Travelling to Australia? These tips will start you on the right track to an unforgettable experience.
With its magnificent coasts, Outback, islands and cities, there’s no doubt that the diversity of Australia is breathtaking. Luckily, planning a trip to this continent doesn't have to be difficult. With the right preparation and a few insider hacks, you can soon be on your way to enjoying a unique experience in Australia.
Flying Down Under
Nonstop flight options now offer more amenities to make the journey comfortable, in addition to airlines with stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Hawaii, New Zealand and more. You can also expect a direct flight from Europe to Australia in just 17 hours, with Qantas launching non-stop service between Perth and London in March 2018.
Plan when to fly: The weather in Australia varies throughout the states. The summer season heats up across most of the country from December to February, while winter spans June through to August. However, if for example, you are travelling to northern Queensland and the Northern Territory, the tropical climate can be quite different and is categorized into dry (May to September) and wet seasons (October to April). This means you should pack suitable clothing depending on the regions you will visit.
Sign up for email lists or join the social pages of airlines that fly to Australia to score exclusive deals. Traveling on Monday through Wednesday also means a lower fare than weekends.
Travelling from America? You have the best chance of scoring a nonstop flight at a reasonable price if you're able to fly out of Honolulu, Dallas, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.
Plan, plan, plan!
Australia is big, really big! However with some simple planning, navigating your adventure Down Under is simple. Considering how many different experiences the country has to offer, it is worthwhile to seek some professional advice. An Aussie Travel Specialist can be invaluable for ensuring you hit all your bucket list items, helping with everything from the minutiae of booking travel to the excitement of planning your itinerary. Whether you want to explore the major cities or head to the Outback, a travel specialist can help you get the most out of your trip.
Use this handy trip planner to help you customise an efficient day-to-day itinerary so you can map out the regions you want to visit and cover all the experiences you want to have. Check out this interactive map of Australia to explore the entire continent.
Eat like a local
An Australian foodie adventure will have you sampling fine dining establishments, delicious farmers markets, trendy cafes and local and international flavours. Try something new or seek out your favourite dishes, whatever takes your fancy, Australia has gastronomic experiences to satisfy every pallet.
If you're in Sydney, stop at one of its famous farmers markets including the Carriageworks Farmers market for seasonal produce, artisan breads and to try steamed pork buns from celebrity chef Kylie Kwong.
For an award-winning meal, try Attica in Melbourne or The Bridge Room in Sydney. You can also get a sneak peak of Australia’s best restaurant of 2018 and try ticking off bucket list food experiences from this list of Australia’s best.
Looking for a budget-friendly option? Many restaurants in Australia are BYO, which means you can bring your own alcohol to avoid pricey upsells. (Try Sydney's Rosso Pomodoro or Brisbane's Caravanserai).
Create an itinerary
Having itineraries in place will make it much easier to have the experiences you really want, and ensure you make the most of your time here in this incredible country. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- If the thought of seeing Australia's wildlife up close and personal gets you excited, plan a 10 day wilderness excursion to do just that.
- You can look into a 10 day trip that gives you the ultimate experience of the country’s greatest hits from Uluru to Bondi Beach.
- Spend three days just relaxing and soaking up the Gold Coast, a destination perfect for families and couples with great beaches, restaurants, theme parks and spas.
- Be sure to explore all the different itineraries that offer everything from self-drive journeys and nature discoveries to urban adventures and relaxing escapes.
Get off the beaten track
Try a real adventure and take the road less travelled. While Australia's tourist destinations are popular for many fantastic reasons, the lesser-known areas have plenty to offer out-of-towners. Take the plunge and experience Australia from a fresh perspective – you’ll be surprised just how diverse and spectacular the landscapes across the country really are.
- Explore Australia through the eyes of a local with a visit to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in Tasmania.
- Indulge in luxury accommodations in Western Australia's Margaret River wine region.
- Take in the beautiful landscape of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia or the lush scenery of Kakadu in the Northern Territory.
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