Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland
10 tips and tools to start planning your holiday
Make your holiday planning process enjoyable and stress-free with these top tips.
Planning your dream trip? Check out our top planning tools, from accommodation guides to local tips and planning apps to make your dream trip a reality.
1. Choose your perfect destinations
Australia is bursting with incredible experiences and diverse landscapes ready for you to discover –the only question is, where should you go? Let your interests guide your footsteps. Each Aussie destination offers a unique holiday, so whether you’re a foodie, beach lover or adventurer, there’s a destination perfectly suited to you. Another good place to start is with our popular destinations – from the laid-back Byron Bay to trendy Melbourne and the picturesque Great Barrier Reef – these must-do destinations are a big hit and can be enjoyed in as little as a few days to a few weeks. Make it fun by discovering your perfect destination with our holiday quiz!
2. Save your favourite spots from @australia
Instagram is a great way to visually connect with a place and spark the dreaming and planning process. Take a scroll through the @australia account and discover amazing experiences to save for later. Create your own wanderlust board with your favourite saved posts. Hit ‘saved’ in your Instagram settings, create a new folder, and start saving your favourite posts by clicking the bookmark icon next to the post. Then discover more about your saved places while you plan.
3. Create a holiday vision board with Pinterest
Who doesn’t love a Pinterest board? Scroll through the endless images of idyllic Australian holiday destinations and experiences and create a board with your top picks. You can even add a map so you can easily pinpoint spots you want to visit and invite friends to add pins to your board.
4. Pick a time of year
The next key piece of the planning puzzle is to figure out the best time of year to take your trip. Australia’s seasons all offer their own incredible experiences, from Tasmanian winters watching the Southern Lights to springtime whale watching season in Queensland and glorious summer days in New South Wales. Discover the best time of year to take your trip.
5. Get expert advice from an Aussie Specialist
Once you’ve got an idea of where and when you want to go on your holiday, the next step is speaking to an Aussie Specialist. Experts on all things Australia, these friendly travel agents can help you with everything from creating your bucket list and recommending the best experiences to providing tips on what to pack and how to experience Australia like a local. They can even book everything for you, making for a relaxed, easy-going experience.
6. Use a planning app
Creating a Trello board is a great way to organise your thoughts, to-do lists, and even your packing list. Before you get to the nitty-gritty stage of planning, download apps like Tripcase and Tripit to store all of your travel information, such as itineraries, top planning tips, visa information, flight details, car rentals, maps and navigators, in one place.
7. Discover road trip itineraries
Australia might be big, but there are plenty of ways to get around to your bucket list spots with little stress. Our favourite has to be on the open road. From coastal drives to epic trips across the outback, Australia has so many amazing road trip itineraries to choose from. Use our road trip planner to find your perfect itinerary, from short three-day trips to epic two weeks journeys traversing some of the country’s most awe-inspiring scenery.
8. Get the local know-how
9. Find your perfect accommodation
10. Start budgeting
How much do I need to budget for my trip? The ultimate question! Australian experiences range from free walking tours to lavish experiences. The amount you’ll need to budget really depends on what your dream itinerary looks like, but don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to save money too – you can find it all in our budget guide.