Tips and ideas for travelling around Australia

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Australia is a welcoming country for travellers, but due to its diversity, adventurers might like to research destinations, culture and tips for travelling Australia in order to make the most out of their trip. First-time visitors must prepare more than an Australian visitor visa and pack depending on the expected challenges of their travel. Whether it is the outback, the beaches, or the rainforests, take note of the following tips and ideas that will help shape an unforgettable adventure in Australia:

Weather and environment

Being in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia has reversed seasons to those experienced in regions in the Northern Hemisphere. Winter occurs in the months of June to August, and summer falls in the months of December to February. Cold and hot seasons may become extreme at times, so proper clothing must be worn in order to be comfortable during travel, especially in the dry and snowy regions.

The Australian environment is highly varied; there are lush and snowy mountains, jungles and rainforests, beaches and lagoons, and bushlands and outback and deserts. Each type of environment requires adequate preparation for comfort. For example, camping equipment needs to be secured for extended outdoor travel.

Driving and getting around

Australians drive on the left side of the road, which is important to remember whether you are driving or crossing the road. Also, rental companies only accommodate those with a valid driver’s license. Driving rules must be observed for your safety and the safety of others. Road safety is legally enforced, so all passengers, including children, must wear proper restraints or seat belts.

For those travelling on foot, Australian cities have trams, buses, and trains. It is advisable to obtain a city map in order to get around easier. If on a limited budget, even interstate travel can be affordable, especially if booked in advance. Alternatively, tourists may also like to plan an itinerary that only involves attractions located inside a state or city.

Food and accommodation

Australia’s diverse culture provides travellers with a diverse range of international cuisines offered in many restaurants in central business districts and major dining centres. “Bring Your Own” restaurants allow diners to bring their own choice of beverage (wine, beer, etc.) for a little corkage fee. Budget travellers can look for outdoor barbecues in parks, head to the RSL for cheap meals or shop for meal offers in malls to buy more food for less.

Accommodation options are also varied in Australia. Travellers can find hotels and apartments or very affordable hostels and homestays. Finding them is easy since travellers only need to ask other backpackers or check out newspaper and online advertisements. Those who came on a vacation package to Australia would not have to worry, for this kind of service is usually all-inclusive. If on a working holiday, they may also be provided with free accommodation at the farm or ranch where they have been hired to work.

Miscellaneous tips

Being polite when in Australia is appreciated. Australians are generally friendly and helpful to visitors to their country and will happily help with directions or suggestions. When meeting someone for the first time, shake the person’s right hand and make occasional eye contact. Spitting and nose-blowing must be done into handkerchiefs or tissues, not on the pavement. “Please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me” are also handy expressions. When visiting attractions, inquire first if a permit is needed when planning to bring home shells, flowers, and other items as souvenir.

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