Travelling in Australia is relatively safe and easy, but planning ahead will help you make the most of your vacation. 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 vacations, 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.
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.
Australian School Holidays 2016
In Australia, the school year runs from January to December. School vacations 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 vacations too, so it can be a very busy time at many of our attractions and favourite vacation 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 vacations. The following is a list of Australian school vacation dates to help you plan your vacation.
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.
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.
Working Vacation 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 Vacation Maker programme, you may be eligible to apply for a 12-month visa which enables you to work in Australia while you are here.
Work, Volunteer and Study in Australia - Frequently Asked Questions
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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
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.
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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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.
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.
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.