Preparing for a Trip to Australia

 Australia has long been a major attraction for travellers the world over. The long sunny days and the mix of deep historical culture blended with a newer, more modern landscape have an allure that will keep it a thriving tourist destination for many years. That is, of course, once travel is back on the agenda and borders open once more across the world.

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But when planning a trip down under, what do you really need to know before you touch the ground and disembark the plane?

Preparation is Key

Know as much about the area you are visiting beforehand. If you move from one place to another, make sure you know where amenities such as gas stations are and you are familiar with routes in and out of suburbs. And the location of shops, restaurants, and more along your route. If you plan to make your own way around Australia, it may be worth your while looking for a cheap ute hire in Perth or whatever area you choose to start your journey in.

Check public transports and local costs for food and drink so you know how much money you can expect to spend during your stay. Australia is notoriously expensive, so be prepared to spend a lot of cash during your trip.

Visa Requirements

Make sure you have the correct visa for your travel. When arriving in Australia, you will need to explain the reason for your visit, and if you have the wrong type of visa for your stay, you may be denied entry and find yourself on the next plane homebound. Triple check you have the correct Australian visa to avoid any issues at passport control upon arrival.

Allow Plenty of Time to Get Around

Australia is a vast country, and it can take a while to get around. Add to that much of the country is swathes of the outback with little to nothing to break it up, and you could find yourself running short on time. Factor in journey times and allow yourself a little bit of extra time to get around whether you are staying in one destination or not.

For reference, it takes around 9 hours to travel from Sydney to Melbourne by road and three days to get from Cairns to Brisbane if you are rushing. During this time, there many long periods where there are no places to stop or towns to layover in, so keep this in mind when planning any road trips.

The Weather

It goes without saying that Australia is warmer than many other countries on the planet. For this reason, you may find yourself struggling with climate change. Research the local weather for your arrival dates so you have an idea of what to expect. If it gets too hot, remember to avoid the midday sun and stay indoors. Keep well hydrated and use plenty of sunscreens, which will be readily available to buy wherever you are.

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