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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 Visitor Information Centres Around Austr...

Find Visitor Information Centres Around Australia

There are Accredited Visitor Information Centres (AVIC) located around Australia to provide you with useful tips and to help familiarise you with the local area in which they're located.

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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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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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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.

Flinders Ranges Highlights

Flinders Ranges Highlights

Connect to the memory of the earth in South Australia's rugged, majestic Flinders Ranges and outback.

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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island, just a short ferry ride from Perth, feels a world away from city life. Rottnest Island was separated from the Western Australian mainland around 7,000 years ago when the sea level rose. The first records of human occupation of Rottnest Island date back more than 6,500 years, when the Nyungah Aboriginal people inhabited the area. Known to local Aboriginal people as Wadjemup, the island is of great spiritual significance to Aboriginal communities.

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Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia

With blue skies and sunshine almost every day of the year, Monkey Mia, approximately 850 kilometres north of Perth, is ideal for a leisurely getaway or exciting outback adventure.

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Pink Lake

Pink Lake

Western Australia is home to a number of extraordinary ‘pink lakes'. Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago off the coast of Esperance.

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Valley of the Giants

Valley of the Giants

It's easy to be awe-struck by the towering forests around Walpole, a tranquil township around four and a half hours drive south from Perth. Giant red tingle trees, which grow as high as 40 metres, are unique to the Walpole wilderness areas. Get a bird's eye view of these sky-scraping trees the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, then see their massive, gnarled trunks on the Ancient Empires boardwalk below. Afterwards, you can cruise Walpole's peaceful rivers and inlets and discover the great walking tracks and pristine white beaches of Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

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Cable Beach

Cable Beach

Cable Beach, at Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, is a 22 kilometre-long stretch of pure white sand, set against a backdrop of red ochre cliffs and fringed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Ride a camel along the beach at sunrise or sunset.

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The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles

It's a true desert landscape in Nambung National Park, where the weathered rock spires of the Pinnacles rise out of yellow sand dunes. Yet the park sits on the deep blue Indian Ocean, along an idyllic stretch of coast three hour's drive north of Perth. After experiencing the eerie Pinnacles, stay in the fishing village of Cervantes, with its white beaches, coral reefs and Lake Thetis, a salt lake teeming with living fossils. Get up close to a rich array of wildlife in Badgingarra National Parks and discover Jurien Bay's national parks and idyllic sandy beaches.

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D'Entrecasteaux National Park

D'Entrecasteaux National Park

The WACA

The WACA

The WACA, nestled in the suburb of East Perth, has been the home of cricket in Western Australia since the early 1890s. WACA are the initials of its owners and operators, the Western Australian Cricket Association. Throughout its history, the ground has also been used for a range of other sports, including athletics carnivals, Australian Rules Football, baseball, soccer, Rugby League, Rugby Union and International Rules Football as well as major rock concerts.

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Perth's City Precincts

Perth's City Precincts

Beyond its tranquil river and spacious beaches, Perth has lively city precincts humming with great shopping, nightlife and dining. Soak up business chic in Perth’s city centre, browse boutiques along Leederville’s stylish Oxford Street and catch live music in Mount Lawley. Discover hip bars and trendy eateries in Northbridge or visit the theatre along the leafy streets of Subiaco. Clustered around the northern banks of the Swan River, these urban pockets are places to meet the locals and experience its vibrant culture.

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Stirling Range National Park

Stirling Range National Park

Rare Western Australian nature is on show in Stirling Range National Park, home to the craggy, 65km-long Stirling Range, and an astonishing array of seasonal wildflowers, many of which grow only here. This bushwalking and biodiversity hotspot lies just over an hour’s drive north-east of Albany, and is a destination on the South West, Beaches and Goldfields Drive from Perth.

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Fremantle

Fremantle

Immerse yourself in fine food and fascinating history in Fremantle. Food is always a festive affair in the historic port of Fremantle. This is a city where you can eat in heritage-listed streets buzzing with buskers or on winding alleys lined with art. Your next meal is as close as the music floating out of a colonial pub or the breeze blowing from the harbour.

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Cape Range National Park

Cape Range National Park

Around 1100 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park is a landscape of rugged limestone ridges, deep rocky canyons, pristine beaches and one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The nearest town is Exmouth, gateway to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Cape Range National Park’s traditional custodians are the Baiyunga and Jinigudira people.

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Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park

Be humbled by nature in Karijini National Park, in Western Australia’s Pilbara, where the earth has been cleaved and carved over two billion years. Discover the spectacular chasms, marbled rock tunnels, cool rock pools and sparkling waterfalls. Beneath the bright blue Pilbara skies, the craggy red landscape shelters abundant native vegetation, animals and birds. Camp here beneath the vast outback sky or enjoy back-to-nature luxury in an eco-retreat.

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Margaret River: Wine, Waves and Caves

Margaret River: Wine, Waves and Caves

Get your postcard pens ready. You'll want to tell everyone about your trip to the Margaret River region. Fringed by tall forests and crashing surf, this is a place where great wine, fine food and breathtaking scenery meld into one.

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Margaret River

Margaret River

With many world-class wineries and award-winning restaurants, Margaret River is one of Western Australia's most famous food and wine regions. Tour the cellar doors and taste local brews at the boutique breweries. Here you can eat fresh crayfish straight from the ocean or dine on the local organic beef and truffles. Visit the farmer's markets and try the artisan cheeses. Indulge in local handmade chocolates and delicious fudge. When you've finished your culinary journey, take time to explore Western Australia's Great South West. In a few hours you can go from wineries to stunning beaches with world-class surf breaks, snorkelling and diving or walk amongst ancient forests and caves.

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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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