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Travelling in Australia is relatively safe and easy, but planning ahead will help you make the most of your holiday. Here you will find practical travel information on Australian visas and entry requirements, customs and quarantine regulations, and accessible travel in Australia. There’s also information to help you plan your trip including travel agents that specialise in Australian holidays, getting to and around Australia, tours that you can do while you’re here and places to stay. We’ve also provided some helpful tips on travelling in remote locations, tips, hazards to watch out for and who to contact if you need emergency assistance while you are here.

Before You Go

Learn about Australian visa and customs requirements, what you need to know if you want to work, volunteer or study in Australia, tips on health and safety and accessible travel.

Planning a trip to Australia?

Planning a trip to Australia?

We've compiled the practical travel information you need, including visas, customs, duty-free shopping, and insurance.

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Australian Public Holidays

Australian Public Holidays

Australia celebrates a number of public holidays throughout the year when banks, offices and some shops are closed. If you are planning to travel to Australia during these peak periods it's wise to book interstate flights, tours and accommodation well in advance, to avoid missing out.

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Australian School Holidays 2016

Australian School Holidays 2016

In Australia, the school year runs from January to December. School holidays in Australia occur four times a year, although the dates vary slightly in each state and territory. These are the times when Australian families usually take their holidays too, so it can be a very busy time at many of our attractions and favourite holiday destinations. If you are planning to travel to Australia during these peak periods it’s wise to book flights, tours and accommodation well in advance. Many free and family events are held in our major cities during school holidays. The following is a list of Australian school holiday dates to help you plan your vacation.

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Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Australia is generally a safe destination with travellers enjoying unhindered travel experiences in terms of their personal safety and security. Our stable political system, well-maintained roads, low crime rate and high standard of health make it a safe and easy country to explore.

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Useful Tips

Useful Tips

Prepare for your trip to Australia with these practical tips, including currency, taxes, cultural practices and travelling with a disability.

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Australia's Customs and Quarantine

Australia's Customs and Quarantine

Australia's customs laws prevent you from bringing drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms and protected wildlife into Australia. Some common items such as fresh or packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, plants, seeds, skins and feathers are also prohibited. There is no limit on currency but you will need to declare amounts over $10000. For more detailed information go to the Australian Government Customs and Border Protection website at www.customs.gov.au.

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Working Holiday Maker Program

Working Holiday Maker Program

Planning to stay and work while you're visiting Australia? If you're aged between 18 and 30 and hold a passport for a country or region participating in Australia's Working Holiday Maker programme, you may be eligible to apply for a 12-month visa which enables you to work in Australia while you are here.

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Work, Volunteer and Study in Australia - Freq...

Work, Volunteer and Study in Australia - Frequently Asked Questions

Join the droves of young people who choose Australia for a gap year, career break, working holiday or overseas study.

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Work, Study Abroad in Australia

Work, Study Abroad in Australia

Join the droves of young people who choose Australia to fulfil their dream of a gap year, career break, working holiday or overseas study. Australia offers endless opportunities for adventure and a warm, friendly, relaxed lifestyle.

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Visa Information, Customs and Quarantine

Visa Information, Customs and Quarantine

Learn about the Australian visa, customs and quarantine regulations. This includes types of visa applications, what to declare and what is prohibited in Australia.

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Plan Your Trip

Find information on where to find a specialist travel agent, find flights to and from Australia, and information on accommodation and tours to make the most of your Australian experience.

Find a travel specialist near you

Find a travel specialist near you

There are thousands of great Australian experiences to choose from. Chances are, your Aussie Specialist Travel Agent has experienced or planned for them before. Experts on everything Australian, these specialists receive extensive training from Tourism Australia and most have traveled throughout Australia. They have the experience to help you plan and book your Aussie adventure. They know what to pack, what the weather will be like and how to join in with the locals.

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Find Australian Tourism Experiences

Find Australian Tourism Experiences

Search for tourism experiences offered by tourism operators to help you plan your trip to Australia. Whether you’re looking for accommodation, a tour, a journey or an event and all it has to offer you’ll find a host of information to help you plan your trip.

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Find Accommodation

Find Accommodation

We have boutique hotels and backpackers, luxury resorts and self-serviced apartments, rustic country pubs and camping. You can expect friendly service and the best standards in whichever budget range you choose.

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Special Offers

Special Offers

From time to time tourism operators have special offers which will help you plan your trip to Australia and make your holiday truly memorable.

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Find Tours

Find Tours

Want to travel in a group, make your own way around independently, find family-friendly ideas or have the ultimate romantic honeymoon? These tours will help you plan your perfect holiday by coach, train, car or camel.

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Your Guide to Australia’s Accommodation

Your Guide to Australia’s Accommodation

Find out about accommodation in Australia. From beautiful Australian resorts, to B&Bs and hotels in Australia, to caravaning and camping here, we have created a guide for you.

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While You're Here

Find information on getting around Australia, tips, hazards to watch out for, safety tips for travelling in remote locations and who to contact in an emergency while you are here.

Getting Around Australia

Getting Around Australia

You may have heard Australia is a big country, but did you know, despite its size, it's easy to get around?

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Australia's Travel Tips / Hazards

Australia's Travel Tips / Hazards

Australia's stable political system, well-maintained roads, low crime rate and high standard of health care make it a safe and relatively easy country to explore. However it's important to be aware of potential environmental hazards, such as bushfires, rough surf and extreme desert heat. You'll need to be thoroughly prepared for outback journeys and long bushwalks or hikes, and take sensible precautions in regards to sharks, crocodiles and poisonous animals. With the following common-sense tips, you can safely enjoy Australia's unique landscapes - from the vast outback to wild ocean beaches and pristine wilderness tracts.

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Road Safety in Australia

Road Safety in Australia

Following a few simple road safety tips can help make your driving holiday in Australia safer and more enjoyable. If you wish to drive in Australia, you must hold a valid international driving permit accompanied by the driver licence issued in the country you live in.

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Emergency Services in Australia

Emergency Services in Australia

000 is the phone number for emergency services in Australia. The operator can connect you to Police, Ambulance or the Fire Brigade. You should only call 000 in an emergency.

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