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Australia for the Youth(ful) Traveller

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

Learn about Australia's working holiday visas, study visas and volunteer opportunities. Find out where backpackers and travellers stay, hang out and play.

Australia is the land of adventure, and we've compiled a few ideas to get you started. Take a camel trek through the Simpson Desert in the Northern Territory, 4WD across South Australia's rugged Flinders Ranges or do the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria. Ski or snowboard winter slopes, trek through ancient rainforests or pick one of our pristine islands to combine adventure with true relaxation. You can dive, snorkel, canoe, kayak and surf all around Australia.

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Working Holiday Maker Program

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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Working Holiday Maker Program - Frequently As...

Working Holiday Maker Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Working Holiday Maker Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a working holiday in Australia? Here are some answers to the most often asked questions, as well as guidance on where to find more information.

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Australian Public Holidays 2015

Australian Public Holidays 2015

Australian Public Holidays 2015

Australia celebrates a number of public holidays throughout the year when banks, government offices and some shops are closed. Public holidays in Australia often fall on Mondays, creating extended weekends. Tourist attractions stay open, but as many Australians take short breaks at these times, they may be busier than usual. 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. If driving, roads are busier than usual. Following is a list of Australian national public holidays for 2014, as well as Australian state and regional public holidays to help you plan your vacation.

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Backpacker Precincts

Backpacker Precincts

Backpacker Precincts

Join the backpacker brigade in Australia's hippest urban enclaves. From Bondi Beach in Sydney to Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, these are places the young and young-at-heart come to stay during their Australian adventure. You'll find hostels, nightlife, places to eat and drink and a vibrant sense of community. Soak up the historic seaside charm in Perth's Fremantle or experience Melbourne's alternative culture in Fitzroy. Swap travel tales beneath the palm trees along Darwin's Mitchell Street or along Cairns' oceanfront esplanade. Explore Adelaide's attractions from the stylish, central East End, dine out in Hobart's Salamanca Place or throw yourself into the high-energy nightlife of Surfers Paradise.

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Work, Study Abroad in Australia

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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Planning a trip to Australia?

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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Health and Safety

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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Australia's Travel Tips / Hazards

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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Travelling Australia

Here you will find everything you will need to know about Australia's cities, some ideas on how you can travel Australia and stories of other travellers to inspire your plans.

Australia's Cities

Australia's Cities

Australia's Cities

We’re shining the spotlight on Australia’s vibrant cities and their unique attractions and experiences. Each city is distinct from the other but truly Australian in flavour. Learn about city precincts such as The Rocks in Sydney, Brisbane’s South Bank and Perth’s funky central suburbs. Be devoured by Adelaide’s Central Markets. Explore new places and trends, from Melbourne’s summer rooftops to Darwin’s revitalised waterfront and art precinct. Read about our city waterways, botanic gardens and cultural and heritage attractions. Discover new destinations like Albany, Bundaberg and Glenelg. We have great journey ideas to help you explore our cities or use them as a base for your Australian adventure.

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Getting Around Australia

Getting Around Australia

Getting Around Australia

The untouched beaches that stretch for miles and deserts that touch the horizon are all within your reach. Want to sail the Whitsundays, cross the continent by car or take a train through the rainforest canopy? Following are the different ways you can explore our vast and diverse country.

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Australian Holiday Ideas

Australian Holiday Ideas

Australian Holiday Ideas

Create your own Australian holiday with these easy itinerary ideas. Starting from each of our international gateways, these versatile three-week segments give you an idea of how much you can see and do on even a short Australian holiday. Break them down or combine them to match your time-frame, arrival point and list of ‘must-see' destinations. Weave between city, coast and wilderness or combine the Red Centre with the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. Australia is a vast country, but with planning you can cover a diversity of landscapes in just a few weeks.

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Coastal Journeys

Coastal Journeys

Coastal Journeys

With 50,000 kilometres of spellbinding coastline, Australia is the perfect place for a coastal journey. Drive the Pacific Coast Touring Route from Sydney to Brisbane via bohemian Byron Bay and the neon-lit Gold Coast. Or follow the spectacular coastal route from Sydney to Melbourne, then the Great Southern Touring Route to Bells Beach, lush national parks and the Twelve Apostles. Take in Fremantle, the lush Margaret River and Esperance’s snow-white beaches on a journey through Western Australia’s south-west. Sail through the idyllic Whitsundays Island or immerse yourself in the uncrowded beauty of Tasmania’s East Coast.

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Adventure Journeys

Adventure Journeys

Adventure Journeys

With its vast distances and remote, rugged terrain, many of Australia's journeys are ready-made adventures. Travel across northern Australia on the Savannah Way, which starts in Cairns and ends on the other side of the country in Broome. Or cut the continent from south to north on the Explorers Highway, which takes you from Adelaide through Australia's Red Centre to Darwin. On the comprehensive South Australia Loop, you can climb to the rim of Wilpena Pound, hike part of the Heysen Trail and dive shipwrecks in Kangaroo Island. Go on and off the Gibb River Road on a 4WD adventure through the vast Kimberley.

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Walking Australia

Walking Australia

Walking Australia

Stretch your legs and expand your soul on Australia's epic walking trails. Do day walks, short scenic sections or stride end-to-end on journeys that take weeks and even months to complete. Traverse Tasmania's World Heritage-listed wilderness on the Overland Track or follow the Larapinta Trail across the Northern Territory's West MacDonnell Ranges. Do sections of South Australia's Heysen Trail, which stretches from the Fleurieu Peninsula to Flinders Ranges. Spend three days in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains or hike through Gondwanan rainforest on the Gold Coast. Do day walks through Victoria's Wilsons Promontory or soak up the beauty of Western Australia's south-west corner on the Bibbulmun Track.

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Aboriginal Discovery

Aboriginal Discovery

Aboriginal Discovery

Many of Australia's journeys bring you closer to the world's oldest culture. Drive the Red Centre Way to sacred sites such as Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Listen to the Dreamtime legend surrounding the comet crater of Gosse Bluff and browse the work of local Aboriginal artists in Alice Springs. Follow the South Australian Loop through the Flinders Ranges, where you can see Aboriginal rock art and hear Adnyamathanha creation stories over the campfire. Drive the Great Southern Touring Route to the Victoria's Grampians, home to around 60 rock art sites. Or see the rich, detailed rock art galleries of Kakadu National Park as part of the Natures Way.

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Natural Australia

Natural Australia

Natural Australia

Experience the transformative power of the Australian outback in the Red Centre and Western Australia's Kimberley. Snorkel with brilliant fish and coral on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. See koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, sea lions, pelicans and penguins on Kangaroo Island, a haven for Australia wildlife. Discover the wetlands and waterfalls of Kakadu National Park, home to one third of all Australian birds. Or step back in time in the Daintree Rainforest, where some of the Australian plants date back to Gondwanaland. Between May and September, you can spot whales along Western Australia's vivid wildflower trail.

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Australia's Wine Regions

Australia's Wine Regions

Australia's Wine Regions

Australia has more than 60 designated wine regions across the country and has developed a worldwide reputation for its award-winning wines.

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Australias Seasons

Australias Seasons

Australias Seasons

Australia is a country for all seasons. You can do practically anything here, at any time of year. There are four seasons across most of the country and a wet and dry season in our tropical north.

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Australia's Events

Live it up at iconic events such as the Grand Prix or the Australia Open. Go to our music festivals! We love our sport and our uniquely Australian events can't be missed!

Australia's Major Events

Australia's Major Events

Australia's Major Events

From international food and wine festivals and art exhibitions to action-packed cycling and running marathons, Australia hosts many world class events. Join the excitement of international cricket, rugby or tennis, which are played somewhere in Australia all year round. There are festivals with everything from comedy to opera and plenty for sports fans. Watch the yachts sail out of Sydney Harbour or into historic Hobart in the Sydney to Hobart race. Be a part of Melbourne’s adrenalin-pumping Formula 1 Grand Prix. Other flagship Australian celebrations include Australia Day and Sydney’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks show and exuberant Mardi Gras.

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Australia's Sporting Events

Australia's Sporting Events

Australia's Sporting Events

It’s easy to go sports mad in Australia, which hosts events for cricket fans, footy fiends, rugby lovers, rev-heads and marathon runners. Get a courtside view of the tennis greats at the Australian Open or experience the excitement of the uniquely Australian AFL. See Australia’s Wallabies fight New Zealand’s All Blacks for the Bledisloe Cup. Or be there for the Ashes, when the Australia cricket team faces their age-old cricket rivals of England. Smell the rubber at glamorous motor-racing events such as the Grand Prix. Run through Sydney in the City to Surf or watch the world’s fastest cyclists whizz through Adelaide and South Australia in the Tour Down Under.

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Australia's music festivals

Australia's music festivals

Australia's music festivals

Australia has a reputation for producing world-class musical performers. Discover avant-garde and fringe performers at cultural festivals in our major cities. Jazz and blues fans will love Australian Blues Music Festival and Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Indie, alternative and rock music lovers won’t want to miss the Big Day Out or the Future Music festival. Combine great music with camping in lush, rural settings at festivals such as Queensland’s Woodford Folk Festival or Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay. Australia is also a big destination on the international touring calendar with everything from Broadway musicals to stadium rock concerts.

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Uniquely Australian Events

Uniquely Australian Events

Uniquely Australian Events

Celebrations are a part of the Australian culture, which might explain why we have so many rich and rare events. Some showcase our gorgeous scenery, others celebrate our sporting passions. Some commemorate our cultural roots, and more than a few demonstrate our self-mocking sense of humour. Dress up for the nation-stopping Melbourne Cup or get your spot on Sydney Harbour for the Australia Day celebrations. Connect with the Aboriginal culture of Arnhem Land at the Garma Festival. Or experience the wacky side of the Australian outback at the Darwin Beer Can Regatta, the Camel Cup and the Henley-on-Todd – a sailing regatta on a dry river bed.

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