Exciting summer travel in Australia

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It is not only that Australia has a warm Christmas and New Year, but this great continent also sends locals and foreigners to the inviting summer outdoors during the holiday season. The country’s diversity makes every season enjoyable, but it becomes extra special in summer when people go out to swim, trek, drive and do other activities that let them take advantage of the fine weather. Here are five top things that make Australia a great summer destination:

More time to enjoy

The warmer months of the year bring smiles to Australians because it is during these times when some governments apply the Daylight Saving Time (DST) that allows people more daylight time to be outside. Australians also like the adjustment because they can return home before dark.

DST in Australia advances the clock one hour at 2 am on the first Sunday of October. Hence, the states of New South Wales (except in the town of Broken Hill), Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania switch to Australian Eastern Daylight Time that advances the clock to UTC +11. South Australia and Broken Hill in NSW use the Australian Central Daylight Time and move their clocks to UTC +10.5.

When the season changes, the clocks are put an hour back at 2 am (3 am) on the first Sunday of April. While most states apply the time adjustment, the regions of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia do not due to their locations. Despite this exception, Australians in these regions still find exciting ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Visa options

Australia is a beautiful country that makes tourist travel easy. The tourist streams of the ETA (subclass 601) and eVisitor (subclass 651) allow foreign visitors to visit Australia for recreational purposes and for multiple visits within 12 months from date of issue. The maximum length of each visit is three months. If a longer stay is desired, the Visitor (subclass 600) visa lets foreigners visit the country for recreation purposes for a period of six or 12 months.

There is also an Australian visa that permits tight-budgeted travelers to tour Australia for up to a year. The Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa and Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa provide both travel and work permit in certain industries. These are great options to complete a dream tour of Western Australia’s golden outback, Queensland’s Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, and the Australian Alps that cuts through three regions. Aside from several visa options, there are also visa firms in Australia like National Visas that specialise in providing professional assistance in visa application and advice.

Outdoor activities

Summer in Australia coincides with the six-to-seven-week holiday break of students, so from Christmas to late January, children and teenagers get together outside to play cricket in the backyard. Barbecues in parks are also a common sight. Some families decide to do a road trip along the Great Ocean Road, trek the Yarra Valley ranges, or visit a national park. Every region offers something different, the reason why cross-region caravanning has become popular among locals and tourists alike.

Water pleasures

Australians combat the summer heat by heading to the nearest beach, whether the natural ones along the coasts of Queensland or the man-made one in South Bank, Brisbane, called Streets Beach. If they are far from the beach, they resort to fun alternatives like sprinklers and wading pools. Those in for some adventure with marine animals go to Dolphin Cove in SeaWorld to swim with adorable dolphins or visit the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel and see its natural coral formations.

Adventure in the air

Another sought-after summer activity to make the most of a tourist visa and Australia trip is to ride a hot air balloon to savour the vastness of Australian regions from above. This is in fact in the bucket list of 20% of 1026 Australians included in a 2013 survey conducted for deal website Groupon. Some of the popular locations that provide the best aerial views are Hunter Valley with its rolling vineyards, Cairns with its Atherton Tablelands and savannah, and the Northern Territory with its golden outback.

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