so much, in fact, that a short trip won’t be enough to cover everything. It’s crucial to understand what you want to see and how best to go about it, as one landmark may be at the other side of the country compared to another.
You may need to make sacrifices or compromises. However, when planning your route, stick to what is close together and which you can easily get to. This is, of course, unless you would like to plan a trip where you have enough time to travel for long periods to other regions of the country (such as taking a flight to another area).
If you’re looking to hit the most popular tourist attractions, you won’t want to miss:
- The Sydney Opera House
- The Great Barrier Reef
- Uluru (or Ayers Rock)
- The Great Ocean Road
- The Gold Coast
- Plan for the Weather
It’s vital to do as much research as you can regarding seasons and weather for your intended month of travel. Australia is notoriously very hot, but it also suffers cold months and rainfall. Be sure to double-check the weather forecast for your time of travel, and pack everything you need for the relevant season.